GradGrants Center Fall 2015 Workshops Announced

This Fall the GGC will offer a series of workshops aimed at training graduate students in research proposal writing and general funding acquisition. The workshops are aimed at graduate students at all points in their graduate careers, and will be helpful for both first-year students and dissertating students looking for post-doc positions. These workshops are open to all IU graduate students, and space permitting, undergraduates and faculty. Workshops will entail both a presentation and activities that push you to apply the lessons to your own work, and hopefully walk away with some useful product.


Fall Workshop Schedule

  • Introduction to funding databases: finding funding in graduate school
    • Thursday 9/24 1-2pm
  •  The art of research proposal writing: tips, tricks, and techniques
    • Thursday 10/22 1-2pm
  •  The art of writing a personal statement: tips, tricks, and techniques
    • Thursday 11/5 1-2pm


All presentations will be held in the Social Science Research Commons (Woodburn 200). Please email us at with any questions.



Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship (deadline 11/1)

The 2016 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship competition is scheduled to open in September 2015.


This year the program will award approximately 60 predoctoral fellowships. These fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.

Predoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligibility to apply for a predoctoral fellowship is limited to: 
Predoctoral Eligibility

  • All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors, or other designations),
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level,
  • Individuals enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based (dissertation-required), program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education,
  • Individuals who as of the 2016 fall semester require a minimum of three years of study to complete their Ph.D./Sc.D. degree, and
  • Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.
Receipt of the fellowship award is conditioned upon each awardee providing satisfactory documentation that he or she meets the eligibility requirements. 

Criteria for Selection

The following will be considered as positive factors in choosing successful candidates:

  • Evidence of superior academic achievement
  • Degree of promise of continuing achievement as scholars and teachers
  • Capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds
  • Sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, and scholarship at the college and university level
  • Likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship
  • Membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding:
    • Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo, or other Indigenous People of Alaska)
    • Black/African Americans
    • Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos
    • Native American Indians
    • Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian)
    • Puerto Ricans
Applications will be evaluated by panels of distinguished scholars selected by the Academies. The panels will use academic records, essays, letters of recommendation, the application itself, and other appropriate materials as the basis for determining the extent to which candidates meet the eligibility requirements and the selection criteria. Review panels may also look at additional factors such as the suitability of the proposed institution for the applicant’s plan of graduate study and the likelihood that they will require a minimum of three years to complete their Ph.D./Sc.D. study as of the 2016 fall semester.

Eligible Fields of Study

Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs that include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women’s studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice. Research-based fields of education are eligible if the major field of study is listed above and is used to describe the Ph.D. or Sc.D. program of the applicant (e.g., sociology of education, anthropology and education).

The complete list of eligible fields of study supported at the predoctoral level of the fellowship program is available on the website.

Individuals enrolled in the following practice-oriented programs will not be supported: administration, audiology, business, consumer studies, curriculum development, education policy, human resource management, exercise physiology, filmmaking, fine arts, guidance, kinesiology, leadership, library and information science, management, nursing, occupational health, performing arts, personnel, physical education, physical therapy, public health, rehabilitation science, social welfare, social work, speech pathology, and teacher education. In addition, awards will not be made for work leading to terminal master’s degrees, the Ed.D. degree, the degrees of Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), or professional degrees in such areas as medicine, law, and public health, or for study in joint degree programs such as the M.D./Ph.D., J.D./Ph.D., and M.F.A./Ph.D. This program does not support the Ph.D. portion of a dual-degree program. Interdisciplinary areas of study that have major content in ineligible fields listed above will not be included in the competition.

Fellowship Institution

Fellowships are tenable at any fully accredited, non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education offering a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in the eligible fields of study. All arrangements for acceptance into a doctoral program at the chosen institution are the responsibility of the applicant. An applicant need not be accepted by the chosen institution at the time of application.

Previous Graduate Study

Predoctoral fellowships are intended for individuals who have enrolled or plan to enroll in an eligible Ph.D. or Sc.D. program no later than fall 2016, including:
  • Undergraduates in their senior year,
  • Individuals who have completed undergraduate study,
  • Individuals who have completed some graduate study, and
  • Individuals already enrolled in a Ph.D. or Sc.D. program who provide evidence that they can fully utilize a three-year fellowship award. A valid Academies Verification of Doctoral Degree Status Form, signed by the adviser or other authorized official, must be uploaded to the online fellowship application before 5:00 PM ET on January 8, 2016 to affirm this for those in a graduate program for which Ford Foundation support is sought.


