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The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities is now accepting applications for up to five one-year research fellowships to Penn graduate students who have completed their qualifying exams. The Fellows Program supports individual projects (either the dissertation or research in preparation for it) with a stipend between $2,000-4,000 and convenes a year-long Collaborative Public Research Colloquium for PPEH’s Graduate and Undergraduate Fellows. In AY 2021-22, Fellows will participate in a collaboratively organized series of seminars and lectures organized by the cluster for graduate training in the environmental humanities at the University of Toronto, Oxford University, and Penn. This colloquium is designed to facilitate alternative academic career exposure and training in public research methods with invited experts. It further provides Graduate Fellows opportunities to develop research mentorship experience; and to develop and execute cross-disciplinary, public engagement projects, including public writing on the well-trafficked PPEH Fellows blog. In the spring semester, participants in the Research Colloquium receive one course credit by enrolling in Public Environmental Humanities taught in 2022 by PPEH Faculty Director Bethany Wiggin.
To apply, please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- 1000-word research statement, including a project abstract, a brief statement about how the project interacts with the environmental humanities, and how it might encourage collaboration across the disciplines
- 250-word statement addressing the candidate's vision for public, collaborative humanities projects
- A C.V
- One confidential letter of recommendation, emailed to email@example.com by the dissertation advisor or graduate chair
The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications from advanced doctoral students in the School of Arts & Sciences for a one-year PPEH Environmental Humanities Dissertation Completion Fellowship. We seek applicants whose research, teaching, and public engagements support and complement PPEH’s core commitments:
- broadly interdisciplinary, collaborative research on the environment across the arts and sciences
- arts-driven inquiry into place, particularly our campus and the City of Philadelphia as well as urban ecology in other global contexts
- public engagement, particularly in and with environmental justice communities and concerns
- the creation and growth of living archives via practices of urgent collection
Applicants must be enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania and plan to defend their dissertation during the 2021–2022 academic year to be eligible.
Beginning in Summer 2021, the selected Dissertation Completion Fellow will receive 12 months of support covering tuition, fees, and summer research funds. The fellowship’s summer funds will enable the student to plan and carry out public engagements throughout the course of the year. The Dissertation Completion Fellow will be expected both to pursue their own research agenda as well as actively to participate in PPEH’s ongoing projects and initiatives, in Philadelphia and beyond.
- 1500-word Research Statement in which the candidate describes how their dissertation project intersects with the environmental humanities and addresses how their work fosters collaboration across disciplines
- 500-word Public Engagement Statement about how their project will build wider public engagements in and through the environmental humanities
- Letter of recommendation from the Ph.D. advisor or graduate chair, which also confirms a dissertation completion timeline
- Application materials must be collated into a single PDF and emailed by May 15, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Letter of recommendation can be sent directly from faculty advisor/chair under separate cover.
The Penn research team of the Andrew W. Mellon Just Futures Initiative will award 2 graduate fellowships for the 2021-2022 academic year to graduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) with approved prospectuses for dissertation topics in any discipline relevant to the study of “Dispossessions of the Americas: The Extraction of Bodies, Land, and Heritage from La Conquista to the Present.” We are particularly interested in graduate applicants whose research relates to the theme of dispossessions via mechanisms of deceit, disease, or violence.
The Mellon Just Futures Initiative Graduate Fellowship, in conjunction with the SAS Graduate Division, will provide the graduate student’s 10-month stipend, tuition, fees and health insurance during the 2021-2022 academic year. Recipients are expected to split their time between their own research and their research contributions to the Mellon collaborative research project. Among other activities, graduate fellows will supervise and coordinate undergraduate research assistants, will participate in weekly research team meetings, and will help organize and participate in international conferences.
For more details, and to apply, see the following.
The Price Lab announces its 2021-22 program of mid-doctoral fellowships in digital humanities. Intended for students who have completed their coursework and are entering their 3rd or 4th year of study in a humanities doctoral program in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, these fellowships will place a one-year “pause” on the normal sequence of advancement within the student’s department while extending the standard level of doctoral funding (stipend + benefits) for an extra year. During the fellowship year, recipients will be relieved of any teaching, TAing, exams, or other normal responsibilities within their department, instead devoting the time to activities and research with the Price Lab aimed at helping them gain skills and experience in technologically innovative research. Upon return to the department, they will resume the normal support arrangement in GAS without any loss of regular graduate funding. If for example a student spends year 4 as a fully funded mid-doc fellow at the Price Lab, they will still have two years remaining of the standard 5-year funding package when the fellowship year is over. And after those two further years, they will still be eligible without prejudice for final-year completion fellowships.
