The Gabr Fellowship is an initiative of Mr. Shafik Gabr, designed to promote intercultural dialogue and collaboration between Egyptians and Americans. In an increasingly interconnected world, cross-cultural understanding and professional networks are essential for peace and progress. The Fellowship is sponsored by the Shafik Gabr Foundation and organized by the Arab American Institute in Washington, D.C.
The Gabr Fellowship is for emerging leaders in the areas of art, science, media, law, and both social and business entrepreneurship. Applicants should have big ideas and a strong interest in transnational dialogue. All applicants must be 24 to 35 years of age and must be citizens of the United States or Egypt. American applicants without prior travel to Egypt and Egyptian applicants without prior travel to the United States are strongly encouraged to apply.
In 2013, the inaugural class of the Gabr Fellowship comprised of 12 Americans and 10 Egyptians traveled together in Egypt and the United States over the total course of a month. In 2014, the fellowship will include 2 week visits in each country, with a 2 week break in between trips. The first tour in Egypt will take place from May 10-24, 2014 and the second tour in the U.S. will take place from June 7-21, 2014. The purpose of the visits is to learn about the respective cultures, political and economic systems, media, history, and artistic flavor of each country. In 2013, Fellows traveled through Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, New Haven, New Jersey, and Virginia. Through seminars, site tours, meetings, classes, and intimate discourse, Fellows learned much about one another and established deep bonds of friendship and understanding. The inaugural class is now working on joint sustainable action projects with support from the World Bank and The Shafik Gabr Foundation.
For more information and for the application, please visit the Gabr Fellowship website at http://eastwestdialogue.org. The deadline to apply has been extended to March 31, 2014. For questions, please contact Daniel Sullivan.
In follow-up to my article on How To Fully Fund Your PhD, we began a series on fully funded PhD programs in various disciplines. There are several competitive, external fellowships that fund doctoral study, but if securing full funding is your goal, we recommend applying to PhD programs that offer full funding to all admitted students. When a doctoral program indicates that they provide full funding to their PhD students, in most cases this means they provide each admitted student full tuition and a stipend for living expenses for the four to six year duration of the student’s doctoral studies. Not all universities provide full funding to their doctoral students, which is why we recommend researching the financial aid offerings of all the potential PhD programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
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Below is a list of universities that offer full funding to all of the admitted students to their PhD programs in business:
Duke University Fuqua School of Business (Durham, NC): Full tuition grant, registration, and mandatory student health fees while in residence for the program; stipend of $27,600 for the first year and $24,600 for years two through five. This package is given to all those admitted.
Grenoble Ecole de Management, PhD in Business Administration (Grenoble, France): Our doctoral students are normally fully funded, either from GEM (tuition waiver and assistantship) or externally.
London Business School (London, United Kingdom): All students are fully funded on admission to the Programme. This includes a tuition fee waiver and generous stipend.
Ohio State University Fisher College of Business (Columbus, OH): All admitted students into any of the Fisher PhD programs are full funded. The funding may come in the form of fellowships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, supplemental grants, etc. Applicants to any PhD program do not need to do anything to be considered for funding – if an applicant is admitted, s/he is funded.
Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business (Houston, TX): Full financial assistance will be offered to each admitted student in the Ph.D. program in the form of a research assistantship, where the student must work as a research assistant for assigned faculty members. Admitted students will be offered stipend support of $35,000 per fiscal year.
Stanford Business School (Stanford, CA): The PhD Program provides a financial fellowship to qualified doctoral students that includes tuition, a living stipend, health fee coverage, and opportunities to hold research and/or course assistantships.The program guarantees four years of support based on satisfactory academic performance.
University of Southern California Marshall School of Business (Los Angeles, CA): USC provides full financial support to Ph.D. students for four to five years in the form of a fellowship or assistantship. After a student has advanced to candidacy (typically in the third year), the student becomes eligible for additional research awards.
Do you know of other PhD programs in Business that offer full funding to their doctoral students? We are happy to update this list, so please contact us or leave a comment below.
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We’ve gotten lots of questions about the new Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, so we reached out to David Braun of National Geographic, who is currently serving a senior digital editor and point person for the new Fulbright program. According to the website, the Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program that provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant social or environmental topic. The inaugural group of Fellows will undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders. Fellows can use a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media, and will have the opportunity to publish their work on National Geographic media platforms with the support of National Geographic’s editorial team. In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits for travel and living expenses, Fellows will receive ongoing mentorship and an orientation on digital storytelling techniques at National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington, DC before departure.
This year, digital storytelling project proposals will be accepted for the following themes: Biodiversity, Cities, Climate Change, Cultures, Energy, Food, Oceans, and Water. Candidates must have an undergraduate degree and experience in digital storytelling, including but not limited to publications in print, online or multimedia platforms. The deadline for the fellowship application is February 28, 2014.
To learn more about the new fellowship and the types of candidates they are looking for, we sat down with David Braun who provided his insights on this extraordinary opportunity.
1. What inspired the creation of the new Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship?
The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs approached us with the idea. They were looking for new opportunities to extend the Fulbright program in meaningful ways and they had the idea that partnering with National Geographic would be a good fit. We were not the first media partner for the Fulbright program. They have been working with mtvU to provide fellowships to U.S. students to pursue projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression.
The Department of State felt that it shared a common interest with National Geographic in ensuring that individuals throughout the world have access to information that serves to break down barriers between people. We agreed that this would be a good fit as we explore and expand digital storytelling – and what could be a better fit than having Fulbright students sharing their experiences on our blogging and other digital platforms.