Stipend and Benefits


Fellowship recipients must begin the first year’s tenure on September 1, 2016, and must remain on tenure full-time for the academic year. After the first year of fellowship tenure, fellows may choose to defer funding for up to two years. All three years of support must be used within a five-year period.

Conditions of the Fellowship

Predoctoral fellows are required to enroll full-time in a program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in an eligible, research-based (dissertation-required) field of study. Students enrolled in a terminal master’s program are not eligible. Those who accept a predoctoral fellowship must agree to the stipulations in the Terms of Appointment for Ford Foundation Fellows that accompanies the award notification. In addition, Ford Fellows must agree to participate in regular updates of the Directory of Ford Fellows, as well as periodic surveys designed to demonstrate the impact of this program.



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School for Advanced Research (SAR) Dissertation Writing Residential Fellowship (Deadline 11/2)

A nine-month residential fellowship is available for scholars working in the humanities or social sciences. PhD candidates who plan to write their dissertations are eligible. Fellows receive a stipend ($40,000 for doctoral level scholars and $30,000 for PhD candidates) in addition to housing and office space on the SAR campus. This fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Weatherhead Foundation.

Deadline 11/2

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Information sessions for the Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching, and Collaboration (MIIRT) Program

Register Now for MIIRT Information Sessions
Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching, and Collaboration (MIIRT) Program
August 19-20; 26-27, 2015
Wells Library-IDAH Conference Room, E171
Through the []Office of the Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington, the MIIRT program supports new directions in international, area, and global studies that include collaborations locally among faculty as well as graduate dissertation research in the humanities, social sciences, and professional schools throughout the Bloomington campus.
MIIRT offers 16 awards in the following four categories:
  1. Mellon Short Term Faculty Fellowships$20,000
  2. Mellon Graduate Dissertation Fellowships $20,000
  3. Innovative Curriculum Development Fellowships $20,000
  4. Innovative Workshops $5,000
Deadline for all awards: September 14, 2015
Four advanced graduate student MIIRT information sessions will be held in the IDAH Conference Room (Wells Library, E171, first floor East Tower) on the following dates:
  1. Wednesday, August 19, 12-1:30 p.m.
  2. Thursday, August 20, 12-1:30 p.m.
  3. Wednesday, August 26, 12-1:30 p.m.
  4. Thursday, August 27, 12-1:30 p.m.
Four faculty MIIRT information sessions will be held in the IDAH Conference Room (Wells Library, first floor East Tower E171) on the following dates:
  1. Wednesday. August 19, 2-3:30 p.m.
  2. Thursday, August 20, 2-3:30 p.m.
  3. Wednesday August 26, 2-3:30 p.m.
  4. Thursday August 27, 2-3:30 p.m.
Space is limited and a separate registration is required for each session you wish to attend.
For inquiries about the information sessions contact Clara Henderson at
Application information is available from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
Please forward this message to IU Bloomington faculty and graduate students who may be eligible and interested.
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Three AY2015-16 GAship and Hourly Job Openings in East Asian Studies Center

IU’s East Asian Studies Center (EASC), a National Research Center for the study of East Asia, has openings for several positions as follows:

  • Graduate Assistant
  • Student Hourly
  • Outreach Assistant


The Graduate Assistant will help to organize the Center’s special events and colloquium series. The successful candidate must commit to working 20 hours per week from August 2015 through May 2016.

The position includes tuition remission for up to 12 credits/semester, health insurance, and a stipend (approximately $15750) paid out in monthly installments.

Job description:
–Arranges travel and hospitality for EASC guest speakers
–Sets up and ensures functioning of technology at EASC events

–Assists in the design of EASC publicity

–Organizes semesterly EASC newsletter
–Performs other duties as assigned

–Must be enrolled in a graduate program at IU
–Strong administrative skills
–Excellent communication and organizational skills
–Computer literacy; graphic design skills strongly preferred
–Ability to work well with faculty and staff in a diverse, multicultural environment
–Knowledge of East Asia strongly preferred

To apply:  Send a cover letter, a CV, and a list of three references to Theresa Kang, Associate Director, East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University at


The application deadline is August 21st. No phone calls please.




