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

Welcome Week Grad Student Resources Roundtable: Aug 17, 19, 21 (12-4pm)

Welcome Graduate Students!

Come Discover the Resources Available to You

When: August 17th, 19th, 21st, Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Social Science Research Commons (Woodburn Hall 200)

The following groups provide programs and services that can make your graduate journey at IU a little easier, and will present about their services:

  • Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL)
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Grad Grants Center (GGC)
  • Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG)
  • Indiana Statistical Consulting Center (ISCC)
  • IU Health Center (IUHC)
  • Office of Research Integrity (ORI)
  • Social Science Research Commons (SSRC)
  • The Graduate Mentoring Center (GMC)
  • Writing Tutorial Services (WTS)

They will be available to present information and answer questions, and there will be snacks! Come for one presentation or come for all. Get what you need now, use it later.


A light lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Snacks will also be available. Time

August 17

August 19

August 21































please email us (gradgrnt@indiana.edu) if you have questions.

See flyer: Welcome_Week_2015_0729_FLYER_CJP

Fulbright IIE Brazil ETA Program Expansion

Brazil ETA Program Expansion 

**Brazil has added 42 new grants for the 2015-2016 academic year.**
We have opened the Brazil ETA program to ETA Alternates to other Latin American countries, as well as identified a number of highly rated, non-recommended candidates from the 2015-2016 applicant pool for consideration. Eligible candidates have been contacted and invited to submit a letter of interest to IIE if they wish to be consider for grants beginning in mid-February 2016. Only those candidates contacted by IIE will be considered.

This award expansion will continue for the 2016-2017 application cycle, more than doubling the amount of awards previously advertised.

For more information about this expansion or the Brazil Fulbright Program, please visit our website or contact Jody Dudderar, Assistant Director, Fulbright U.S. Student Programs (jdudderar@iie.org, 212-984-5565).

 Foreign Language Proficiency:

Strongly Recommended – Advanced
3 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant

Additional Information: Proficiency in Portuguese or in other Romance language is necessary in order to settle in easily and communicate on a daily basis.

Middle Way House Bloomington Hiring House Manager

Middle way house


House Manager

Job Description


Hours:                     40, flexible

Reports to:          the Executive Director

Compensation:                  $14.50/hour

Status:                    Exempt


The House Manager is responsible for maintaining a safe, sanitary, and adequately supplied environment for residential clients.



  1. Monitors daily functions of the shelter
  2. Reviews status of sleeping rooms and common areas
  3. Originates the resident chore list
  4. Coordinates clean-up and prep of bedrooms for new residents
  5. Maintains shelter supplies
  6. Shops and maintains inventory in pantry
  7. Collects, logs, organizes and distributes (and otherwise disposes of) donated items
  8. Purchases cleaning supplies and paper products for the New Wings facilities
  9. Takes responsibility for all working systems and components at New Wings
  10. Conducts periodic reviews of all systems and
  11. Does or arranges for volunteer-performed light maintenance as possible
  12. Contacts service personnel as needed
  13. Initiates contracts with and oversees the work of and billing by external service providers
  14. Manages relationships with Corrections, Bloomingfoods (relative to the Food Works kitchen), and Hoosier Hills Food Bank
  15. Writes job descriptions for volunteers, interns, workstudy personnel and supervises their work
  16. Attends weekly meetings with staff and residents and other meetings upon request of the Executive Director
  17. Participates on the on-call rotation for the shelter
  18. Participates in screening process for New Wings apartments applicants, coordinates with the Bloomington Housing Authority and HAND as necessary for timely inspections of the premises





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Research Library Paid Internship Opening at Monroe County Public Library

Job Title: Research Library Intern

Organization: Monroe County History Center (Research Library)

Internship Available: Fall 2015

Number of Openings: 1

Hours/week: 11 Hours/Week (Cannot exceed 16 weeks)

Type: Contract

Pay Rate: $9.00/hour

Job Description: The Research Library Intern will perform various tasks relevant to the Monroe County History Center Research Library’s daily operations and long-term mission. The Research Library Intern may be assigned the following duties:

·         Accession new items into the library’s collection using PastPerfect software.

