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CALS Summer Graduate Fellowship

CALS is pleased to announce its annual summer graduate fellow competition. The CALS summer graduate fellow will receive a $4000 summer stipend and a $1000 research budget for travel and research-related expenses, enabling the fellow to devote the summer session to working on his/her dissertation.

Applications are due by February 1. The following eligibility requirements apply:

1) for purposes of this award, a doctoral student who has successfully passed comprehensive exams, constituted a dissertation committee, and won approval of a dissertation prospectus focused on an American literature and/or culture topic from any time period is eligible to apply;

2) students who have previously won an Institute for Arts and Humanities graduate student summer residency fellowship, an IAH dissertation semester release fellowship, a Center for Early Modern Studies Junior Scholar fellowship, or a CALS dissertation support award are not eligible to apply; however, this summer fellowship does not affect a student’s eligibility for the standard dissertation semester fellowship in the Liberal Arts;

3) students planning to defend/graduate in the summer of the current year are not eligible to apply;

4) students may not teach or hold full-time employment during the funded summer session;

5) students on federal aid should be advised that their federal package might be affected by the stipend money.

How to Apply

Applications must include the following:

1) Cover letter with applicant’s name, contact information, project title, and expected date of defense and graduation;

2) Prospectus (no more than 4 double spaced pages, 12 pt. font) describing the project, explaining its wider significance, a timetable for completion, and specific research plans during the period of the award;

3) Curriculum Vitae;

4) A confidential letter of recommendation from the chair of the student’s dissertation committee.

Applications should be sent as a single file pdf document to CALS Director Sean Goudie (sxgoudie@psu.edu); the confidential letter of recommendation should be sent separately by the faculty adviser to Director Goudie.

Applications will be evaluated by several members of the CALS Advisory Board. The award winner will be announced by March 1.

Spring Lecture and Acknowledgements

The fellow is required to give a presentation, open to the liberal arts community, based on material written during the period of the summer fellowship during the following school year. Also, appropriate acknowledgement of the Center’s support must be given in the dissertation, publications, and all other activities related to the summer fellowship project.

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