The Student Hourly will help to promote the Center’s special events and colloquium series through design work and publicity as well as other special tasks related to center activities. The successful candidate must commit to working 10-20 hours per week from August 2015 through May 2016. This position does not carry tuition remission. This is an hourly position paid at the rate of $14.25/hr.

Job description:
–Primary designer of EASC publicity

–Handles publicity and social media for EASC

–Sets up and ensures functioning of technology at EASC events

–Assists in the design of the semesterly EASC newsletter
–Performs other duties as assigned

–Strong administrative skills
–Excellent communication and organizational skills
–Computer literacy; graphic design skills strongly preferred
–Ability to work well with faculty and staff in a diverse, multicultural environment
–Knowledge of East Asia strongly preferred

To apply:  Send a cover letter, a CV, and a list of three references to Theresa Kang, Associate Director, East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University at


The application deadline is August 21st. No phone calls please.



The Outreach Assistant will assist with our professional development programs for K-12 teachers, as well as outreach to K-12 students and the general public. The successful candidate must commit to working 20 hours per week from as soon as possible through the end of July 2016. This position does not carry tuition remission. The pay is $14.25/hr.


Job description:

–Assists the EASC Outreach Coordinator with East Asia-related outreach activities, primarily for K-12 educators and the general public

–Manages and maintains program participants’ files

–Enters participants’ information into the database

–Helps recruit participants for outreach programs
–Assists in processing payments for participants, instructors, and guest speakers

–Makes logistical arrangements

–Performs other duties as assigned



–Strong administrative skills

–Excellent communication and organizational skills

–Ability to multitask

–Computer literacy

–Sensitivity to the needs of the program participants
–Ability to work well with faculty and staff in a diverse, multicultural environment

–Knowledge of East Asia is preferred but not required
To apply:  Send a cover letter, a CV, and a list of three references to Anthony Ross, Outreach Coordinator, East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University at


The application deadline is August 21st. No phone calls please.

Oman Research Fellowship

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center supports and encourages advanced research on Oman across a variety of academic disciplines through the Research Fellowship Program. Launched in 2010, this program funds scholars across several academic disciplines to conduct research in the Sultanate of Oman.

The program is offered annually and is open to Ph.D. candidates and university academics. The fellowship awards up to $51,000 for the fellow or team of fellows.

How to Apply
Submit completed application form and supporting materials via website. Have references also submit their letters of recommendation via form.

The deadline to apply for the Research Fellowship Program is September 15, 2015. The deadline for submission of letters of recommendation is September 18, 2015.

National Science Foundation 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship

First and second-year graduate students —

The National Science Foundation has announced its 2016 call for applications for the Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF). The GRF will fund 2,000 awards that fund up to 3 years of coursework for students in science-related fields.

Deadlines vary by field, but all fall in the final week of October.

For more information about eligibility, application procedures, and selection criteria, please see attachment and visit:

Applicants are encouraged to contact the GradGrants center ( for assistance in the application and proposal development process.

GRF 2016 Solicitation

Paid Internship with IU Food Project

Web, design, & event planning with environmental focus

Student intern needed to help with the IU Food Project. The position will require 10-15 hours per week at $10/hour throughout the academic year (and possibly into the summer). Responsibilities will include developing the Project website, organizing a film series, coordinating various student groups on campus, exploring the possibilities for a student “food challenge,” and doubtless other tasks. The ideal intern will have an established interest in food issues and bring his/her own ideas about what the Project might become in addition to having experience in web design, graphics, and marketing. Interested applicants should send a CV, unofficial transcript, and statement of interest to Review of applications (and possibly interviews) will start on Saturday, August 21 and continue until the position it filled.

Fall 2015 AI-ship in American Studies Department

The Department of American Studies currently has an opening for an AI or recent Ph.D. graduate to assist faculty in the instruction of A100, “What is America?”.   Assistance will include the leadership of discussion sections and grading. This opening is for fall 2015 with the possibility of reappointment for spring 2016.