2. What significant social and environmental issues do you hope the Fellows will help illustrate?
The eight themes (Biodiversity, Cities, Climate Change, Cultures, Energy, Food, Oceans, and Water) were selected by National Geographic in consultation with the Department of State precisely because they are the critical issues faced by all the people of the world, and National Geographic has a long legacy of covering them. On the theme of freshwater, for example, we have a Freshwater Initiative that in part is focused on restoring the health and flow of rivers, which sustain all of life, including and especially humans. Our magazine produced a single-topic issue on water a few years ago and we continue to focus on freshwater issues in our digital news, blogs, and interactives.
Similarly, we have a special focus on energy, especially on providing sustainable energy for everyone. Sustainable energy means not only providing energy to the more than a billion people who still don’t have access to electricity. It also means that everyone using energy does so in a way that reduces the impact on the environment. That can be done through using different sources of energy to more efficient generation, distribution, and use of energy. How we produce and use energy has an impact on our freshwater, food production, cities, biodiversity, climate, and so on.
This year National Geographic is focusing on food and how we can feed nine billion people while keeping Earth healthy and productive for future generations. The production and distribution of food has a big impact on freshwater, energy, biodiversity, and civilization. The focus on oceans relates to this, so we concentrate on restoring and maintaining the sea to feed us sustainably while also preserving a marvelous resource of biodiversity. How are local communities adapting to the challenges, and what may we learn from one another?
National Geographic has also focused intensely on cities, where more than half of all people now reside. How we green our cities and organize them may in fact be one of our best tools to reduce our footprint on the planet.
Finally, we have a long legacy of covering cultures, not only those that are ancient and disappearing but also those that are emerging and adapting to the changing world. Human culture is amazingly diverse and we have much to learn across cultural boundaries and from the keepers of traditional knowledge. Culture may even be evolving more rapidly than ever before, in response to technology, education, sharing of ideas, and communications that allow so many of us to travel or watch in real time what various societies are going through as they struggle to reform and adapt civilization in response to new challenges and opportunities.
Now, just think how the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship can play into any or all these themes, allowing Fellows to immerse themselves in different situations around the world and sharing with everyone experiences, observations, and solutions of different peoples.
3. What would be the characteristics of a strong applicant to the fellowship?
The fellowships are open to U.S. citizens with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. They are not qualified if they have a PhD. There is no age restriction, but we are generally seeking recent graduates and young professionals as Fellows who should understand that they are committing to nine months abroad with a stipend from the Department of State to pay their basic living expenses and some expenses for the tools to do their work. The guidelines make it clear that experience and a proven ability to tell stories are required. They may also need some language skills, depending on where they apply to be located. As stated on the Fulbright website: While foreign language skills are not strictly required for the Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, the ability to communicate effectively is critical to success in any country to which Fellows will travel on this program. In some countries and for some subjects, language skills are necessary to function effectively and successfully complete a project. Applicants with relevant language skills may receive preference in the application review process. Project feasibility assessment will be based, in part, upon applicant language capabilities.
The Fulbright has a very clear list of requirements. National Geographic will be looking for some evidence of an ability to tell good stories, which would require a thoughtful proposal of what the applicant wants to accomplish. Applicants should be versed in the theme or themes that they select to cover, the countries and communities in which they want to be immersed, and they should impress the judges with their storytelling ideas. We are looking for candidates who are willing to consider any of the digital storytelling tools, including video, writing, and photography.
4. Tell us more about the digital storytelling training provided at the outset of the fellowship.
There will be two days’ induction in Washington, DC, including a full day at National Geographic. Everyone will get some basic instruction from our editorial specialists as to what makes a good story, some basic guidelines for photography and video. Depending on the projects of the successful applicants, we may also arrange some sessions with our editorial and scientific specialists in specific fields.
5. Should applicants propose to use multiple digital storytelling tools?
We can’t expect anyone to be an expert in all of the digital storytelling tools. I don’t want to rule out the possibility that there is someone out there who can do it all, but we’re certainly not expecting that. Some grasp of the theme or themes that have been proposed paired with a demonstrated proficiency to tell a good story with at least one of the tools would be good. That could be photography or video or reporting. We will provide the initial instruction to give the fellows some basic guidance about the most egregious amateur errors to avoid in using the tools they may be less experienced using, and there will be access to some of our webinars where they can check in to update themselves about these basic skills. There will also be ongoing mentoring throughout the program, so we hope in that way it will be learning experience for the fellows and they will become more proficient in digital storytelling.
6. Can candidates apply with a digital storytelling project they are already working on, or should the project be entirely new?
It would help if the proposal is fresh, something the judges may not have not heard before. It could be some aspect of one of the themes that has not been reported widely. It could also be an unusual combination of the themes. If people apply with tired and widely reported ideas, I can’t imagine they would have very strong prospects for success. Much may also depend on the strength of the applicant’s storytelling skills.
7. Who is the main audience of the National Geographic Society and Department of State platforms and social networking sites, where the fellows’ projects will be shared?
National Geographic has a global reach of more than 500 million individuals around the world. Our magazine is published in some three dozen languages and our Channel is widely distributed in international markets. Our digital audience clearly reflects what people know and like about our brand and mission. We receive a million visits to our website per day, and a good percentage of them are from outside North America. We will publish the work of the Fellows on a dedicated blog for the program and, at the discretion of the editors, on other parts of the National Geographic website. The Fulbright program may also publish the work on its sites.
