Feb 16

Funding: ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs

ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs

Fellowship Details

Stipend: $65,000 per year, with health insurance coverage for the fellow, and up to $3,000 in professional development funds over the course of the fellowship

Tenure: Two years; start date on August 1 or September 1, 2016, depending on the position

Application deadline: March 24, 2016, 8 pm EDT. Notification of application status will occur by email starting late-May 2016. Applications will be accepted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org). The system will open on January 14, 2016. Please do not contact any of the organizations directly.

Read an interview with a Graduate Center Alumna from Political Science who was a 2013 ACLS Fellow.

Find out more about the ACLS Public Fellows Competition on their website. Fellowship application assistance can be provided by the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development.

The information below was provided through the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development:

ACLS invites applications for the sixth competition of the Public Fellows program. This year, the program will place up to 21 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 per year, with individual health insurance and up to $3,000 to be used toward professional development activities over the course of the fellowship term.

This initiative, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the role of doctoral education in the United States by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The ACLS Public Fellows program allows PhDs to gain valuable, career-building experience in fields such as public policy, development, conservation, arts and culture, and digital media.

ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences.

Applicants must:

  • possess US citizenship or permanent resident status;
  • have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences (see note on eligible fields below) conferred between January 1, 2013 and June 12, 2016;
  • have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than the application deadline of March 24, 2016; and
  • not have applied to any other ACLS fellowship programs in the 2015-16 competition year (excluding the ACLS Digital Extension Grant program).

Prospective applicants should read through all the positions listed below and choose the one position that best fits their career goals. (Applicants may apply to only one position.)

The deadline for submitted applications is Thursday, March 24, 2016, 8 pm EDT.

Applications must include:

  • completed application form,
  • 1-2-page cover letter tailored to a specific position,
  • 1-2-page resume,
  • 1-page candidate statement, and
  • 2 reference letters

Please note that finalists may be asked to provide institutional documentation of PhD conferral (or, if the degree has not yet been conferred, an institutional statement from the registrar attesting that the dissertation defense and deposit have been completed and confirming the degree conferral date).

Only complete applications, submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system by the deadline, will be considered.

Selection Criteria

Applications will undergo ACLS’s standard rigorous peer-review process, which may include interviews by ACLS and by the hosting organization. Reviewers will look for:

  • applicant’s academic accomplishment and success,
  • demonstrated relationship between past experience and specified position, and
  • commitment to pursuing a career in the public and/or nonprofit sector.

Notification of application status will occur by email in late-May 2016.

Participating Agencies and Positions:
American Friends Service Committee – Communications Analyst
American Public Media Group – Senior Research Analyst, Engagement & Inclusion
Center for Genetics and Society – Project Director on Race, Genetics, and Society
Center for Investigative Reporting – Membership Engagement Manager
City of Atlanta, City Auditor’s Office – Senior Performance Auditor
Chicago Humanities Festival – Digital Programming Strategist
Grand St. Settlement – Community Engagement & Policy Advocate
International Rescue Committee – Impact Evaluation Advisor
Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Digital Content Specialist
Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Executive Communications Specialist
National Park Service – Cultural Resources Public Outreach Coordinator
National Partnership for Women & Families – Workplace Programs Federal Policy Analyst
Philanthropy Northwest – Communities of Practice Manager
Ploughshares Fund – Political Engagement Strategist
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – Education Specialist
Rare – Global Philanthropy Specialist
Reinvestment Fund – Policy Analyst
Smithsonian Enterprises – Business Development Associate
Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative – Program Manager, Scholarly and Public Engagement
Southern Poverty Law Center – Research and Investigations Specialist
The Texas Tribune – Research Analyst

Feb 16

Funding: CUNY Humanities Teaching and Learning Alliance

In the fall of 2015, the Graduate Center was awarded a $3.15 million grant from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation to support a new four-year initiative, The CUNY Humanities Teaching and Learning Alliance (HTLA). HTLA will place fellows from the Graduate Center in LaGuardia Community College classrooms, partnering with master faculty there.

And the really good news? Latin American literature and Spanish Composition courses do form a large part of the need to be filled by HTLA fellows!

More information about HTLA can be found here.

Two-year fellowships of $25,000 per year are available to nine Graduate Center students. Other eligibility notes:

  • Students must be entering years 2-5 of their graduate study during the 2016-2017 school year.
  • The fellowships are available to students in the social sciences and the humanities.
  • Students with DACA status are eligible to apply.

Read more fellowship requirements and apply! The deadline for applications is February 29, 2016. 

