Graduate Student Fellowship in Engaged Scholarship- Deadline 8/7/17

The Office of Public Engagement, in partnership with the UConn Graduate School, is delighted to announce the new Graduate Student Fellowship in Engaged Scholarship (GSFES).

We will award up to five fellowships annually, of $1500 each, to UConn graduate students who wish to pursue community-based engaged scholarship.  The program will introduce graduate student fellows to the science of engaged, community-based scholarship and will allow them to undertake rigorous, academically relevant work in in a context of collaboration and reciprocity with the community beyond the university. Graduate students from all UConn disciplines are welcome to apply.

You can find more specific information regarding the GSFES including application information below.  The application deadline is Monday August 7th, 2017.

For additional information please feel free to contact the Office of Public Engagement at: engagement@uconn.edu .

Overview

The University of Connecticut’s Office of Public Engagement (OPE), established in 2010fosters engagement in a variety of forms across the University community. Engaged Scholarship, Community Outreach and Service Learning is an essential component of UConn’s land-grant mission. Under the leadership of Director, E. Carol Polifroni, the OPE coordinates, advocates, and builds capacity for all facets of engagement: scholarship, community based learning, civic engagement, and community outreach. Through these efforts to develop programs, partnerships and scholarship that are RelevantReciprocal and Responsible, the OPE extends the transformational impact of the University throughout the state and beyond our geographical borders

In partnership with the UConn Graduate School, the OPE offers the Graduate Student Fellowship in Engaged Scholarship (GSFES). This program awards five fellowships annually, of $1500 each, to UConn graduate students who wish to pursue community-based engaged scholarship.  Graduate students from all academic departments are welcomed to apply.  The program provides the opportunity for student fellows to engage in rigorous, academically relevant work in a context of collaboration and reciprocity with the community beyond the University. It allows student fellows to explore the intersection between the scholarly pursuit of knowledge and community needs and to collaborate with the larger community “for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity” (Carnegie Community Engagement Classification).

With particular focus on Ernest L. Boyer’s concept of “Scholarship of Application,” student fellows will learn and practice the science of engaged, community-based scholarship.  Through a supportive network of graduate student peers and the valuable resources of the OPE and experienced faculty, the GSFES will introduce the student fellows to this dynamic, academically rigorous, scholarly activity and will prepare them for future academic/career pursuits.

Benefits to Graduate Fellows

  • Professional development training in the science of community-based engaged scholarship
  • A supportive scholarly cohort of graduate student fellows with a common interest in community-based engaged scholarship
  • Access to valuable resources through the Office of Public Engagement
  • Individual monthly meetings to support, critique, and guide scholarly work
  • Monetary stipend (paid by semester and additional support for summer is available pending project)
  • Culminating product for: publication, further scholarly inquiry, career advancement

GSFES Program Requirements

  • Background check completed and approved
  • Complete a day long training program on the Scholarship of Application based in the community (may be offered in modules)
  • Commit to 3-5 hours per week working with the Office of Public Engagement / 10 week semester total 30-50 hours per semester on engaged scholarship
  • Participate in monthly 1-hour student fellow cohort group meetings with OPE designate
  • Participate in a minimum of 4 activities per year from list of activities provided by OPE
  • Meet individually with mentor monthly
  • Participate in one of the following:
    • Assist a Faculty Fellow in SL course

OR

  • Engage in community-based scholarship with a Graduate faculty advisor.
  • Produce a scholarly final product (manuscript, publication, project for the community, presentation with either poster or PowerPoint) based on your work
  • Design and participate in a culminating program showcase in collaboration with student fellow cohort

Graduate Fellows Application RequirementsApplicants must be currently enrolled in a UConn graduate program, completed at least 9 credits, and have at least 2 semesters until program completion.

  • Completed GSFES application form
  • Personal Essay
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from MAJOR ADVISOR
  • Application Deadline August 7th, 2017
  • Please see below for online submission or submit application to engagement@uconn.edu as a single pdf.

Personal Essay

Address each of the following three questions in your essay.  Maximum 2 pages total

  1. Explain why you are applying for the Graduate Student Fellowship in Engaged Scholarship and what you hope to gain from it.
  2. Describe your previous experience with community engaged scholarship as a student, teacher or scholar or your experience with service learning, internship, volunteering or community activism and indicate what effect (if any) these experiences have had on your interest of community-based engaged scholarship .
  3. Tell us your goals for the future, and how you feel this fellowship will further those goals.

 

Graduate Student Fellowship in Engaged Scholarship

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