8. What are the travel, stipend and health benefits provided by the fellowship?
Funding for this Fellowship is provided by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the cooperating partner organization implementing the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Institute of International Education (IIE). All fellows will receive standard Fulbright Program benefits, including funds for travel, a living stipend, and health benefits as well as a modest professional stipend. The cost of moving between countries will be covered by the stipend and there is a materials allowance. Living stipends will be calculated based on host-country cost-of-living indices. In addition, Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows will be paired with National Geographic editors who will offer training, mentoring, and guidance. Over the course of the grant, Fellows will engage with National Geographic editors and other mentors on story assignments and submissions.
David Braun is a 17-year veteran of National Geographic, currently serving as Director of Outreach for Digital. David develops stories focused on National Geographic’s mission programs. He also directs his popular National Geographic News Watch blog, including a companion blog to Tales of the Weird, a bestseller book he edited for National Geographic in 2012. David’s 40-year journalism career in the US, UK, and South Africa includes coverage of stories in Congress, the White House, international legislatures, and the United Nations. David’s work has been published or broadcast by the BBC, CNN, AP, UPI, National Geographic, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and the Johannesburg Star.
© Victoria Johnson 2014, all rights reserved.
Each year, the Financial Clinic Fellowship program recruits exceptional college graduates for a yearlong opportunity to gain real-world public service experience as financial coaches in low-income communities. Operating in New York City and Newark, NJ, fellows are trained to provide a full range of financial development services—education, coaching, counseling, and planning—directly to the working poor, while helping build the capacity of partner organizations. Fellows also participate in a social innovation competition to plan a scalable social enterprise. To learn from experienced professionals, Fellows are paired with a mentor from the Financial Clinic’s esteemed Advisory Group made up of leaders from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors.
The Financial Clinic has many success stories of people who have regained control of their finances with the help of Financial Clinic Fellows. In 2012 alone, Fellows helped nearly 600 customers received returns of $291,412 in assets and resources. Fordham University graduate Evangelos Razis discusses his fellowship experience and application tips.
1. What inspired you to apply for the Financial Clinic Fellowship?
I’m a recent graduate of Fordham University, where I had studied comparative and international politics, among other things. Early on in my undergraduate career, with the support of a professor, I came to focus on the politics of financial affairs. In many ways I wanted to understand the issues of the day such as the American mortgage bubble and the public debt crisis in Greece. After undertaking supervised research, I was able to discern the common thread in what at the time seemed like a disconnected pair of interests. I was, essentially, concerned with moments when economic ideas have helped bring about spectacular failures of public policy.
While these are very academic pursuits, I’ve always looked for ways to gain practical experience. In the past, for example, I interned with the Office of Senator Charles Schumer, the World Policy Institute, and the Consulate General of Greece. The Financial Clinic Fellowship interested me from the moment I stumbled onto the posting. A lot of ink has been spent documenting the problems of economic inequality. I wanted to play a small part in combating these problems. The Clinic’s fellowship program promised me an opportunity to do so in a way that related to my interest in financial affairs.
While I was attracted to all aspects of the program—the prospect of being mentored by an accomplished professional in particular—what really inspired me to apply was a desire to serve communities I knew little about. History shows us that the working poor are typically the first to suffer from bad or short-sighted decision-making, whether the decisions are being reached by governments or the private sector. While I’m from a modest background myself, compared to others I’m relatively privileged. I believed that on-the-ground experience would provide me with a strong point of reference for when I thought or wrote about poverty in the future. In short, I wanted to put human faces to the issue.
2. What have been some of the most eye-opening moments during your fellowship?
The Financial Clinic Fellowship is a full-time year of service. Day-to-day I work primarily in the field alongside other not-for-profits spread across New York City. Since beginning the fellowship last fall, I’ve worked in three boroughs and have provided coaching services to everyone from veterans to community college students to domestic violence survivors. Financial coaching is confidential and meant to be a judgment-free relationship between coach and customer. As a result, I get to know the people I serve quite well and most of the eye-opening experiences I’ve had have happened in these meetings.
One customer immediately comes to mind. She’s a single mother of two small girls. When we first met, she was several thousand dollars behind on her utility bills. Understandably, she was frightened that her electricity would be shut off and what that would mean for her children, one of whom has special needs. Over the course of two meetings we negotiated with the utility company to get her onto a repayment plan she’s comfortable with. Then we had some unexpected help in meeting her goal, which was to obtain Christmas presents for her children. After I posted a question on our online platform, Change Machine, asking about organizations helping struggling families with the holidays, one of my colleagues from a legal clinic saw the post and donated a new, really top-notch toy. My customer was ecstatic.
Coaching, thankfully, doesn’t rely only on serendipity. We have measurable outcomes that can be achieved when it comes to getting people into a more secure place financially. I work with my customers on assets, banking, credit, debt, and taxes. What ties all these together, though, are the person’s goals and priorities. It is important to note how customer-driven the process is. Many of the people I serve don’t know how to tackle the financial issues in front of them and know even less about their rights. Yet, by the end of the first session, I’ve helped them understand the nature of the problem. We map out all available options and we draft an action plan for us to start moving forward on a resolution. You begin to see the change in the customer’s demeanor after each successive meeting. By the third or fourth meeting, I’m usually speaking to someone who is informed, confident, and who’s taken ownership of their situation.
