Interested in gaining a better understanding of Asian culture? The Luce Scholars Program is a fantastic professional fellowship opportunity for recent college graduates and young professionals to spend a year in Asia. Fellows are assigned to professional positions in one of fifteen Asian countries, similar to the Peace Corps, and receive two-months of intensive language study, housing and a generous living stipend.
To be eligible for the Luce Scholars fellowship you must be nominated by one of 75 qualifying universities, a U.S. citizen under the age of 30, hold a bachelor’s degree, and have spent less than eight weeks in Asia. The Luce Scholars Program accepts fellows from a wide variety of backgrounds as evidenced by their past and present list of fellows.
“The program is designed as a cultural experience first and foremost. Each Scholar’s placement provides a professional venue and perspective, but the assignments themselves must be viewed as a mechanism through which to gain a broader understanding and appreciation of the culture in which one is living. As a purely professional experience, the year in Asia may not prove as satisfying as a similar assignment at home, often due to differences in management styles, political systems, work environments, and resource limitations. However, the insight gained through the year of cultural immersion and professional enrichment often makes their time in Asia a transformative experience for many Luce Scholars”. Read More.
The application for the Luce Scholars fellowship is typically November 1. To learn more about the Luce Scholoars Program please click here.
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The Mind and Life Contemplative Studies Fellowship (MLCSF) is seeking applicants who will bring fresh perspectives from the humanities into contemplative neuroscience and contemplative clinical science. These one-year professional fellowships worth $35 – $60K will be awarded to Assistant, Associate and full Professors (or equivalent rank) at their academic institution.
The Mind & Life Institute is a non-profit organization based in Boulder, CO that “seeks to understand the human mind and the benefits of contemplative practices through an integrated mode of knowing that combines first person knowledge from the world’s contemplative traditions with methods and findings from contemporary scientific inquiry”. Ultimately, their goal is to relieve human suffering and advance well-being.
The MLCSF grant program will have two complementary strands:
Strand one will focus on encouraging new kinds of scholarly reviews and critical analyses of recent scientific work, with the goals of raising new questions, improving methods, and drawing out broader implications of the scientific work. Projects in this strand can be formulated in terms of various fields or methodologies, including but not limited to religious studies, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology.
Strand two will focus on facilitating new kinds of active partnerships between humanistic scholars and laboratory scientists, with the goals of developing new interdisciplinary methods and a richer approach to the questions at hand. Funded projects will fall under one of three rubrics: Field-based projects, Laboratory-based projects, or Interdisciplinary team-based projects.
MLCSF recipients will be required to attend and possibly present at the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute (MLSRI), an annual week-long retreat that advances collaborative research among scientists based on dialogue and collaboration with contemplatives. The 2012 MLSRI will be devoted to the theme, “The Situated and Embodied Mind.”
The deadline for the fellowships has been extended to February 15. Read here for more information.
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The National Zoo recently received a donation of $4.5 million, which will fund professional fellowships to work with the giant pandas at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC. According to the zoo, the generous donation made by David M. Rubenstein, will also be used to fund giant panda conservation efforts in China, reproductive science, upgrades to the National Zoo habitats and public education.
As a David M. Rubenstein Fellow, you would have the opportunity to work first-hand with the zoo’s famous giant panda couple, Tian Tian and female Mei Xiang. Until now the pair have only produced one cub, Tai Shan, via artificial insemination in 2005, and it seems unlikely that Mei Xiang would have another cub. Researchers are seeking modern biomedical tools to help Mei Xiang become pregnant. This is just one goal of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s new five-year science plan established with their Chinese colleagues from the China Wildlife Conservation Association under the new grant.
Tian Tian and Mei Xiang are in desperate need of a love doctor, so be sure to follow the National Zoo’s Fellowships page for announcements about the new David M. Rubenstein Fellows program!
The Center for Jewish History, based in New York City, recently announced the expansion of the Prins Program for Emigrating Scholars, Artists and Writers, to provide new fellowships to junior and senior scholars and emerging artists and writers seeking permanent teaching and research positions in North America. The program was expanded with a $750,000 grant from The Vivian G. Prins Foundation.
According to The Sacramento Bee, the program will support those who wish to pursue advanced study and original research in the extensive collections of the Center’s five distinguished partners: the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Read more.
In addition to the Prins Fellowship, the Center supports scholars at various levels, including the only National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Scholar Fellowship granted to a Jewish studies institution; graduate and undergraduate research fellowships; a Visiting Scholars Program; and the Steinberg Emerging Jewish Filmmaker Fellowship.
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced the Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship, a new fellowship program providing $100,000 a year for up to three years for two Rhode Islanders “to develop, test, and implement innovative ideas that have the potential to dramatically improve any area of life in Rhode Island.”
According to the Rhode Island Foundation, the fellowship will focus on the “greatest good for the greatest number of Rhode Islanders, a small idea that has big potential to be built to scale, or new approaches to longstanding, intractable challenges.” The Foundation’s six funding sectors are: arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health, and human services. The fellowship appears to have a social entrepreneurship bent.
