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SASgov Travel Grant (Fall Application Window Now Open- Closes Nov 4, 2019.)
SASGov's Travel Grant is mainly designed to help defray the cost of travel for doctoral students presenting at academic conferences. This grant funds travel taking place between August 1 and December 31, 2019.
Up to $300 for domestic travel
Up to $400 for international travel
To apply, click here SASGov Travel Grant Form
Questions? Contact email@example.com
These amounts are not guaranteed and are awarded very selectively after being reviewed by the SASgov Finance Committee when the application period ends. Because funds are limited, we encourage graduate students to apply to multiple funding sources such as the ones listed on this page. Only enrolled doctoral students at the School of Arts and Sciences are eligible to apply.
The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies invites applications from student clubs and organizations at the University of Pennsylvania to provide partial funding for student-run conferences on topics related to Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, or the Middle East. Topics related to globalization are also applicable. The student club or organization must be the principal organizer of the conference, which must take place at Penn or in Philadelphia.
Applications for student-run conferences during the 2019-20 academic year will be accepted on a rolling basis through November 4, 2019. Please submit applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions should be no more than one page in length, and include the name of the student club or organization responsible for the conference, the title of the conference, contact information for at least one of the organizers, a brief description of planned activities, a requested amount, funds expected from other organizations, and details about how the money will be spent.
Funding decisions will be made by the Lauder Committee on Academic Programs. Send any queries to Dr. Frederick Dickinson, Co-director, Lauder Institute: email@example.com.
Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. The application for the 2020 Fellowship is now open.
Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support a year, as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years. The first year of Fellowship funding cannot be deferred.
Most importantly, new Fellows join a strong community of current and past Fellows who all share the New American experience. There is an alumni association, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows Association (PDSFA), which actively engages current and past Fellows in events held across the country. For example, in 2015 the PDSFA held events with US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy (1998 Fellow) in both New York City and Washington, DC. In 2016, the PDSFA hosted events with Congressman Keith Ellison, Sachin Jain (2004 Fellow), Abdul El-Sayed (2012 Fellow), and Aarti Shahani (2010 Fellow) among others. They kicked 2017 off with an event in New York City co-hosted by the Marshall Scholars, which featured Thomas Friedman.
The competition is merit-based. Selection criteria emphasize creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment. The program values a commitment to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The program does not have any quotas for types of degrees, universities or programs, countries of origin, or gender, etc. Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply in subsequent years if they are still eligible.
What is required of Fellows? Over the two years of the Fellowship, Fellows are required to attend the annual Fall Conference in New York City, which is fully paid for by the program. The Fall Conference takes place over a weekend in late October and is an opportunity for the new Fellows to get to know one another and the Fellowship staff, alumni, and community, celebrate, and examine the New American experience. In addition, the director or deputy director of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships will visit each Fellow on their respective campus during the first fall semester of their Fellowship. The Fellowship funding should allow Fellows to focus on their studies full-time, which is why Fellows are not able to work full-time during their graduate program. Finally, Fellows are required to remain in good standing in their graduate program while receiving funding. At the close of their two years as an active fellow, Fellows must submit an exit report. More details on the visit and the requirements of the Fellowship are provided when selected applicants sign a contract with the Fellowship.
For more information or to apply for the fellowship, please visit the P.D. Soros Fellowship website.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.
During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.
Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the Fulbright website for details.
Open Study/Research Award
Applicants for study/research awards design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. The study/research awards are available in approximately 140 countries. Program requirements vary by country, so the applicants' first step is to familiarize themselves with the program summary for the host country.
English Teaching Assistant Programs
The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level. Applicants for ETA Programs can apply to only one country. Visit the ETA landing page for specific country requirements and numbers of awards.
Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship
The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provides opportunities for selected Fulbright US Student grantees to participate in an academic year of storytelling on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.
For the 2020-2021 competition, the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship will accept proposals to undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue as an enhancement to their Fulbright research or arts project. Utilizing a variety of storytelling tools—including, but not limited to text, photography, video, audio/podcasts, public speaking, maps, and graphic illustrations - Storytellers have the opportunity to share their stories, and the stories of those they meet, through National Geographic and social media platforms. For more information, visit the Fulbright-NatGeo Storytelling Fellowship landing page.