For 2021-22 we are offering four fellowships. Each fellow will be attached to a specific project team, and will work with that team for the equivalent of approximately 15-20 hours a week for 10 weeks, either in the summer, during the academic year, or some combination of both. Depending on the fellow’s interests and skills, the project they work on may be managed by the Price Lab and its DH Specialists, or based in the Penn Museum’s new Department of Digital Records, Archives, and Publications or at the Kislak Center.
Current second- and third-year doctoral students in humanities departments are eligible to apply. Interested students should send a CV and a letter of application of no more than 1500 words describing their interest in the fellowship and any previous experience with digital humanities to: Stewart Varner, Managing Director of the Price Lab (email@example.com). Along with their application, students will need to solicit a letter from their advisor attesting to their suitability for Price Lab support, and a brief note from the graduate chair of their department verifying their academic good standing and completion of coursework. Both of these should also be emailed directly to Stewart Varner (firstname.lastname@example.org). The strongest candidates will be those who have demonstrated an interest in some area of digital humanities and are developing a dissertation proposal that lends itself convincingly to the use of digital research methods. The application deadline is February 8th, 2021. We encourage prospective candidates to speak with their advisors and graduate chairs well in advance of this deadline; they should also feel free to contact the Price Lab to tell us about their interests in DH and/or to obtain additional information about the fellowships or the selection process. Fellowship offers will be made by mid-March. We hope to assemble a diverse cohort of fellows who come to digital humanities research from a range of backgrounds, perspectives, and disciplinary homes.
The Graduate Associate (GA) is a para-professional staff member of the Office of College Houses and Academic Services (CHAS) at the University of Pennsylvania who is expected to assume responsibility for an assigned area of a College House. The GA serves as a mentor, advisor, and friend to residents. Under the direction and supervision of a House Dean, the GA is expected to assist in the development of community, encourage student initiated programming, and report inappropriate behavior. The GA provides support in emergencies and times of personal stress.
In total there are 123 GA positions in the system. The number of GA positions that will be open varies from year to year, depending on how many staff are selected to return from the previous year in each House. All Houses hire GAs as part of their staff. GAs are required to spend approximately 15-20 hours per week. It is important to understand that due to the nature of this work there will be weeks when the time commitment will be greater than this average. For instance, during the month of August, staff should expect to be very busy participating in fall Staff Orientation, New Student Orientation and opening activities. GAs cannot pursue a full-time employment position, on or off campus.
The Graduate Associate receives a rent-free single occupancy accommodation in their assigned College House. Some rooms will accommodate a partner or spouse but facilities do not exist to accommodate a GA with a child, or any other individual. The associateship also comes with a partial meal plan as part of their duties.
For more information or to apply to be a GA, visit the GA website.
CTL’s Graduate Fellowship for Teaching Excellence program honors graduate students who are dedicated to excellent teaching and is designed to foster conversations about teaching in order to help graduate students develop as teachers. Because CTL Graduate Fellows organize graduate student teaching workshops within their home departments or programs as well as for the university as a whole, the fellowship program can help improve teaching by your graduate students in particular and help them develop as future faculty.
Each CTL Graduate Fellow will receive a $6,000 award for the school year. This is in addition to whatever other funding a student receives. Fellows will participate in regular teaching discussions with the other Graduate Fellows, will organize teaching workshops for graduate students in their department roughly monthly, will lead workshops for graduate students across the university once a semester, and will mentor other graduate students in teaching, consulting with and observing current teaching assistants.
In order for a student to be recognized with a CTL Graduate Fellowship, graduate students must be nominated by the graduate chair of their home departments or programs. If you could nominate potential fellows, we would greatly appreciate it. We are looking to honor nominees who have demonstrated that they are outstanding and dedicated teachers. Nominees must also be doing well in their program and be respected by faculty and peers alike.
In addition to a letter of nomination from the graduate chair, potential fellows should provide CTL with a vita, a letter of recommendation that includes some discussion of the student’s teaching, and a two-part statement. The first part of the statement should discuss how the nominee teaches, particularly what he or she does in a typical class and why; in the second part the nominee should suggest teaching topics that would be valuable for graduate students in the department to explore. The statement should run no more than 500 words.