Any questions about the fellowships should be directed to the Teaching and Learning Center Forum on the Commons. You must be a member of the TLC Commons group to post a topic on the Forum.

Jan 16

Funding: Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

Deadline for Applications: Monday, February, 29, 2016, 2:00 pm

The Provost’s Office is offering multiple $4,000 summer fellowships for doctoral students with Level II status as well as Level III students who have not submitted a prospectus to their program. The fellowships are available to students in the humanities and social sciences.

Please read the following information from the Provost’s Office about the fellowships and application process. Cover letter forms for the application were emailed to students at their @gradcenter.cuny.edu addresses.


This fellowship program has two objectives:

·       To allow students to conduct pre-dissertation research and training following completion of the first exam.

·       To support the development of a dissertation research proposal suitable for submission to an external funding agency.

This program seeks to facilitate the transition from coursework to advanced individualized research.  Early research awards allow students to strengthen their proposals by:

·       Refining their research topic into a well-defined research problem;

·       Determining appropriate research design, methods, research locale(s), and language(s);

·       Assessing project feasibility and determining necessary affiliations and approvals.

The successful applicant will address how their proposed summer research will lead to an improved proposal with regard to the above categories. Recipients will undertake such activities as (but not limited to): initial field work, preliminary data collection, travel related to research (i.e. preliminary visits to archives, special collections, museums, and/or historic sites), supplementary training in methods or techniques, or specialized language instruction.  This program does not support conference attendance.


·       Students must be level II, exceptions will be made for students in programs where a formal dissertation prospectus/proposal is not submitted for approval until after advancing to level III. Such level III students will only be eligible if they have not officially submitted a prospectus/proposal to their program.

·       Applicants must conduct at least four weeks of summer research away from their home institutions.

N.B.. Students who have already received a Dissertation Fellowship from the Provost’s Office are ineligible to receive these awards. 


Each application must include the following:  

1)     Cover Sheet [emailed to students at their @gradcenter.cuny.edu addresses].

2)     Research Proposal that includes the following sections:

a.      Describe what you currently expect will be the topic, research question(s), supportive literature, methods of investigation, approach to data analysis, and theoretical contribution of your proposed dissertation project (up to 1,200 words).

b.     List up to 20 research publications that have most significantly informed the formulation of your research topic, questions, theories, and methods.

c.      What are your plans for summer research? (up to 500 words) Please include: a justification for your choice or research site(s) and/or sources of data and information; a brief description of your anticipated approaches to investigation; a timeline; and any local professional contacts you might have made.

d.     Describe how you think this summer research will assist you in developing your dissertation proposal and preparing for long term dissertation research. (up to 250 words)

Note: if you have previously conducted exploratory research at any of your proposed research site(s) or on a related topic, please explain how the additional research proposed will enable you to build upon your past experience.

3)     Two-page curriculum vitae.

4)     Current Graduate Center transcript.  (Students may submit the unofficial student copy that can be printed from banner.)

5)     One letter of reference to be submitted electronically by your adviser or faculty mentor (see instructions below).

Recipients of these fellowships must agree to the following conditions as part of their acceptance of the award:

1)     Attend a one-hour proposal writing workshop in May 2016.

2)     Write a one-page summary of their summer research work (due by 21 August 2016).

3)     Provide a 7-10 minute public presentation of their work at a doctoral student research conference to be held at the Graduate Center in September 2016.

4)     Attend a grant writing workshop at the Graduate Center in the 2016-2017 academic year designed to assist you in applying for future grants and fellowships (multiple sessions of the workshop will be held in order to accommodate potential scheduling conflicts).

5)     Agree to have some version of their summer work potentially featured on a Student Research Collaborative webpage currently under construction by the Early Research Initiative Research Collaborative.

Instructions for submitting your application:

1)     Combine your cover sheet, research proposal, curriculum vitae, and transcript into a SINGLE file (either as a pdf document or a word document).

  • Use the following format when naming your document: Last Name, First Name, Program

2)     Email the file as an email attachment to fellowshipapps[at] gc [dot] cuny [dot] edu

Instructions for Faculty Recommenders

1)     Prepare your reference letter as a regular word or pdf document.

  • Please use the following format when naming your document: Student Last Name, First Name

2)     Email the file as an email attachment to fellowshipapps [at] gc [dot] cuny [dot] edu


 If you have questions, please contact Rachel Sponzo at rsponzo [at] gc [dot] cuny [dot] edu, or 212-817-7282.

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