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Fellowship Announcement and Application Guidelines
 

ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPS 2003-2004



The Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights at Columbia University announces a competition for at least two residential fellowships for the 2003-2004 academic year. The Program invites applications from scholars, advocates, and activists conducting innovative interdisciplinary work on the intersecting themes of sexuality, gender, health and human rights, in both U.S. and international contexts. The Program invites applications from all disciplinary perspectives.

The Program provides a supportive intellectual location to further the sometimes separate conversations that have occurred within studies of sexuality, gender, health, and human rights. Despite new efforts to integrate human rights frameworks into feminist agendas and to frame health as a human right, the relationship of innovative scholarship and activism about sexuality to health and human rights remains to be explored. During their residencies, fellows will examine the challenges posed by integrating sexuality, gender, health and human rights in theory, research, and advocacy. Our focus is on examining and expanding traditional definitions and boundaries of sexuality, gender, health and human rights, while acknowledging conditions of inequality, marginality, and post-coloniality.

Each year, the Program will award fellowships of varying lengths (one year, one term, and shorter residencies from 2-6 months). Fellows will participate in interdisciplinary forums and seminars which bring together scholars, researchers, and advocates. Fellows will receive a stipend, access to libraries, computer facilities, office space and equipment, as well as health insurance. Fellows may draw on the full range of teaching and research resources offered at Columbia University.

In addition to the guidelines offered here, applicants may wish to see the Social Science Research Council's (SSRC's) "Proposal Guidelines" for tips on how to prepare the application.  To see SSRC's "Proposal Guidelines," click here.



Application deadline:
January 15, 2003

 

The Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships are for scholars and writers whose work furthers the understanding of contemporary social and cultural issues and extends international or intercultural scholarship.















APPLICATION GUIDELINES & INSTRUCTIONS



To ensure that your application is completed properly, check off the items on the checklist below. Please read and follow the instructions carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered, nor will applications that exceed space limits. The application materials must be typed, or printed on a computer printer (no handwriting, please).

The original and five copies (a total of six collated sets) of the following materials should be sent in the order indicated below. Do not staple the original application set; use a large clip. Only applications written in English (typed in 11 or 12 point font) will be accepted. Use letter-size paper (8.5" x 11") and make sure the print quality is sufficiently dark for reproduction. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Assemble your application in the following order (you will have a total of 6 sets):

r Cover sheet

r Professional and Personal Data

r Fellowship Project Description (10 page maximum, double-spaced)

r Fellowship Participation

r Curriculum Vitae (up-to-date, 5 page maximum, single-spaced)

r Recent publications or papers, particularly those relevant to the Program’s focus (10-30 pages)

At the top of your first collated set, please attach the following with a paper clip:

r Three letters of recommendation (please read directions below)

r Optional- one self-addressed, stamped postcard to acknowledge receipt of your application (please note: only applicants applying from the U.S. need attach postage).
 
 

Directions for Letters of Recommendation:
 

A Letter of Recommendation form is attached. Please duplicate it and send it to your 3 referees along with a copy of your Fellowship Project Description.

If you are applying from the United States, ask your referee to complete the form and mail it to you in a sealed envelope, signed on the back, to ensure that his or her comments remain confidential. Enclose all 3 letters of reference (in sealed, signed envelopes) with your application. The complete packet is due on January 15, 2003. It is your responsibility to obtain letters of reference. Applications that do not contain all 3 letters will not be evaluated.

If you are applying from a venue other than the United States, we would prefer you follow the above procedure. Given time and distances, however, we do not want to cause undue hardship. If obtaining references in signed and sealed envelopes is not feasible, please give the reference form to referees who may fax them directly to the Program at 212 305 0315. Be sure the reference is submitted on the Letter of Recommendation form.
 



 
 

Eligibility and Selection:

Residency Fellowships are open to all academics, advocates, and activists working on questions relevant to the Program focus. The fellowships cannot be used to support dissertation work. Academic applicants must have the Ph.D. in hand at time of application, while those working in advocacy, activism, and independent scholarship should have an equivalent level of professional achievement, experience and publication at time of application (a Ph.D. is not required). The fellowship cannot be held concurrently with another major award.

The applications will be evaluated by judges drawn from the advisory committee of the Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights. Successful candidates will be notified of the Program’s decision by April 15, 2003. Decisions are final and not subject to appeal. The committee regrets that it cannot provide reviewers’ comments or feedback to unsuccessful candidates.
 
 

Stipends and Benefits:

Fellows will receive approximately $35,000 per year, including travel and health insurance benefits. Fellows in residence for shorter time periods will receive pro-rated stipends. Fellows may be in residence for the full academic year, one term, or shorter periods from 2-6 months. Please indicate your preference in your application. Fellows will be provided with office space, as well as library and computer facilities. Fellows are responsible for their own housing expenses and for locating their own housing.
 
