National Science Foundation (NSF), Graduate Research Fellowship Information Sessions

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) provides 3 years of stipend and tuition support to students in STEM, including most fields in the social sciences.

UChicagoGRAD will host an initial information session about NSF on Friday, May 22. This information session will cover the application materials, advice on creating a strong application, resources for support as you apply, and tips from recent recipients. Separate writing workshops and application guidance sessions will take place throughout May and June. Please register via GRAD Gargoyle to have Zoom links sent to you in advance of the session.

Related events:

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Information Session, Friday, May 22, 3-4 pm
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Personal Statement Guidance Session, Tuesday, May 26, 12-1pm
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Research Statement Guidance Session, Friday, May 29, 12-1 pm

Questions? Please contact UChicagoGRAD’s Director of Fellowships, Beth Powers.

Virtual Programming and Resources

UChicagoGRAD is committed to supporting graduate students and postdocs during this challenging time. We are working with campus partners to provide virtual resources and opportunities to help you stay connected and engaged while campus is closed. Please see current offerings below and visit virtualgrad.uchicago.edu for updated information.

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  • Graduate Admissions Learn more here
    • We have made the decision to cancel all in-person admissions programs and interactions out of concern for the health and wellness of everyone in our campus community and all of our guests. While the Office of Graduate Admissions will be closed to the public on campus, our staff will be readily available to help you via email or phone during these challenging times. We also are offering the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one Zoom meeting with a member of the admissions team – click here to schedule an appointment. You do not need a Zoom account to join a meeting.
    • View media resources (webinars, online publications, etc.) here
  • Sounding Board Advising – Sign-up here
    • Emotional distress is common and normal in the context of uncertainty and potentially health-threatening situations. Taking care of your mental health needs during the COVID-19 Pandemic is challenging and particularly when being required to shelter in place, oftentimes, in isolation. Tend to your wellbeing by reaching out to UChicagoGRAD’S Sounding Board advising service which provides remote phone consultations addressing anxiety, fear, relationship concerns, and other destabilizing reactions during these uncertain and upsetting times.
  • GRADHelpLearn more here
    • GRADHelp is your source for help and information about stipends, payments, bills, fees, insurance, and more. If you have questions about any kind of payment or other financial-related issue and aren’t sure where to turn, email gradhelp@uchicago.edu

  • Diversity and Inclusion Advising and Workshops – Sign-up here
    • All students and postdocs can sign up for advising sessions to discuss issues, concerns and experiences related to diversity as it affects their academic and career development as well as personal wellbeing.

    • Structured Writing Accountability Groups (SWAG) – In collaboration with Student Support Services and the Writing Program, we provide space and structure for graduate student and postdoc quarterly writing accountability groups. Applications are due April 26. Learn more here

  • Fellowship Advising and Workshops – Sign-up here
    • Fellowship advisors are available to work with you on application materials for specific fellowships or grants.
    • Small group advising sessions are also available to help applicants compare the different types of grants, understand the application components, learn about strategies for developing competitive applications, and receive resources for further exploration.
  • Graduate Writing ConsultationsSign-up here
    • UChicagoGRAD is offering one-on-one online Graduate Writing Consultations for graduate students interested in working on their academic writing. Consultants work with writers on academic papers, journal articles, dissertation chapters, proposals, and other academic documents.
  • Career Development Advising and Workshops – Sign-up here
    • For Your Job Search
      • Are you currently in the middle of a job search, or are you gearing up to begin one? Are you planning to go on the academic job market this fall? Talk with a career advisor about how you can refine your strategy now that hiring is happening virtually. This includes advice for crafting a strong LinkedIn profile or personal website as digital presence increases in importance. Your advisor can also share strategies for expanding your options in an uncertain job market.
    • For Public Speaking, Interviewing, and Networking Preparation
      • Are you interviewing for jobs? Getting ready for a presentation? Preparing for virtual networking conversations? GRADTalk advising helps you enhance your oral communication skills for a variety of professional applications. You can schedule a meeting with a GRADTalk advisor to practice virtual presentations for your classes, committee, lab, or prospective employers. You can also use GRADTalk as a low-stakes way to practice using Zoom and other remote technologies.
    • For Your Written Application Materials
      • Are you satisfied with your CV or resume? Whether you are currently applying for jobs or not, this is a good time to refine written materials such as your CV, resume, or cover letters. In a virtual meeting, you can work on live edits with your UChicagoGRAD career advisor, sharing screens and discussing the documents line by line.
    • For Your Career Exploration
      • Are you trying to decide what type of career makes sense for you? Whether you are completely undecided or just want to explore contingency options in case your current plans are disrupted, UChicagoGRAD career advisors are experienced at helping you work through a process of self-reflection and personal discovery. We are here to listen first, meet you where you are, and offer guidance in navigating the range of available opportunities.

