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Table of Contents (Updated 1/14/19)
Awards, Fellowships, Grants, & Other Opportunities
Important University Dates 2018-2019
The fee payment deadline for Winter 2019 was Monday, December 17th. The deadline to pay your fees to avoid loss of student status is Friday, January 25th.
*If you are a doctoral student supported by a fellowship, or employed as a GSR or Teaching Assistant, please enroll in courses prior to the fee payment deadline to ensure your tuition and fees are processed.*
The School of Social Ecology Presents: WINTER FEST!
Social Ecology graduate students, faculty, Graduate Affairs staff, and their guests welcome! For more information, click the link below!
Atlas ti Available in SE Computer Labs
Social Ecology graduate students can now access Atlas ti in any one of our School-run computer labs! Please note, the School purchased 15 licesnes. If all 15 are in use at the same time, the 16th person will be locked out. If you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reference Materials for Students Seeking Non-Academic Careers
Below is some relevant literature regarding the non-academic career path for academics. All are available on Amazon, as well for check-out with the Director of Graduate Affairs. Enjoy!
Navigating the Path to Industry: A Hiring Manager's Advice for Academics Looking for a Job in Industry
By M.R. Nelson
So What Are You Going to Do with That?: Finding Careers Outside of Academia
By Susan Basalla & Maggie Debelius
The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job
By Karen Kelsky, Ph.D.
Building a Career Outside Academia: A Guide for Doctoral Students in the Behavioral and Social Sciences
By Jennifer Brown Urban & Miriam R. Linver
Succeeding Outside the Academy: Career Paths beyond the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM
By Joseph Fruscione & Kelly J. Baker
Department of Chicano/Latino Studies & Chicano/Latino Graduate Collective Survey
The Department of Chicano/Latino Studies and the Chicano/Latino Graduate Collective are conducting a survey of Latina/o/x graduate students and students studying Latina/o/x communities and issues. If you identify as either of these, please consider taking our short survey. We plan to use this to ensure that our programming best supports the needs of graduate students.
Immigrants Rising - Graduate Student Scholarship Opportunities
Immigrants Rising (formerly E4FC) has just published Undergraduate & Graduate Scholarship Lists, ones for which the undocumented may be eligible.
UC Grad Slam Contest (Deadline, 1/18/19)!
What is Grad Slam?
Grad Slam is a systemwide competition that showcases and awards the best three-minute research presentations by graduate scholars. This competition not only highlights the excellence, importance and relevance of UCI graduate scholars and their research, but it is also designed to increase graduate students' communication skills and their capacity to effectively present their work with poise and confidence. It is an opportunity to share accomplishments with the campus, friends of UCI, the local community, and the broader public.
Who Should Apply?
Grad Slam is open to all graduate students. Presentations can discuss research of any discipline and methodology.
Grad Slam contestants receive advanced communication skills training and a competitive CV/resume line. Additionally, winners receive cash prizes up to $5,000! The systemwide winner earns the coveted title of 2019 Grad Slam Champion and the coveted "Slammy".
Tom Angell Fellowship for Excellent Mentorship, $500 (Deadline 1/18/19)
Click below to find the call for nominations for the Tom Angell Fellowship. These awards recognize faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars for excellent mentorship. Nominations are due by Friday, January 18th at 5pm. Please contact Turner Dahl at email@example.com or (949) 824-0490 with any questions.
*Application link will automatically download the form to your desktop.
AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship (Deadline, 1/15/19)
Fifteen to 20 fellowships will be awarded! The stipend offers $500 per week over the summer: June 12, 2019 - August 20, 2019. Applications are due January 15. Please see the link below for additional information.
Applicants must be enrolled as students (upper level undergraduate or graduate) or postdoctoral trainees at a university — or within one year of a completed degree — in the life, physical, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences or mathematics and related fields. If you have questions about your eligibility, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students enrolled in English, journalism, science journalism, or other non-technical fields are not eligible for the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship BUT these students may be eligible for the Minority Science Writers Internship.
- Applicants must be US citizens or already hold visas that allow them to receive payment for work during the summer.
Apply to be a Graduate InterConnect Peer Mentor (Deadline, 1/28/19)
Apply to be a Graduate InterConnect Peer Mentor. From April 2019 – December 2019, take part in mentoring, leadership, and cross-cultural training and help support a group of incoming international graduate students successfully transition to campus as part of the Graduate InterConnect Program. GIC offers opportunities for international students to network, develop support networks through Peer Mentors, improve communication skills, and learn about American life and culture to ease the transition to UC Irvine and the graduate experience.
GIC Peer Mentors from all disciplines and backgrounds are assigned to mentor a group of incoming international graduate students. They engage with pre-arrival communications, plan and facilitate fall events, and provide critical support during Graduate Welcome and Orientation. Peer Mentors are eligible for a stipend up to $500 upon completion of program. More details about the position and the commitment can be found on the online application.
