“Learned Practices of Canonical Texts” Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2012- January 2, 2012 Deadline

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (MPIWG) offers a limited number of two-month pre- and postdoctoral fellowships for outstanding junior scholars in the final stage of completing their dissertations or within 4 years of having received the doctorate. Dissertation topics should be related to the ongoing research project in Department II “Learned Practices of Canonical Texts” (Organizers: Anthony Grafton, Glenn Most); project description at http://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/en/research/projects/DeptII_GraftonMost_Canonical.

This research project examines historically and comparatively the scholarly practices associated with canonical texts especially in the following linguistic traditions: ancient Greek; Latin; Hebrew; Arabic; the languages of the Indian subcontinent; Chinese. Approximately six senior and six junior scholars (the positions advertised here are for the latter six) will constitute a Working Group at the MPIWG in Berlin from 6 July 2012 to 17 August 2012. Each participant will arrive with a preliminary version of a chapter on one aspect of this topic for a collective publication, to be presented to and discussed by the other members of the group. All participants will then spend those six weeks working together to turn these chapters into a more unified book. The topic of the dissertation or postdoctoral research project must be pertinent to the research project and should come from the linguistic traditions indicated. Applicants working on non-European topics are especially encouraged to apply.

The fellowships are open to doctoral candidates and recent Ph.D.’s of all nationalities and disciplines, except those who have already received three years of Max Planck Society predoctoral fellowship funding. The colloquium language is English and candidates are expected to be able to present and discuss their work in that language. Applications may however be submitted in German, French, Italian, Spanish, or English. The fellowships will run from 1 July 2012 – 31 August 2012 and will include funds to cover round-trip travel between the fellow’s home institution and Berlin and a stipend for living expenses during this period. The MPIWG offers all resident scholars office space, computer and library support.

Applicants should send the following materials by 2 January 2012:

  1. Curriculum vitae and list of publications.
  2. Brief (maximum 750 words) description of dissertation, in which its relevance to this ongoing MPIWG research project is made clear.
  3. One chapter of the dissertation or a scholarly article, pertinent to the project (no longer than 40 pages), preferably in pdf form.
  4. One letter of recommendation from dissertation advisor endorsing the candidate and his/her involvement in the MPIWG Working Group. (Letters should be sent separately.)

Applications and letters of recommendation should be sent to:
Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Verwaltung (PrePostdoc Dept.2)
Boltzmannstraße 22
14195 Berlin

(Electronic submission is also possible: rheld@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de)

Successful applicants will be informed by the end of January 2012. Questions concerning stipends and the MPIWG should be addressed to the MPIWG Research Coordinator, Mr. Jochen Schneider (jsr@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de). Applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

2012/13 AADS Dissertation Fellowship- February 3, 2012 Deadline

Boston College’s African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) invites scholars working in any discipline in the Social Sciences or Humanities, with projects focusing on any topic within African and/or African Diaspora Studies, to apply for our dissertation fellowship.  We seek applicants pursuing innovative, preferably interdisciplinary, projects in dialogue with critical issues and trends within the field.


This fellowship includes a $30,060 stipend, health insurance, a $1,500 research budget, and a shared office.  The fellow must remain in residence for the academic year, deliver one public lecture, and teach one seminar course.

The successful applicant will have full access to all libraries as well as several rare books and manuscripts collections; of particular interest is the Nicholas M. Williams/Caribbeana Collection.  The fellow can also benefit from programs sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts; International Studies, American Studies, and Middle East Studies Programs; as well as the internationally renowned McMullen Museum.

Applications must include:

  1. a 3000 word project proposal that includes a plan for completion and description of how this fellowship will assist applicant in achieving future professional goals,
  2. a 25 page MAXIMUM writing sample,
  3. a CV,
  4. and, three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the dissertation advisor.  Eligible applicants must be ABD by the start of the fellowship year.

Submit applications by Friday, 3 February 2012, either electronically to aads@bc.edu or postmarked by regular mail to Chair, AADS Fellowship Committee, AADS, Boston College, 301 Lyons Hall, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467-3806.

Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural environment.  We strongly encourage applications from women, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.

2012 Ephemera Society of America Fellowship- January 15, 2012 Deadline

The Ephemera Society of America invites applications for the Philip Jones
Fellowship for the Study of Ephemera. This competition, now in its fifth
year, is open to any interested individual or organization for the study of
any aspect of ephemera — material defined as transitory printed documents.
It is expected that this study will advance one or more aims of the Society:

— To cultivate and encourage interest in this material; — To further the
understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of ephemera by people of all
ages, backgrounds and levels of interest — To contribute to cultural
understanding; — And to advance the personal and institutional collection,
preservation, exhibition, and research of ephemeral materials.