Nominations are due by noon, Friday, April 17. They may be sent electronically to email@example.com. If you have questions about the fellowship, please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
***If you would like to be nominated, contact Nancy Bentley (email@example.com) ASAP.***
The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities is now accepting applications for up to five one-year research fellowships to Penn graduate students who have completed their qualifying exams. Students should be conducting dissertation research related to PPEH’s annual topic. In 2020-2021, PPEH programs, research initiatives, workshops, seminars, performances, and public engagement projects engage the topic “Transition/Transformation.”
Each PPEH Graduate Fellowship carries a $2,000 stipend designed to support EH projects at the doctoral level, and, in select cases, for projects leading to a M.A. M.S., M.F.A, or M.P.H. The Fellows Program supports individual projects (either the dissertation or research in preparation for it) and convenes a year-long Collaborative Public Research Colloquium for PPEH’s Graduate and Undergraduate Fellows. This colloquium is designed to facilitate alternative academic career exposure and trainings in public research methods with invited experts. It further provides Graduate Fellows opportunities to develop research mentorship experience; and to develop and execute cross-disciplinary, public engagement projects, including public writing on the well-trafficked PPEH Fellows blog. In the spring semester, participants in the Research Colloquium receive one course credit by enrolling in Public Environmental Humanities (ANTH 543, COML 562, GRMN 544, URBS 544), taught in 2021 by PPEH Faculty Director Bethany Wiggin. In our regular meetings, we will frame the role of the environmental humanities and transdisciplinary research and scholarship and think together about how public engagements, whether virtual or in-person, can intersect with and even enhance scholarship.
Past PPEH Fellows’ collaborations include public art/history/science installations, organization of reading groups and workshop series, a conference or un-conference, co-authored articles, a co-edited book, an installation, and Data Refuge and Remediations. All PPEH Fellows are expected to attend and contribute as appropriate to PPEH events and symposia. For further information, visit us at ppehlab.org
Call for Applications, 2020–2021
Research Topic: Transition/Transformation
Application deadline: Friday, May 15, 2020
To apply, please submit the following via email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- 1000-word research statement. This statement should include a project abstract, a brief statement about how the project intersects with the environmental humanities and the research topic, and about how it might foster collaboration across disciplines.
- 250-word statement addressing the candidate’s vision for public, collaborative humanities projects
All documents should be submitted as a single PDF, with the file name <PPEHgrad_your Last name_First name.pdf> (e.g., PPEHgrad_Franklin_Ben.pdf)
- One confidential letter of recommendation from your dissertation advisor or graduate chair. Please ask your referee to email their letter to email@example.com no later than the application deadline, May 15, 2020.
The Penn Urban Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship is a competitive fellowship with a service component for advanced doctoral students in the final year of their dissertation work. In addition to completing the dissertation, the fellow will be responsible for teaching one course for the Urban Studies program and taking a leading role in organizing public programs and communication for the Urban Studies graduate certificate program. As with the Graduate Division’s SAS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, the award is nonrenewable.
The Fellowship is open to Ph.D. candidates in any department in the School of Arts & Sciences whose research is relevant to urban studies and who are in their 6th or 7th year of study. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the Urban Studies Graduate Certificate Program, but students in other departments whose work is significantly urban-related will also be given consideration.
A completed application must include a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the fellowship, and how their work represents an urban focus. In addition, the application should include:
(1) An up-to-date, unofficial Penn transcript.
(2) Two current letters of recommendation. (Letters should be emailed directly by the recommender to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please have them include “Urban Studies DCF recommendation” in the subject line.)
(3) A CV that includes a list of publications and conference papers. (Please attach PDFs of 1-2 publications, if available.)
(4) The tentative title of the dissertation, the name of the dissertation supervisor/chair, and a 2-page abstract of your dissertation proposal that includes an explanation for how it addresses issues or questions relevant to Urban Studies.
(5) A statement from the nominee discussing his or her specific plans for completing the dissertation and their degree by the end of the fellowship period.
(6) A summary of the applicant’s previous teaching experience.
Criteria for selection are: 1) likelihood that the applicant can complete their dissertation and degree during the award year; 2) previous research and teaching experience; and 3) relevance of research and teaching for urban studies. The review committee will announce its results by the end of May.