Lately, when not in the field, I’ve been studying to become a Volunteer Income Tax Assistant. Once certified, I’ll be able to prepare tax returns for low-income New Yorkers at special sites around the city, at no cost to them. I’ve also been in regular communication with my mentor, Lisa Halpern, the Founder and CEO of Kiboo, an online social banking platform. Each fellow is paired with a mentor who helps them draft a plan for a social enterprise or a financial product that aims to address our country’s widening income gap. At the end of our fellowship year, we compete to present our plans to a panel of judges who choose a winner among the seven of us. Lisa’s help has been invaluable. I would tell you more about my project, but I’m a very competitive person—I wouldn’t want to leak any ideas to the other fellows!
3. What do you think made your fellowship application stand out?
The application process is quite competitive. After the initial application, there were three interviews, including an exercise to see how well I could manage customer and site relations. I can’t say with certainty what had made my application stand out. I did, however, emphasize that I had a background in political economy, experience in the public policy field, and that I saw a year of service as an opportunity to acquaint myself with low-income New Yorkers. I made sure that I was thoughtful and concise in making my case for how I was a match for the program, with a view to both my short- and long-term goals. The Clinic is a leader in the financial development field and it’s looking, after all, to nurture future leaders.
While I don’t believe that there’s any one typical Financial Clinic Fellow, my peers in the program are all service-oriented and highly capable. As a Fellow, you’re embedded with partner organizations all around New York City. I cannot stress enough the amount of support that I’ve received from my colleagues at The Clinic. However, I have over one hundred customers in three boroughs and so I would think that the program is looking for responsible self-starters who can be flexible when needed. A commitment to building the financial security of the working poor and improving financial mobility is, of course, also a must. I would recommend becoming familiar with financial coaching and The Clinic’s work before applying.
Evangelos Razis is a 2013-2014 Financial Clinic Fellow. A native New Yorker, he graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a degree in Political Science and Global Policy Studies. His interests include political economy, the history of economic ideas, and Orthodox Christian social thought. Evangelos is an alumnus of the Hertog Political Studies Program (2013) and of the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship (2012, Russia). He hopes to pursue a career in public policy.
© Victoria Johnson 2014, all rights reserved.
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Last night we hosted our first Esteemed Fellows Dinner of 2014 in San Francisco for current fellows and fellowship alumni. The dinner brought together a cross-disciplinary group of leaders in their fields. Each fellow had the chance to meet the eleven other participants over a social dinner at Fondue Cowboy. Business cards were exchanged, stories and experiences were shared, and fellows left the event with ideas and new contacts.
The Esteemed Fellows Dinners are organized by our International Fellows Network, which is a rapidly growing professional networking organization of more than 600 current and former fellows from all over the world. We have also held events in Washington, DC, New York City and Berlin, Germany. Through the IFN you can connect with other fellows for advice and information on fellowships, jobs, events, graduate programs and international competitions. If you are a current or former fellow and would like to get involved, please sign up for our beta, and we’ll be in touch by email!
January 2014 San Francisco attendees:
- Ayushi Gummadi, Fulbright ETA in South Africa
- Jim Murray, Capital Fellow
- Karen Kwok, National Urban Fellow
- Michael Fernandez, Marshall Memorial Scholar
- Molly Peterson, City Hall Fellow
- Rebecca Peters, Marshall Scholar
- Ryan Johnson, Cofounder, ProFellow
- Sherry Ezhuthachan, ProInspire Fellow
- Guille Suro, Fulbright Garcia Robles Fellow to the U.S. from Mexico
- Vicki Johnson, Ian Axford Fellow in Public Policy (New Zealand)
Puerto Rican Minds in Action’s “Empowerment and Retention of Agents of Change” summer fellowship (known as PARACa in Spanish) offers college students and young professionals the chance to develop their skills and leadership abilities in Puerto Rico through a professional internship, educational field trips, and workshops with prominent leaders. Puerto Rican Minds in Action is a non-profit organization devoted to putting a plug in the island’s brain drain by creating a new generation of leaders devoted to advancing its civic, social and economic development throughout their careers. Since 2010, academics, public administrators, private sector leaders and community organizers have shared their experiences and mentored fellowship participants. Internships are completed at high-impact organizations, from government offices to social enterprises.
Candidates must be current or incoming college students, graduate students or young professionals under the age of 30, U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and fluent in Spanish. To learn more about this opportunity, we caught up with PARACa fellow Débora Aponte Martínez who discussed her fellowship experience and provided her fellowship application tips.
1. What inspired you to apply for the PARACa summer fellowship?
I’ve always been an activist. Being civically engaged for me is not a choice, it’s a duty. I reaffirmed my commitment to public service and social issues when I enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico in order to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. The first thing that I did on my freshman year was run for a position as representative in the General Student Council voicing the concerns and opinions of over 2,000 students from the Faculty of Social Sciences.
As student representative I faced arduous decision-making processes during tough times, such as a student strike over an increase in tuition fees. I had to look for consensus among the students of my faculty and I exerted my leadership by organizing students at my faculty and implementing different projects and events such as general assemblies, forums, panels and workshops. Although participating at my university’s student government was a very enriching experience, I wanted more. I wanted to put my academic and advocacy skills to the test in a professional environment.
Internship experiences for undergraduate students are very limited in Puerto Rico. When I came upon Puerto Rican Minds in Action I was immediately motivated by all of the program’s components: a full professional experience in your field of studies, relevant workshops on different topics ranging from economy and the environment to gender equality and entrepreneurship, and the opportunity to create change by taking part in a civic engagement group project that addresses critical issues our country faces. I’d never before had the opportunity to use my academic capabilities in a real job inside my field of studies so I did not hesitate once when applying to the Puerto Rican Minds in Action summer fellowship program.
