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.

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.

Financial Wellness

Winter Quarter is coming! Be financially prepared.

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Along with snow, ice, and a wind so famously fierce it’s known as “the Hawk,” Winter Quarter brings an opportunity to review your funding and make sure you’re set to start of the New Year on solid financial footing. Get ready with three simple things to do in the coming month:

  1. Winter Quarter scholarships for tuition, fees, and/or insurance will post to your account on December 27, 2019. Mark the date and log in to your account to check your balance, make sure you understand your bill, and plan ahead to make any relevant payments.
  2. Are you still getting a paper check? Get your funds faster with direct deposit, which you can set up in your student account and your Workday profile. 98% of students have signed up for direct deposit and you should too.
  3. Students get paid many different ways. As you plan for Winter Quarter expenses, get a handle on your situation by reviewing what payments you can expect in Winter Quarter and when you can expect to receive them. Not sure? Your Dean of Students Office is a great resource to review and you’re always welcome to contact us at gradhelp@uchicago.edu for a quick overview,

And, keep email handy – gradhelp@uchicago.edu is the dedicated resource to help you manage you navigate your financial relationship with the University. Not sure who to check in with? Not sure what type of payment you’re receiving? Something doesn’t look right? Email us. We’re here to help.

More to come on the most wonderful time of the year. . .that’s right. . .tax season is right around the corner too! Don’t sweat it though – we have workshops to help you get everything filed efficiently and on time. Stay tuned and stay warm.

Get involved in Graduate Council and Nominate your Peers for Graduate Student Leadership Recognition Awards!

Get Involved – Join Graduate Council!

Graduate Council is the representative governing body for the University of Chicago’s 8,000+ graduate students. In 2017-18, the Graduate Council Travel Fund and Finance Committee funded over 350 travel requests and 130 events respectively. In addition to providing financial support, Graduate Council also helped strengthen community by hosting 9 large-scale social events and 40 smaller community events.

In close collaboration with divisional Dean’s Councils, Graduate Council works to advance the graduate experience by programming campus-wide events and hosting platforms for advocacy and issues discussion. The council is comprised of 17 elected representatives from the 12 graduate divisions and a team of committee chairs that focus on particular action arms (social, community, diversity, funding, & marketing).

Graduate Council is always looking for motivated graduate students to get involved. Whether you want to help make decisions on funding applications, work on a specific issue, or run full-scale events, Graduate Council has a place for you. Join fellow graduate students in an effort to break down divisional barriers and create a university-wide graduate community.

Graduate Council is currently looking to fill the team for 2019-2020. Want to learn more? Please fill out this interest form here: https://forms.gle/bdso5edSwqDJG1vg8

Graduate Council’s Graduate Student Leadership Recognition Awards

The Graduate Student Leadership Recognition Awards (G-SLRA) application is now live! The SLRAs are designed to recognize dedicated student leaders that have made significant contributions to improve graduate student life on campus. This year 25 awardees will be selected to each receive a $500 award. Applicants can be self-nominated or nominated by a friend, colleague, or faculty member. We’re excited to hear about all of the great work that our applicants do on campus, and can’t wait to reveal this year’s winners at our awards ceremony at the end of this quarter! You can find the application here.

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.

Do you have questions about how to report and file your taxes?

Join our upcoming tax workshop sessions for basic tax advice – specific sessions will be held for graduate students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents, for graduate students who are F-1 and J-1 Visa holders, and for Postdoctoral Scholars and Fellows. 

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Please join an upcoming tax workshop to learn more about taxes as they pertain to stipends and financial aid for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and fellows. While individual tax advice is not available, these workshops will give you the basics of how taxes apply to graduate student and postdoctoral funding. Register for an in-person or online workshop via GRAD Gargoyle. Webinars will feature the same content as the in-person workshops and participants will be able to use the chat function to ask the presenter questions during and after the session.

For Graduate Students who are U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents:

  • Monday, February 11: Graduate Student Tax Workshop from 4:00 – 5:00 PM @ UChicagoGRAD
  • Tuesday, February 12: Graduate Student Tax Webinar from 12:30 – 1:30 PM (online)
  • Tuesday, February 19: Graduate Student Tax Workshop from 12:30 – 1:30 @ UChicagoGRAD

For Graduate Students who hold F-1 or J-1 Visas:

  • Thursday, February 14: F1 and J1 Graduate Student Tax Webinar from 4:00 – 5:00 PM (online)
  • Friday, February 15: F1 and J1 Graduate Student Tax Workshop from 12:30 – 1:30 PM @ Social Sciences Research Center, Room 122
  • Monday, February 18: F1 and J1 Graduate Student Tax Workshop from 4:00 – 5:00 PM @ Kersten Physics Teaching Center, Room 120

For all Postdoctoral Scholars and Fellows (any citizenship status):

  • Wednesday, February 20: Postdoctoral Scholar and Fellow Tax Workshop from 12:30 – 1:30 PM @ Kersten Physics Teaching Center (KPTC), room 106

Participants can RSVP for all workshops (online and in-person) via GRAD Gargoyle: https://grad-uchicago-csm.symplicity.com/

