Graduate Fellowships for Middle East Studies

Graduate Fellowships for Middle East Studies

2017-18 Academic Year

Funded by a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, this program will support an outstanding graduate student whose research concerns the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), regardless of their academic discipline.

Funded by a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, this program will support an outstanding graduate student whose research concerns the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), regardless of their academic discipline. The objective of the program is to produce a cohort of energetic college and university instructors who have a rigorous understanding of their discipline and are also exceptional teachers.

During the fellowship year the recipient will participate in a Teaching Lab were techniques for teaching effectively about the MENA region will be explored. The Lab offers interdisciplinary meetings for Fellows to network and share ideas about their research and teaching. Monthly meetings offer three types of seminars:

-Faculty seminar. A guest from the UCLA faculty leads an informal discussion on a broad pedagogical question such as how to teach a survey course or how to teach controversial topics.

-New Scholars seminar. Young faculty visiting UCLA from other universities for the Center’s “New Scholarship on the Middle East” lecture series are invited to the Lab to discuss their pedagogical approach to teaching about the MENA region on their own campus.

-Fellows teaching seminar. Students give a teaching demonstration on a topic in their specialty, followed by feedback about the teaching method, potential audience, and the motivation for presenting the topic. Fellows also share ideas on creating a syllabus, selecting course materials, effective lecturing, stimulating class discussion, developing a teaching philosophy, networking with colleagues, getting the most out of a conference, and other practical skills for academic professionals.

The Lab prepares future specialists and teachers in the critical field of Middle East studies. Our Fellows’ future job prospects are enhanced by acquiring the theoretical grounding to match their classroom practice as UCLA teaching assistants. 

The U.S. Department of Education, has extended the funding for academic year 2018-19. New and continuing UCLA graduate students in any discipline, pursuing a PhD with a focus on the MENA region, may apply for the GAANN award. Talented students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.  

The objective of the program is to produce a cohort of energetic college and university instructors who have a rigorous understanding of their discipline and are also exceptional teachers.

 During the fellowship year the recipient will participate in regular mentorship meetings with faculty director and receive pedagogy training.

The U.S. Department of Education, has extended the funding for academic year 2018-19. New and continuing UCLA graduate students in any discipline, pursuing a PhD with a focus on the MENA region, may apply for the GAANN award. Talented students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Award Amounts:

Stipend: The academic year graduate GAANN Fellowship provides a stipend of up to $34,000 – final amount to be based on student's demonstrated level of financial need.

Tuition & Fees: Graduate student tuition (in-state) and fees are also covered.

Eligibility Requirements:

-Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
-Applicants must be eligible for federal need-based funding as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
-Applicants must verify they are not in arrears on student loans.
-Continuing UCLA PhD students or new incoming graduate students (pending acceptance to UCLA).
-Must be enrolled full-time during fellowship period.
-Demonstrate excellent academic achievement through transcripts from prior institutions and UCLA.
-Articulate a plan to pursue a PhD degree in an area of study related to the MENA region.
-Articulate an academic career goal in teaching or research.

Application Requirements:

-Statement of purpose outlining research and teaching plans related to MENA studies.

-Two academic letters of recommendation, stating your potential for teaching and research.

-University transcripts.

-Resume or CV.

-Demonstrate financial need by applying for the FAFSA. Financial need will be considered in determining the final awards. New and continuing students may apply for the AY 2018-19 FAFSA. Continuing students must include a copy of their FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and financial aid award letter from the UCLA Financial Aid Office. Entering students should submit the FAFSA Provisional Award Letters (PALs). To complete the FAFSA application, visit: https://fafsa.ed.gov/

Fellowship Requirements:

-To qualify for academic year fellowships, recipients must be enrolled full time each term at UCLA. Directed reading courses in the language are accepted for advanced students with advance approval. Awards may be used for dissertation research, but this must be approved in advance.
-Fellows dissertation research must be related to MENA topics.
-Fellows must attend interdisciplinary training workshops and MENA Studies Lab activities throughout the school year.
-During their PhD program all fellows must complete at least one 50% teaching assistant appointment at the graduate or undergraduate level at UCLA (could be before, during, or after fellowship year).


Fellowship Reporting Requirements:

Recipients are required by the US Department of Education to complete a performance report/evaluations at the beginning and end of the award period.

Fellowship Post-award tracking - Fellows must report on education and employment status and noteworthy activities for up to 8 years after graduation

Supplementary funding from other funding agencies is not allowed.  Fellows are required to inform CNES of any other funding offered during the award period.

Dates:

The online application is now available. Apply HERE.

Deadline: September 4, 2018 

 

 

Deadline: Tuesday, September 04, 2018

For more info please contact:
Johanna Romero
310-825-1181
romero@international.ucla.edu