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September Highlights: The GSAS E-Newsletter
Brandeis University | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences | HIGHLIGHTS | AN E-NEWSLETTER FOR GSAS STUDENTS


In case you missed the workshop on Publishing in Academic Journals, you might consider reading a few posts on this topic from the Cambridge Journals Blog. Some of the more helpful posts for graduate students include: "Publishing Your First Journal Article: An Academic Publisher's View-1", "Publishing Your First Journal Article: An Academic Publisher's View-2" both by Melissa Good, the Commissioning Editor for HSS Journals and "Publishing Your Work in an Academic Journal--Three Do's and a Don't" by Dr. Graeme Porte, the Editor of the journal Language Teaching. Subjects addressed include why and where to publish and what happens after you've submitted your article.

Rachel DrreilingerHi! My name is Rachel Dreilinger, and I’m the newest addition to the GSAS team, joining Sue Levine in the Career Services office. Here's a little about me: I completed my undergraduate work at The George Washington University with a focus on psychology. I spent two years working with professors on various research projects before deciding to continue my education. I completed my Master of Arts and Master of Education at Columbia University studying counseling. I have worked in various settings including academic research, community mental health, and university career services.  I can’t wait to bring my experiences, energy, and passion to the Brandeis community! I hope to meet with many of you as the year progresses and share with you all that GSAS Career Services has to offer.

Many of you know we offer individual appointments in which we can review your CV, resume, and cover letter. In addition, we present workshops on career topics that are most relevant to graduate students today. We also counsel students and alumni on subjects such as exploring a suitable career path, making a career transition, creating a stand-out job application, and honing your job and informational interviewing skills. We understand that career decisions can be stressful and overwhelming and are here to help. Please feel free to  make an appointment, login to GradHIRE, or peruse our website

The Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF) application will become available on Friday, November 15. The DYF awards a 12-month stipend ($2,750/month) for students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are in the final year of dissertation writing. Only students who will be entering their fifth- or sixth-year in the fall 2014 may apply for this fellowship. As of this year, the application process is entirely online. Read more and apply.


  • Friday, December 13: Final day to defend a dissertation (turn in your DEC form at least two weeks before your defense)

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014: Final day for Master's students with a thesis requirement to turn in the Certification of Master's Thesis Acceptance form.

  • Thursday, January 16, 2014: Final day for dissertation and thesis depost (by 4 p.m.).
Note: Online degree applications should have been filed by November 1 for students planning to receive a February 2014 degree. If you have not already filled out the application, please do so here. Any questions about the form or changes to degree date should be shared with the Registrar's Office.

Any master's student who is applying to Ph.D. programs this fall knows the process can be daunting and, at times, overwhelming. Before you get any further in the process, consider these nine tips to help ensure you submit your best application possible in an organized, lower-stress manner. Read more.

Thursday, November 21 | 5:00 p.m.
Shapiro Admissions Center, Presentation Room

Richard Blanco joined a select group that includes Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, and Elizabeth Alexander when Barack Obama chose him to be the fifth inaugural poet in history. Both a professional engineer as well as a poet engineer, Blanco is the author of four collections of poetry, City of a Hundred Fires (1998), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett National Poetry Prize; Nowhere But Here (2004); Directions to the Beach of the Dead (2005), winner of the PEN/American Center Beyond Margins Award; and Looking for the Gulf Motel (2012). Beacon Press will publish his For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey on November 19, 2013. Blanco will sign copies of his books—which will be available for sale, including For All of Us, One Today—after the reading.

Graduate Student Association (GSA) Travel and Research Grants
The TRG funds provide up to $300 to graduate students from all programs to conduct research, primarily for the dissertation, thesis or major paper. Applicants may seek funding for various expenses incurred or to be incurred between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. The application deadline is November 25. Read more.

GSAS Master's Research Fund

Provides master's students up to $300 to help cover research expenses primarily for a thesis or major paper. Apply at any time as long as funds are still available. Read more.

The Tauber Institute: Graduate Research Awards
The Tauber Institute offers grants for pre-dissertation and dissertation research in any academic discipline of Jewish Studies. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded to cover travel expenses (such as visits to archives), purchase of research materials such as microfilm (but excluding books), and costs of data collection and processing. All students enrolled in a doctoral program at Brandeis University are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students who have successfully completed their course work by the end of the 2013-2014 academic year. The application deadline is December 10. Read more.

Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowships (DYFs)
These fellowships provide a $33,000 stipend and a $2,000 research grant to support ABD students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences during the final year of dissertation research and writing. Applicants must be entering their 5th or 6th year as of fall 2014 and certify that they will graduate by August 2015. Mellon DYFs will be required to attend a year-long, noncredit dissertation seminar. Up to 8 DYFs will be awarded. A link to the online application will be posted here on November 15 and will be due on January 30, 2014.

University Prize Intructorships (UPIs)
This $6,000 prize supports doctoral students as they design and teach an undergraduate course in their field of research. Up to 5 prizes will be awarded. A link to the online application will be posted here on December 3 and due on February 6, 2014 (note: the application due date has been moved up to one week earlier than previously advertised).

Mellon Dissertation Research Grants
These grants support doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences as they incur expenses associated with dissertation research. Grants are typically in the $3,000 range. A link to the online application will be posted here on January 7, 2014 and due March 6, 2014.
UNCF/Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships
The UNCF/Merck science initiative is dedicated to supporting the training of world-class African American biological and chemical scientists and engineers. Each fellowship provides up to a maximum of $53,500, which includes a stipend of up to $43,500 for the Fellow and a Research Grant of up to $10,000 to support the research needs of the Fellow. The fellowship stipend is intended to cover from 12-24 months of fellowship tenure. A maximum of $30,000 in stipend may be received in any 12 month period. The Fellow must be engaged in and within 1-3 years of completing the dissertation research having successfully completed all qualifying exams by September 1, 2014. Applicants must be African American U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The application deadline is December 5.

Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace Dissertation Fellowships

The Jennings Randolph Program awards $20,000 for dissertation research and/or writing on international conflict and peace. The application deadline is December 13.

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG)
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG) of the US Department of Defense is intended for students at or near the beginning of graduate study for doctoral degrees in mathematical, physical, biological, and engineering sciences. It is open to U.S. citizens or nationals. It is a three-year award, which includes a stipend, plus full tuition and fees, not including room and board. The application deadline is December 20.

Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Doctoral Field Research Fellowship Program

Fellowships are available to advanced Ph.D. students (by the time research begins) in the social sciences, physical sciences, and technical fields conducting research in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics related to grassroots development. Fellowships fund 4 to 12 months of research. Many general informational webinars on the program, eligibility, application process, etc. have been scheduled for October and November. The application deadline is January 6, 2014.

The Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies
Fellowships are awarded to outstanding Ph.D. candidates who exhibit strong personal commitment to Holocaust memory, demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, and possess the potential to provide outstanding professional leadership that will shape the future of Shoah scholarship. As part of the program, Kagan Fellows are invited to attend an all-expenses paid annual 5-day summer workshop alternately hosted at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Fellows are invited to present their research to and network with leading scholars and peers in Holocaust history. The maximum award amount is $20,000. The application deadline is January 6, 2014.

Switzer Fellowship
The goal of the Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program is to support highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate the potential for leadership in their field. Ten Switzer Fellowships are awarded annually from a strong pool of over 150 applications in each region. Applicants must be U.S. citizens; be enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in California or New England (master's and Ph.D. students may apply); have strong academic qualifications; and have academic and career goals focused on environmental improvement, regardless of the school, major or program. The award provides a one-year $15,000 cash award and networking and leadership support to recipients. The application deadline is January 10, 2014.

Posen Society of Fellows
This fellowship supports doctoral students who are writing their dissertations on modern Jewish history and culture and fiction writers working on a Jewish-themed novel or short story collection. Each fellow will receive a two-year, $40,000 award and a special opportunity to collaborate with peers and learn from seasoned scholars. Applicants must have completed their comprehensive exams or have started writing their dissertations by the award date (April of the year the application is due). The application deadline is January 15, 2014.

Boren Fellowship — National Security Education Program
The National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Fellowships provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. Students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests. All proposed programs must include formal study of an appropriate foreign language. The NSEP service requirement stipulates that an award recipient work in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or the Intelligence Community for a minimum of one year. Awards are for up to $30,000 depending on if study takes place abroad or domestically. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is January 28, 2014.

Graduate Research Fellowship at the Center for Jewish History
The Center for Jewish History offers ten-month fellowships to doctoral candidates to support original research using the collections of the Center’s partners – American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Preference is given to those candidates who draw on the library and archival resources of more than one partner institution. Fellows must be in residence at the Center from September 2014 to June 2015 and applicants should have completed all requirements (coursework, exams, dissertation proposal) for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation. Full fellowships carry a stipend of up to $17,500 for a period of one academic year. Fellows from universities more than 125 miles away from New York City may be entitled to additional funding of up to $5,000 to offset moving expenses. The application deadline is February 3, 2014.

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