Women's & Gender Studies Graduate Program Presents:
Demystifying Academia Graduate Student Workshop
with Professor Marisa Fuentes
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
11am - 1 p.m. - Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building - Douglass Campus
In an increasingly competitive academic environment graduate students (and junior professors) find the need to supplement and cover many of their research expenses to complete their required publications. Obtaining fellowships outside one’s institution affords us valuable time to complete research and writing without additional teaching and grading responsibilities. Beyond time, winning fellowships builds the CV for other fellowship and award competitions as well as making applicants more competitive in the job market—having demonstrated the ability to acquire outside funding and national recognition for your project. Finally, fellowships supply the resources for international field research that is vital to many of our interdisciplinary projects. This workshop will cover the mechanics (how to identify major grants, the structure of applications and research statements, etc) of applying for funding through national foundations (Ford, Fulbright, AAUW, Woodrow Wilson etc) for the upcoming and subsequent academic years. I will identify the major national fellowships for graduate students in various stages of their careers while going into particular detail with the Ford Foundation fellowships and the Fulbright IEE which are open to various disciplines and not restricted to the humanities. I will also discuss the significance and varieties of postdoctoral fellowships available to graduating students. By the end of this workshop you will have a sense of the major fellowships in your field and a solid understanding of the elements required for a competitive application.