·         Process archival collections. This will include arranging, housing, and producing finding aids for collections.

·         Assist with the organization and indexing of various county records including court records, probate records, deed books, marriage records, etc.

·         Work with the library’s oral history collection. This will include transcribing, digitizing, and accessioning interviews.

·         Assist library patrons with their research.

·         Contribute to the library blog and other web-based resources. This will include developing and maintaining online exhibits.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will meet the following requirements:

·         Current second- (or third-) year library science student. Preferred candidates include those in the dual MA/MLS program with the Department of History.

·         Superior organizational skills and ability to develop and implement resource organization systems.

·         Ability to work independently with little supervision and to make individual decisions based on best library science practices.

·         Students with coursework in archives and/or digital humanities preferred.

To Apply: Please send a letter of interest addressing past experience and a resume to Emily Borchardt at mchclibrary@gmail.com with subject line “Research Library Intern Application” by August 3.

The Monroe County History Center Research Library is a local history library within the Monroe County History Center in Bloomington, IN. The library focuses on the history and genealogy of Monroe County from 1818-present and houses approximately 1,000 monographs and family histories, original county records 1818-1959, county maps 1856-present, oral histories from 1975-present, family history files, community files, and subject files.

NYPL pre- and post-doc Fellowships in Women’s History

To celebrate the opening of our groundbreaking Center for the Study of Women’s History, the New-York Historical Society is inaugurating new fellowships devoted exclusively to the study of women’s history. This program will support the Center’s vision and enrich its intellectual network to include a diverse group of dedicated fellows and scholars. Together with New-York Historical staff, the selected fellows will explore four centuries of New York women’s history, offering a vibrant series of scholarly talks, rotating exhibitions, and new research opportunities.

Complementing the existing suite of research fellowships currently offered at New-York Historical, the new Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Women’s History will be specifically focused on the field of public history. Through this initiative, New-York Historical enriches its public reach by engaging a community of eminent scholars who serve as advisers and collaborate with curators and historians. We work with colleges and university faculties nationwide to produce and incorporate the latest scholarship in our programs and exhibitions for general audiences.

Applicants for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship must hold a Ph.D.—ABDs or other pre-doctoral candidates will not be considered. Fellows will be in-residence, full-time staff members for a period of two years between January 4, 2016, and December 31, 2017, with a stipend of $50,000 per year and full benefits.

Applicants for the Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the humanities and be on track to completing their degree. Pre-doctoral Fellows will be in-residence between September 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016, with a stipend of $15,000 per year. This position is not full time and will not receive full benefits.

Application requirements for both fellowships include:

  • A completed cover sheet (download here)
  • A two- to three-page proposal describing the theme of the research project and the New-York Historical Society resources critical to the project
  • A curriculum vitae
  • An unofficial graduate school transcript
  • A short writing sample of no more than 3,000 words or ten pages
  • Three letters of recommendation that must be sent digitally to: Fellowships Coordinator at: fellowships@nyhistory.org, with the subject line: “WOMEN’S HISTORY MELLON FELLOWSHIP- [LAST NAME]” before the deadline


  • Via e-mail with the subject line WOMEN’S HISTORY MELLON FELLOWSHIP- [LAST NAME], no later than 11:59 pm on July 31, 2015, for Pre-doctoral Fellowship and 11:59 pm on October 13, 2015, for the Postdoctoral Fellowship, to fellowships@nyhistory.org

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

More info here: http://historyprogram.commons.gc.cuny.edu/andrew-w-mellon-fellowships-in-womens-history/

NSF DDRIG Workshop at ORA

Are you at a place where you are ready to prepare and submit a proposal for a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) or a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) this summer? If so, IU’s Office of Research Administration would like to invite you to a workshop on preparing and submitting your DDIG/DDRIG proposal. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 1st from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Office of Research Administration building located at 509 E. 3rd St. (The building is on the corner of 3rd Street and Dunn Avenue, next to the Mobil gas station.) We will be presenting information and tips that will help you with this specific proposal submission process. Please bring your laptop if possible and details on your proposal so that we can best assist you.