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The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

It’s not too early to start planning your fall application! NSF provides 3-year fellowships to individuals early in their graduate career. https://www.nsfgrfp.org/Key facts:

  • It’s not just for scientists and engineers! All fields of social science are eligible.
  • Fellows receive 3-years of funding with tuition support spread and which can be combined with other awards
  • 2,000 fellowship are awarded every year
  • UChicago graduate students have a strong record of winning NSF GRFPs!
  • UChicagoGRAD Fellowship staff are available to discuss applying and provide support to your application. Make an appointment with UChicagoGRAD’s Director of Fellowships, Beth Powers here: https://grad-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com/
  • Sign up for NSF GRFP information sessions in May:  https://grad-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com/

UChicago a Top Producer for Fulbright Scholars in 2019-2020

13 UChicago graduate students and alumni were awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship, making UChicago a top graduate institution for Fulbright U.S. Student awards

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Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. This year, the University of Chicago tied for sixth place on the list, with a total of 27 Fulbright awards (including both graduate and undergraduate students).

Thirteen graduate students and alumni of graduate programs from the University of Chicago were selected for Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards. The following lists include all awardees (though not all may have taken up the award):

Fulbright US Student Program:

  • Andrew Halladay, South Asian Languages and Civilization, India
  • Angela M. Romea, Anthropology, Philippines
  • Carl Kubler, History, China
  • Clariza Saint George, Psychology, United Kingdom
  • Demmy Villalpando, History, Mexico
  • Erol Koymen, Ethnomusicology, Turkey
  • Hanna Pickwell, Anthropology, China
  • Jerel Ezell, Sociology, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Joseph Haydt, Germanic Studies, Germany
  • Matthew Johnson, Germanic Studies, Austria
  • Susan Su, East Asian Languages and Civilization, China
  • Tristan Sharp, History, Germany

Fulbright US Student Program – English Teaching Assistantship:

  • John Al-Haddad, English Teaching Assistantship, Turkey

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. educational exchange program, offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually to U.S. students in all fields of study and operates in more than 160 countries. Fulbright grants provide for 8-12 months of international experience and are open to graduate students in all stages and programs. Watch this short video and visit the website to learn more about the Fulbright US Student Program.

The Fulbright competition for graduate students is administered at the University of Chicago through UChicagoGRAD. Please be sure to check the UChicagoGRAD Event Calendar for the dates of upcoming information sessions and internal campus deadlines for next year’s Fulbright application process. Interested graduate students should plan to attend a Fulbright Information Session in early April and contact Beth Powers, Director of Fellowships and Writing, to discuss the application process.

Winter Quarter Preview

Check out what’s happening at UChicagoGRAD this quarter!