Compensation includes a teaching stipend (based on current graduate student funding in SAS), dissertation fee reimbursement, and benefits.
Please send all materials via email by Thursday, April 30, 2020, to email@example.com, and include “Urban Studies DCF application” in the subject line. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) is accepting applications for its 2020-2021 Graduate Student Research Fellowship. The fellowship has been established to encourage emerging scholars to engage with the rich physical and digital manuscript resources at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, including the Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection and the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts. Working closely with a SIMS staff member, the fellow will have the opportunity to develop a project and gain experience working in a collaborative, digital humanities environment. The fellow will be expected to present his or her research in some form at Penn Libraries either during the term of the fellowship or on a selected date following the completion of the term.
The fellow may undertake research on any aspect of the collections of premodern manuscripts in the Penn Libraries. Research proposals are invited from any area of manuscript studies, including but not limited to the study of the material text, scripts, decoration and illustration, paleography, codicology, binding, provenance, and the history of libraries and collecting. Proposals should demonstrate that the Libraries’ premodern manuscript resources are integral to proposed research topics. Proposals with a digital component are encouraged though not required.
The fellowship is available to all graduate students at universities in the greater Philadelphia area during the 2020-2021 academic term. International students at these institutions are welcome to apply but must be work eligible according to their visa terms and have approval from their host institution.
All application materials must be received by May 1, 2020, to be considered. For more information regarding the award and to apply, go to https://schoenberginstitute.org/graduate-student-research-fellowship-2/ .
***The Penn internal deadline is February 7, 2020. Please contact Tracey Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about Penn's application process or if you at all intend to apply for the fellowship.***
I. Funding Opportunity Description
Purpose of Program: The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States.
Priorities: This notice contains one absolute priority and two competitive preference priorities. In accordance with 34 CFR 75.105(b)(2)(ii), the absolute and competitive preference priorities are from the regulations for this program (34 CFR 662.21(d)).
Absolute Priority: For FY 2020, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3), we consider only applications that meet this priority.
This priority is:
Specific Geographic Regions of the World.
A research project that focuses on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories).
Competitive Preference Priorities: For FY 2020, these priorities are competitive preference priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i), we award an additional two points to an application that meets Competitive Preference Priority 1 and three points to an application that meets Competitive Preference Priority 2 (up to 5 additional points possible).
These priorities are:
Competitive Preference Priority 1—Focus on Less Commonly Taught Languages (2 points).
A research project that focuses on any modern foreign language except French, German, or Spanish.
Competitive Preference Priority 2—Thematic Focus on Academic Fields (3 points).
A research project conducted in the field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computer science, education (comparative or international), international development, political science, public health, or economics.
Note: Applicants that address Competitive Preference Priority 2 must intend to engage in dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies with a thematic focus on any one of the academic fields referenced above.
Program Authority: 22 U.S.C. 2452(b)(6).
Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The Office of Management and Budget Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3474. (d) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR part 662.
Note: The open licensing requirement in 2 CFR 3474.20 does not apply to this program.
II. Award Information
Type of Award: Discretionary grants redistributed as fellowships to individual beneficiaries.
Estimated Available Funds: The Administration's budget request for FY 2020 does not include funds for this program. However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process before the end of the current fiscal year, if Congress appropriates the funds for this program.
Estimated Range of Awards: $15,000-60,000.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $35,000.
Estimated Number of Awards: 100.
Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.
Project Period: The institutional project period is 18 months. Students may request funding for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months.
III. Eligibility Information
1. Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education (IHEs). As part of the application process, students submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then officially submits all eligible individual student applications with its grant application to the Department.
2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost sharing or matching.
3. Subgrantees: A grantee under this competition may not award subgrants to entities to directly carry out project activities described in its application.
4. Other: Under 34 CFR 662.22(b), no student applicant may receive a grant Start Printed Page 68921from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP) and a grant from the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program concurrently. Once a candidate has accepted a fellowship award from the FUSP and the FUSP has expended funds to the student, the student is then ineligible for a grant under the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program. A student applying for a grant under the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program must indicate on the application if the student has currently applied for a FUSP grant. If, at any point, the candidate accepts a FUSP award prior to being notified of the candidate's status with the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program, the candidate should immediately notify the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. If, after consultation with FUSP, we determine that FUSP has expended funds on the student (e.g., the candidate has attended the pre-departure orientation or was issued grant funds), the candidate will be considered ineligible for an award under the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program.