Feb 16

Funding: ARC’s Student Research Praxis Awards

The Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC)

invites applications for the

Student Research Praxis Awards

Deadline for applications: March 31, 2016
Award Amounts: $4,000

Please see the ARC website for more information about the Advanced Research Collaborative.

The information below has been provided by ARC.


As part of its effort to encourage student research, the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) will be offering a number of Research Praxis Fellowships for the coming academic year 2016-2017. The Awards are valued at $4,000 each and are for one semester only.

To be eligible, you must be a full time registered doctoral student who has completed the First Exam but not yet completed the Second at the time of the tenure of the award. Preference will be given to those who have been enrolled for no more than three years and who are in the early stages of the formulation of a research idea/proposal.

Students who accept this award will join an ARC student/faculty research cluster led by ARC Distinguished Visiting Fellows from within and without the CUNY system working in related areas and will be required to attend three (3) research praxis sessions during the semester. Preference will be given to students whose research interests are congruent with the research themes of the Distinguished Fellowship Program for 2016-2017.  The themes are:


In addition to attending the three sessions above, Awardees will be required to do the following:

  • Submit a research statement of approximately 10 pages to their ARC student/faculty research cluster at the end of the semester of their tenure.
  • Attend the weekly ARC seminars for the semester of their tenure (approximately 15 seminars each Thursday 4:30 – 6:30 pm throughout the semester)
  • Post a 400 word blog on the ARC student research website commenting on the issues raised in one of the seminars which they have attended.

Deadline for applying is March 31, 2016.   Students will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by April 15th.

Applications for this award should be sent to: fellowshipapps@gc.cuny.edu. [Please see your Graduate Center email for the application form.]

Sep 15

Funding: Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program (DPDF)

The Graduate Center has recently partnered with the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to provide up to eight Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowships to GC students in the social sciences and the humanities.

Application deadline: October 15th, 2015

Application Workshop:
Professor Duncan Faherty (English, Director of the Early Research Initiative) will be leading a workshop with SSRC staff for prospective student fellowship applicants on September 11, 2015, from 11:00-12:00 in the President’s Conference Room (8201.02). If you would like to attend the workshop, email gcarchivalgrants [at] gmail [dot] com to RSVP by September 8, 2015.

From the Provost:

The DPDF Program is an interdisciplinary training program that helps early-stage doctoral students formulate their dissertation research proposals for external funding agencies.  The DPDF provides students with up to $5,000 for pre-dissertation exploratory summer research, preceded and followed by intensive multi-day workshops where students participate in proposal critique and writing sessions.  In the workshops, fellows work with faculty mentors and students from other disciplines and institutions, so as to introduce them to theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside of their own.

GC DPDF fellows will receive additional mentoring and support through workshops and training sessions at the GC. Additionally, 2016 GC DPDF fellows will have to demonstrate by February of 2017 that they have applied for at least one additional external fellowship award to support their dissertation research.  More information about the program and eligibility can be found through the links below.



Feb 15

Funding: Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

Deadline for Applications: Monday, March 16, 12pm

 The Provost’s Office is pleased to announce the following pre-dissertation fellowship competition for doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences.  These summer awards provide $4,000.

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 six 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 (attached).

2)      Research Proposal that includes the following sections:

  1. 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).
  2. List up to 20 research publications that have most significantly informed the formulation of your research topic, questions, theories, and methods.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 2015.

2)      Write a one-page summary of their summer research work (due by 21 August 2015).

3)      Provide a 7-10 minute public presentation of their work at a doctoral student research conference to be held at the Graduate Center on 25 September 2015.

4)      Attend a grant writing workshop at the Graduate Center in the 2015-16 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 Advanced 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@gc.cuny.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@gc.cuny.edu


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

Feb 15

CLACLS Summer Research Travel Fellowships



The Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies (CLACLS) is accepting proposals for the 2015 Summer Research Travel Fellowships. CLACLS will award fellowships of up to $1,000 (partial awards will also be granted) to full-time students currently enrolled in one of the Doctoral programs at the Graduate Center who are interested in travelling to Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain or Portugal to conduct research during the Summer 2015.

Eligible expenses will include travel and accommodation costs incurred to examine archival and other primary source material and/or to interview relevant informants. Partial awards to cover the eligible expenses may be made. Expenses attendant to travel to scholarly conferences, classes, or seminars are not eligible for support.

All applications must be submitted as ONE SINGLE DOCUMENT (Word or PDF) to CLACLSFellowships@gmail.com with the subject heading “[LAST NAME] 2015 Travel Fellowship Application”.  Application materials should be ordered as follows:

  1. A single cover page stating the applicant’s full name, email address, home address, GC program, field of study, and title of the research proposal
  2. A one-page description of the research project with at least some mention of the proposed trip’s relevance (12pt font, Times New Roman, 1” Margins, Single Spaced)
  3. A one-page budget proposal (as detailed as possible)
  4. Curriculum Vitae (no more than two pages)
  5. A copy of the applicant’s Graduate Center transcript (an unofficial copy from GC Banner is fine)      

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 8th, 2015 at 5pm

Decisions will go out May 4th, 2015 by 5pm

For more information, contact CLACLS at 212.817.8438

Information regarding former winners can be found on the CLACLS website at http://clacls.gc.cuny.edu

Oct 14

GC: Doctoral Student Research Grant Program

The mission of the Doctoral Student Research Grant Program is to foster a research-oriented academic culture among Ph.D. students by: (a) providing incentives for students to model and meet, early in their careers, the requirements for succeeding in the competition for funds by clearly defining a problem, a project, and a realistic budget; (b) providing an occasion for faculty-student mentoring relationships that are oriented around the concrete problems of proposing, planning for, and executing research; and (c) furthering student professional progress by providing funds for pre-doctoral research publications, presentations, and professional networking.

For Competition #10, applicants may submit a budget between $250 and $1,500. However, keep in mind that you won’t necessarily get as much as you’ve requested.

Applications for Round #10 will be accepted between Nov. 1, 2014, and Jan. 31, 2015, with the award period lasting from June 1, 2015, to May 31, 2016. 

Find out more information about application and award use guidelines here.

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