My internship experience was in Sapientis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of public education as a means to reducing poverty, stimulating economic growth and enhancing the standard of living in Puerto Rico. My internship experience helped me realize the crucial and greatly needed work carried out by nonprofit organizations in our island.
I’ve always been very passionate about these issues but Puerto Rican Minds in Action gave me the opportunity to channel my passion, advocacy, research and policy skills in the professional field. This experience has been groundbreaking for me in all aspects of my life and has given me a competitive edge for other internships within the nonprofit and public sectors, such as the one I recently completed at the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators in Washington, D.C.
Puerto Rican Minds in Action successfully creates agents for change and helps participants further develop necessary skills to succeed in their academic and professional endeavors.
2. What is a typical week like for a PARACa fellow?
As PARACa fellows, we work full time Monday-Thursday in our internship placements and on Fridays we attend different workshops that address important topics related to our professional development and civic engagement. These topics include economic issues, gender, environment, agricultural/sustainable development and entrepreneurship. Through these workshops, PARACa fellows also receive training in public speaking, interviewing and résumé building, necessary skills for success in the professional atmosphere. Apart from the workshops, we also attend discussion panels with invited speakers intended to raise our social awareness on different issues that concern our country.
On Saturdays, PARACa fellows participate in field trips and visit different community based organizations and other interesting groups that contribute their efforts to the betterment of our society in areas ranging from poverty alleviation to environmental clean-up efforts. Our field trips are very fun and strive to accomplish one of the organization’s main goals: motivating participants to fully engage in their civic duties and social responsibilities.
3. What tips would you give others applying to the fellowship?
Anyone who is applying to a PARACa summer fellowship should be highly committed to civic engagement. They need to feel a responsibility with their country and also have the desire to create positive change in different areas. A PARACa summer fellowship empowers you and gives you many of the tools and skills needed to create change, but the participant must be driven and willing to give their all. They are looking for leaders and potential agents for change. They want young people who are very motivated and are willing to give their extra time to social causes and to work hard in order to change things for the better.
I believe my application stood out because I demonstrated a commitment to social issues such as education and gender equality, areas in our country that greatly need change through social programs directed to improve them. Also, take into account what you, as a participant, can bring to the program. In my case, I have a background in theater and gender studies, two important areas that can be effectively used towards social change. Stand out by being authentic and really honest about your experiences and what issues you’re interested in.
The fellowship application deadline is January 30th. To complete the online application (in Spanish) visit http://mentespriquenas.wix.com/mentespriquenas#!conv-paraca-2014/c56h
Débora L. Aponte Martínez is a senior at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus, completing a double major in Political Science and Gender Studies. She has completed two study abroad programs in Spain and Washington, D.C. and two public policy internship experiences within the nonprofit sector through Puerto Rican Minds in Action and the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. She plans to pursue a joint degree (Masters in Public Policy/J.D.) upon graduating this upcoming May. Her interests include environmental, social, education, gender and LGBT policy issues.
© Victoria Johnson 2014, all rights reserved.
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If you are seeking funding for your doctoral studies, finding and entering a PhD program that offers full funding to incoming doctoral students is more achievable than winning a competitive, external doctoral fellowship. When a doctoral program indicates that they provide full funding to their PhD students, in most cases this means they provide each admitted student full tuition and a stipend for living expenses for the three to five year duration of the student’s doctoral studies. Not all universities provide full funding to their doctoral students, which is why I recommend researching the financial aid offerings of all the potential PhD programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
Below is a list of universities that offer full funding to all of the admitted students to their PhD programs in computer science, computer engineering and computer graphics.
Brown University, PhD in Computer Science (Providence, RI): Provided a student is in good academic standing, Brown guarantees five years of financial support and students are typically funded through to completion.
Columbia University, Department of Computer Science (New York, NY): Most admitted students receive full financial support through Graduate Research Assistantships or Teaching Assistantships, which consist of a monthly stipend plus full tuition exemption
Cornell University, Program of Computer Graphics (Ithaca, NY): Most students who enroll for a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in computer graphics have been fully funded throughout their graduate academic career.
Duke University, Department of Computer Science (Durham, NC): Typically, Ph.D. students receive full funding for their graduate studies, including tuition, fees, insurance, and stipend. Stipend support comes in the form of graduate fellowship, teaching assistantship, or research assistantship.
Georgetown University, Department of Computer Science (Washington, DC): Doctoral students have full support during the academic year through scholarships and research assistantships.
Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Science (Boston, MA): All students admitted to our Ph.D. program receive full financial support. This includes tuition, fees, and a cost-of living stipend ($2,686 per month before taxes in 2013-14).
Stanford University, PhD in Computer Science (Stanford, CA): The department funds the Ph.D. candidates for the first quarter, after which he is expected to find an advisor, who usually funds them for the rest of their stay at Stanford.
University of Michigan, PhD in Computer Science and Engineering (Ann Arbor, MI): The College of Engineering at the University of Michigan operates under a fully funded model for all Ph.D. students. Students receive a guarantee of full funding at the point of admission and throughout the duration of their five year program.
University of Toronto, Department of Computer Science (Toronto, Canada): The Department of Computer Science will ensure that all full-time M.Sc. and Ph.D degree graduate students receive financial support to at least the basic departmental level, provided that they are making satisfactory progress in their graduate program.
Do you know of other PhD programs in Computer Science that offer full funding to their doctoral students? We are happy to update this list, so please contact us or leave a comment below.
