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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



It's that time of year again when GSAS administers several competitions for fellowships, grants, and prizes. Most of the funding available comes from the 1.8 million dollar renewal of the Mellon grant. However, there are other opportunities as well. For example, advanced doctoral students from any discipline may apply for a University Prize Instructorship (UPI). UPI recipients will receive a $6,000 stipend to design and teach an undergraduate course. Also, there are still Master's Research Grants available to students who need funding to conduct research or present at a conference. See below for a summary of what's available:

Mellon Dissertation Year Fellowships
The students who apply and are selected during this year's competition will benefit from the improved award terms under the new grant period; they will receive a 12-month $33,825 stipend along with a $2,000 research fund. It's an outstanding opportunity. The application deadline is January 30, 2014.

Mellon Dissertation Research Grants
Up to 30 Grants in the $3,000 range will be awarded to help cover dissertation research expenses such as travel expenses (airfare, train fare, lodging, food, etc.), archive/library admission fees, special equipment and software, and other expenditures associated with research. The application deadline is March 6, 2014.

University Prize Instructorships
These awards provide a stipend to advanced doctoral students to design and teach upper-division courses in their field of research. Five students will be selected to receive this prize. The application deadline is February 6, 2014.

Master's Research Grants
Provides master's students (from any discipline) up to $300 to help cover research and travel expenses associated with a thesis or major paper or conference presentation. Applications will be accepted as long a funding is still available (only nine grants remaining)!


Most graduate students are keenly aware of the brutal competition that awaits them as they enter the academic job market. The openings are limited; the candidates are numerous; and the statistics are daunting: for each faculty opening, 200-400 (if not more) candidates may apply. Given these dismal odds, students wonder what can be done to make their application stand out.

To help answer this question, Dr. Karen Kelsky presented a webinar earlier this month to GSAS students entitled, “How to Master the Academic Job Market.” Dr. Kelsky, a former tenured professor with 15 years of academic experience, now works full-time as a professional skills consultant and writes a widely read academic career blog. She has coached thousands of people on subjects ranging from writing effective academic job applications, to giving job talks to finding and writing grants to just about everything in between. Her advice is direct, sometimes painfully honest, and graduate students usually haven’t heard anything like it before. Some of the main points of her talk are summarized in this article Students should consult the blog on her website for additional details on any of the topics covered during the webinar. Read more.


arrowHonor Thy Mentor: Nominate Him or Her for the Dean’s Mentoring Award
Nomination Deadline: March 3
The Dean of Arts and Sciences Mentoring Award provides a $1,000 award to a faculty member who supervises graduate students and demonstrates an “outstanding ability as a mentor.” To nominate or receive additional information, go here.

arrowFebruary Degree Candidates

If you have submitted a dissertation or thesis, be sure to periodically check your e-mail as you may receive notice of revisions that you must make to your dissertation or thesis in order to have your February degree conferred.

arrowMay Degree Candidates
March 1 is the last day to electronically file an Application for Degree (May graduation). Please contact the Registrar's Office with questions. Dates for the dissertation and thesis workshops are TBD. An e-mail will be sent to expected May degree recipients once the date and location are finalized.

Reglia order forms will be e-mailed to students in late March. Please check the GSAS commencement website and the University commencement website for details and updates.


Do you have a Brandeis grad school experience you'd like to post on the GSAS Blog? Would you like to tell others about your dissertation or thesis research project? Is there anything else about grad school that you want to share with the blogosphere? GSAS is looking for contributions from YOU! Please e-mail Laurie Nichols with your submissions and questions!


Chateaubriand Scholarship for American Students
HSS Chateaubriand is a fellowship program offered by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. Every year, it allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 8 months. Candidates must be currently working on their Ph.D and do not have to be U.S. citizens, but they must be enrolled in an American university. French citizens are not eligible to apply. Candidates must obtain a letter of recommendation from their advisor(s) in the U.S., as well as a letter of invitation from a professor affiliated with a French university or research institution. Please be in touch with your supervisor in France as early as possible. Application deadline: Jan. 31. Read more.

The SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF)
This fellowship helps graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate doctoral dissertation proposals that are intellectually pointed, amenable to completion in a reasonable time frame, and competitive in fellowship competitions. Fellows participate in two proposal preparation workshops and may request up to $5,000 to help cover research expenses during the summer of 2014. Application deadline: Feb. 3. Read more.

California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships (S&T Policy Fellowship)
Doctoral-level scientists and engineers work for one year with the California Legislature to incorporate science and technology into public policy. Application deadline: Feb. 28. Read more.

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