2017-2018 American Ethnic Studies Teaching Assistant Positions

Application Deadline:  May 5, 2017

The University of Washington’s American Ethnic Studies program is currently recruiting for open Teaching Assistant positions for the 2017-18 academic year.  Applicants must be social science or humanities graduate students who will be enrolled in classes during the academic year 2017-18 with knowledge and experience in Ethnic Studies or cultural diversity. Knowledge of Asian American/Pacific Islander Studies, Chicano Studies, African American Studies or Comparative Studies will be considered a plus.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

James Madison Fellowship

Application Deadline:  March 1, 2017

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. The Fellowship supports graduate study leading to a master’s degree at any accredited institution in the US.

Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the Foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state per year. The maximum amount of each award is $24,000, prorated over the period of study, and in no case shall the award exceed $12,000 for one academic year of study. Normally, Fellows receive less than these maximum amounts. Payments are made only for the actual costs of tuition, required fees, and books (as well as room and board if required to live away from your principal residence), and are made only for the minimum number of credits required for the award of the degree for which a Fellow is registered.

Eligibility

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be a teacher, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or any other social studies class where you will teach topics on the Constitution at the secondary school level (grades 7–12).
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree or plan to receive a bachelor’s degree no later than August 31 of the year in which you are applying.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Library Company of Philadelphia Short-Term Residential Fellowships

Application Deadline:  March 1, 2017

The Library Company of Philadelphia and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will jointly award approximately twenty-five one-month fellowships for research in residence in either or both collections during the academic year 2017-2018. These two independent research libraries, adjacent to each other in Center City Philadelphia, have complementary collections capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of America and the Atlantic world from the 17th through the 19th centuries, as well as Mid-Atlantic regional history to the present. The short-term fellowships may be used to support dissertation, post-doctoral, or advanced research.

Short-term fellowships provide a stipend of $2,000, as well as access to a fellows’ residence that offers accommodation at reasonable rates. Fellowships are tenable for any one-month period between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Schimke Scholarship & Shackford Medical Fellowship

Application Deadline:  January 15, 2017

Wellesley College administers two funding opportunities open to women students at any American institution.

The Mary McEwen Schimke Scholarship is a supplemental award of up to $1,500 to provide relief from household and child care expenses while pursuing graduate study. The award is made on the basis of scholarly expectation and identified need. The candidate must be over 30 years of age, currently engaged in graduate study in literature and/or history, with preference given to American studies.

The M.A. Cartland Shackford Medical Fellowship awards a minimum of $10,000 for the study of medicine with a view to general practice, not psychiatry.

For complete information about these opportunities, including how to apply, click here.

Center for Engaged Scholarship Dissertation Fellowships

Application Deadline:  December 15, 2016

The Center for Engaged Scholarship’s dissertation fellowships are intended to support graduate students whose research advances progressive values. Applications are accepted from Ph.D. students in the social sciences who have already completed all departmental and institutional requirements for the Ph.D. degree, including approval of the dissertation proposal. The only requirements not completed must be the writing and, where required, the defense of the dissertation.

The competition is limited to the social sciences:  anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, social psychology, and sociology. Work inspired by these disciplines carried out in interdisciplinary programs such as ethnic studies, women’s studies, or American studies is also accepted.

The competition is open to all Ph.D students who meet the fellowship qualifications if they are enrolled in a U.S. Ph.D program. This includes foreign nationals and undocumented individuals. Successful applicants will be notified in April 2017 and will receive a stipend of $25,000.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

2016-2017 TA Positions in American Ethnic Studies

Application deadline:   May 2, 2016

There are currently 4 open Teaching Assistant positions in the American Ethnic Studies program.  These positions are available for the full academic year of 2016-2017.

Graduate TA duties and responsibilities may include the following (specific duties and responsibilities will be provided by course instructor):

  • Attend lectures
  • Conduct quiz section meetings
  • Facilitate discussions
  • Prepare review materials for quiz sections
  • Hold extra review sessions for exams
  • Hold regular office hours
  • Tutor students
  • Develop and maintain electronic bulletin boards, discussion sites, etc.
  • Grade assignments
  • Proctor exams
  • Score exams
  • Maintain grading records
  • Maintain course attendance records
  • Calculate quarter grades
  • Attend instructor/TA meetings
  • Act as liaison/mediator between student and professor
  • Present lectures when necessary
  • Prepare handout materials

Requirements:
Currently enrolled social science or humanities graduate student with knowledge and experience in Ethnic Studies or cultural diversity. Priority will be given to graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Desired:
Knowledge in African American Studies, Asian American Studies and Chicano Studies.

Conditions of Employment:
Must be UW graduate student enrolled in classes for academic year 2016-2017.

For complete information about this opportunity, including application instructions, see UW Hires Req. #131507

American Folklife Center Funding Opportunities

Application deadline:   March 15, 2016

The American Folklife Center’s competitive awards provide support for scholars working with ethnographic collection materials at the Library of Congress and for fieldworkers on folklife and related topics.

Opportunities open to graduate student applicants include:

The Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund Award

The purpose of the fund is to increase awareness of the ethnographic collections at the Library of Congress and to make the collections of primary ethnographic materials housed anywhere at the Library available to the needs and uses of those in the private sector. Awards may be made either to individuals or to organizations in support of specific projects. In recent years the available amount has of the award has been between $3000 and $4000 and has usually been divided among more than one recipient.