The National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation are seeking applications for their Dissertation Fellowship Program. The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, analysis, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.
This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund. This year 35 fellowships will be awarded. For more information or to apply, visit their website.
Each year the Center for Mark Twain Studies offers ten Quarry Farm Fellowships to scholars working on academic and creative projects related to Mark Twain and his circle. Fellows have the unique opportunity to reside in the house at Quarry Farm where Twain wrote many of his most famous works, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. At Quarry Farm they will find a robust research library, idyllic natural surroundings, and the seclusion which many scholars have, much like Twain, found conducive to writing. Fellows also have full library privileges through the Mark Twain Archive at Elmira College and are a short drive from additional special collections at Cornell.
In 2020 we will offer 3 month-long residencies, each with a $1500 honorarium and 7 two-week residencies, each with a $1000 honorarium. At least one month-long and two two-week fellowships will be reserved for emerging scholars, including graduate students and contingent faculty. One fellowship is reserved for a creative writer.
Several C19 members have been Quarry Farm Fellows in recent years. You can learn more about the fellowships, as well as read testimonials, by visiting MarkTwainStudies.org. Applications for 2020 are due by November 30, 2019.
Please feel free to contact myself or Dr. Joseph Lemak (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Position: Graduate Fellow 2019-2020
Department: Career Services, University of Pennsylvania
Graduate Student/Postdoc Team
Career Services at the University of Pennsylvania is a centralized office that serves undergraduates, graduate students, alumni of Penn programs, and postdocs. The Graduate Student/Postdoc Team serves graduate students, graduate alumni, and postdocs in humanities, social sciences, STEM, and professional programs. Our goal is to meet the diverse career needs of this population through one-on-one advising, workshops and networking events, experiential opportunities, and by connecting with employers. We focus on creating and implementing innovative approaches to helping graduate students/postdocs in their professional development. An overview of resources for doctoral students and postdocs can be found here: https://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/phdpostdoccareers.php
Each year we hire a PhD student to develop and expand on our PhD Externship program that provides the opportunity for students to gain brief, immersive experiences in jobs within academic administration and the non-profit sector to help them gain marketable skills and explore career options. Each new PhD fellow working on this project has supported our goal of growing this program to include more campus hosts, and, most recently, to include off-campus hosts for the first time, and to have more PhD students serve as externs. We are excited to see what new approaches can be taken to make this a meaningful, relevant, and dynamic experience for students engaged in career exploration.
We are seeking a doctoral student from any discipline who would like to take an active role in learning about and highlighting career options for PhDs, and who wants to make a positive impact as part of our team of graduate student/postdoc career advisors. Candidates who can bring a high level of enthusiasm for supporting graduate students and postdocs across campus are encouraged to apply. Skill in writing for a broad audience, event planning, relationship building, organization/time-management, and a willingness to learn are required; general knowledge of the University and support services is preferred.
Projects and responsibilities:
· Support the continued development and growth of a newly developed externship program for PhDs providing brief practical experiences in academic administration, with a strategic plan to move towards establishing opportunities in other non-faculty career paths of interest.
· Assist with expanding the externship program, including Penn and non-Penn opportunities
· Devise and implement new strategies for increasing student interest in and applications for the externship program
· Develop ideas for additional experiential activities and career simulations that will benefit the doctoral students and postdocs that we serve.
· Assist with online resource development, write and develop content for website, social media and other resources.
· Attend occasional team meetings.
Hours and Compensation: the Career Services Grad Fellow works for Career Services on an hourly basis. The fellow will receive $15 per hour. The fellow is expected to work 8-12 hours per week. Please check with your department to confirm that the income from this position would not affect your funding status; additionally, if you are employed at more than one campus job, you cannot work more than 20 hours per week in total if you are currently enrolled in classes per University policy.
Any student who will be enrolled in a University of Pennsylvania doctoral program in 2019-2020 is eligible to apply. Employment is contingent upon fulfilling responsibilities.
The deadline to apply is September 13th. Apply with resume and cover letter (preferably in single pdf attachment) to Marianne Lipa at email@example.com. No phone calls please.
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The Wolf Humanities Center announces a Graduate Research Assistantship for the 2019–2020 academic year for a University of Pennsylvania dissertation-level (ABD) student in the humanities whose work pertains to Kinship, the Center's research topic for the year.