The $1,000 stipend can be applied to travel or study expenses. The expected
form and outcome of the project and its relationship to ephemera; when and
how the outcome will be disseminated; and its benefit to furthering the
goals of the ESA should be clearly stated in the application. Stipend money
cannot be used to purchase ephemera items.

Ephemera includes a vast amount of paper material such as advertisements,
airsickness bags, baseball cards, billheads, bookmarks, bookplates,
broadsides, cigar box labels and bands, cigarette cards, clipper ship cards,
board and card games, greeting cards, sheet music, maps, calendars,
blotters, invitations, luggage labels, menus, paper dolls, postcards,
posters, puzzles and puzzle cards, stock certificates, tickets, timetables,
trade cards, valentines, watch papers, and wrappers. These are but a handful
of examples*. *Please see the ESA website at www.ephemerasociety.org for
more information about ephemera.

The Fellowship selection criteria include:

  1. the importance of the project;
  2. how it will be shared with ESA members and the public;
  3. and the project’s relationship to ephemera and the mission of the Ephemera Society of America.

*Applications are due January 15, 2012*. Specific application instructions
for this fellowship can be down loaded at
http://www.ephemerasociety.org/JonesFellowshipInst2012.pdf. In order to be
considered these instructions need to be followed.

The applicant’s resume should include the applicant’s experience and proven
abilities to carry out this project*. The completed application should be
sent electronically to: ESAJones@cox.net* Decisions will be reported to the
successful individual or organization by March 1, 2012 and will be announced
at the Society’s annual meeting and conference March 17, 2012, in Old
Greenwich, Connecticut. The successful candidate is expected to write an
article about the project for an issue of the Society’s *Ephemera *News, and
also prepare a presentation about the project for the following year’s
annual conference.

*Examples of previously funded proposals are:*

— A study of Charles Magnus, one of the most prolific printers of ephemera
during the nineteenth century, who was in some ways simply a job printer,
producing a wide variety of books, maps, prints, and single sheet items, but
is worthy of study because so little has been written about him.

— Study of a specific ephemeral object, “The Negro Motorists Green Book”
providing insight into the ways that black Americans responded to racial
segregation, how they adapted to the changes in American life resulting from
the automobile and the interstate highway system, and how they found ways to
confront racism while grabbing onto middle class life.

— An elementary school teacher’s project involving the school community in
a project using ephemera to interest children in the social history of
various cultures.  This project also produced a lesson plan for an
assignment that is available for other teachers to replicate.

— The Victorian custom of exchanging snippets of hair.

Sixth Annual Dissertation Research Grants in Historic Preservation- March 1, 2012 Deadline

SRI Foundation is pleased to announce that it again willaward two $10,000 SRIF Dissertation Research Grants to advanced PhD candidates. Two classes of award will be considered. The first class of award will be given to students who expand the scholarly impact of one or more completed historic preservation projects. The second class of award will be given to students who advance the practice of historic preservation. Awards will be made to the top two proposals, regardless of class of award.

Applicants for the first class of award (e.g., in archaeology, cultural anthropology, historic architecture) must use information derived from one or more already completed historic preservation projects as their primary source of data (e.g., a series of compliance-driven cultural resource inventories, large-scale excavations, historic property recording projects). Applicants for the second class of award (e.g., in anthropology; history; architecture; historic preservation planning, law, and public policy) must undertake research directed primarily to understand and improve the practice of historic preservation (e.g., designing local historic preservation plans, developing Tribal historic preservation programs, investigating creative alternatives to standard mitigation for historic architectural resources and archaeological sites).

Detailed information on this dissertation research grantprogram, including an application form, is now posted on the SRI Foundationwebsite (http://www.srifoundation.org) under Educational Opportunities and Resources. Applications will be accepted through Friday March 1, 2012. The SRIF Dissertation Research Grant Review Committee will evaluate all proposals and make funding recommendations to the SRIF Board of Directors who will make the final award decisions. Winning applicants will be notified during the week of April 9–13, 2012. Grant funds will be released within 60 days of award notification.

Consortium for Education and Social Science Research 2011-2012 Workshop in Methods

Designing Case Study Research: Lessons from a Grant Reviewer by Andrew Bennett, PhD, Professor of Government – Georgetown University

Friday, October 28, 2011 – 10:00 – 11:30 – Woodburn Hall 200

This session will cover the essential tasks of designing case study research (specifying the puzzle, identifying alternative explanations, specifying the variables and measuring them, selecting cases, and formulating questions to ask of each case). It draws on the lecturer’s experience reviewing hundreds of grant proposals for the National Science Foundation and the US Institute of Peace to identify ten common flaws in case study research designs.

