Fellowship for Doctoral Students Aspiring to Academic Careers

Sponsored by the Fellows of the Graduate School and the Graduate School, this fellowship for doctoral students aspiring to academic careers will provide talented PhD students with funding and mentorship through small-group interactions with senior faculty from diverse disciplines. The goal of this program is to fully integrate Graduate Student Fellows into the academic environment and, by exposing them to the benefits, opportunities and challenges of an academic career, to prepare and energize awardees for securing tenure-track positions.

A maximum of five outstanding PhD students will be selected for the fellowships each year and become Graduate Student Fellows. These fellows will be provided $2,000 annually for up to four years. Those students who are selected as Graduate Student Fellows will partner with mentors and begin their fellowships in September.

Current Award Cycle

Please direct your questions to either steven.howe@ucmail.uc.edu or mhm@uc.edu. Applications are due March 27, 2017, with selection in April 2017. The scholarships will begin September 1, 2017.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Applications are invited from PhD students from all disciplines and departments at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Applicants must be matriculated in a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) program and must have successfully passed qualifying examinations and advanced to candidacy. Students matriculated in other types of doctoral degree programs are not eligible for this award.
  • Successful candidates will have a strong commitment to research, evidence of scholarly and/or creative achievements and potential, a clear research plan with advisor in place, and a career development plan that builds on the applicant’s strengths and incorporates opportunities for improvement.
  • A maximum of five outstanding doctoral students will be selected for the fellowships each year and become Graduate Student Fellows.

Application Content

Applications must include all the following content in the order given.

  1. Completed Cover Sheet
  2. Proposed Use of Funds in Year 1: (150 words maximum)
    Funds should be used to support career development activities not typically supported by the graduate program (e.g., conference travel, attending career workshops, funding exhibitions, etc.). The budget will be reviewed and approved by the Advisor and the Graduate Student Fellow’s Mentorship Committee. Funding in future years depends on the student achieving his or her stated goals in the prior year.
  3. Current Research Status: (1 page maximum)
    1. Research Interests
    2. Academic Strengths and Opportunities for Improvement
    3. Plan to Address Perceived Areas for Improvement
  4. Applicant Curriculum Vitae  (2 pages maximum)
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation:
    1. Dissertation Advisor
    2. Another person familiar with applicant’s academic capabilities and interests (e.g., other professor who has interacted with the applicant, Graduate Program Director, Department Head, etc.) 

2016 Fellowship Recipients 

William Ayers, Division of Composition, Musicology, and Theory, College-Conservatory of Music
Kelly Blewett, Department of English and Comparative Literature, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences
Arnold Gutierrez, Neuroscience Graduate Program, College of Medicine
Aaron May, Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine Graduate Program, College of Medicine
Anwar Mhajne, Department of Political Science, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
Amanda Powers, Department of Biological Sciences, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences