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Why a Professional Support Network is Important

Sitting on the RamVan recently, I was surround by Gabelli undergraduates (I could tell because one of them was dressed in a three-piece suit). All of them were discussing internships– how they got them, where they’re interviewing, how they’re prepping– and the benefits and drawbacks of various placements.

And it got me thinking… I don’t remember that kind of practical sharing and support as an graduate student here. That’s not to say that those of us in the humanities or social sciences don’t support one another, but I think we want to do so as scholars. We talk about our research interests or intellectual theories and discuss mentors and academic experiences. I think it is less natural for us to automatically jump to talk about jobs and careers.

A lot of that worry stems from our feeling that we’re impostors– academic frauds who are not as worthy or as knowledgeable as our colleagues (check out this great overview of impostor syndrome from CalTech). If we are anxious and less-than in the classroom, how much farther behind are we on the job market? What can we offer?

But the best part of the conversation going on around me on the van yesterday wasn’t the interviewing tips (honestly they were nothing special) but how relieved the students sounded after explaining their anxieties. They bounced ideas off of each other and were open about how much work they had and the pressure they were all feeling to succeed.

We all have to work hard. And while I think that in grad school, working hard is normalized and working “for” the degree is expected, in my experience most students also want to be the naturally quick and intelligent person. We want to skim, not have to read the book; understand the problem sets in class the first time; write a dissertation chapter quickly– we want to have the answers, not admit that we’re worried we may have the wrong ones.

But asking the question, admitting gaps in our knowledge and confidence, is just as important, especially if you can do so within a trusted peer group. As summer approaches and things calm down, many people us the break to reconnect with research partners or cohort members– if you can, also use it as a time to discuss anxieties or talk through problems. You might be surprised that your peers are struggling with the same issues.

  • Dewis Shallcross, Director of Student Development, GSAS ‘14

 

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TOMORROW! Queer Encoding: Encoding Diverse Identities

When: Friday, April 28 at 10:30 AM – 5.00 PM
Location: NYU Center for the Humanities, 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor
More info & RSVP

Come and hear leading practitioners in the field talk about how we might work creatively with textual mark-up languages to be more inclusive, and see strategies in action in the Project Hack.

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Keynote speakers:

Julia Flanders (Digital Scholarship Group, Northeastern University), ‘Encoding Identity’

Marcus Bingenheimer, (Department of Religion, Temple University), ‘Using TEI to Encode the History of Chinese Buddhism’

Project Hack:
Katherine Briant and Stephen Powell (Fordham University, MA Center for Medieval Studies), Queerness of Space Time and Text in the Independent Crusaders Mapping Project

Sohini Chattopadhyay and Benjamin Hiebert (Columbia University), Queer Encoding Challenges in The Making and Knowing Project (http://www.makingandknowing.org/)

Cherrie Kwok and Nicole Cote (New York University), Queer Encoding and Identity Formation in the Nineteenth-Century Manuscript Diary

Moderators: Marion Thain (New York University) and Peter Logan (Temple University)

Co-Sponsors: NYU Digital Humanities; Digital Scholarship Center, Temple University; Fordham Digital Humanities Group, and Office of Research.

More info & RSVP

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Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Opportunity

Humanities Ph.D.s about to graduate look at this great opportunity! Recent alums take notice too!

Deadline: March 22, 2017

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ACLS is pleased to announce the seventh annual Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows competition. In 2017, the program will place up to 22 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at top nonprofit and government agencies. Public Fellows will participate in the core work of these partner organizations while benefiting from professional mentoring and other career building opportunities. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $67,500 per year, as well as individual health insurance and $3,000 toward professional development activities. Applicants must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status and have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between September 1, 2013, and June 18, 2017, and will have defended and deposited their dissertations no later than April 6, 2017.

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Further information about the application process, eligibility criteria, and this year’s fellowship positions is available here. All applications must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system by 8 pm EDT on March 22, 2017. Questions about the program may be addressed to publicfellows@acls.org.

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SciencesPro- Teaching Fellow Positions Open!

Post-doctoral and doctoral students close to dissertating look at these teaching fellow positions!

Deadline: February 15, 2017

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Sciences Po welcomes applications from post-doctoral and doctoral students close to their thesis submission for teaching positions on one of its three Anglophone undergraduate campuses in France: Reims, Menton or Le Havre. Each campus focuses on a world region and offers a 3-year Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology Law and Humanities. Courses are taught in English. The successful applicant’s area of expertise will be relevant to the disciplines taught at Sciences Po and to the campus’ world regional focus. Reims hosts two different programs, one focusing on North America and Europe, the other on Africa and Europe. Menton’s program concentrates on the Middle-East and Europe, and Le Havre is dedicated to Asia and Europe.

