CREATING A PRODUCTIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR ADVISOR
We all know that advisors can make or break your graduate experience. Good advisors guide you as you select everything from the right course to a compelling thesis or dissertation topic. Your advisor also mentors you as you explore your career options and apply for jobs. They can play a key role in your professional network as a primary contact. A new academic year has begun, and you might be thinking about how you can find the right advisor. Or you might be wondering what you can do to jumpstart a somewhat lackluster relationship with your advisor. GSAS has some advice as you grapple with this issue. Read more
GSAS LANDS 1.8 MILLION DOLLAR RENEWAL OF THE MELLON GRANT
GSAS is delighted to announce that it has received a 1.8 million dollar, four-year renewal of the Mellon grant which supports doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Specifically, the grant enables GSAS to award each year up to thirty dissertation research grants and ten dissertation year fellowships (DYFs) for students entering their fifth or sixth year of residency. The grant also supports two year-long, noncredit seminars: (1) the Interdisciplinary Prospectus Seminar for students who are in the prospectus-writing stage of their dissertation; and (2) the Dissertation Year Fellowship Seminar which is required for dissertation year fellows.
The original Mellon grant was set to expire in 2013. This renewal will enable GSAS to open the next dissertation year fellowship competition in November 2012 and a research grant competition in January 2013. For more details about these awards, please go here
SNAPSHOT OF THIS YEAR'S ENTERING CLASS
- 328 new GSAS students; 25% of which are in Ph.D. programs; 73% which are enrolled in a master’s or certificate program; 2% of which are non-degree students.
- 52% is female, 24% is international; and 10% is minority.
YOUR CAREER CORNER
Notes from the Workshop "Academic Applications Demystified"
With the arrival of fall, the academic job search cycle begins for many Ph.D. candidates and graduates. Most applicants are entering uncharted territory in a challenging job market. On September 10th, GSAS doctoral students gathered to hear about the process first-hand from alumnus Jeremy Spindler, Ph.D. ’11 at the GSAS Workshop, “Academic Applications Demystified.” Jeremy presented valuable information about the application process, helped alleviate concerns, and answered questions. Read more
Special Fall EventsSept. 27: Women in Science and GSAS Career Services Fall Kickoff, Featuring Propel CEO
Propel Careers is a Boston-based life sciences search and career development firm dedicated to networking, mentoring, and career development. Propel’s core mission is to help current and future leaders accelerate their careers and achieve success. The event will feature a talk by Propel CEO, Lauren Celano and a networking reception to follow. Refreshments will be served. 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Shapiro Science Center, Soffer Auditorium.Oct. 3 and 4: Biocareers Virtual Job Summit
This Summit is dedicated to life science graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. During this online job fair, you can meet representatives from top U.S. and international employers like Covance, National Academies of Science, St. Jude, Kelly Scientific, and others. To find out more and register, go here
. Versatile PhD
GSAS has acquired Versatile PhD, a new resource covering non-academic careers for Ph.D.s. Versatile PhD is a web-based community where you can get support, advice, and great information from Ph.D.s and ABDs outside the academy or in staff positions within the academy. Additionally, there is a "Premium Content" area where you will find materials (such as sample resumes and cover letters) to assist you in making your own transition. The site is also organizing the following panel discussions:
: Program Evaluation For Social Scientists (Main Forum)Oct. 22-26
: Entrepreneurship for Humanities and Social Science Ph.D.s (Main Forum). Nov. 12-16
: Entrepreneurship for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Ph.D.s (STEM Forum).
To login, go here
and click on the Versatile PhD image on the right.
ARE YOU A MASTER'S STUDENT WHO WILL BE CONDUCTING RESEARCH OFF CAMPUS OR PRESENTING AT A CONFERENCE?
If so, consider applying for a Master's Research Grant
! The Master’s Research Fund awards up to thirty grants per academic year to students from any discipline who are presenting papers or serving on panels at conferences or workshops or who plan to incur expenses associated with a major master’s project or thesis. Each grant carries a maximum award of $300, and students may only receive one grant per year. Grants are made on a first-come, first-serve basis as long as funding is still available.
(Doctoral students should apply for a Sachar
dissertation research grant later this year or for travel funds
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC PERFORMING ENSEMBLES
Attention all students! Do you like to sing or play music? Want to play with others who share your passion? The Brandeis Music Department Ensembles are open to all students and are directed by faculty who have extensive experience as professional, performing musicians. Some ensembles do require an audition; others are open to all. Go here
for more information.
FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION SEASON IS UPON US!
Visit Fellowships and Grants for more funding opportunites.Upcoming Fellowship Information Sessions:
Sept. 20: Presidential Management Fellows Program Information Session
Seeking all Masters and Ph.D. candidates in their graduating year! This program provides a prestigious two-year paid government fellowship in a U.S. government agency. For more information, please go here. The session will be led by Michael Doonan, PMF Fellow and Heller Professor of Health Policy. Food will be provided; please bring your own beverage. 12-2 p.m. Heller G-1. Register by sending an e-mail with your name and program to Brooke Ball.
Oct. 2: Alfa Fellowship to Russia/Bosch Fellowship to Germany Information Session
Seeking Master's and Ph.D. candidates in Economics, Politics, Media Studies as well as Business, Law and Policy! The Alfa and Bosch fellowships are high-level professional development exchange programs, placing 15-20 young professionals at leading organizations in Russia and Germany, respectively. For more information about Alfa, please go here. For more information about Bosch, please go here.The session will be led by Alfa/Bosch Senior Program Officer, Melissa Graves. Continental breakfast provided. 8 a.m. Heller G53. Register by sending an e-mail with your name and program to Brooke Ball.
Ford Foundation Fellowships Program
The Ford Foundation’s “Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching” awards the following: $20,000 stipend per year for three years to predoctoral students; $21,000 for one year to students writing their dissertations; and $40,000 for one year to postdoctoral fellows. In addition, awardees receive funding to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows. Applicants must be: U.S. citizens or nationals and planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based field of science, social science, or humanities and must be a member of one the under-represented groups as listed in their website. The application deadlines are Nov. 14, 2012 (predoctoral awards) and Nov. 19, 2012 (dissertation and postdoctoral awards). Read more.
Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
This fellowship carries a $25,000 stipend to support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose research addresses ethical or religious values. The application deadline is Nov. 15, 2012. Read more.
Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in the Original Sources
These fellowships support continuous dissertation research (humanities and related social sciences) in original sources for a period of nine to twelve months. Applicants must have their dissertation proposal approved no later than April 1, 2013. Applicants must also be ready to start dissertation research as early as June 1, 2013 and no later than Sept. 1, 2013. Up to fifteen fellowships will be awarded, carrying stipends of up to $2,000 per month. The application deadline is Nov. 15, 2012. Read more.
DAAD Research Grants/Study Scholarships (Music, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Architecture)
Research grants are awarded primarily to highly qualified Ph.D. candidates who are early in their academic/professional careers. Research Grants are awarded for periods of one to ten months. Study scholarships are awarded to both master's and Ph.D. candidates in the arts and are granted for one academic year. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. The application deadlines are Nov. 1, 2012 (study scholarship) and Nov. 15, 2012 (research grant). Read more.
Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)
The IDRF supports doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences--regardless of citizenship--pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies. Applicants must complete all Ph.D. requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins. Proposals that identify the U.S. as a case for comparative inquiry are welcome; however, proposals which focus predominantly on the U.S. are not eligible. The fellowship provides support for nine to twelve months of continuous dissertation research outside the U.S. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per fellowship average of $20,000. The application deadline is Nov. 7, 2012. Read more.