See link for more details: https://wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/graduate-research-assistantship
The RAship provides full support for the 2019–20 academic year (tuition plus a stipend of approx. $25,500), and carries membership in the Wolf Humanities Center's Mellon Research Seminar on Kinship. Applicants may not be holding other positions and must be in good academic and financial standing with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
The RAship is awarded competitively. Semifinalists are interviewed on campus in March/April as part of the selection process. Application deadline: March 20, 2019.
The half-time position requires 15–20 hours per week of service in a variety of functions:
- Assist the administrative staff of the Wolf Humanities Center and the Price Lab for Digital Humanities in carrying out general business. Requires some evenings and, rarely, weekends to help staff events.
- Staff and participate in the weekly Wolf Humanities Center's Mellon Research Seminar and the bi-weekly Price Lab Mellon DH Seminar.
- Serve as the lead organizer of a one-day conference or symposium related to the theme of Kinship.
- Complete the following information and upload to our secure server as a single PDF:
- Cover letter expressing interest in the RAship.
- Project title, 125-word (max.) abstract.
- Project proposal (500 words) describing the research to be carried out during the course of the year and its relation to the Wolf Humanities Center's 2018-2019 theme, Kinship.
- Curriculum vitae and scan of unofficial Penn course transcript.
- Also required is one confidential letter of recommendation from either your dissertation director or your graduate chair. Please ask your referee to upload that letter to our secure server no later than March 20, 2019. (Letters should not be emailed.)
Call for Applications, 2019–2020
Research Topic: Kinship
Application deadline: March 20, 2019
See link for more details: https://wolfhumanities.upenn.edu/fellowships/penn-graduate-student-resea...
The Wolf Humanities Center is currently offering two one-year research fellowships at $2500 each to Penn graduate students in the humanities who are ABD. Students should be conducting dissertation research related to the Center's theme for the year in which the award is granted. Fellows are required to attend the Wolf Humanities Center's Mellon Research Seminar, held Tuesdays from noon–1:50pm* during the academic year, and present their work at one of the sessions. Seminar members also include postdoctoral fellows, faculty from Penn and regional universities, and the Center's director and topic director.
Two $2500 fellowships are available for Penn ABD graduate students in the humanities whose dissertation research relates to Kinship, the Center's topic for 2019-20.
To apply, please provide the following information:
- Your name and department
- Project Title
- Project Abstract (125 words maximum)
- Project Proposal (approx. 1000 words)
- Up-to-date c.v.
Please submit all information to our secure online server as a single PDF, naming your file <your Last name_First name.pdf> (e.g., Franklin_Ben.pdf)
- One confidential letter of recommendation from your dissertation advisor or graduate chair. Please ask your referee to upload their letter to our secure server no later than the application deadline, March 20, 2019.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
2019-2020 Academic Year
Application Deadline: Fri. March 15, 2019
See link for more details: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/andrea-mitchell-center/fellowships#gradfellows...
The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy will award 3 graduate fellowships during the 2018-2019 academic year to Penn graduate students with approved prospectuses for dissertation topics in any discipline relevant to the study of democracy, its theory or practice, or related topics of citizenship and constitutional government.
The Mitchell Center Graduate Fellowship will provide for the graduate student’s tuition and annual stipend during the 2019-2020 academic year. Recipients will also be compensated for administrative work done for the Program.
Funds are provided through a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation and the Mary and David Boies Family Fund. The recipients are expected to assist in organizing an interdisciplinary Mitchell Center Graduate Student Workshop in which graduate students from Penn and surrounding institutions may present pertinent research. They will be expected to attend the Mitchell Center Faculty Workshop series and conferences and may also be asked to provide administrative support for these events.
Applicants should send:
1) a CV
2) a description of their dissertation’s aim, current status, and further research plans
(not to exceed five double-spaced pages)
3) a copy of their transcript
4) a letter of endorsement from their Dissertation Supervisor.
Please send applications in Word or PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail hard copies to:
Mitchell Center Administrator
College Hall 208
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Questions concerning the Mitchell Center Graduate Fellowships should be directed to Matthew Roth at email@example.com, phone 215-573-4881.