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1. Responsibilities. In addition to pursuing your research you will be asked to teach 3 courses per semester. Course content will be agreed upon with the program director and will fall into two categories: “Tutorial seminars”: 2 hours/week, groups of 20-25 students, these methodology seminars are provided in addition to a lecture given by a senior professor. “Electives”: 2 hours/week, up to 20-25 students, the topic can be defined according to your field of expertise. You will also be required to hold regular office hours.

2. Length of stay. Preferred start date: August 22nd, 2017. Priority is given to applicants able to commit to one full academic year, but applications for one semester will be considered. Each semester term runs for 12 weeks: the fall term begins in September and ends in December, the spring term begins in late January and ends in early May. See academic calendar for more details.

3. Compensation and benefits. Salary of € 1600 /month (net, approximately $1749) from
August 22nd 2017 to May 22nd 2018. Full health benefits through the French national
system. Access to resources and facilities on all Sciences Po campuses. The contract may be eligible for extension, subject to a performance review and depending on institutional need.

4. Requirements. Successful applicants will have completed their PhD – or will submit their doctoral thesis imminently – in one of Sciences Po’s core fields (History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology or Law). Their research and teaching interests should be relevant to the regional focus of the chosen campus. Previous teaching experience is strongly preferred, and English proficiency is mandatory. The ability to speak French or other non-English languages for purposes of student advising, research, and teaching will be considered a plus.

5. Application Process. Please send the following application documents by February 15th, 2017 to: teaching.fellow@sciencespo.fr:

  • Cover letter/ statement of interest. In addition to research interests, please include a brief statement of teaching experience and philosophy.
  • Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications)
  • Course proposal(s). Brief summary of at least one elective course (or up to 3) with
    sample of major readings/resources you could incorporate into this class.
  • References. One letter of reference and contact information for two additional
    referees, ideally professors who know your research and teaching.

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Key Sciences Po contacts for questions and expressions of intent:

Caroline Gueny-Mentre
Center for the Americas, International Division
caroline.guenymentre@sciencespo.fr
Tel: + 33 1 45 49 83 14

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Amy Greene
Assistant Dean for International Affairs, Undergraduate College
amy.greene@sciencespo.fr
Tel: + 33 1 45 49 50 23

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Nathalie Jacquet, Director
Reims Europe-North America &
Europe-Africa Campus
nathalie.jacquet@sciencespo.fr
Tel: + 33 3 26 05 94 61

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Florent Bonaventure, Director
Le Havre Euro-Asian Campus
florent.bonaventure@sciencespo.fr
Tel: + 33 2 32 92 10 04

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Bernard El Ghoul, Director
Menton Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Campus
bernard.elghoul@sciencespo.fr
Tel: + 33 4 97 14 83 50

 

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UN Internship Opportunity

All current GSAS student look at this opportunity from the UN.

Deadline: ASAP  |  Start Date: January 2017

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The UN DPI- NGO Relations section is looking for interns for their office starting in January for 6 months full-time. The internship process at the UN requires that a student must be in his/her senior year of undergraduate studies or in a Master’s programme or above.

This dept at the UN is specifically looking for someone who has strong writing, research and computer skills. They will consider specifically Fordham students for this opportunity- Fordham candidates will be forwarded to UN directly for consideration.

If you want to be considered for this opportunity, please send an email to: impactinitiativefordham@gmail.com as soon as possible and include your cover letter saying why you are qualified and resume.

For more info about Fordham/UN:
http://www.fordham.edu/info/21334/programs_and_events/5158/united_nations

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Margaret Yardley Fellowship Opportunity

Female graduate students who are residents of New Jersey, look into this opportunity from NJ State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC.

Deadline: March 1, 2017

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$1,000 fellowship granted annually to a female graduate student. Must be a resident of New Jersey, active in a graduate program (in AY 17-18), and have financial need. The award is granted annually to a deserving woman who is a graduate student doing advanced work in a special field of study. For more information on the fellowship and instudctions on how to apply visit the NJSFWC website.

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Smithsonian Libraries Research Opportunities 2017-18

Hey students! Check out this fellowship opportunity from the Smithsonian!