The application requires a UCI email address (Google Account)
DUE MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2018 AT 8AM
Outstanding Paper in International Relations, $1,000 Award from UCI School of Social Sciences (Deadline, 1/31/19)
With proceeds from the National Academy of Sciences William and Katherine Estes Award for her work on nuclear weapons, Etel Solingen, the Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies and Distinguished Professor of political science, has established a new graduate award.
The Outstanding Paper in International Relations award is open to all UCI graduate students working in that field. Eligible papers must be of publishable quality, of the caliber that would be expected in a major International Relations journal. Papers completed between December 1st 2017 and December 1st 2018 are eligible, including those already published or in press. Nominations will be accepted only from members of faculty, in formal memo or letter format, and should include sufficient detail to enable evaluation of the paper's strength and originality.
Three faculty members will serve on the selections committee.
The award amount is $1,000; the 2018-19 winner will be recognized during the School of Social Science Order of Merit ceremony in June 2019!
OFFICIAL CALL FOR PAPERS
This award recognizes an outstanding paper in International Relations by a graduate student, of publishable quality and suitable for a major journal in the field of International Relations. The paper should contain an original idea, a strong theoretical foundation, a well-developed research design and empirical analysis (qualitative or quantitative), and reflect the student's own work.
- Papers completed between December 1st 2017 and December 1st 2018 are eligible.
- Papers formally accepted for publication in a leading International Relations journal over the same period will also be considered.
- The winner will be recognized during the Social Science Order of Merit ceremony in June 2019 and, separately, present the paper at a public event open to the broader UC Irvine community. The winner must not have received the Ph.D. before Spring 2019.
HOW TO APPLY:
Nominations must be in formal memo or letter form and include a PDF copy of the student's paper and sufficient detail to enable evaluation. Nominations should be submitted electronically to John Sommerhauser (email@example.com) by January 31st, 2019. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
2019-2020 Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (Deadline, 2/5/19)
The Haynes Foundation, which supports social science research into policy issues that impact the Los Angeles region, invites proposals for its 2019-2020 Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships (due date is February 5, 2019). The Fellowships are designed to encourage well-conceived and imaginative research into the pressing economic, social, policy or political issues that impact Los Angeles. Graduate students enrolled at institutions and programs awarding the Ph.D. in the social sciences in the greater Los Angeles area are eligible for the awards - that's UC Irvine doctoral students! Grants will be made to the institution on behalf of the student for subsequent disbursement.
AWARD USE Up to eight (8) awards of $20,000 each will be announced in April/May 2019 and available for one year of work toward completion of the dissertation (field work, research or writing may be covered). Applicants must have had their dissertation proposals accepted and be working with their faculty advisors as of the date that the applications are due to be submitted to the Foundation. The universities may add to these awards, but they should clearly be designated as “Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships.” The Fellowship awards are not renewable.
USC 2019 Latino Mental Health Research Training: Now Accepting Applications (Deadline, 2/8/19)
Dr. Steven Lopez at USC, Dr. Denise Chavira at UCLA, Dr. Carmen Lara Muñoz at the Benemerita Universidad Autonomas de Puebla (BUAP), Dr. Shoshana Berenzon at the Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatria Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz (INP) in
México City, and their respective colleagues at the Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatria (INP), USC, UCLA, University of Oregon and California State University at San Bernardino have established an 11-week summer research training program
designed to prepare undergraduate, and graduate level researchers to address disparities in mental health care of U.S. Latinos with mental illness and substance use disorders. The program includes a one-week training seminar at USC, and a
10-week training program in Mexico (INP and BUAP) or Los Angeles (USC and UCLA), during which trainees will:
- Work closely with investigators and Latino mental health researchers to develop research and professional skills in the study of Latino mental health disparities broadly defined.
- Participate in various aspects of research, including project conceptualization and data collection and analysis, manuscript writing, and oral presentations in Spanish.
- Have the opportunity to write up their findings for publication in collaboration with their mentor, and present their findings at a national conference in either Mexico or the U.S.
- Learn much more about developing a research career.
Science Policy Fellowship, Gulf Research Program (Deadline, 3/6/19)
The Gulf Research Program’s Science Policy Fellowship program helps scientists hone their skills by putting them to practice for the benefit of Gulf Coast communities and ecosystems. Fellows gain first-hand policymaking experience as they spend one year on the staff of federal, state, local, or non-governmental environmental, natural resource, oil and gas, and public health agencies in the Gulf of Mexico region.
With the guidance of a mentor, fellows delve into activities like policy development, evaluation, restoration planning, grants management, and stakeholder outreach and learn what it takes to make scientific information not just useful but useable. Fellows who have completed an MA, MS, or MPH/MSPH degree or who are currently enrolled in a doctoral program will receive an annual stipend of $45,000. Fellows who have completed a PhD, ScD, EngD, MD, DrPH, or DVM will receive an annual stipend of $55,000. This fellowship is intended to provide hands-on work experience not typically gained through graduate studies. The emphasis is on building accomplishments for a resume. It is not intended to support dissertation work.
Social Ecology Graduate Student Awards, 2017-2018
2017-2018 Graduate Student Awards List is now accessible online!