Again, this workshop is for students who are planning to submit to a specific DDIG/DDRIG program announcement this summer. This is not an overview of grants in general. Please register for the workshop at Educational Opportunities here: http://researchadmin.iu.edu/EO/eo_sessions.html.

Seating is limited, so this workshop will be on a first come/first serve basis. Please also take a moment to fill out a Research-Related Conflict of Interest Disclosure form here: http://researchadmin.iu.edu/COI/coi_disclosure.html

Don’t worry if you can’t attend this specific workshop; we will have more DDIG/DDRIG workshops at later dates. We look forward to working with you!

-IU’s Office of Research Administration

IDAH Seeking IUB Students to Sponsor as 2015-2016 HASTAC Scholars

Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (IDAH) Seeking IUB Students to Sponsor as 2015-2016 HASTAC Scholars

The Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities (IDAH) will sponsor five IUB students (graduate or advanced undergraduate) as HASTAC scholars for the 2015-1016 academic year.  Faculty are invited to nominate HASTAC scholars by sending the following to idah2@indiana.edu 1) the student’s name and email address, along with 2) a short paragraph description of his/her research project.  The internal deadline is August 3rd, 2015.  The five successful candidates will each receive a $300 honorarium and will be mentored by faculty and staff within IDAH. We will contact you by August 7th 2015 with the results of the competition. We will also contact the five successful candidates to coordinate logistics for the HASTAC bi-weekly meetings, and with instructions for registering with the online HASTAC community as well as for completing the HASTAC online application for which IDAH will be the student’s HASTAC nominator/sponsor.

Below is a description of the HASTAC program as well as IDAH and HASTAC requirements for successful candidates.  Please be sure your nominee is aware of these requirements:


The HASTAC Scholars program is comprised of graduate and advanced undergraduate students who are engaged with innovative projects and research at the intersection of digital media & learning, 21st century education, the digital humanities, and technology in the arts, humanities and sciences.  Scholars blog, host forums, organize events and discuss new ideas, projects, experiments, and technologies that re-conceive teaching, learning, research, writing and structuring knowledge. Read more about the program here: HASTAC Scholars website (http://www.hastac.org/scholars/apply).  

IDAH requires of scholars the following:

• Attend bi-weekly IUB HASTAC scholars’ group meetings.

• Attend periodic IDAH events (seminars, workshops)

• Discuss their research project for a HASTAC presentation through IDAH and IDAH partner events

HASTAC requires of scholars the following:

• Blog on the HASTAC site, introducing themselves and their projects

• Report on at least ONE local relevant event – any conference, talk, art project, symposium,

   experiment  or collaboration – during the year

• Introduce at least one other technology project to the greater HASTAC community (e.g. a

   new  technology, a new coding language, a new use of technology in the non-profit sector, a

   new  game for  learning, an interesting new book, etc.)

• Contribute to HASTAC Scholar Discussion Forums, either by hosting or commenting.

• Build community and conversation by commenting, tweeting, covering conferences, and

    helping organize local meet-ups.

• Share relevant job info, fellowship opportunities, conference CFPs, and publishing


Job Opening: Computing Outreach Education Director

Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) is committed to increasing diversity of the computing talent pool. This commitment is driving positive results both in and outside the classroom and we strive to be a national role model in this arena. We invite a computing educator to join our team to focus on outreach efforts that will help us grow interest in our majors to feed a high demand and diverse workforce.