Please note: dates and times are subject to change

For more details and to register, please visit GRAD Gargoyle

JANUARY 

  • Wednesday, January 8 – Academic Job Market #1: Interviewing for Faculty Positions, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 9 – DDRA Fellowship Info Session, GRAD HQ, 2-3pm
  • Tuesday, January 14 – Academic Job Market #2: International Academe, GRAD HQ, 4-5pm
  • Wednesday, January 15 – Academic Job Market #3: Preparing for Campus Visits, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 15 – Point Foundation Scholarship Info Session, GRAD HQ, 1:30-2:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 15 – GRAD Global Impact “Pitch” Internship Info Session, GRAD HQ, 4-5pm
  • Thursday, January 16 – GRAD Global Impact “Pitch” Internship Info Session, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm 
  • Thursday, January 16 – DDRA Fellowship Writing Workshop #1, Fellowships Table, 1-3pm
  • Thursday, January 16 – FLAS Fellowship Info Session, GRAD HQ, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Friday, January 17 — LA Trek for Humanities PhDs Info Session, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1pm
  • Friday, January 17 – Diversifying Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Graduate FellowshipInfo Session, GRAD HQ, 1-2pm
  • Friday, January 17 – Quarterly Postdoc Workshop: Transferable Skills, GRAD HQ, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 21 – Cover Letter Workshop, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 21 – Careers in Higher Education Administration: Introduction/History, Context, Futures, GRAD Conference Room, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 22 – Academic Job Market #4: Best Practices for Teaching Demonstrations, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 22 – FLAS Fellowship Info Session, GRAD HQ, 2-3pm
  • Friday, January 24 – Resume Workshop, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Friday, January 24 – DDRA Fellowship Writing Workshop #2, Fellowships Table, 1-3pm
  • Monday, January 27 – Academic Job Market #5: Considering Contingency, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 29 – Academic Job Market #6: Negotiation Best Practices for Faculty Jobs, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Thursday, January 30 – GRADTalkWorkshop: “Acing the First-Round Screening Interview (Industry, Non-Profits, Government),” GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Thursday, January 30 – DDRA Fellowship Writing Workshop #3, Fellowships Table, 1-3pm

FEBRUARY 

  • Wednesday, February 5 – Astellas Pharma Medical Writing Careers Info Session, GRAD HQ, 10:30-11:30am
  • Wednesday, February 5 – Careers in Higher Education Administration: Alumni Panel, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm 
  • Wednesday, February 5 – Postdoc Orientation and Mixer, GRAD HQ, 3-5pm 
  • Thursday, February 6 – GRADTalkWorkshop: “What Do You Work On? The Art of Introducing Your Research”, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Thursday, February 13 – Expand Your Perspective: Love, GRAD HQ, 4-6pm
  • Tuesday, February 18 – Resume Workshop, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, February 19 – Cover Letter Workshop, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Thursday, February 27 – Data Science & Business Analytics Career Fair, Gleacher Center
  • Wednesday, February 26 – GRADTalkWorkshop: “Tell Me About Yourself: Crafting a Great Self-Introduction for Behavioral Interviews and Networking,” GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm

MARCH 

  • Wednesday, March 4 – GRADTalkWorkshop: “Storytelling Strategies for Behavioral Interviews” GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 4 – Informational Interview Workshop, GRAD HQ, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8 – PATHS Data Analysis and Visualization Workshop, Logan Center Board Room, All Day
  • Wednesday, March 11 – LinkedIn Workshop, GRAD HQ, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Thursday, March 12 – English Career Conversation Hour, GRAD HQ, 3pm-4pm
  • Friday-Saturday, March 13-14 – PATHS Trade Publishing Workshop, Location TBD, Half-day Friday and All Day Saturday
  • Wednesday, March 18 – Resume Workshop, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Thursday, March 19 – Cover Letter Workshop, GRAD HQ, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Monday and Tuesday, March 23-24 – LA Trek, All Day

Finding the Perfect Fellowship

The Fellowships advising team in UChicago GRAD starts the academic year promoting a variety of fellowship deadlines, disseminating information about searching and applying for fellowships, and advising students on the AAUW, DAAD, SSRC IDRF, NSF GRFP, NDSEG, CLS and myriad other awards with and without confusing acronyms attached.

When the dust settles in mid-November, there is a lull before the next series of deadlines picks up. This is the perfect time to find your perfect fellowship!