Deadline January 15, 2017

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Smithsonian Libraries – Opportunities for Research 2017-2018
The Smithsonian Libraries, situated at the center of the world’s largest museum complex, is a vital part of the research, exhibition, and educational enterprise of the Institution. The Libraries offers exceptional research resources ranging from 13th-century manuscripts to electronic journals. We are happy to offer the following fellowship opportunities for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Baird Society Resident Scholar Program: $3,500 per month for up to six months to support scholarly research in the Special Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, D.C. and New York, NY, in an extensive range of subject areas. Doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars are welcome to apply. Collections include printed materials on world’s fairs; manufacturer’s commercial trade catalogs from the 19th and 20th centuries; natural history rare books (pre-1840 works on topics such as botany, zoology, travel & exploration, museums & collecting, geology, and anthropology); air and space history (late 18th to early 20th centuries); James Smithson’s library; rare materials in European and American decorative arts, architecture, and design (18th to 20th centuries); and history of art and artists (exhibition catalogs, catalogues raisonnés, serials, dissertations and artists’ ephemera).

The Dibner Library Resident Scholar Program: $3,500 per month for up to six months for individuals working on a topic relating to the history of science and technology who can make substantial use of the Dibner Library’s Special Collections in Washington, D.C. Doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars are welcome to apply. The Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology has manuscripts and rare books dating primarily from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Collection strengths are in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, classical natural philosophy, theoretical physics (up to the early 20th century), experimental physics (especially electricity and magnetism), engineering technology (from the Renaissance to the late nineteenth century), and scientific apparatus and instruments.

The deadline for all programs is January 15, 2017 for appointments between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018. Fellowship recipients are expected to be in residence during their appointments. For further information about the Smithsonian Libraries’ Resident Scholar Programs listed above, including application information, visit the Smithsonian web site.

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NEH Postdoctoral/Predoctoral Fellowship and Program Opportunities

Advanced Ph.D.s and soon to be Alums– look into these great opportunities from the Omohundro Institute sponsored by the NEH!

Postdoctoral Fellowship Deadline: October 31, 2016

Scholars’ Workshop Deadline: January 23, 2017

Georgian Papers Programme Deadline: November 7, 2016, February 20, 2017, & May 8, 2017

Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation Short-Term Visiting Fellowship Deadline: April 17, 2017

Lapidus-Omohundro Predoctoral Fellowship Deadline: January 16, 2017

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The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture is an1 independant research organization housed at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. They offer long-term, short-term, and travel fellowships to scholars at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels. All application materials and complete information can be found on their website under fellowships.

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CMH Dissertation Fellowships Opportunity

Ph.D. students interested in military or U.S. Army history or related fields, look into this Dissertation Fellowship from the U.S. Army Center for Military History. Three Fellowships are offered each year.

Deadline: January 15, 2017

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Purpose
To support scholarly research and writing among qualified civilian graduate students preparing dissertations in the history of warfare, the Center offers three Dissertation Fellowships each year. One, funded by the National Museum of the U.S. Army, is designed to support dissertations that explore the material culture of the Army; the two others support research in the more general areas of military history in all its many aspects. In your application please specify if you wish to compete for the two general fellowships or for the Museums fellowship. These fellowships carry a $10,000 stipend and access to the Center’s facilities and technical expertise.

Area and Topics of Study
For purposes of this program, the history of war on land is broadly defined, including such areas as biography, military campaigns, military organization and administration, policy, strategy, tactics, weaponry, technology, training, logistics, and the evolution of civil-military relations. In the selection of proposals for funding, preference is given to topics on the history of the U.S. Army. Topics submitted should complement rather than duplicate the Center’s existing projects.

See the CMH website for information on eligibility, how to apply, and fellowship requirements.

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DEADLINE ANNOUNCEMENT! GSAS Research Support Grants- Travel and Dissertation

Happy September GSAS!

Fall is here, which means sweater-weather, classes, and GRANTS! The Graduate School has funding opportunities that you should certainly take advantage of and the Research Support Grant is one!

This year the fall deadline for RSG grants is Friday, October 7, 2016.

The application will be open by Friday, September 23, 2016.

Research Support Grants come in two types:

  • Travel Grants (open to M.A.s and Ph.D.s) and
  • Dissertation Expense Grants (Ph.D.s only).

Please see our website here for the details of both opportunities. Remember that all our grants are reimbursement based, which means you have to apply prior to travel and are then reimbursed for costs when you return.* 

Questions about the application process or eligibility? Email me at dshallcross@fordham.edu and I’d be happy to help you!
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*The only exception to the reimbursement process is/can be airline travel– Fordham uses Omega Travel Service which can work with you if you plan ahead far enough. 

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