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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 dsp-gradgrants@uiowa.edu


Funding International Travel

6441760-flags-globe-with-world-map-original-vector-illustrationFunding international travel, research, and conference experiences has been on everyone’s mind lately. Between a big NSF announcement and a university wide effort to increase Fulbright visibility (join the Iowa Fulbright group!), everyone seems to be thinking of going abroad.

In addition, Anna Hoffman, from UI College of Education recently contacted me for an interview about international travel funding. I was featured alongside my buddy from International Programs, Karen Wachsmuth. Karen handles Fulbright, DAAD, Boren, and Stanley awards here at Iowa. I handle a mish-mash of other international opportunities including Chateaubriand, IDRF, AAUW, and pretty much anything else you find in your SPIN and Grants 4 Hawks Searches.

During my interview, I offered Anna the following three pieces of advice about funding international travel.

1)       Be flexible. At age 24, I wanted to teach in Australia, and ended up getting an offer to teach in Germany. I went from knowing almost nothing about Bavaria to having it become one of my favorite places! This is not an unusual story; part of the magic of international study is growing from the experiences you don’t expect.

2)       Start early. Big opportunities (such as those offered by Fulbright) not only require well-developed proposals, but also language study, testing, and sometimes in-country experiences. It also helps to have an early record of success with smaller opportunities such as travel grants, conferences, and/or trips to archives.

3)       Find a Mentor (and other readers!). Nobody can replace a strong faculty mentor when you are developing your research project. Work closely with them to develop your project, gently remind them of deadlines, and make they have the information they need to support you. You will also want to find “educated generalists” that can read your proposal and help keep it clear and jargon-free. This is the kind of reading I do for students, but you can also work with [Anna and Liz J maybe? ] through the COE Grant and Research Services Center, Karen Wachsmuth at International Programs, or another reader.

Are you a University of Iowa graduate student who wants to find funding for international research? Contact dsp-gradgrants@uiowa.edu and I will connect you with the best resources for your needs. Undergrad? Contact the Kelly Thornburg from the UI Honors Program for the best resources.

Opportunities for Medievalists

medievalistAre you a medievalist with a dissertation project that will be approved by February 15, 2013? Are you a member (or considering membership) with the Medieval Academy of America? If so, the MAA Dissertation Grant  could be the oppportunity for you!

Your application is due February 15, and will be judged on the following criteria:

  • the originality of the dissertation project, the clarity of its methodology, and its likelihood to contribute to medieval  studies
  • the cogency of the writing and organization of the dissertation project description
  • the dissertation director’s statement regarding the excellence of the project and the applicant’s preparation to complete the project
  • the applicant’s demonstrated need for the grant to complete the dissertation successfully

Are you not ready for your dissertation just yet? Perhaps some Latin classes would be a better fit? Maybe you just want to see what else is available (scroll down for a good list!). As always, let me know if I can help!

Thinking About a Fulbright? START TODAY

Do you know when you should be planning for your awesome Fulbright adventure ? Not next month, not next spring, and CERTAINLY not next summer… No, you should start planning today.

But the deadline is in September, so what’s the rush?

Experts agree (and by experts, I mean winners) that a good Fulbright application takes more than a few months to prepare. It’s not that the writing is all that much work (although you will need to go through several drafts to be competitive), it’s the affiliations, the planning, and sometimes even the preliminary research to show that your project is worthwhile.

But don’t take my word for it, here’s a Fulbright blogger with his advice:

So how do you get involved in this exciting opportunity? It all starts with the application. Find someone you trust to edit your essays. Tell them you want the most honest and rigorous feedback they can give. It’s important that the proposal retains the quality of your own voice, but an editor can identify where your ideas are too vague, the language too flowery and information repeated.

Second, be willing to write and rewrite the application materials until they are clear, succinct, detailed and convey your passion. For reference, I rewrote my project proposal eight times. The degree of organization and professionalism of your application materials will speak to your ability to undertake the responsibility of teaching or researching in a foreign country.

In terms of the application itself, it’s important to approach the process strategically. At the outset it may seem that you don’t have enough space to convey everything you’d like the review committee to know. Be creative in how you include information. For example, there were a few accomplishments that I couldn’t fit into my project proposal or personal narrative, so I asked my references to discuss those achievements in the letters they were writing.

Smart advice, and there’s more on the Fulbright blog. But you will also want to start working with a fellowships advisor. My Fulbright Fellowship buddies, Kelly (for undergraduates), and Karen (for graduate students) can offer you great advice and help you make contacts with even more helpful people.

You will also want to make contact with your advisor/mentor/faculty that will support your application. These people will not only serve as references, they are essential to helping you plan a project that is feasible within the Fulbright time frame. If you don’t know a person with your area of interest, contact a Fulbright advisor and ask. Interested in teaching English abroad on a Fulbright ETA? Contact a faculty member with expereince in that country (or a Fulbright advisor to find one) and get some starting advice!