How to find your PERFECT fellowships:

  • Prepare your mind by adding an ‘s’- “Fellowships.” You should be seeking more than one fellowship because there are likely a variety of awards that will help you reach your goals, and you enhance your chances for funding with more than one targeted, strong application.
  • Explore ALL of the resources you can find that might offer fellowship information:
    • Departmental bulletin boards
    • Professional organization websites -these groups often have their own fellowships and may compile lists for students in the field.
    • University and other listservs:
  • Research the awards that look like a good fit. What are the eligibility requirements? The deadline? The materials needed for submission? Also recognize as you search that it will take time to find fellowships that fit you and set aside several hours -all at once, or at several sittings -to thoroughly explore the listservs, organizations, and websites that detail the awards that look interesting to you. When you find them, become an expert on what they are seeking.
  • Find a calendar and write down the deadline(s). Work backward from the deadlines to give yourself adequate time to prepare. Aim to start 3-6 months in advance of the deadline depending on the requirements of the award and your schedule. Reach out to us at UChicago GRAD and see if we have worked with past candidates for the award. Set up a time to meet if you would like to talk through applying.  (Use the Gargoyle:  https://grad-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com/)
  • Edit…well, first you have to write a draft, but give yourself time to go through several drafts with the Fellowships staff, your mentors and others who know you and give good advice. No one gets it perfect with a first draft, NO ONE!
  • Contact your recommenders and request transcripts and test scores early, at least 6 weeks before the deadline. These are things that involve someone else’s behavior and calendar and to be sure that you don’t end up missing critical application pieces, start early and send polite reminders closer to the date.
  • Take time to put together a strong application! UChicago graduate students have a great history of success with fellowships and with time and effort you can be a strong candidate for fellowships!

UChicago GRAD Fellowships Access:

For general questions about Fellowships, contact Beth Powers at bpowers@uchicago.edu

UChicago a Top Producer for Fulbright U.S. Student Program in 2018-2019

19 UChicago graduate students and alumni were awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship, making UChicago the top graduate institution for Fulbright U.S. Student awards

Photo credit: https://us.fulbrightonline.org

Photo credit: https://us.fulbrightonline.org

Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Overall, the University of Chicago came third on this list, with 30 total awards, including graduate and undergraduate.

UChicago graduate students and alumni received more graduate-level Fulbright awards than any other institution in the country in the 2018-19 Fulbright US Student Program competition. Nineteen graduate students and alumni of graduate programs from the University of Chicago were selected for Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards, with fifteen accepting the fellowship.

  • Joshua Babcock, Anthropology, Singapore
  • MeeSoh Bossard, Social Services Administration, Ghana
  • James Countryman, Anthropology, Croatia
  • Jonathan DePoyster, Political Science, Ghana
  • Ana Ilievska, Comparative Literature, Italy
  • Alexander Jania, History, Japan
  • Lauren Ledin, Anthropology, China
  • Matthew Lowenstein, History, China
  • Alexander Murphy, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Japan
  • Chloé M. Pelletier, Art History, Italy
  • Kyle Peters, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Japan
  • Cara Piraino, Middle Eastern Studies, Jordan – Declined for Harvard University Center for Arabic Study Abroad Fellowship
  • Eleonore Rimbault, Anthropology, India – Declined for American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Fellowship
  • Steven Schwartz, Anthropology, Colombia – Declined for Wenner Gren and SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowships
  • Spencer Stewart, History, China
  • Benjamin Van Zee, History, Germany – Declined for DAAD Graduate Research Fellowship and Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Fellowship
  • Michael Williams, History, Germany
  • Tali Winkler, History, Germany
  • Noah Zeldin, Germanic Studies, Germany

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. The program aims to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange. These 8-12 month grants are open to graduate students in all stages and programs, and are available to US citizens in over 140 countries. Watch this short video and visit the website to learn more about the Fulbright US Student Program.

The Fulbright competition for graduate students is administered at the University of Chicago through UChicagoGRAD. The 2020-21 competition will open in April 2019 with an internal Deadline for Campus Interviews of August 30, 2019. Interested graduate students should plan to attend the Fulbright Information Session in early April and contact Sara Mehta, Fulbright Program Advisor for graduate students, at srmehta@uchicago.edu to discuss the application process.