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The Running Start/Walmart Star Fellows program is a great opportunity for motivated women in their junior and senior year of college to gain experience in Washington, DC. Each Spring and Fall, seven Star Fellows are placed in the offices of female Representatives and Senators. From Monday through Thursday, they learn from successful women firsthand. Fellows spend Fridays training with political experts in Running Start’s office, where they gain a deeper knowledge of politics and learn about how politics really works from top people in the field. Seminar topics include the History of American Women in Politics, Campaign Fundamentals and Media Training. In addition to these extraordinary mentorship opportunities, Star Fellows receive free housing on Capitol Hill and a $2,000 living stipend for the semester. Jannelle Watson, now a Capital Fellow in California, was a Spring 2013 Star Fellow and shared with us her fellowship experience.
1. What inspired you to apply for the Running Start/Walmart Star Fellows?
Born and raised in San Luis Obispo County in California, my parents always encouraged me to become actively engaged in my community. However, I didn’t realize I was passionate about politics until an earthquake struck the central coast and destroyed the neighborhood I grew up in. After the earthquake, I became involved in local politics and was selected to serve as a Youth Commissioner for the Paso Robles Youth Commission. Fascinated by the role of government, I majored in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. After I graduated from college I decided to move to Washington, DC to pursue my interest in public policy and politics. I began working as a congressional intern in the Office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand and became inspired by her dedication to encouraging more women to run for office and become politically engaged.
Her stance on women’s rights and equality issues were important to me, especially as I started to notice that issues like workplace discrimination and access to child care were being decided by lawmakers who were almost exclusively male. My experience on Capitol Hill completely changed my prospective of government and opened my eyes to the need for more female representation in government. When I explained my frustration about the lack of women in Congress to one of the legislative correspondents in my office she told me about Running Start. I was immediately drawn to the organization and captivated by their dedication and commitment to supporting young girls and women interested in politics. I knew I wanted to gain the support system and knowledge needed to run for office and Running Start was the perfect platform to allow me to do this.
2. What is a typical week like for a Running Start/Walmart Star Fellow?
Running Start Fellows work full time Monday-Thursday in their office placement and on Fridays attend seminars that cover workshops on fundraising, campaign fundamentals, social network etiquette, and public speaking. As a Running Start Fellow you are given the opportunity to attend legislative briefings, receptions and even in my case, Supreme Court Hearings. The fellowship was a great way to meet a lot of people who are both like-minded and distinctly opposite. It was refreshing to meet other young women who shared similar interests and motivations, but who had completely different perspectives. It also gave an amazingly in-depth insight into the way government actually works – how the decisions are made, how the interests are balanced, and how the state actually functions. I also enjoyed the academic component of the fellowship that allowed for engaging dialogue and discussions on the challenges facing women running for office.
3. What tips would you give others applying to the fellowship?
Understand the role that Running Start plays in educating young women and girls about the importance of politics. Running Start will provide you with the skills needed to be a leader, but you need to show them how this experience will be beneficial to you. They are looking for leaders and young women who are active in their community and on campus. I believe my application stood out because I was open and honest about my passion for women’s equality issues, but also was personable during my interview. I talked about my work with The Vagina Monologues, a theater production that has raised more than $75 million for women’s anti-violence groups, and even gender issues that I faced in college. Running Start is looking for young women who are civically engaged, but more importantly, willing to learn. You don’t have to know if you want to run for office, but you should be open to encouraging and supporting other young girls and women to run, whether this is through student government, or offices at the local, state or national level.
The deadline for the Fall 2014 fellowship beginning in September is April 1, 2014. Applications open February 2.
Jannelle C. Watson graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Education. After graduation she was selected as a Congressional Black Caucus Emerging Leaders Intern and placed in the Office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand. The following semester she was selected as a Running Start Star Fellow and worked in Tina Tchen’s Office, Chief of Staff to the First Lady Michelle Obama. Jannelle is currently a 2013/2014 Executive Fellow through the Capital Fellows Program-Center for California Studies.
© Victoria Johnson 2013, all rights reserved
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In 2012, the Learning Enrichment & Academic Resources Network (L.E.A.R.N.) sponsored Faith Govan, a student at Whittier College, for the Amy Biehl South Africa Fellowship. The Foundation was named after Amy Biehl, a Stanford graduate and Fulbright Scholar to South Africa who worked with members of the African National Congress (ANC) and the University of Western Cape’s Community Law Centre on the new Constitution and Women’s Rights. During this work, she helped register voters for the country’s first free election in 1994. Sadly, at the age of 26, Amy Biehl’s life was tragically cut short in an act of political mob violence in the Guguletu township just outside of Cape Town. A fellowship was created in her name to fund projects to provide children and youth a safe environment in challenged and vulnerable communities.
An NBC article this week on Nelson Mandela’s death highlighted the work of Amy Biehl, who wrote the words “Free Mandela” on her mortarboard. In the article, Amy’s mother, Linda Biehl, discusses how Nelson Mandela taught her that no matter how deep the pain from her daughter’s death, everyone needs to heal. Her mother said Amy wanted the same thing Mandela and countless South Africans want: equality in South Africa. Carrying the torch of Amy Biehl’s important work, Faith Govan shared her experience on this special fellowship.
