The University of Illinois Foundation Graduate Fellowship for Study of Eastern EuropeTwo one-time fellowships of $4500 are available to UIC graduate students for the 2012-2013 academic year to support graduate student study, research, and creative projects in any area of academic scholarship concerning the countries and territories that make up the former territory occupied by the Republic of Yugoslavia, including: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, and Slovenia. Student applicants should be continuing graduate students at UIC who have already engaged in academic study concerning the stipulated region of Eastern Europe and who plan on pursuing, or who have already begun, thesis research on a topic centered on this cultural/geographic region.
Terms of the Award
The award amount will be $4,500 for the Fall 2012- Spring 2013. The award period is August 16, 2012 – May 15, 2013, and the fellowship will be disbursed as a single payment at the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year. The fellowship does not include a tuition waiver. The award can in many cases be supplementary to student fellowship funding or assistantships, but students should check with their department and the Graduate College to determine if their particular form of funding allows additional fellowship support. In addition, students should be aware that this fellowship, like all awards and fellowships, may have an impact on the student’s financial aid package. Students receiving financial aid in addition to fellowship and/or assistantship funds should consult with the UIC Office of Student Financial Aid to determine whether receipt of this fellowship will affect their financial aid.
PhD students, and Master’s students in disciplines in which the Master’s degree is the terminal degree in their department or program, are eligible for this fellowship. The prospective recipient must be a full-time graduate student in good academic standing whose research focuses on a scholarly topic related to culture, language, history, environments, politics, economics, art, health, or other area of academic study that focuses specifically on one or more of the countries/territories of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, and/or Slovenia.
• Extent to which the applicant’s research or creative activity focuses on the stipulated geographic/cultural areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, and/or Slovenia.
• Statement of research interests and research goals in the stipulated area of study.
• Record of academic performance, as attested to by CV and letters of endorsement
• Previous and current research experience, as attested to by CV and letters of endorsement
• List of professional accomplishments including awards, honors, publications, and presentations, as attested to by CV and letters of endorsement
The review committee will consist of faculty members appointed by the Dean of the Graduate College. This review committee will evaluate the applications using the eligibility and selection criteria outlined above. The committee will make recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate College.
The deadline for your program to submit the application to the Graduate College has been extended to: Monday, March 5, 2012
by 4:00 pm. Students need to consult with their program to determine when they need the rquired material.
The student should submit the following documents to their program for review:
Statement of Research Interests in Eastern Europe (1 page)
Provide a personal statement concerning the student’s interest in the stipulated region of Eastern Europe including, but not limited to, aspects of the student’s background, previous study, research skills and experience, or other factors that led the student to pursue graduate study and thesis research on this cultural/geographic region.
Summary of Thesis Project focused on Eastern Europe (1 page)
Provide a concise summary of the thesis research project, including, but not limited to: research questions, specific aims, methods and procedures, expected outcomes and significance. Be sure to include details of the extent to which this research draws upon and synthesizes knowledge from scholarly research on the stipulated region of Eastern Europe and the specific impact this research will have on future scholarship in the region.
Resume or CV (Limit of 4 pages)
Include previous and current research experience, professional accomplishments (i.e. awards, honors, publications, presentations).
Three (3) letters of recommendation, including a letter from the faculty mentor who is directing the student’s graduate research in the stipulated cultural/geographic region.
File should be named as follows:
East Europe_2012_Dept. Name_Last Name and First initial
[Not accepting applications at this time]