In an effort to foster collaborative research experience and multidisciplinary training for graduate students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, the Graduate School will pilot a new fellowship program. Through the Arts, Humanities and Social Science Collaborative Training Program, the Graduate School will offer two grants—one in the arts and humanities and the other in social studies (although we will consider proposals that bridge the two divisions)—developed by collections of faculty to support graduate students beginning in the fall of 2016. Multiple faculty members (at least two) are invited to apply together for funding to support up to four graduate students for at least one year and for as many as three years.
In the biological (and to a lesser extent physical and social) sciences, faculty have supported graduate students through federally funded training grants. These initiatives seek to use an apprenticeship and cohort model of cross-disciplinary training to educate future scientists. Relatively few social scientists and very few scholars in the arts and humanities work in laboratory settings, and a precise mirror of the biological science training model would not be appropriate. However, certain aspects of this model could allow novel ways for our faculty to train arts, humanities, and social science scholars for the 21st century.
We encourage faculty from multiple fields to apply together, but scholars from different areas in the same discipline or different studios within one of the arts departments can apply. The most effective proposals are likely to come from groups of scholars or artists with shared multidisciplinary research agendas. A competitive application will provide: (1) a plan for regular group meetings for involved faculty and students, including a discussion of the value and focus of such sessions; (2) a training plan for supported students to ensure each student will receive exposure to scholarship from multiple fields. This could include a coursework plan and/ or a description of the graduate minor students might complete; (3) a proposal for ways in which the applying faculty, along with the funded students, will collaborate. This will likely include a description of a shared research (or practice) agenda or overlapping research/ practice agendas and a description of possible collaborative publication or some sort of artistic product and of plans for mentoring students in the practice of publication or related field-relevant craft; (4) a description of how the group of student fellows will be mentored. This could conceivably include joint advising.
Several additional matters to note: (1) Although proposals with a minimum of 2 faculty applicants will be considered, we are likely to give preference to proposals with more than two applicants. This is to ensure appropriate training should one of the faculty members be unable to continue participating in the training process; (2) We expect to be able to provide support for successful proposals for up to three years, depending on review of recipients’ annual progress. (3) Fellowships will likely be annual/ calendar year, not academic year; (4) Preference will be given to applicants who are able to ensure that students funded through this grant will receive an additional two years of support (beyond the three provided through this grant). This support may be in the form of any variety of assistantship or fellowship and can include support provided in previous years for students proposed for funding in this application; (5) While faculty on existing training grants (e.g. NIH and NSF) are not excluded from this competition, preference may be given to applicants who do not currently hold such grants; (6) Special consideration will be given to proposals that call for training students who are in the early stages of their graduate programs (first and second year students preferred); (7) We will look for clear commitment to mentoring funded students beyond the term of the fellowship.
A complete proposal should include:
1) A one-page characterization of the nature and value of the cross-disciplinary collaboration and training proposed;
2) A one-page plan for group meetings and the function and value of these meetings;
3) A two-page description of the students’ training that will ensure the development of multidisciplinary exposure and/ or expertise;
4) Where appropriate, a statement of up to one-page indicating how students will be trained in the “responsible conduct of research;”
5) A one-page collaboration and/or publication plan. This plan will describe what it means for the faculty and students to work and learn together and what shared objective the group has for producing research products;
6) A one-page description of the faculty’s plan for mentoring and advising students (including for the period beyond the fellowship term);
7) 3 page CVs from each of the proposing faculty members;
8) A one-page list of students advised by applying faculty and the year these students received their degrees;
9) If known, a list of the students likely to be funded by this program and how and why each of the students particularly would benefit from participation in this program.
If you have questions, please contact Graduate School Associate Dean Daniel Kleinman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Proposals should be submitted as single Word documents or PDFs to Daniel Kleinman (email@example.com) no later than June 8 at 5 p.m. Proposals should be single-spaced with one inch margins and with 11- or 12-point type.