The AI stipend for this appointment is expected to be $7,875 per semester and would include a fee remission and student health insurance. The offer for a recent Ph.D. graduate would carry a stipend of at least $7,000 per semester.

Any qualified student or recent graduate may apply, but preference will be given to students enrolled in the AMST combined PhD, the AMST doctoral minor, and the NAIS doctoral minor.  Students who AI for American Studies during the regular academic year will receive priority when it comes time to assign summer teaching.

A letter or email expressing your interest should be sent to the department by August 14, 2015 to Carol Glaze:

2016 Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DFDP) Announced (DEADLINE 10/15)

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate innovative dissertation research proposals through workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing guided by peer review and faculty mentorship. The program seeks young scholars who are interested in strengthening their dissertation research plans through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own. By the end of the fellowship, participating students will complete a draft dissertation research proposal that can be reviewed with academic advisors.


Workshops and Summer Research

During the DPDF fellowship period, fellows are required to take part in the following activities:

  • Spring workshop (early June): Fellows work together to hone their research questions and design exploratory summer research plans to identify appropriate methods to answer those questions.
  • Summer research (June to August): Fellows conduct a minimum of six weeks of research away from their home institutions to establish contacts, find sources, identify sites, review new literatures, and test the feasibility of their initial research questions, methods of investigation, and analytic approaches.
  • Writing (late August to early September): Fellows draft dissertation research proposals, using an online and interactive DPDF peer-review platform to critique one another’s drafts, in preparation for the fall workshop.
  • Fall workshop (mid-September): Fellows share their progress and challenges, critique one another’s latest research plans, and begin final revisions of their dissertation research proposals.

Workshops are led by humanities and social sciences faculty with extensive experience helping doctoral students across diverse disciplines refine research proposals. Participants work primarily with the same faculty and small multidisciplinary groups throughout their fellowship.

Financial Support

The DPDF program covers all travel, lodging, and meals expenses related to mandatory attendance at both workshops. Applicants may request up to $5,000 to support summer research expenses, including travel, lodging, meals, and some necessary equipment and supplies. Guidelines for allowable expenses can be found in the Summer Research and Financial Support section of the DPDF Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Applicants.

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be currently matriculated in PhD programs at accredited universities in the United States.
  • Applicants may be US citizens or noncitizens.
  • Progress within graduate program:
    • Applicants must have completed at least two full years of graduate study (MA and/or PhD) by the end of June 2016.
    • Applicants must be on track to obtain approval of their dissertation proposals after the September 2016 DPDF workshop but before the end of the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Applicants must commit to attend the spring and fall workshops in their entirety and to conduct at least six weeks of summer research away from their home institutions between the 2016 spring and fall workshops.
  • Students who have already submitted dissertation research proposals to their departments for approval or to funding agencies for support of their dissertation research are not eligible to apply to the DPDF Program.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the following:

  • Potential significance of proposed dissertation topic. The application should explain how the proposed dissertation project seeks to build upon and add to theoretical or interpretive understandings of current scholarship by posing an innovative research puzzle or question and applying insightful methods of research and analysis.
  • Applicant’s readiness for proposal development. Application materials should demonstrate the applicant’s readiness to develop and refine a dissertation proposal for an academic department or research funding agency. The most competitive students will likely have completed courses, written papers, or made public presentations related to their dissertation topic.
  • Interest in and potential benefit from other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants must make clear their interest in, and potential for, strengthening their research proposals through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences outside their own.
  • Connection between summer research plans and proposal development.Applicants must explain how undertaking exploratory empirical investigations—using one or more qualitative, quantitative, archival, library-based, or other methods of investigation—can contribute to the development of their dissertation proposals, including how they might explore and evaluate alternative methodologies.

Application Requirements and Procedures

All applications to the student competition must be submitted through the SSRC application portal, where applicants can find instructions for electronic submittal.

The deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 p.m. EST, October 15, 2015.

Each completed application must include:

  1. the DPDF online application form;
  2. unofficial transcripts from all graduate schools the applicant has attended or currently attends;
  3. a reference form, which must be completed and submitted through the application portal by the applicant’s primary advisor or, if the applicant does not have an advisor, by the faculty member most familiar with the applicant’s academic training and research interests.


For more information, visit: SSRC DFDP Website