1. What inspired you to apply for the Amy Biehl Foundation/L.E.A.R.N. Fellowship to South Africa?
I was inspired to apply for the Amy Biehl Foundation/L.E.A.R.N. fellowship by one of my professors at Whittier College. While I was busy preparing to study abroad in London, she encouraged me to think about South Africa. Once I began to think about South Africa as a real possibility, I realized that going to London would be playing it safe and I really wanted to make a move outside of my comfort zone. When I heard about this fellowship, an opportunity to work for L.E.A.R.N. and the Amy Biehl Foundation, which help thousands of children each year with a message of learning and service, I knew I had to apply for it. I have always been interested in reconciliation processes and South Africa is the perfect place to see forgiveness at work. Before I went, I hoped to learn how an NGO functions from grassroots organizing to executive leadership, but I left South Africa having learned so much more. This fellowship allowed me to push the boundaries that I had previously laid out for myself and to see how much good can come from taking a risk on an opportunity that once seemed out of reach.
2. What have been some of the most eye-opening moments during your fellowship?
I always tell a particular story when people ask me about my experience in South Africa. On one of the first days, I traveled to the South African townships, which are shantytowns of intense poverty around Cape Town. I was waiting for a few of my coworkers to get back into the van from the ABF program and I was feeling apprehensive because I was waiting alone, which is advised against as an American woman in this area. Just when I was feeling really uneasy, three little girls who could not have been more than four or five years old walked up to me and started giggling. Their laughter was infectious. While we gave up trying to talk to each other due to the immense language barrier, we had a two minute dance party in the middle of the street before they all waved goodbye and I rode back to the city. This was one of the first moments I spent abroad that I let go of my anxiety about being so far away from everything I knew and just looked around and appreciated how incredible South Africa and its people are. I think this was when I realized what an amazing chance I had been given to experience a place with the power to make me learn so much in such a short period of time about the country, the people, and myself. Day to day in South Africa I was able to shadow a different member of the Amy Biehl Foundation to see what their role was within the organization. I really learned so much about how an NGO works and how each member contributes something completely unique.
3. How did the fellowship influence your current work?
Now that I am back in the United States I am working with a team that teaches a basic understanding of human rights to local high school students. I wanted to do something that fostered a sense of “Act local, think global,” and these workshops have been wonderful to be a part of. I hope to earn another fellowship after graduation in May to institute these workshops and the larger program in another part of California. My fellowship gave me the opportunity to travel all the way across the world and see how teaching tolerance and forgiveness, and the basic foundations of human rights, can have an incredible impact on a population. I hope to continue this work for as long as I can all over the world. Beyond this, my fellowship gave me the courage to take on huge challenges and face them with intense optimism.
Faith Govan grew up in Northern California (Santa Rosa) and is now a senior at Whittier College. She will be graduating in May with two degrees: “Restorative Justice” and “Gender and Human Rights”. Post-graduation, Faith hopes to work implement a program teaching a basic understanding of human rights to high school students and other interested groups.
© Victoria Johnson 2013, all rights reserved
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The International Fulbright Science and Technology (S&T) Award, a notable component of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, once provided fellowships for international students to pursue doctoral study at leading U.S. institutions in science, technology, engineering or related fields. In addition to full funding, international fellows had extraordinary opportunities for networking, particularly at the Annual Fulbright Science & Technology Conferences. In 2012, 92 Fulbright S&T Fellows and 4 S&T alumni from 52 countries from all world regions met in Orlando, Florida, where they participated in sessions on navigating a PhD, communicating complex research, and collaboration across the sciences.
Sadly, the International S&T Award program was indefinitely suspended in 2013. With this post we wanted to highlight some of the incredible work and research of the Fulbright S&T Fellows to promote the importance of continuing these fellowship programs. We had the opportunity to interview Fulbright Fellow Filip Stanković of the Republic of Macedonia who is currently pursuing a PhD in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Washington State University-Pullman.
1. What inspired you to apply for the Fulbright Science and Technology Fellowship?
A week of fun spent at a summer academy back in 2005 made me realize that I would really like to try out my chances in research. I always had a strong desire to study abroad, experience the educational paradigms and the spirit of competitive research in the western world, get to know another culture, travel, and make long lasting bonds with my country. By the time I graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, I grew to be passionate about green, sustainable technologies and renewable energy, and I did my homework to identify schools and scholarship opportunities that would allow me to continue my education. I applied to schools in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden, and eventually the U.S. The Fulbright was just one of fellowships I applied for, without any anticipation of getting it.
The application process normally takes about year and a half and requires decent amount of effort and patience. One has to pass standardized tests, prepare for interviews, correspond with professors and schools, and fill out application forms for different graduate schools, a process with which the administering agency, the Institute of International Education (IIE), helped me a lot. During this time I started working for the private sector back in Macedonia in order to gain experience. I was truly surprised I got the Fulbright! I never had a single thought I was qualified enough for such a prestigious award up until the day I actually got acceptance letters from a few U.S. universities. If getting a Fulbright award is tough, getting the Fulbright International Science and Technology Fellowship seemed like an impossible task. When the fellowship was still in existence, about 50 scholars from all around the world were selected on an annual basis for the award, which includes three years of financial support and numerous other benefits to do research at the top U.S. universities. All of them had to apply for a PhD degree in a broad range of Science and Technology fields. The competition for this one had to have been fierce! I am so grateful for getting it, and I still believe luck was the deciding factor for me becoming a part of this remarkable group of fellows.
I chose the Biosystems Engineering Department at Washington State University as a place that offered most challenging projects and collaboration opportunities in the research field of bio-fuels. We try to integrate various different technologies, in order to define the most viable pathway for obtaining green bio-derived gasoline, diesel aviation fuel, as well as useful chemicals, pharma and nutraceuticals. Within my research group I am involved in applied research on crude bio-oil refining. I hope one day I will acquire enough theoretical, analytical and experimental skills, and be able to transfer them back to my country.
