How Can GRAD Fellowships Help You?

What can fellowships do for you? They can fund your research internationally or domestically and help you acquire language proficiency, support your professional development, and connect you to larger networks of peers and scholars. In GRAD Fellowships we believe that applying for grants and fellowships is a critical skill in every graduate student’s professionalization. Our goal is to empower graduate students now with the durable skills they’ll need to become independent grant seekers and competitive applicants in the future. To these ends, the Fellowships Office offers a number of resources for help navigating the complex world of applying to fellowships. We offer tools to identify the right fellowships for you and assistance in putting your best foot forward in application processes. Keep an eye out for one of our many information sessions, like Exploring Fellowships for Master’s Students, or schedule a one-on-one advising appointment with one of our skilled advisors here.

Beyond what’s mentioned above, there are several things you can do to stay up to date on our latest offerings. You can join our Canvas page, a library of curated fellowships lists and other helpful guides, here.

 We also offer monthly newsletters that describe upcoming fellowship deadlines. Each newsletter, one in the humanities and social sciences, and the other in STEM, focuses on awards that are accessible to UChicago graduate students. Sign up here.

Financial Wellness Tips from gradhelp

 

Financial Wellness: 2021 Estimated Tax Deadline

The fourth and final 2020 estimated tax payment deadline is January 18, 2022, and it’s not too early to make sure you’re ready for it. Do you need to make an estimated tax payment on this date? How much do you need to pay? Confused? Graduate students can find more information about quarterly estimated tax payments here or, watch the recording of our 2021 Estimated Taxes for Graduate Students session. if you have general questions, please email gradhelp@uchicago.edu.

Get to Know the Diversity Advisory Board!

The UChicagoGRAD Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) advises UChicagoGRAD and other graduate-serving units in its continuing efforts to develop targeted programs and resources related to diversity in graduate education and experience. It also serves as a liaison between and among campus-wide graduate student groups and leadership and as a convener of these constituents. The GRAD Diversity Advisory Board comprises graduate student representatives from academic divisions and the professional schools whose students regularly utilize UChicagoGRAD resources. Currently, board membership reflects students who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion, access, and equity in higher education. Our executive board is comprised of 4 members. The executive board members are interns with UChicagoGRAD Diversity & Inclusion. We are especially grateful for the leadership, commitment and innovation that this year’s executive board has contributed already.

 

This year, DAB has started the year supporting the MOSAIC Graduate Student Engagement and Resource Orientation. They are currently recruiting for the 3rd year of Maroon Mates, a peer mentoring program that connects 1st year PhD and master’s student mentees with 2nd year and above mentors to create a support network and help to facilitate community. DAB is also currently recruiting for the general DAB board. Last year DAB launched the first ever UChicagoGRAD Diversity Advisory Board Awards. Please check out this awesome article about the outstanding winners.

 

Applications for DAB and Maroon Mates are open from now until October 15th.  See the list of GRAD Events in the full GGW for further detail. Email graddab@uchicago.edu or visit our website for more information.

 

Executive Board

Frania Lua                     Board Chair
Cintia    Hinojosa          Community Engagement Chair
Rachel  Chery                Race and Pedagogy Chair
Brandy  Williams          Diversity Outreach Chair

Welcome to Campus from UChicagoGRAD

UChicagoGRAD welcomes – and welcomes back – graduate students and postdocs to campus! We are delighted to resume in-person operations on the third floor of the University Bookstore. We hope you will consider UChicagoGRAD to be a one-stop shop to find services that help you navigate your academic and professional careers.

 

You may be familiar with some of our admissions team through your application processes and now that you are here, our advisors look forward to meeting with you about fellowship applications, public speaking training, career exploration and planning, diversity and inclusion, work/life balance strategies, and more. We host programs that build helpful skills while connecting you with fellow graduate students across the university – from practicing research presentations through Expand Your Perspectives, to discovering destinations around Chicago with Maroon Mates, to meeting other grads/postdocs with children at the Family Resource Center. Sign up for our programs and make an appointment with an advisor on the GRAD Gargoyle, our online registration portal. You can always get help with any payment issues by emailing gradhelp@uchicago.edu, and keep an eye out for programming related to taxes and financial wellness throughout the year.

 

Lastly, we are excited to announce that the new Graduate Student Lounge will open on October 13 on the 4th floor of the Bookstore, just upstairs from UChicagoGRAD. The Lounge is the outcome of a student, faculty, and staff working group that was charged with creating a dedicated space where graduate students from across programs can drop in for individual study or small group collaboration, get helpful information about campus resources and services, and socialize with fellow grad students. First- or second-year students who did not get a GRAD Gargoyle t-shirt at Orientation can stop by the Lounge to pick one up after it opens. We can’t wait to welcome you all – stay tuned for updates about an official Grand Opening in the coming weeks.

Are You on the Academic Job Market?

Are you applying to faculty positions and postdocs? UChicagoGRAD is here to help you put together strong academic job market applications and prepare you for your academic job interviews. Join our workshops, set up a 1:1 advising appointment, and check out our online resources. 

Upcoming Workshops 

Join us for a new workshop on Wednesday, September 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (CT). Tailoring Your Academic Job Market Applications will explain how to read academic job advertisements to pick up on important clues about a hiring department’s priorities. Moreover, it will provide you with practical advice on how to use this information to put together tailored CVs and cover letters for different and positions and institutions. RSVP here. 

On Wednesday, September 29, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (CT), Preparing for First-Round Interviews for Faculty and Postdoc Positions, will provide an overview of how to prepare for first-round. We’ll discuss some strategies to help you prepare for and excel at interviewing for university faculty postdoc positions. Among others, we’ll cover practical aspects to consider with Zoom or telephone interviews, what search committees are looking for, and how to prepare effectively for the most common questions. RSVP here. 

If you are looking to prepare for Campus Visits, join us on Wednesday, October 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (CT). We will discuss an overview of the campus visit process, how to prepare for on-campus interviews, and how to navigate social events like a group dinner with faculty. We will also discuss some tips and strategies for preparing and delivering your job talk. RSVP here. 

1:1 Advising Appointments 

Interested in discussing your job market strategy, workshopping your application materials, or preparing for an upcoming interview? Set up an advising appointment with an advisor on GRAD Gargoyle 

Your dedicated career advisor can help you think through your job market strategy and provide feedback on your CV, cover letter, research statement/proposal, and teaching statement. Simply select “CAREERS” in the scheduling interface and you will see available appointments with your advisor. 

Looking to prepare 1:1 for an upcoming interview or presentation? Choose “GRADTALK” in the appointment system and set up a meeting. 

To discuss questions related to diversity and inclusion, set up a “DIVERSITY” appointment and meet with Dana Bozeman, who will also be able to think about and review your diversity statement. 

Online Resources  

For information about academic job documents, check out the GRAD job document resources. If you’re thinking about interviews for faculty positions and postdocs, have a look at the interview resources, which also include links to different interview workshops. 

 

Questions about the academic job market and resources for applying for faculty positions and postdocs? Email Kathrin Kranz (kranz@uchicago.edu).  

Navigating Transitions with help from UChicagoGRAD

UChicagoGrad wants to extend our support to the UChicago student community as you continue to navigate this on-going difficult time. Whether you are worried about yourself, a friend or a family member there are extensive support resources and services provided by the UChicago community that can assist you with your mental health concerns.

UChicago Student Wellness provides access to student mental health with virtual sessions staffed by clinicians, in addition to, virtual drop -in sessions and workshops. Their summer calendar events is here.

Wellness Coaching is a free service that teaches you how to create goals for navigating transitions and overcoming challenges that come your way.

Schedule your Wellness Coaching session today!

There is a therapist-on-call available 24/7 that students can reach at 773-702-3625.

Sounding Board Advising,  a resource for helping graduate students and postdoc negotiate work/life balance issues, navigate relationships, and create strategies for having difficult conversations with peers, faculty, and others. Sounding Board currently functions as general support services for challenged graduate students.

Seoul? Nairobi? Paris? Where do you want to go on your Fulbright?

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers opportunities to study at an overseas university, conduct independent research, or work as an English teaching assistant in over 140 countries around the world.  Whether you would like to examine ancient religious scrolls in Kyoto or intern at an international business in Mexico City, Fulbright awards are open to master’s students of all disciplines.  To learn more about the Fulbright and how to apply, join us for “Exploring Fulbright for Master’s Students” on Thursday, July 8, 10-10:30am.  In this last session of its kind this year, you will learn important information about the types of Fulbright awards available to you, their application components, and the application timeline with campus deadlines.  We will also discuss useful strategies for producing strong written statements and provide access to the helpful resources that UChicagoGRAD offers Fulbright applicants to help them produce strong applications.  After the presentation, there will be time for Q & A to get your questions about Fulbright answered.  Master’s students from all fields are welcome. U.S. citizenship is required to apply.  For more details, and to register for the event, click here.

