Writing Successful Fellowships in Graduate School

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
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Writing Successful Fellowships in Graduate School

Writing Successful Fellowships in Graduate School

Students often apply for fellowships to fund research and build research skills while in graduate school. What distinguishes a successful fellowship application?

Join us for a panel discussion with current and past fellowship recipients: Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Rashmi Sadana, Sociologist, Dr. Carol Petty (GMU Sociology, PhD, 2021) and Sociology ABD, Maria Valdovinos Olson (GMU Sociology, expected PhD, 2023) during our February Professional Development Hour on Zoom Tuesday, February 14, 12:00-1:00. During the hour students can expect to learn about how to identify appropriate fellowships, tips for writing strong proposals, how to identify and utilize university resources, and framing a research project’s broader impacts.

Co-sponsored by Center for Social Science Research (CSSR), Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) and Public Sociology Association (PSA)

Session is open to all interested students.

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Panelists include:

Carol PettyDr. Carol Petty earned her PhD in Sociology at George Mason University. Her dissertation project investigated the construction of symbolic boundaries in the context of German civic education programs serving refugee students. This research was supported by multiple grants including the 2020 CHSS Dissertation Completion Grant ($10,000), the Sociology Program’s 2019 Dissertation Writing Fellowship ($8,000), the Provost’s 2018 PhD Summer Research Fellowship ($7,000), and the Provost’s 2017 PhD Summer Research Fellowship ($7,000). Dr. Petty has also received two nationally competitive scholarships: a Critical Language Scholarship from the US Department of State to study in Turkey (10% acceptance rate) and a Fulbright Grant (25% acceptance rate) to work and study in Germany. 

Rashmi SadanaRashmi Sadana is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at George Mason University. She is an urban ethnographer whose research has focused on changing forms of identity in contemporary India. She received her B.A. in English and Ph.D. in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley and her M.A. in South Asia Studies from the University of London-SOAS. She is the author of The Moving City: Scenes from the Delhi Metro and the Social Life of Infrastructure (University of California Press, 2022) and English Heart, Hindi Heartland: The Political Life of Literature in India (University of California Press, 2012). She is co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Modern Indian Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2012). In addition to her scholarly publications, she writes regularly for national newspapers in India, including The Hindustan Times and The Indian Express. Her work on the Delhi Metro has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, American Institute of Indian Studies, Weatherhead Foundation, and School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe.

Maria ValdovinosMaria Valdovinos Olson is a Doctoral Candidate in Public Sociology at George Mason University and a 2021 American Society of Criminology Ruth D. Peterson Fellow. Her research is focused on issues of safety, health, and wellness in policing, corrections, and prisoner reentry. Maria’s dissertation addresses the question of how existing and envisioned institutions, systems, and policies can best organize the provision of care for the incarcerated/formerly incarcerated with a focus on the transitional yet extremely consequential period between pre-release, entry into community corrections, and eventual release into the community. This dissertation research is supported by the  SOAN Dissertation Research Fellowship, NSF/ASU Law and Science Dissertation Grant, and the ASC Division on Corrections and Sentencing Dissertation Scholarship Award.  Maria received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Northwestern University and her master’s degree in Sociology from George Mason University. Professional plans post PhD include the academic job market and alt-ac job market. I am especially interested in research organizations that work at the intersection of criminal justice policy and practice.

 

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