We invite you to apply if you are interested in:

  • Developing training and content resources for computing related outreach programs
  • Focusing on both college and pre-college level students
  • Using strategies that increase computing efficacy, promote motivation, and success
  • Developing creative ways to target women and other underrepresented students in exploratory computing experiences
  • Increasing students who participate in computing majors, minors, certificates, eBadges, and skill building opportunities
  • Promoting inclusive environments
  • Collaborating with faculty in CS Education research
  • Assessing results
  • Being involved in advising student groups, exploring outreach to K-12 teachers, offering short term credit classes, and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: MS or MEd is required in computing related discipline, or relevant teaching experience in high school or university level, with sound knowledge and use of successful ways to teach computing-related topics; excellent oral and written communication, program planning and facilitation skills; program evaluation; excellent organizational skills; marketing and grant writing skills desirable.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Rank: Academic Specialist

Appointment Type: Twelve-month non-tenure track position; Renewable three-year appointment within a probationary period not to exceed six years. Decision for a long-term contract will be made in sixth year, assuming positive annual reviews and reappointment decisions based on satisfactory performance and programmatic needs. Under supervision of the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Education, office space with the SOIC lecturers.

Apply Online at: http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/1552

For Best Consideration Apply By Date: July 1, 2015

Expected Start Date for the position: August 2015

Special Instructions: A complete application consists of a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. An email message with instructions about uploading letters of reference will be sent automatically to each of your reference providers immediately after you submit your completed application. Questions regarding the position or application process may be sent to Maureen Biggers at biggersm@indiana.edu, or School of Informatics and Computing, 919 E 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

VAP Syriac Studies & Digital Humanities (review begins 22 MAY 2015)

Vanderbilt University and Syriaca.org invite applications for the open position of Visiting Research Assistant Professor in Syriac Studies and Digital Humanities. The term of appointment is one full year, beginning in fall 2015, with the possibility of renewal for one further year.

The Visiting Research Assistant Professor will work full time under the direction of Prof. David Michelson on the publications of Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal (http://syriaca.org/), a digital reference project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The researcher will be affiliated with an academic unit at Vanderbilt University depending on expertise (Classics,DivinityHistoryIslamic StudiesJewish StudiesReligion, etc.). The scholar will also be invited to take an active role in the life of Vanderbilt’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, including its Digital Humanities seminar.

The person hired for this position will be a specialist in Syriac studies with strong linguistic skills (ancient and modern) and considerable experience working with Syriac texts, both editions and manuscripts. There will be a strong preference for a candidate who has experience with digital humanities, especially TEI XML, but additional training in digital technology specific to the project will be provided as needed.

The researcher will be a contributing author to SPEAR (Syriac Persons, Events, and Relations), the New Handbook of Syriac LiteratureGateway to the Syriac Saints, and other Syriaca.org publications as needed. The researcher will collect and interpret data in Syriac and other languages, contribute to evolving data models, test user interfaces and XForms, collaborate with other project researchers, and perform additional project duties as needed.

Term of Appointment
The term of appointment is one full year, beginning in fall 2015, with the possibility of renewal for one further year. Applicants are expected to be in residence for the duration of the appointment.

How to Apply
Applications should be submitted online at: https://vanderbilt.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=1504387&lang=en

Please contact Prof. David A. Michelson (david.a.michelson@vanderbilt.edu) with any questions about the position or about the online application system.

A complete application will include the following materials:
1. A cover letter indicating applicant’s qualifications in Syriac studies and, if applicable, digital humanities;
2. A current curriculum vitae;
3. A scholarly publication, dissertation chapter, or digital project representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential (these should be uploaded as attachments in the section marked “Resume and Cover Letter”);
4. Contact information for three referees.

The committee will begin review of applications immediately, with priority given to those applications received by May 22. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Required Qualifications:  
The Candidate must have previous research experience in Syriac studies, particularly Syriac literature. Reading ability in classical Syriac and at least one other ancient or medieval language as well as relevant modern languages is required. Candidate must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent by January 1, 2016.

Preferred Qualifications:  
We welcome candidates with an interest in digital research methods, such as the use of TEI XML. Ideal candidates should have additional expertise in one or more fields contiguous to Syriac studies, such as Jewish studies, Islamic studies, Middle Eastern or Mediterranean history, Byzantine studies, history of Christianity, Classics, or medieval history.

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

You can always see the most up-to-date version of the H-net ad here: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=50901