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Brandeis University | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences | HIGHLIGHTS | AN E-NEWSLETTER FOR GSAS STUDENTS



  • 322 new GSAS students;
  • 26% are enrolled in Ph.D. programs, and 74% are enrolled in a master’s, certificate, or non-degree program;
  • 54% are female; 25% are international; and 10% are minority.

The entering class also features two Fulbright Scholars (Ph.D. in English and M.A. in English/WGS) and one Amideast Scholar (M.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology).


New in GradHIRE! Web-Based Mock Interviews
By now you've probably heard about GradHire, a key resource in your job search. The software features job and internship listings, a resume and cover letter builder, among other tools. And now, in GradHIRE you can conduct and record custom-built mock interviews anytime and anywhere. There are thousands of pre-recorded questions you can select to build the right mock interview. You may conduct the interviews from any web browser or even your iPhone! In addition to helping you build the perfect mock-interview, GSAS Career Services staff can also provide feedback and rate your interview performance. Using your unet ID and password, sign into your GradHire account (login located here), click on the “resources” tab, and select “mock interview” from the drop-down menu.

arrowAttend Orientation to GradHIRE and the GSAS Resume Referral Program 
Wednesday, October 9, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.; Wednesday, November 13, 12– 1 p.m. (Register for one date.)
Kutz Hall Conference Room (2nd Floor)
During this orientation, find out how to use this online program to your best advantage and receive an introduction to the other excellent resources GSAS Career Services has to offer. Register via GradHIRE>>Events>>Workshops (login located here).


Over the summer, the GSAS staff and the Web Communications team worked together to modernize the GSAS website’s design and architecture. As you may have noticed, the website now uses new templates that better present information to its main constituencies—prospective and current students, faculty, and staff. Among the more significant visual changes, visitors are greeted with large rotating captioned images featuring GSAS students, faculty, and alumni. In addition, the home page’s main content area has been divided into three sections so that the site’s most frequent users, prospective, current, and accepted students, can easily access information that’s most pertinent to them. And finally, there’s a new “current students” page, a one-stop shop, for everything from funding, forms, and degree completion information to resources and services.

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 Mellon dissertation research grant later this year or for travel funds.)

Then please be sure to do the following five things:

Complete the Application for Degree online by Friday, November 1.

Turn in your DEC form (if completing a Ph.D.) at least two weeks before your defense, keeping in mind that the final day to defend is Friday, December 13.

Turn in your Certification of Master's Thesis Acceptance Form (if completing a Masters thesis) at least one day before the thesis submission deposit deadline. The final day to deposit your dissertation or thesis is Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Set-up e-mail forwarding and an alumni account here.

Also, be on the lookout for an invitation to a workshop about the formatting guidelines later this Fall!


GSAS Career Services is seeking a Career Services Fellow for the 2013 -14 academic year. The position requires 8-10 hours/week (some of which may be done remotely). This is a great opportunity for a student who is looking to gain experience in university administration and/or marketing/communications. GSAS seeks creative, self-starters with a solid work ethic and a sense of humor. See the list of job responsibilities and qualifications. To apply: E-mail a resume and cover letter to Sue Levine, Assistant Director for Career Services, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Many funding sources open their fellowship competitions in the fall for a 2014-15 award. The following list is a sampling of popular opportunities for graduate students. Please visit GSAS's External Funding page to see more listings.

DAAD Research Grants/Study Scholarships
Research grants are awarded primarily to highly qualified Ph.D. candidates w
ho are early in their academic/professional careers who wish to conduct research in Germany or complete a Ph.D. at a German university. Research Grants are awarded for periods of one to ten months. Study scholarships are awarded to both master's and Ph.D. candidates who wish to conduct independent study in Germany and are granted for one academic year. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. The application deadlines are Nov. 1, 2013 (fine arts, performing music, dance, and architecture) and Nov. 15, 2013 (all other fields). Brandeis has been invited to invite one graduate student as a priority candidate for this award. Please submit your hard copy application to Brooke Ball (in Kutz Hall) by Oct. 22 to be considered for priority status. 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. There will be a Mellon IDRF Application Webinar on Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. Register here. The application deadline is Nov. 5, 2013. Read more.

Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowships
Fellowships of up to $50,000 will be awarded to female scientists from developing nations to help them pursue advanced graduate degrees and postdoctoral fellowships in scientific disciplines at leading universities around the world. The application deadline is Nov. 15, 2013. Read more.

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. 20, 2013 (predoctoral awards) and Nov. 15, 2013 (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, 2013. 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, 2014. Applicants must also be ready to start dissertation research as early as June 1, 2014 and no later than Sept. 1, 2014. Up to fifteen fellowships will be awarded, carrying stipends of up to $2,000 per month. The application deadline is Nov. 15, 2013. Read more.

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