Tag Archives: Funding

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! dsp-gradgrants@uiowa.edu


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 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!

Lewis and Clark Fund for Field Research

Do you need funding in order to conduct field study in 2013? The The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research may be your solution. This opportunity provides up to $5000 for your research costs.

The Lewis and Clark Fund encourages exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data. They support students in archeology, anthropology, biology, ecology, geography, geology, linguistics, paleontology, population genetics, and some other fields as well.

Deadlines: Application: February 1, with notification in May, for work in June and beyond. Letters of support: January 28

Want to know what they are looking for? Check in with Jen at dsp-gradgrants@uiowa.edu to see a sample of a winning proposal Lewis and Clark proposal from a former UI student.

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!

Join a UI Fulbright Workshop!

Please join UI Fulbright advisors Karen Wachsmuth (International Programs) and Kelly Thornburg (Honors Program); and UI Fulbright 2011-12 grantee, Luke Juran, for a Fulbright U.S. Student Program workshop on Tuesday, May 8th, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in International Commons, 1117 UCC. The presenters will discuss the details of the upcoming 2013-14 competition, including this year’s countries and programs offered. Given that this workshop will open this year’s cycle, the presenters will discuss information that was not covered during the March 28th workshop, so all interested students should attend. This event is open to all students, including undergraduate, graduate and professional students, and alumni.

Fulbright grants support a multitude of international possibilities, including research, graduate study, and teaching English.

There will be time for individual student questions toward the end of the session.

Please direct questions to: Karen Wachsmuth, Academic Programs and Student Services Administrator, International Programs, karen-wachsmuth@uiowa.edu, 319-335-1436.

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.

Public Engagement in the Humanities, Arts, and Design

Submission Deadline:  June 1st
PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) is Imagining America’s network for publicly engaged graduate students in humanities, arts, and design. PAGE enhances the theoretical and practical tools for public engagement; fosters a national, interdisciplinary community of peers and veteran scholars; and creates opportunities for collaborative knowledge production.

IA invites graduate students with a demonstrated interest in public scholarship and/ or artistic practice to apply for a 2011-2012 PAGE Fellowship.  Awardees receive $600 to attend a half-day Fellows Summit on September 21st and the 2011 Imagining America national conference, September 22-24, both in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The PAGE director will partner Fellows with senior scholar mentors as well as help promote opportunities for peer mentorship and support from IA’s network.   Upon acceptance of a Fellowship, participants also commit to participating in a yearlong working group to promote collaborative art-making, teaching, writing, and research projects. In doing so, PAGE is looking to foster a cohort of Fellows interested in pursuing collective and innovative scholarly practices.   Fellows are asked to present such publicly-engaged scholarship/ art before the close of the academic year at either an IA regional meeting, a campus workshop of their own design, or another appropriate professional convening.

Within the frame of our 2011 national conference, themed around “What Sustains Us?” the PAGE Summit will take up questions similar to the gathering as a whole (see below), but through the lens of graduate education.  This is an urgent moment in higher education, not the least in graduate programs, requiring us to think through sustaining public engagement through the intersections of mentorship, diversity, real-world interaction, student success, and scholarship.  Fellows will be asked throughout the year to reflect upon their own public practice in the cultural disciplines, its place in making higher education a more democratic space, and the ramifications of the changing economic climate.


Graduate students at all stages of their MA/MFA/PhD programs, including previous fellows, may apply to be PAGE Fellows. Applicants must be graduate students during the 2011-2012 academic year, but do not have to be planning a career within higher education.
Note: Only students who are affiliated with Imagining America member institutions are eligible for this award. For a list of member institutions, and more information about Imagining America, visit www.imaginingamerica.org <http://www.imaginingamerica.org/> .

Applicants must submit a CV and a short reflective essay (up to 500 words) on past, current, or future work in the context of one of the following issues, posed in the IA National Conference CFP:


*How can the increasing efforts to realize the democratic, public, and civic purposes of American higher education be sustained and forwarded? What sustains our engaged practices within a context of diminished resources and rapidly shifting cultures within higher education?

*How can engagement efforts contribute to sustained economic and cultural viability in urban and rural communities?*What sustains stakeholders confronting challenges around power, race, class, and privilege?

Submission Deadline:  June 1st
Click here <https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/va0808/127567> to apply

Questions?  Please contact National Director of PAGE, Adam Bush at
asbush@gmail.com <mailto:asbush@gmail.com>

PDF Version <http://imaginingamerica.org/IApdfs/PAGE%20CFP%202011%20March%2011%20final.pdf>