The Center for Global Studies Fellow Award

Humanities Initiative Dissertation Support Call For Applications

Deadline: April 3, 2017 at 5 p.m. for Fellows affiliating in Fall 2017/ Spring 2018

The Center for Global Studies (CGS) is pleased to announce the Global Studies Dissertation Fellows program offered in conjunction with the College of the Liberal Arts' Departmental Dissertation Release Awards. These combined awards are for Humanities graduate students who are working in the field of global studies in their dissertations. The Center and Institute Grant provided by the CGS augments the Department Dissertation Release Award by providing a $1,000 grant to support research-related activities for the semester in which the student has received a Department Dissertation Release Award; in addition, award recipients will have the title of Center for Global Studies Fellow.

The Center for Global Studies Fellow will be informed of all CGS events and asked to participate in those events that are of interest to them or that would benefit their research. Furthermore, the Center for Global Studies Fellow will be required to present their dissertation research at a CGS event or at a Global Studies K-12 Teacher's Workshop.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a Center/Institute Fellow Award, applicants must meet the following Humanities Dissertation Release Program criteria:

  1. Students must be enrolled in a CLA department or program devoted to scholarship in the humanities.
  2. Students must be ABD and supported on assistantship during the semester of the release.
  3. Students must receive a full one-term release from teaching and other duties from their home department/program so they can devote themselves full time to the dissertation while in residence at University Park. (With permission of their Graduate Director, they may travel for the sake of scholarly research or meetings.)
  4. Students may not hold any other academic appointment during semester on the release.
  5. Students must have an approved dissertation proposal before the beginning the semester of their release.

How to Apply

Up to two fellows may be named per academic year, on a competitive basis, to support students' dissertation research. Students eligible for the Humanities Initiative Dissertation Support who wish to be considered for the Center for Global Studies Fellow Award should send one copy of applications materials, either PDF or hard copy, to Keshia Kennelley at kak43@psu.edu or 105 Sparks Building (phone: 814-865-1439). The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, April 3, 2017 at 5 p.m.

For more information on the rules for eligibility and the program itself, please visit the Humanities Initiative Dissertation Support Semester Release Opportunities page at the College of the Liberal Arts web site.

Applications should include the following:

  1. A complete information summary form;
  2. Verification in the form of a memo from your director of graduate studies indicating eligibility for the Humanities Initiative Dissertation Release in the 2017-18 academic year;
  3. A curriculum vitae (no more than three pages);
  4. A cover letter that includes:
    • interest in a Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 release;
    • a brief description of the dissertation project and its connection with the focus of the center or institute to which the student is applying;
    • status of the dissertation proposal;
    • a timetable for completing the dissertation;
    • interest in participating in the activities of the center/institute while engaged as a Fellow.
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