2. What opportunities has the Fulbright S&T Fellowship provided you?
Apart from covering the tuition fees for the first three years of one’s PhD program and a monthly stipend, the S&T Fellowship offers numerous other benefits. These include a J-Visa sponsorship, health/accident coverage, book allowance, research and lab allowance, and funds for attending professional conferences, among other things. During those three years, they fly us annually to a major city in the U.S. for a very well organized and productive conference. All activities are carefully planned to achieve high intensity networking and build long lasting bonds. The participants get to know each other quickly. From the first day of these conferences we discuss our research projects with other S&T fellows from different fields and ideas for collaboration and cross-disciplinary research. These conferences also teach us about U.S. history, culture, art, science, technology and global issues that need to be solved. All of this is an addition to what the regular Fulbright program offers.
The actual opportunities arise from the fact that you come almost “free of charge” to your department, and you are given freedom to focus on research topics that are not commonly supported by the major governmental funding agencies. That gives your advisor a great opportunity for collaboration on research projects that both of you have interest in and are passionate about. I work in developing and testing strategies for bio-fuel refining and characterization within a group of very good researchers at the Biosystems Engineering Department at WSU. This is a field that is more on the side of applied science, and naturally requires a large initial investment in instrumentation and equipment. By having me supported by this Fellowship, my advisor has more time to focus on providing for equipment and generating ideas instead of chasing projects to pay tuition and salary. Moreover, a portion of my allowance monies went towards buying an elemental analyzer, an essential tool that each of the students in the department need to use on a daily basis. The rest will go to purchasing a few more pieces of lab equipment and chemicals, and to cover expenses for a conference. There are different ways the fellows use these funds for their own research. For instance, one student used the allowance to learn scuba diving, which helped him expand his ability to do field work. Another one was able to switch labs easily after discussing his ideas with our fellows. He switched from cosmology to neuroscience! We have a scholar who traveled to Belize twice to gather pilot data and design her project. These are just a few of the many examples where S&T fellows utilized their
Finally, I want to emphasize the opportunity the Fulbright Program gave me to interact with students from vastly different cultural backgrounds. This is simply an enlightening experience. It makes you see the world and the cultural, political, and economic processes within your home country with different pairs of glasses. Senator Fulbright’s basic idea was “promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science,” and that is what the S&T sticks to well.allowances creatively.
3. Why would you like to see the Fulbright S&T Fellowship continued?
Since 2007, the International Fulbright S&T Fellowship was a program that was sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State with a goal to provide exceptional foreign students an opportunity to pursue Ph.D. study at top U.S. universities. Fulbright S&T was designed to be “the most prestigious international scholarship in science and technology and to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to welcoming top-notch future researchers and leaders to pursue serious scientific study and research at U.S. institutions.” Considering all the benefits that come beyond the three-year full sponsorship, this opportunity inspires each fellow to give back.
Since the first cohort started their programs, tight bonds and strong networks among the fellows were established. We started the S&T Fellowship Association in order to communicate our excitement for science and technology, develop strong bonds between all our members and members’ home countries, promote, facilitate, collaborate, and share all of our knowledge with the goal of enhancing the Fulbright S&T experience and ultimately raise the mutual understanding and find solutions that will benefit the world as whole. Currently we have about 205 members from 77 countries. According to our statistics, by the time this article was written, our fellows have published a total of 442 publications (4 of which have been cited more than 100 times!), have taught around 4,300 students and have received countless awards. Many of them have started various initiatives and clubs at their universities. This year, a team of 3 fellows raised funds to travel to Chile for a week and share their passion for science with high school students, teachers, and the public. A few of our scholars supported by the allowance visited their home countries, held workshops for students and professors at their alma mater, and already established strong links with their U.S. institutions. The Global Scientist magazine, described as “a platform for fellows to communicate their findings and their perspectives to the world”, arose from the need to answer questions, raise discussions, and extract the most important points out of the sea of noisy information. I heartily invite all those curious readers of this blog to check out our magazine.
Enthusiasm, taking initiative, contribution, and communicating science in an understandable way are traits that distinguish our scholars. All of the statistics above predominantly result from the engagement of the first few cohorts. Nonetheless, even the students who started their programs a year or two ago have notable impact on the aforementioned achievements, and we should definitely expect a lot more to come from those graduates in the forthcoming years. This clearly demonstrates the potential one well-designed program has in generating ideas, bringing positive impact to the world, increasing mutual understanding and friendship, and building strong ties between the U.S. and the rest of the world. This is why we speak loudly and support the idea for the Fulbright S&T Fellowship Program to be continued.
Filip Stanković is completing a Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Washington State University-Pullman. As a student at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Skopje, Macedonia, Filip became truly passionate about the importance of energy systems to everyday life and their impact on the environment. While he was completing an internship in the Systems Development Department at Bosch Thermotechnology, supported by the East Committee of German Business, he was actively involved in simulation, verification and modeling of systems that utilize gas fired condensing boilers. Following graduation, Filip worked as an assistant designer of HVAC and dedusting systems and had an opportunity to join one of the more ambitious projects in the region in that industry. Next he engaged in assisting a management team in coordinating, and controlling projects for industrial refrigeration, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, as well as in acquisition of technological equipment for the company’s new meat processing factory.
© Victoria Johnson 2013, all rights reserved
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