 

Are You Set for Summer?

Happy almost end of Spring Quarter – and that means almost summer! Whatever you’re up to for the next few months, whether it’s more research, a brand-new internship, or life as a recent alum, take five minutes to review the checklist on how to make sure you’re set for summer.

 

  1. If you’re moving, be sure to update your address in your student portal. It’s important to keep your address up to date any time you change location for more than a month.
  2. If you are expecting any stipends or payments as part of your funding, review the payment schedule and contact your Dean of Students or gradhelp@uchicago.edu with any questions on when you should expect your funding.
  3. If you’re looking for an on-campus job, check the GRAD Gargoyle postings for open opportunities. Summer is also a great time to start planning to apply for fellowships – check out what’s available and make a plan to make some progress.
  4. If you’re graduating, congratulations! Be sure to review how to participate in Convocation and any divisional ceremonies as relevant. Update your information with the alumni office and, feel free to reach out to us in GRAD. We hope you’ll stay in touch.

 

Finally, plan to recharge! Find the activities that help you gain energy and momentum after a long year. You have earned it!

Check Out the Family Resource Center Courses Online!

The FRC is a drop-in center for families that offers family-friendly programs, informational materials for families, and a support network. Membership is free for all university-affiliated families. While the FRC space is closed until further notice due to COVID-19, the at-home support does not! FRC membership is free for all university-affiliated families. All families must register with the Family Resource Center and submit the mandatory Consent and Release form found here.

 

While physically closed, the FRC is offering 2 free children’s classes and a parenting discussion group via Zoom.  For further information and to receive the links, contact Director Lizanne Phalen (lizannep@uchicago.edu).

 

Missed a Zoom class? We’ve got you covered! Check out our recorded classes online! We have a variety of themed activities and readings available at any time of day!  We have a collection of our virtual classes from Autumn 2020 and Winter 2021.

 

Need more resources or want to connect with other graduate families? We encourage you to join our Student Parent Listerv, a virtual resource where students can post questions, swap baby gear, and share advice with other student parents.

UChicagoGRAD Graduate Fellowships Intern

The Graduate Fellowships team is seeking interns for the 21-22 academic year. The interns’ will develop skills in fellowship advising, make presentations, create content for the newsletter, website and Canvas site, and other duties as part of a team that helps graduate students find and apply to nationally competitive fellowship. A summer start is possible. Applicants must be PhD students in HUM, DIV or SSD. Click here to apply.

The Graduate Fellowships Intern will develop skills in academic advising through the lens of fellowship writing and academic administration.  The intern will support efforts to prepare graduate students in applying to nationally competitive fellowship and grant opportunities. This role involves remote activities at present and may involve in-person activities in the fall, including advising master’s students, creating and leading presentations, developing the Fellowships monthly newsletter, compiling curated award lists,

developing recruitment and publicity resources, assisting with administration of fellowship processes,

and other projects.

 

Responsibilities

  • Providing support to applicants for fellowships such as Fulbright, NSF GRFP, and Boren
  • Leading efforts to help master’s students explore fellowships in group and one-on-one meetings
  • Spearheading fellowships presentations for your discipline
  • Developing professional writing skills through newsletters, workshops and mentored training
  • Creating the monthly Graduate Fellowship Opportunities newsletter
  • Building content for curated fellowship lists for posting on Canvas site
  • Devising and implementing candidate recruitment strategies
  • Entering meeting information in database
  • Participating in interviews of fellowship candidates
  • Other duties as assigned by Fellowships staff

 

What the position offers to a graduate student

  • Learn how to provide fellowships advising and writing support from a team of seasoned professionals
  • Hone your communication skills through presentations, writing, and group interaction
  • Gain administrative experience in higher education
  • Develop knowledge of national fellowship awards management
  • Understand the funding landscape in your field and others
  • Expand on technical and project management skills
  • Help fellow students secure support for their research/education
  • Flexible hours
  • Collaboration with a small team

 

Qualifications

Effective and professional communication skills; Ability to meet deadlines and manage short turnaround time; Project management; Excellent organizational, writing and editing skills.

Education, Experience, and Certifications

PhD student in good standing
Applicants must be PhD students in Humanities, Divinity, or Social Sciences to be eligible; ABD preferred.

Must be able to handle tasks independently and take initiative in fulfilling responsibilities

 

Location

Chicago, Illinois United States

 

Salary Level

$6,000 stipend

 

Job Function

Higher Education

 

Is this a virtual/remote opportunity?

Yes

 

International Work Sponsorship?

Case by case basis