Public Engagement Fellowship Opportunity

Are you a publicly engaged graduate student in humanities, arts, or design?

Imagining America invites graduate students with a demonstrated interest in publicly engaged scholarship and/or artistic practice to apply for a 2013-2014 PAGE Fellowship. Awardees receive $500 to attend a half-day Fellows Summit on October 3rd and the 2013 Imagining America national conference, October 4th-6th, both at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

* See the PAGE application for details on the writing prompt and formatting

DEADLINE: May 15th.

  • Applicants will be notified by June 30th.
  • Participation in the program begins with an informal webinar in August.

2013 Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge

logo-NSF-CMYKThe Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation challenges STEM graduate students across the nation to submit innovative ideas to prepare them for tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges. Entries are solicited for ideas with the potential to improve graduate education and professional development. Ideas can be directed toward, for example, students, faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, and/or federal.

Opportunities for Women’s Studies Scholars

Spring has sprung, and despite the low temps in Iowa City ( 21°!), we are ready to think about spring funding opportunities!

Today, I want to focus attention on a handful of opportunities for those folks who focus on women’s issues, education, and health. Here are a couple of opportunities with rapidly approaching deadlines:


1) Awards for The National Women’s Studies Association (various)

2) Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) (studies of women and cancer)

*** Here is a list with many more!

As always, drop me a line if you need help!

UI’s T. Anne Cleary deadline is April 1

IMG_1620The University of Iowa’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship, the T. Anne Cleary, has a deadline of Monday, April 1, 2013.

The purpose of this award is to provide funds for UI doctoral candidates to conduct dissertation research outside of North America, and is available to all disciplinary areas.

More information is available here:



Search for funding today!

It’s a new day, a new week, a new year. Why shouldn’t this be the year you learn to write grants like a pro? Nervous? Don’t be, you have a lot of support here at Iowa. Why not start by finding an opportunity that fits your goals. Look under the find funding tab and explore the databases to learn about great funding opportunities in your discipline. Want to see how others at Iowa have found funding? Check out the UI Proposal Library. Want personalized help? Contact me at and I’ll help you get started in the right direction.

Thank a Librarian (in person!)

libraryDo you love visiting libraries? Perhaps you need to visit a library to help with your research? Why not get some financial help to get you where you want to be. Here’s a great list of libraries, many of which offer graduate student travel grants. I tried to link to the travel grant pages, when possible.

Credit: NACBS.


Fund Me, Maybe?

Happy weekend from Grants 4 Hawks!


Are you an International Doctoral Student in the Humanities or Social Sciences?

More specifically, are you from Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal, Palestine, Russia, Serbia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan? And  a doctoral student in the humanities or social sciences?

If so, the Global Supplementary Grant Program (GSGP) might be a great opportunity for you!

Open_Society_FoundationAmount: $10,000

Deadline: April 1, 2013.

Need help? Email Jen at

Get a Great Recommendation Letter

facebook_like_butonHave you ever wondered how to get the best possible recommendation letter? While there are many schools of thought on the topic, most folks now acknowledge that you as the individual being recommended play an essential  role in the creation of a high quality letter.

For example, let’s say you are applying for a fellowship that appreciates interdisciplinary thinking (let’s say this one). You will want your letters to reflect this interdisciplinary at a deep level. To do this, you should get letter writers from different areas of study who can speak to your different strengths. How does this happen? Well, hopefully you have maintained even a bit of contact with your letter writers over time and you can offer them a warm letter and update when making your request. If that hasn’t happened, you can request a letter, but you might need to be very explicit in what you would like them to say. You might want to think about it from their perspective.

I recently ran across a wonderfully detailed two-part description of getting the best possible recommendation letters on the ProFellow blog (part 1 and part 2). It might be a little intense for some applicants (it’s aimed towards the most rigorous competitions), but it has great advice. Plus, if this is what your biggest competitors are up to, you’d better to be prepared!

My own basic rules for asking for a recommendation letters are not wildly different. They include:

1) Ask early (a month or more is preferable)

2) Ask this simple question:

“Do you feel you know me well enough to write a strong letter of recommendation for the X fellowship?”

By asking this question, your recommender has the opportunity to decline gracefully. If the answer is “no,” don’t push. *Thanks to UI’s Dr. Kelly Cole, an amazing fellowships resource, for this great advice!

2) Convey warmth and enthusiasm about the opportunity (nobody wants to write you a letter for your “plan B”)

3) If they agree to write, meet with them or send details about the opportunity, as well as a synopsis of your proposed project. View them as advisers, not just writers and take their input seriously. You may also want to send them a more complete draft later in the process.

4) Guide your writer as to where you want them to focus and provide examples of your work together. It is ethical to provide letter writers with bullet points of what you want them to say.

5) Follow up with a thank you, and let them know how you did in the competition.

Happy New Year everyone, and I look forward to helping you in 2013!