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International Dissertation Research Fellowship accepting applications thru November 7, 2017

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Sixty-eight fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $21,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.

The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences—regardless of citizenship—enrolled in PhD programs in the United States. Applicants to the 2018 IDRF competition must complete all PhD requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2018, whichever comes first.

Complete details @ https://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/view/idrf-fellowship/ including links to informational webinars (recorded & upcoming), FAQs, the application form, and much more.

Princeton in Asia Info Session

Princeton in Asia (PiA) Info Session
Thursday, September 28th, 5:30-6:30pm
336 Ingraham

Seniors, looking for the job of a lifetime? Before you start grad school, spend the rest of your life in a cubicle, or go back to living in your parents’ basement, take a second and envision yourself… as a university teacher in beautiful rural China, exploring floating markets in Thailand, working for the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, waking up each morning in a Buddhist temple in Japan, or working for a democracy-building organization in Cambodia.

Princeton in Asia – http://piaweb.princeton.edu – sponsors over 165 fellowships in 21 countries and is the oldest and largest non-profit organization of its kind, unique in its scope, size, century-long expertise and emphasis on service. PiA arranges fellowships and internships with Asian host organizations in the fields of education, health, international development, environmental advocacy, journalism, engineering, technology, law and business. Fellowships are the means of fostering person-to-person diplomacy, enhancing mutual understanding, serving vulnerable communities with unmet needs and providing transformative experiences for fellows and host communities.

If you feel like adventure is in store for you next year, please join us for this brief, fun Q&A session with PiA alumni! Final applications are due November 9th.

Note: All are most welcome to attend, but please note that PiA fellowships are only granted to graduating seniors and recent alumni.

Campus deadline for 2018-2019 Luce Scholars Program is October 16, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 Luce Scholars Program! Offering a year-long internship in Asia, the Luce Scholars Program (LSP) is designed to provide an extended period of exposure to an Asian country for highly qualified young Americans who lack extensive knowledge of Asian affairs and who would not gain this knowledge through their normal career trajectories.

Interested graduating seniors and alumni must apply through the UW-Madison. The campus deadline for this current cycle is 4pm on October 16, 2017.

For more complete information on the LSP, the application process, and deadlines, visit http://iris.wisc.edu/funding/students/luce-scholars-program/. If you have specific questions, contact Mark Lilleleht at awards@iris.wisc.edu or 608.265.6070.

Open advising for Fulbright US Student Program applicants

With the campus deadline for Fulbright US Student Program (FUSP) applications coming up soon (Monday, September 11 @ 11:59am), the IRIS Awards Office is offering open (drop-in) advising hours with the UW-Madison Fulbright Program Advisor, Mark Lilleleht, in 328 Ingraham Hall on…

  • Tuesday, August 28, 3-5pm
  • Thursday, August 31, 9-11am
  • Tuesday, September 5, 4-6pm

Swing on by!

You can also call or email for an appointment on other days. Full information on the FUSP @ UW-Madison is at http://iris.wisc.edu/funding/students/fulbright-us-student-program/.

Fulbright US Student Program open advising hours

Announcing the Title VI International Research and Studies Program for FY 2017

The US Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office just announced the opening of the a new round of awards for fiscal year 2017: Title VI International Research and Studies Program. The deadline to submit an application is August 14, 2017. The IFLE announcement reads:

The International and Foreign Language Education Office of the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for FY 2017 new awards under the Title VI International Research and Studies Program (IRS) Program.

The IRS program provides grants to institutions, public and private agencies, organizations, and individuals to conduct research and studies or to develop instructional materials to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields. IRS program funds may not be used for the training of students and teachers. Cost-sharing is not required.

The FY 2017 competition will feature one absolute priority and two competitive preference priorities. We hope that these priorities will inspire interesting research projects, surveys, and studies that will be useful to a wide range of stakeholders:

  • Absolute Priority: The Department will only consider applications that propose research projects, surveys, or studies.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 1: Five (5) additional points may be awarded for research projects, surveys, and studies about U.S. school-based Dual Language Immersion Programs.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 2:  Five (5) additional points may be awarded for research projects, surveys, and studies on the outcomes of international education programs for U.S. postsecondary education students.

The following are examples of research, study, and survey projects supported under the IRS program in the past:

The deadline to apply is August 14, 2017. Please refer to the Notice Inviting Applications published in the Federal Register and the application package for further information. We appreciate your interest in this program and look forward to receiving your application!

Refer a student or alum!

