IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars

Description:

The Community of Scholars (COS) is a four-month summer fellowship program. It is intended to support U-M graduate students who are engaged in scholarly research or other creative projects focusing on women, gender or sexuality.
 
All awardees participate in a weekly seminar during May and June. Research may be conducted outside of Ann Arbor during July and August. Awardees will also present their work at a public symposium during the Fall semester following their award.

Deadline: November 27, 2017

Award(s):

COS fellowships will provide a stipend May-August.  Health insurance coverage will also be provided, if students are not otherwise covered.

IRWG is committed to creating environments in which a community of scholars come together for cross-disciplinary exchange.  To that end, all awardees are required to participate in a weekly seminar during May and June.  Research may be conducted outside of Ann Arbor during July and August.  Awardees will be required to confirm their availability for the weekly seminar meetings prior to acceptance of the fellowship.  Awardees will also be required to present their work at a public symposium during the Fall semester, even if they are not in residence at the time.

Awardees may not accept any other major fellowships nor accept employment beyond 10 hours per week during the period of the award.

Eligibility:

Students enrolled in any Rackham graduate program on the U-M Ann Arbor campus may apply. PhD students should have advanced to candidacy by the beginning of the fellowship (May 2018). 

Students who have received this award in the past are not eligible.

Students applying for a Community of Scholars fellowship may also apply for the Boyd/Williams Dissertation Grant for Research on Women and Work.

Criteria for Awards:

  • Centrality of focus on women and/or gender
  • Anticipated contribution of the project to scholarship or creative work on women and/or gender
  • Inclusion of appropriate attention to issues of race/ethnicity, sexuality, class, nationality, or other differences among women or men
  • Quality of the scholarship or creative activity
  • Clarity of the project description
  • Use of an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship or creative activity
  • Good standing in the applicant’s academic program
  • Contribution of the project to the applicant’s professional development
  • Balance and breadth of disciplines represented by recipients

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the IRWG Graduate Funding Online Application (below) and submit it along with additional documents:
    • Statement of how your project fits into your graduate career and professional development
    • Project Title
    • Abstract (100 word summary)
    • Project Description (800 words)
      • The description should include the goals, methods, and significance of your project in terms that are understandable by scholars from many disciplines.
      • This will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from professors addressing your overall educational and career plans.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript(s) of graduate work from the University of Michigan

Additional Information:

  • You may apply for both graduate student funding opportunities with a single application.
  • The application form and accompanying documents (CV, letters of support, and transcripts) only need to be submitted once. 
  • Please note that you cannot make changes to the application form after you've clicked "Submit."
  • U-M transcripts may be official or unofficial, and should be scanned and uploaded directly to the Application Form below. 
  • Letters of support may be sent directly from the letter-writer to IRWG through campus mail or email (irwg.grad.funding@umich.edu), or can be submitted by the applicant in sealed envelopes, signed across the seal by the letter-writer. Mail hard copies of letters of support to: Graduate Student Funding Programs, Institute for Research on Women & Gender, 1136 Lane Hall, 204 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290

Human Subjects Review: Compliance with all appropriate regulations governing conduct of research will be required. Research proposals involving the use of human subjects will be subject to project review and approval by the appropriate IRB. It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain IRB approval.

Questions?

View our frequently asked questions (FAQ), or contact the IRWG main office at 734.764.9537 or irwg.grad.funding@umich.edu

Graduate Opportunities Application for 2018

Your University of Michigan ID number
Check all that apply. This is a single ("common") application for both the IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars program and the Boyd/Williams Dissertation Grant for Research on Women and Work. It needs only to be submitted once.
Your full mailing address (Street Number and Name, City, State, Zip Code)
Your department's full mailing address (Street Number and Name, City, State, Zip Code)
Full name and email address of your department chair. (Example: Jill Smith, jillsmith@umich.edu)
Full name and email address of your department's graduate coordinator. (Example: John Smith, johnsmith@umich.edu)
Note: If you are a PhD student, you should have advanced to candidacy in order to participate in the Community of Scholars program. There is no such requirement for the Boyd/Williams grant.
Please list your anticipated graduation month and year.
List in chronological order, all colleges and universities attended, including the University of Michigan.
List your primary sources of financial support for each semester since you began graduate school at U-M. Include Fellowship support (indicating the source), research assistantships and teaching assignments. Indicate the fraction associated with each source of support (e.g. RA with Professor Smith, 0.20; GSI for Introductory Biology, 0.20, etc.)
List two faculty members (name, title, institution) from whom you have requested recommendations. Please ask your recommenders to address your overall educational and career plans in their letters.
Attach ONE document with your project ABSTRACT (100 words) and DESCRIPTION (800 words). The abstract should be a brief summary of the project. The description should include the goals, methods, and significance of your project in terms that are understandable by scholars from many disciplines. This will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee.
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: txt pdf doc docx.
Project Budget (required for Boyd / Williams grant only)
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: txt html pdf doc docx xls xlsx.
Required only for the Boyd/Williams Dissertation Grant. List expected funding from other sources.
Please upload your current CV or resume.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: txt pdf doc docx.
U-M transcripts should be scanned and uploaded here. They may be unofficial or official.
Files must be less than 25 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg jpeg png pdf.
This information is optional - to be used to further improve IRWG's commitment to diversity and inclusion.