Using Typological Theorizing to Address Causal Complexity and Select Cases for Study by Andrew Bennett, PhD, Professor of Government – Georgetown University

Friday, October 28, 2011 – 2:00 – 3:30 – Woodburn Hall 200

This session will discuss how typological theories, or theories on different configurations of variables that constitute “types,” can help address complex causal relations such as high order interaction effects and equifinality even when there is limited diversity of cases. The discussion will emphasize operational issues such as how to develop typological theories, how to iterate between theorizing and initial empirical case study examples, and how to use typological theories to clarify case selection for qualitative research projects. The session will focus on two extended examples that participants may want to review in advance, though it is not essential order to follow the discussion. The first is an article on burden sharing in the 1991 Persian Gulf War (Bennett, Lepgold, and Unger, International Organization, Winter 1994), and the second is an article on military occupations (Edelstein, International Security, Summer 2004).

Andrew Bennett is Professor of Government at Georgetown University. He is the author, with Alexander George, of “Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences” (MIT Press, 2005), and President of the Institute on Qualitative and Multimethod Research (IQMR, easy to find on Google), a two-week training institute at Syracuse University that hosts over 150 PhD students each year. Professor Bennett has reviewed and critiqued over 500 case study research designs for PhD students and grant-awarding organizations.

Financial support for the Workshop in Methods (WIM) provided by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

WIM Director: William Alex Pridemore, Professor of Criminal Justice and Associate Director of the Consortium for Education and Social Science Research: wpridemo@indiana.edu.

CIC/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Announcement- November 15, 2011 Deadline

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) invite fellowship applications for one-year fellowships to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities.  Fellowships carry a stipend of $30,000.  All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible.  According to the information at this URL, http://www.si.edu/ofg/mrirolist.htm your departments academic focus aligns with at least one or more of the museums or research institutes of the Smithsonian.

Completed applications and required documents must be submitted electronically to Ms. Yvonne Dwigans, Fellowships Coordinator, ylivings@indiana.edu, by November 15, 2011 at 5 pm.

CIC_SI Application

CIC_SI Announcement

Grant Seeking & Grant Writing in Social Work

October 20, 2011, PhD Seminar in Social Work, Dr. Margaret Adamek

GGC Consultant: Cassie Chambliss


IUPUI GPSG Educational Enhancement Grants (EEGs)


Council on Social Work Education (multiple awards)

National Association of Social Workers Foundation (multiple awards)

Elderhostel K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Research Grant

Society for Social Work and ResearchDoctoral Fellows AwardFahs-Beck Doctoral Dissertation Grant

Social Work IASWR Funding Resources 2011



2012 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Dissertation Fellowship- Feb. 3, 2012 Deadline

The dissertation fellowships were created for doctoral candidates who are researching the population of student we serve in order to advance our understanding of the factors and contexts that help low-income students to overcome personal adversity and challenging socioeconomic circumstances to excel academically. We plan to use this knowledge to design programs and interventions that will help more low-income students identified as high-achieving in their primary and secondary school years to sustain their achievement levels through college and beyond.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will award four fellowships of up to $25,000 in 2012 with plans to increase the number of fellowships in the coming years.

Applicants must be candidates for a doctoral degree at a graduate school in the United States, they need not be US citizens. Please note that the applicants’ graduate study may be in a diverse range of academic disciplines but their topic must be tied to the educational experiences of low-income, high-achieving students.

Links to the application requirements and guidelines are posted on our website; the application and other materials must be submitted by February 3, 2012.  Please visit the Fellowship site (http://www.jkcf.org/scholarships/graduate-scholarships/jack-kent-cooke-dissertation-fellowship-award/ ) for more information about the fellowship, the application instruction, and the Foundation.

Polish Studies Grants-in-aid- October 20, 2011 Deadline

In academic year 2011 – 2012 the Polish Studies Center is offering two grants-in-aid, one student award and one faculty award, to support travel for activities related to scholarship in Polish Studies. Each grant provides up to $500 in support of travel to a conference to make a presentation in the field of Polish Studies. The grant may also be used towards the cost of other research-related travel. Note that each award may be split among two proposals.  The award may be for travel already completed as well future travel.


A selection committee appointed by the Director of Polish Studies will read all applications.

Applicants should submit the following to the Polish Studies Center:

  • A current c.v.
  • An abstract of your conference paper, or a 300-word statement explaining the nature and purpose of your travel.
  • If you are attending a conference, a copy of the acceptance letter or invitation letter.
  • Itemized budget of expected expenditures.

The award will be processed after travel is completed. Recipients will be informed about the necessary procedures for reimbursement.

Complete submissions should be received at the Polish Studies Center by Thursday, October 20, 2011.

Please contact Padraic Kenney at the Polish Studies Center for more information:

telephone: 812-855-1507

e-mail: polish@indiana.edu