Do you know an undergrad here at UW-Madison that would be a good fit for a Fulbright? Maybe you just had alumni event and you met a few that you think should explore their options for funding abroad. Grad students in your department ready to apply for a Fulbright-Hays DDRA or a Boren Fellowship? Some who are planning their summer research and could benefit from an IRIS Summer Fieldwork Award or a Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship? A graduating senior or recent grad that might never have thought about working in Asia but is an exceptional talent and a good fit for the Luce Scholars Program?

Fill out our online referral form and we’ll reach out to them! Students are more likely to apply for a fellowship when referred by a faculty or staff member plus you’ll be helping us spread the word about these valuable opportunities campus-wide.

The summer is a great time to work on your Fulbright application!

If you’re a rising senior, graduate student, or alumni of the UW-Madison and you’re interested in pursuing a Fulbright US Student Program award – it is most definitely not just for students – the summer is a great time to learn more about the program and work on your application. In fact, with the campus deadline this year on September 11, summer is the time for you to be working on it!

Learn more about the campus-side of the process at http://go.wisc.edu/fusp and explore all the opportunities available on the Fulbright website.

Mark Lilleleht, the campus Fulbright program advisor, will be available all summer long to answer questions, assist with the application process, and to discuss your interests. Contact him – with your questions or to set up an appointment – at awards@iris.wisc.edu & 608.265.6070.

FUSP poster 2017

Four UW-Madison Students Receive Boren Awards

Four UW–Madison students have been awarded prestigious Boren Awards. The awards will allow these students to study languages overseas, enhancing their own academic pursuits and developing essential language skills.

“Boren Scholarships and Fellowships present exceptional opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students,” said Guido Podestá, vice provost and dean of UW–Madison’s International Division. “The expertise these students will develop through studying critical languages and regions not commonly selected for study abroad programs uniquely positions them for success in their careers and future research.”

A Boren Scholarship has been awarded to Emma Johnson, a languages major who will be studying Russian in Kazakhstan. Johnson is currently in the Russian Flagship Program.

Three UW–Madison Ph.D. candidates have accepted Boren Fellowships. Each proposed a project that further facilitates the awardees’ language learning and academic interests.

Philip Cerepak, history, will study Tagalog in the Philippines. His project is titled, “A Commodity History of Coconut Oil and Insurgency.”

Catriona Miller, history, will study Khmer in Cambodia. Her project is titled, “Historicizing Gender and Development.”

Nicholas Zeller, history, will study Mandarin in China. His project is titled, “National Liberation, Global Revolution: China, Thailand, and the Formation of Asian Marxism.”

“I’m very happy the Boren Fellowship program elected to fund my language study and doctoral research,” Zeller said. “Overseas research in non-European languages takes a long time, not only to learn the language, but to learn the people, their culture, their sense of their own history. There are many people keeping gates along the well-worn but nonetheless confusing and oblique road to a Ph.D. Receiving a year-long award like the Boren means at least one of these gates has been flung wide open. Without it and similar grants, serious academic research outside the United States would be almost unthinkable for nearly all graduate students.”

David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren Awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year. “The National Security Education Program,” according to Dr. Michael A. Nugent, NSEP Director, “is helping change the U.S. higher education system and the way Americans approach the study of foreign languages and cultures.”

This year, the Institute of International Education, which administers the awards on behalf of NSEP, received 791 applications from undergraduate students for the Boren Scholarship and 194 were awarded; 340 graduate students applied for the Boren Fellowship and 114 were awarded.  Boren Scholars and Fellows will live in 44 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. They will study 36 different languages. The most popular languages include Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Swahili, and Korean.

Since 1994, over 6,000 students have received Boren Awards. Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena, and program alumni are contributing to the critical missions of agencies throughout the federal government.

Mark Lilleleht, assistant director for awards, serves as the campus representative for Boren Fellowships. Graduate students can learn more about Boren Fellowships by contacting him at awards@iris.wisc.edu. Matt Geisler, assistant director of International Academic Programs, serves as the campus representative for the Boren Scholarships. Undergraduate students can learn more about Boren Scholarships by contacting him at mdgeisler@studyabroad.wisc.edu.

Written by Steven Barcus

Fulbright Open Houses coming up!

Are you interested in learning more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program? Are unsure and want to learn more? Are you applying but need some advice or have some questions?

Did you miss our information sessions?

You’re always welcome to connect with the campus Fulbright Program Advisor, Mark Lilleleht, by phone (608.265.6070) or email (awards@iris.wisc.edu) with questions or to make an appointment. But… we’ve also got drop-in open houses for your Fulbright questions!