Graduate Commons Program at International House

Explore the 200+ Programs, Fellowships, and Internships for Graduate Students at I-House

At International House, UChicago graduate and professional school students and scholars can find many opportunities to become involved in a dynamic and diverse community. The Graduate Commons Program at International House features over 200 programs for UChicago Graduate Students; such as:

  • 55 Graduate Fellowships: International House Non-Resident Graduate Fellowship Program has awarded 50+ awards to UChicago graduate students to help ensure the diversity of the graduate community connected to International House. More information here.
  • 10 Internships: 10 GRAD Global Impact Internships were awarded to UChicago graduate students to arrange activities through the Graduate Commons Program. GRAD Global Impact Interns will help build relationships among graduate students and postdocs and plan and implement many of the popular on-going educational, cultural, and recreational House programs for graduate and professional school students. More information here.
  • $10,000: Amount awarded from the Davis Projects for Peace grant to I-House graduate fellow to design and implement their own grassroots projects anywhere in the world with the goal of promoting world peace. For more information on the Summer 2019 program visit https://ihouse.uchicago.edu/fellowships/davis_projects_for_peace_grants_2/
  • 9 Language Tables: Language Tables have been part of the International House’s long tradition to promote multicultural environment. These informal weekly one-hour gatherings allow interested University of Chicago students and scholars, native and non-native speakers, to meet to speak in a foreign language to develop language skills and to promote cultural enrichment through conversation. Nine different languages are represented during the fall quarter; the full weekly schedule for which can be found here. New language tables are always welcome. Contact International House if you would like to start a language table.
  • 4 Day Thanksgiving Homestay Program: Thanksgiving is America’s oldest tradition with rich significance and a time when families gather together to celebrate. You are invited to become part of an American family for the holiday as a guest in one of the five participating Illinois communities: Geneseo, Morrison, Paris, Prophetstown, and Sterling-Rock Falls. The application deadline for this program is tomorrow, November 2. Details of how to apply can be found here.
  • 100+ Global Voices Lecture and Performing Art Series hosts prominent speakers, round-table discussion groups, and special interest conferences and seminars as well as performing arts programs. As a part of this program, leading figures from the world stage come to share their thoughts and exchange ideas with students and members of Chicago’s civic community on major issues facing the country and the world. The 2018-19 schedule of events can be found here.
  • And, 100+ Social Activities held annually including dance classes, the Reimaginations discussion group, Show Me Chicago trips and tours, movie nights, game nights, study breaks, watch parties, and grad mixers. Additional special programs are held during the winter break and university holidays ensuring a supportive community throughout the year.

Updates and Scheduling details about I-House upcoming programming can be found on their Facebook group for graduate students: https://www.facebook.com/groups/IHouseGRADLife/

You can also sign up to the I-House Grad Life listserv at: https://lists.uchicago.edu/web/subscribe/ihouse-gradlife

Payment and Tax Information

Learn about your Graduate student-dedicated Shared Services Team

Who we are: In close collaboration with UChicagoGRAD, deans of students, ITS and Enrollment and Student Services, Shared Services has identified a point person to serve as a liaison at UChicago regarding student research, teaching, and employment positions. The student liaison leads a collaborative team of HR and administrators who work to surface concerns and address them in order to improve the student experience as it relates to funding and payment issues as well as develop clearer administrative processes and policies governing student funding and employment payments. We know there is room for improvement in these critical areas to the graduate student experience especially, and we invite you to reach out should you have any issues that we can work with you to help rectify.

What we do: This team has spent the last 18 months working with divisional administrators and students on improving administrative practices, standardizing procedures and learning how to better communicate with students. Based on feedback from students, we have been able to improve in the following aspects:

  • Taxes: In working closely with the Bursar’s Office, we have created a tax website that provides students with a comprehensive guide to tax information at UChicago. This, in addition to quarterly tax deposit reminders and increased tax workshops, students are better informed about how to take responsibility for their personal tax obligations.
  • Pedagogical and Research Training: We have worked with each division to standardize payment schedules related to Teaching and Research Assistants to provide equal payments throughout a quarter. We are also working to communicate the payment schedule to students in these positions at the beginning of each quarter.
  • Biweekly Employment: Beginning July 1, 2018, Workday IT transitioned time keeping from our legacy system to Workday. We have worked closely with the Workday IT to communicate and train students on the changes to clocking time for non-exempt positions.
  • Record Clean Up: We have created a central process to monitor and end expired positions in Workday. This allows for accurate hours to be recorded for a student and present an accurate training and employment record in Workday.

Types of Problems we Handle (Students should reach out to us for…)

  • Scholarship/Fellowship payments
  • Late payments of any kind (did not receive payment when expected)
  • Payment discrepancies
  • Workday issues (logging in, onboarding, direct deposit set up, reviewing record)
  • Tax withholding inquiries (Federal, State, OASDI, Medicare)
  • Tax reporting questions (Tax Return process, Estimated Tax Payments)
  • Foreign Training and Employment paperwork

How to reach us: