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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!


Fulbright-Hays Deadline Coming Soon!

Young Men play cricket in Bhutan.
Photo by Joeseph Ferris III, Flickr Creative Commons

It’s baaaack! But not for long. The Fulbright-Hays DDRA is now open to graduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents, anticipate doing PhD research abroad, have significant area studies course work at the graduate level, and whose research involves extensive use of a language than English and/or the applicant’s native language. The University of Iowa campus deadline for submission of the DDRA application is 5:00PM Thursday, June 7, 2012. This deadline is required in order to meet the institutional national deadline of 3:30 CST/4:30 PM EST on Thursday, June 14, 2012.

* Note this is a much shorter application period than is normal due to the very late competition cycle. All application materials including all support documents (letters of recommendation, language evaluations, affiliation letters and graduate transcripts) must be submitted electronically by the June 7 deadline.

**If you anticipate applying for the DDRA, please send an email to Jennifer Teitle (dsp-gradgrants@uiowa.edu) and Karen Wachsmuth at International Programs  (karen-wachsmuth@uiowa.edu). Both of us will be able to assist you as you proceed.

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.

Do you need to be a U.S. citizen to get funded?

This is a common question that we receive, and the answer is “no!” There are many  opportunities out there for non-U.S. citizens, such as this one (that opened up today!). But the National Energy Technology Laboratory Professional Internship Program isn’t the only opportunity, there are hundreds of others. In fact, on the advanced COS search you can actually enter your own citizenship and get results that are tailored to you.

Check out the COS tab for directions on how to get started or call us at DSP to make an appointment!