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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!

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.

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!


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!

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>

Seed Grants for Indigenous Film Projects

All Roads Seed Grants. This grant funds film projects by or about indigenous and underrepresented minority cultures from around the world and seeks to support filmmakers who bring their community stories to light through first-person storytelling. Submission deadlines are the 15th March, June, September, and December. Grant award notifications are approximately six weeks later.

NASA deadlines fast approaching

The NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) deadline is:

March 1, 2011.

The GSRP is an Agency-wide fellowship program (also called GSRP Training Grants in what follows) for graduate study leading to masters or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering related to NASA research and development. Learn more at the OSSI:SOLAR system.