“There is no monopoly on creative thinking, exceptional ideas, or the potential of people to help solve issues affecting the lives of Rhode Islanders,” said John Carter, the philanthropist funding the fellowship. “Letitia [Carter] and I wanted to provide a platform for change – one in which everyone is invited to participate. We believe The Rhode Island Foundation is the ideal organization to carry forward our dreams for Rhode Island’s future and we are excited to embark on this adventure together.”
The deadline for applications is December 23, 2011. Read more about the fellowship.
According to PRNewsire, the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) is one to watch. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded it a $209.5 million grant for recruitment, placement and career development of fellows and interns both in Washington, D.C., and abroad in the Agency’s population, health and nutrition programs.
”Our goal is to continue bringing high-caliber, diverse talent to USAID in the most efficient way possible and to ensure that fellows, and the USAID staff who support them, receive the performance support needed to be successful and produce results,” said Sharon Rudy, Ph.D., program director of GHFP.
The Public Health Institue, which runs the GHFP, plans to implement short-term, private sector fellowships. They will also continue to expand on work with USAID Foreign Services Nationals, including rotations, mentoring and exchanges. PHI is doing outreach with more than 65 universities, including schools with new and mature global health programs, to find technical talent useful to USAID.
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In the next two weeks, I will be in the U.S. speaking at universities about ProFellow and finding professional and academic fellowships in the U.S. and abroad. I’ll be providing an overview of my experience in 4 different fellowship programs and providing tips on how to prepare a competitive application, how to rock the individual or group interview and how to make the most of your fellowship experience. Please join us on our tour:
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington DC
Wednesday, Sep. 21, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Room 205, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Thursday, Sep. 22, 12noon – 1:30pm
McGhee Library, Third Floor, Intercultural Center
37th and O Streets NW, Georgetown University, Washington DC 20057
Link to campus map: http://maps.georgetown.edu/interculturalcenter/
George Washington University, Washington, DC
Thursday, Sep. 22, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room: UHP Basement, Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research,
George Washington University, 714 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052
City College of New York (CUNY), New York, NY
Tuesday, Sep. 27, 12:45pm – 2:00pm
North Academic Center, Room 1/116, 138th St & Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
Subway: #1 or #9 local to 137th Street and Broadway
Link to campus map: http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/aboutus/campus/index.htm
New York University, New York, NY
Wednesday, Sep. 28, 9:00am – 10:00am
The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012
Subway: #6 to Astor Place
University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Monday, Oct. 3, 11:00am-12:30pm
209 Trabant University Center, 17 West Main Street Newark, DE 19716
(South College Avenue between Delaware Ave. & Main St.)
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Environmental conservation leaders from developing countries could spend a year in Germany on an International Climate Protection Fellowship. The fellowship program’s goal is to promote exchange of ideas among the recipients. To do that, Fellows travel around Germany and get to know organisations engaged in the field of climate protection. The fellowship helps them build a network of contacts that they can then draw upon later when they are working around the world as experts in a range of fields.
‘The International Climate Protection Fellowships are primarily intended for people who are already engaged in climate protection,” says Francois Buscot, a member of the selection committee. Read more.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation gave away 14 fellowships this year to leaders from Bolivia, Ecuador, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Uzbekistan and China. Their research covers topics such as the transition from fossil fuels to solar energy in Uzbekistan, the effects of climate and socio-economic factors on dengue fever epidemics in Sri Lanka, or urban planning that reconciles the needs of humans and nature.
The Detroit Revitalization Fellowship just chose 29 mid-career professionals in fields like business, law, architecture and urban planning to become full-time Fellows for organizations dedicated to redeveloping Detroit. 640 professionals from over 40 states applied. Some candidates left high-paying jobs or passed up other offers to be part of the fellowship program.
“I think it’s because of what Detroit is and was,” says Ahmad Ezzeddine, Associate Vice President for Educational Outreach at Wayne State. “I think people want be part of the transformation of a major American city. That was a major driver for a lot of people. Detroit is important to the country, and to be part of its transformation and revitalization is exciting to people.” Read more.
Fellows are provided a full-time, salaried position and also participate in a unique executive leadership program by Wayne State University. More than 20 host organizations are partnering with Fellows to work on projects in health care, neighborhood redevelopment, land use, entrepreneurship, and education.
Each year, outstanding officers from the Army, Air Force and Navy are nominated for four to five Military Fellowships at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York City. Military Fellows spend a year in residence at CFR’s headquarters to work with CFR members and staff and engage in CFR’s Studies Program. Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in several politico-military trips for CFR members. These fellowships enable officers to broaden their understanding of international affairs and U.S. foreign policy.
One of last year’s Military Fellows, Captain Stacy A. Pedrozo, JAGC of the U.S. Navy, testified before the House of Representatives U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission in January on China’s active defense strategy and its regional impact. Another Military Fellow, Colonel Blaine Holt of the U.S. Air Force, is currently authoring a book on the experience of leading airmen in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Five new Military Fellows are joining CFR this year. Former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci chaired the 2011-2012 Selection Board.
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Our step-by-step guide for a competitive fellowship application
1. Create a plan
2. Project proposal ideas
3. Talk to current / former fellows
4. Prepare an effective resumé
5. Find a host institution
6. Write a compelling personal statement
7. Prepare a strong project proposal
8. Get great recommendation letters (P1)
9. Get great recommendation letters (P2)
10. Nail the individual and group interviews