I’m off to visit those great folks at the Obermann Center on Friday, and I want to share with you the cool new crowdfunding site I’ll be highlighting for them. It’s called Rally, and seems perfect for community projects.
You may have heard me wax on about the possibilities of crowdfunding sites like Petridish, Solar Mosaic, Lucky Ant , Social Teeth, (and of course, Kickstarter), but they really do seem full of untapped potential for graduate student funding. Now there’s Rally, and it looks like a great fit for those scholars focused on Public Engagement, like the Obermann Fellows.
What do you think? Have you used a crowdfunding site to fund a graduate school project or dissertation? Would you like to try? I’d love to hear from you!
The TIAA-CREF Ruth Simms Hamilton Research Fellowship was established to honor the memory and outstanding work of the late Dr. Ruth Simms Hamilton, the former Michigan State University professor and TIAA Trustee. Professor Hamilton served as a Trustee from 1989 to 2003 and during her 35-year career at Michigan State University, she was a highly regarded sociology professor and a faculty member of the African Studies Center, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Center for Advanced Study of International Development. She was an early pioneer of research concerning the African Diaspora, the dispersion and settlement of African people once they left Africa.
Fellowships are awarded to one or more graduate students enrolled in a social science program at an accredited U.S. college or university and studying the African Diaspora. The fellowships are awarded based on evaluation of submissions by an objective panel of judges. The submission period runs from October 1, 2010 through January 3, 2011 and candidates must register during this time by using the online application form.