The Henry Reed Fund Award

The Henry Reed Fund was established in honor of old-time fiddler Henry Reed and first awarded in 2004, with an initial gift from founding AFC director and fiddler Alan Jabbour. The purpose of the fund is to provide small awards to support activities directly involving folk artists, especially when the activities reflect, draw upon, or strengthen the collections of the American Folklife Center. Historically, Reed Awards have ranged from $1000 to $2000.

For complete information about these opportunities, see: http://www.loc.gov/folklife/grants.html

American Philosophical Society (APS) Library Resident Research Fellowship

Application deadline:   March 1, 2016

The American Philosophical Society Library offers short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its collections. We are a leading international center for research in the history of American science and technology and its European roots, as well as early American history and culture.

A fellowship stipend of $3,000 per month is awarded for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months. The duration of award is requested by the candidate, but the final decision is made by the Fellowship Committee.

PhD candidates who have passed their preliminary examinations are eligible to apply.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: https://amphilsoc.org/grants/resident

Center for Engaged Scholarship Dissertation Fellowships

Application deadline:   January 31, 2016

The Center for Engaged Scholarship’s dissertation fellowships are intended to support graduate students whose research advances progressive values.

Applications are accepted from Ph.D. students in the social sciences who have already completed all departmental and institutional requirements for the Ph.D. degree, including approval of the dissertation proposal. The only requirement not completed must be the writing and where required, the defense, of the dissertation.

The competition is limited to the social sciences or interdisciplinary programs with a strong social science component. The following areas of study apply: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, social psychology, sociology. Work inspired by these disciplines carried out in interdisciplinary programs such as ethnic studies, women’s studies, or American studies is also accepted.

The competition is open to all Ph.D students who meet the fellowship qualifications, as long as they are enrolled in a U.S. Ph.D program. This includes foreign nationals and undocumented individuals.

Successful applicants will be notified by April 18, 2016, and will receive a stipend of $25,000 paid out over a 9 month period.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://www.cescholar.org/dissertation-fellowships/

American Folklife Center Funding Opportunities

Application deadline:   March 9, 2015 (midnight)

The Blanton Owen Fund Award

http://www.loc.gov/folklife/grants.html

The American Folklife Center is now accepting applications for the 2015 Blanton Owen Fund Award. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 9, 2015, at midnight. The total award for this year will be up to $1000. Historically, the available amount has often been divided among more than one recipient. The award was established in 1999 in memory of folklorist Blanton Owen by his family and friends to support ethnographic field research and documentation in the United States, especially by young scholars and documentarians. Currently, this award is offered every other year.

All applicants and candidates for American Folklife Center awards who are not U.S. citizens must be visa and/or payment eligible in order to receive a Library of Congress award.  The rules and the variations for visa and payment eligibility are determined on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact the staff of the American Folklife Center for more information by email at folklife@loc.gov  or by telephone at 202-707-5510.

The application and submission procedure is the same as for the Parsons Fund Award, except email applications should be given the subject line “[your last name] Owen application.” Check the list of previous award winners to get a sense of the types of projects we fund.

For questions, contact the chair of the Blanton Owen Fund Committee at the American Folklife Center: (202) 707-5510; folklife@loc.gov.


The Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund Award

http://www.loc.gov/folklife/grants.html

The American Folklife Center is now accepting applications for the 2015 Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund for Ethnography at the Library of Congress. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 9, 2015, at midnight. The total award for this year will be up to $4000. Winners will be announced in early April 2015. Historically, the available amount has often been divided among more than one recipient. The committee is composed of the professional staff of the American Folklife Center.

Purpose of Award and Eligibility

The purpose of the fund is to increase awareness of the ethnographic collections at the Library of Congress and to make the collections of primary ethnographic materials housed anywhere at the Library available to the needs and uses of those in the private sector. Awards may be made either to individuals or to organizations in support of specific projects.

Scope of Projects

Projects may lead to publication in media of all types, both commercial and non-commercial; underwrite new works of art, music, or fiction; involve academic research; contribute to the theoretical development of archival science; explore practical possibilities for processing ethnographic collections in the Archive of Folk Culture or elsewhere in the Library of Congress; develop new means of providing reference service; support student work; experiment with conservation techniques; and support ethnographic field research leading to new Library acquisitions.

Application Deadlines and Procedures

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 9, 2015, at midnight. Please review application materials prior to submitting them to the Center to ensure that all the following elements are included. Incomplete applications will not be considered. In the past, successful applicants have consulted with AFC staff members prior to submitting their application.

All applicants and candidates for American Folklife Center awards who are not U.S. citizens must be visa and/or payment eligible in order to receive a Library of Congress award.  The rules and the variations for visa and payment eligibility are determined on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact the staff of the American Folklife Center for more information by email at folklife@loc.gov or by telephone at 202-707-5510.

The application consists of:

  • A narrative, 750-1500 words long, describing the proposed project and its potential products and audiences.
  • A budget and proposed time-frame in which to undertake research (typically for periods of one to three weeks). Flexibility built into a budget can be helpful to the committee in determining appropriate funding.
  • A resume or statement of previous experience.
  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers of three referees who can attest to the applicant’s professional work and qualifications to undertake the project.

Please do not submit photographs, videotapes, CDs, or any physical material.

Please email your submission, do not send via U.S. Postal Service. Attach your application to an email with the subject line “[your last name] Parsons application.” Address the email to the Parsons Fund Committee at: folklife@loc.gov. If you have any questions about procedures, please address your query to the Chair, Parsons Fund Committee at folklife@loc.gov or call (202) 707-5510.