MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award- Departments must submit student nominations by January 20, 2012.

The Midwest Association of Graduate School is pleased to announce the Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of graduate students who exemplify excellence in the teaching/learning mission of our universities. The 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award is sponsored by Blackboard. Two awards have been created to recognize the importance of excellence in teaching and mentoring as a component of graduate education and the preparation of graduate students for future service as college and university faculty. One award will be given to a doctoral student and one, to a master’s student. Each award includes a citation and a $750 honorarium that will be given at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS).

The MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award competition is open to all graduate students who have teaching appointments and who are enrolled in a member institution at the time of application. Institutions are restricted to one nomination of a doctoral student and one nomination of a master’s student.

Nominations must include a letter of support from the department head, the nominee’s teaching portfolio (including teaching video link), a summary of student teaching evaluations, evidence of effective student/colleague mentoring, acurrent curriculum vitae, and a current transcript. Excluding the letters of nomination and support, vitae, and transcript, the nomination is limited to six (6) pages double spaced. Primary consideration will be given to nominees with an excellent teaching portfolio and student evaluations.

Interested students need to submit their application material to their department for review.  Departments must submit their student nominations to the University Graduate School by January 20, 2012.  Students are not eligible to self-nominate.


Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship- January 11, 2012 Deadline

The Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann created a perpetual charitable trust designated as “The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund” for the purpose of funding advanced education and graduate study grants, which must be carried out entirely in the United States of America.  The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships are to be awarded only to candidates who have outstanding undergraduate records, have demonstrated a need for financial assistance, are citizens of the United States of America, are enrolled in accredited colleges and universities in the United States and have received baccalaureate degrees.

Mrs. Liebmann was the daughter of a prominent Armenian intellectual, writer and statesman and was married to one of the owners of a successful American business.  She supported students and educational and charitable organizations during her lifetime.  Mrs. Liebmann’s primary concern, as expressed in her Will, was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.  The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.

The amount of each Fellowship will cover the cost of tuition and a stipend to be allocated towards room, board, living expenses and income taxes. The Trustee has set the stipend at $18,000 for this year.  The procedures governing the granting of the awards are detailed on the enclosed application.

CANDIDATE Qualifications

1. Fellowships are available to students who are currently enrolled in and pursuing a graduate degree at a designated institution of higher learning located in the United States of America.   Undergraduate students are no longer qualified candidates.

2. The program of study being pursued by the candidate may include any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).   The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors.

3. The candidate must have received a baccalaureate degree at the time the fellowship would commence and have an outstanding undergraduate record.

4. The candidate must demonstrate a need for financial assistance. 

5. The candidate must be a citizen of the United States of America.

6. The candidate may be of any national descent or background.


1. The amount of each Fellowship will cover actual tuition costs plus an $18,000 annual stipend to be allocated towards room, board and ordinary living expenses, as well as any income taxes thereon.

2. The recipient of a Fellowship shall be known as a Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellow.

3. Fellowships are awarded annually.  Each Fellow MUST APPLY FOR A RENEWAL of his or her fellowship by March 30 of the following year in accordance with the terms in effect at the time the fellowship is awarded.  Fellowships will be limited to a maximum of three years. 

4. Awarded fellowships may not be deferred.

5. A Fellowship may be canceled at any time if a Fellow engages in misconduct affecting the Fund, breaches any of these rules or provides false information to the Fund either directly or indirectly.


2012 Environmental Public Policy & Conflict Resolution Dissertation Fellowship- February 24, 2012 Deadline

The Udall Foundation invites applications for the 2012 Environmental Public Policy & Conflict Resolution Dissertation Fellowship. We hope that you will post or distribute the attached application to qualified Ph.D. students.

The Udall Foundation awards two one-year fellowships of up to $24,000 to doctoral candidates whose research concerns U.S. environmental public policy and/or U.S. environmental conflict resolution, and who are entering their final year of writing the dissertation. Dissertation Fellowships are intended to cover both academic and living expenses from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012. The application deadline is February 24, 2012.

For additional information about the Dissertation Fellowship, including eligibility, program conditions, and biographies of recent fellows, please visit our website at

Eligible fields of study include geography; marine sciences; environmental anthropology; political science; economics; environmental science, policy and management; ecology; environmental justice; regional planning; natural resource policy; environmental analysis and design, and many more. While scholarly excellence is of prime importance in selection of fellows, the Foundation is also seeking to identify individuals who have a demonstrated commitment to U.S. environmental public policy and/or U.S. environmental conflict resolution, and who have the potential to make a significant impact in the real world. Interdisciplinary projects are particularly welcome.

We appreciate your help in publicizing this opportunity. If you have questions about the Udall Fellowship Program, please contact Jane Curlin, Senior Program Manager, at

2012 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Dissertation Fellowship- February 3, 2012 Deadline

I am pleased to announce the launch of the 2012 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Dissertation Fellowshipin support of advanced doctoral candidates in a variety of fields, including education and the social sciences. At the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, we assist high-achieving low-income students, from middle school to graduate school, in reaching their full potential through education.

We have created the dissertation fellowships 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.

Although 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 ( ) for more information about the fellowship, the application instruction, and the Foundation.

Louis Caldera
Vice President of Programs
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Flyer link:

SSRC 2012 Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship – Due February 1, 2012

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program, which supports mid-stage graduate students in the humanities and social sciences, is now accepting applications for the 2012 fellowship cycle.  This year’s program contains the following research fields, led by senior faculty spanning a variety of disciplines:

The fellowship cycle includes spring and fall workshops designed and led by pairs of senior tenured faculty, which provide a framework for pre-dissertation research and guide proposal writing within the context of selected research fields. In the summer months, student fellows carry out exploratory field research on their topics to evaluate issues of feasibility and methods of investigation. Now in its sixth year, the program annually offers training in five fields to 60 graduate students.

The 2012 Research Fields are as follows:

Governing Global Production, led by Tim Bartley (Sociology, Indiana University) and Layna Mosley (Political Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)

Ecological History, led by Stevan Harrell (Anthropology, University of Washington) and Peter Perdue (History, Yale University)

Gender Justice in the Era of Human Rights, led by Dorothy Hodgson (Anthropology, Rutgers University) and Pamela Scully (Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Emory University)

Mediated Futures: Globalization and Historical Territories, led by William Mazzarella (Anthropology, University of Chicago) and Arvind Rajagopal (Media, Culture and Communication, New York University)

New Approaches to Transnationalism and Migratory Circulation (International Field), led by Emmanuel Ma Mung (Geography, University of Poitiers) and Khachig Tölölyan (English Literature, Wesleyan University)

Eligibility:  The Fellowship competition is open to second and third year graduate students in all disciplines of the humanities and social science who are enrolled full time in PhD programs at accredited universities in the United States. International fields are open to students enrolled in universities within countries of the international co-sponsoring organizations. For more information on eligibility, please visit our website.

Program Contacts: For further information regarding the program and how to apply, please visit our website at

Program staff are available at to answer additional questions.