ProFellow is Your New Bicycle

Are you looking for a fellowship for the 2013 school year? Perhaps you have an itch to travel abroad and enhance your language skills or collect preliminary data for your dissertation? Try  ProFellow to get you where you want to go!

ProFellow is the brainchild of Vicki Johnson, a doctoral student in disaster management, and her partner, Ryan. Vicki is the beneficiary of several graduate and professional fellowships, and created the site based on her own experiences. Beyond just searching, the site offers a terrific ProFellow blog, where successful fellows tell their stories and give hints about the application process.

Great ideas!

Summer Preparations for GRFP Applicants

Are you thinking of applying for a Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award this fall? If you are eligible, there is no reason not to! But, like all other funding  applications, the key to your success is advance preparation. But what does that mean for this summer? Both GRFP awardees and reviewers offer GRFP tips, but you will also definitely want to think about the following summer homework:

  •  Learn about Broader Impacts (BI) activities, what this term means, and your activities meet this vital criteria. Try this handy BI guide sheet from NSF. According to this article written by GRFP reviewers “For a large number of applicants, the broader impact criterion was the decisive factor.”
  • Select your letter writers and prepare materials to make their job easy. Give them directions for Fastlane (Mizzou has a nice example) and some examples (Vanderbilt offers a useful guide). Choose your writers carefully, select people who know your work well and can speak to different strengths…and then help them do that!

Finally, you should begin to read some winning GRFP proposals! Immerse yourself in the genre of GRFP essay. You can do this by reviewing online examples, like these on Alex Lang’s Blog, or drop me an email at dsp-gradgrants@uiowa.edu to see examples from recent Iowa winners (Hawk ID required).

As always, let me know what I can do to help!

Profile: Iowa GRFP Winner Edmarie Guzman-Velez

Edmarie Guzman-Velez

Congratulations to University of Iowa Neuropsychology student, Edmarie Guzman-Velez, on her winning proposal to the NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program! As one of 2000 students selected this year, Edma will receive $30,000 of support for three years, a 10,500 cost-of-education allowance, and professional development opportunities. Our office was happy to be a part of the application process, and we want to congratulate Edma on her award!

Edma’s work focuses on understanding how emotions persist for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease(AD), even when the memory for what caused that emotion has faded. She explores whether amygdala damage is correlated with emotional experience, and if hippocampal damage is correlated with declarative memory. Her study recruits patients in varying stages of AD in order to capture variance in amygdala and hippocampal dysfunction. After watching highly emotional film clips aimed to induce either sadness or happiness (as in Feinstein et al., 2010), a detailed memory test and standardized emotion rating scales were administered at four different time points. Preliminary results suggest that the sustained experience of emotion can be independent of declarative memory for the event that caused the emotion in participants with AD.

Would you like to learn more about this award and other like it? Contact our office to set up a search appointment today!

Profile: Iowa GRFP Winner Caitie Hilliard

Congratulations to UI Psychology student Caitlin Hilliard, who was selected to receive an award from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP). Caitie was one of two of the three Iowa winners that our office met and worked with this year. We wish her the best!
The GRFP award consists of:
– Three years of support
– $30,000 annual stipend
– $10,500 cost-of-education allowance to the institution (anticipated to increase to $12,000 for 2012)
International research and professional development opportunities
TeraGrid Supercomputer access

Caitie’s project, From Mind to Hand: How Gesture Serves to Bridge the Gaps in Knowledge, explores the way speakers alter gestures based on knowledge they share with listeners. In the first phase of her project, she worked to clarify if gestures change because speech changes, or as a direct result of speakers’ and listeners’ shared knowledge. Employing a Tower of Hanoi problem-solving task, she manipulated speakers’ and listeners’ knowledge as they completed the task. In the second phase of her project, Caitie will be exploring the way speakers’ perception of the listerner’s competency affects how information is translated into gesture. Congratulations, Caitie!

Do you think that the GRFP is right for you? Contact us for more information and be on the lookout for a fall presentation that will focus on this opportunity!

Fulbright Podcast

Are you considering applying for a Fulbright this year? Have you thought about your Project Statement? Affiliations? Here’s a great little podcast (that’s casual and fun!) to walk you through the steps. Feel free to contact Angela and Jen for more information!

Ths Early Bird Gets the Grant!

Are you thinking of applying for a grant or fellowship this fall? You should be! One of the most important pieces of advice that we share with graduate students is to plan early for the many fall deadlines. In our experience, the most successful proposals are often the ones where authors have spent time carefully crafting their argument.Yet, once summer gets going and the fall semester starts, few graduate students have time to “lovingly” craft a winning proposal. So how can you give your work a boost? Start now!

So if you are not attending today’s “Treasure Hunting” session over in Hardin, and you haven’t already used the university’s databases, call us or email about information that will help you find just the right opportunities to apply for this fall.