 

Responsibilities of Fellows:

Fellows are required to be in residence at the School of Public Health, Columbia University, during the period of the fellowship7 `. They will be expected to devote their time to working on their proposed projects, as well as participating in the interdisciplinary seminars and activities of the Program. Fellows will participate and make presentations in the weekly program seminar, attend monthly colloquia, and present their work-in-progress in lectures and seminars. Fellows will also develop short lecture or workshop series for faculty and graduate students, and participate in planning conferences and lecture series sponsored by the Program. The purpose of the Program is to promote ongoing interdisciplinary conversations designed to advance new scholarly and advocacy issues. Fellows are expected to fully participate in this process.

At the completion of the residency, Fellows must submit a written summary of work accomplished and an evaluation of the residency experience.
 
 

Host Institution:

The Program is located in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at The Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, which sponsors interdisciplinary scholarship that crosses traditional boundaries of health, humanities, and the social sciences, while incorporating questions of advocacy and activism. Fellows may draw on the full range of teaching and research resources offered at Columbia University.
 
 

If you have additional questions, contact:
Email: rock-sms-sph@columbia.edu
http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/gender


Completed applications should be mailed to:

(if being sent via FedEx or other express mail service)

Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights
Department of Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University School of Public Health
617 West 168 Street - 3rd floor, Rm. 343
New York, N.Y. 10032
Tel: 212 305 5656
Fax: 212 305 6832

(if being sent via regular postal service)

Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights
Department of Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University School of Public Health
600 West 168 Street
New York, N.Y. 10032
Tel: 212 305 5656
Fax: 212 305 6832


 
 







APPLICATIONS FOR ALL OR PART OF THE 2003-2004 ACADEMIC YEAR MUST ARRIVE IN A SINGLE PACKAGE NO LATER THAN JANUARY 15, 2003


 
 
 
 
 





















ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


 

Please read this section carefully. The following clarifications were compiled based on applicant queries and on major reasons for which applications were rejected in previous competitions.
 

The Program
 


Proposals
 


Applicants
 


For Fellows
 











































PROGRAM FOR THE STUDY OF SEXUALITY, GENDER, HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS

ROCKEFELLER RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIPS 2003-2004

APPLICATION COVER SHEET


Name:

Street address:

City:

State:

Zip:

Country:

Telephone: (Work)

Telephone: (Home)

Fax:

E-mail:

Institutional affiliation (University/Department or Organization/Department):

Current position:

Project title:

Key words:

Abstract of project (single-spaced, 100 words - please do not exceed this limit):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





Fellowship residency you are requesting (check all that you are interested in):

r 2 terms (academic year)

q 1 term (indicate preference for Fall or Spring, if you have one):     q Fall      q Spring

r2 months

r1 months
 

How did you hear about this program?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 

Completed applications must be received in the Program’s office by January 15, 2003
 
 
 










 
 

Professional and Personal Data (please fill in all sections; do not refer to attached c.v.):
 

List all schools attended above the secondary school level, most recent first:

Institution            Dates attended            Degree              Date           Major field
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I am applying as an individual located in the following type of institution or organization:

___advocacy/activist

___independent scholar

___academic (Please note that academic applicants must have the Ph.D. in hand at time of application. If you have recently completed your Ph.D. [past or current year], please attach xerox of your degree or an official letter confirming date of deposit of Ph.D. dissertation).
 
 

Professional positions held in the past 5 years:

Title                     Organization                Nature of work                  Dates
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 









Fellowships held in the last five years:

Granting Organization              Purpose of grant                 Dates                  Amount awarded
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

List any research and/or work experience related to this fellowship program and to your project:

Dates                 Institution/Organization                        Position                         Nature of work
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

List advocacy and/or activist projects related to the fellowship on which you have worked (5 maximum):

Dates                 Institution/Organization                        Position                         Nature of work
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Major publications related to this fellowship topic (5 maximum):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Citizenship (no bearing on this fellowship; may be relevant for additional funds being raised):
 
 

Date of birth (month/day/year): ___/___/___

Gender: F___ M___
 
 

Please rate your language fluency (fair/good/excellent/fluent):
 
Language  Reading  Writing Speaking
1)

2)

3)

4)

     

 
 
 
 

Provide the names of 3 referees qualified to evaluate your proposed project, as well as your abilities and accomplishments:

   Name                              Organization                               Telephone                             E-mail

1)

2)

3)

 



 
 





















Fellowship Project Description


 

Provide a narrative description of your proposed fellowship project.  Please make sure to include information on the objectives of your project, the data you will analyze or work with, the research methodology to be used, and the theoretical framework that informs your project. Comment on the potential contribution of your work to the Program and to the evolving field of sexuality, gender, health, and human rights.  Descriptions must be a maximum of 10 pages, double-spaced using 11 or 12-point type.  Inclusion of a bibliography with this project description is acceptable, although not required.  The project description bibliography should not exceed 2 pages, in addition to the 10 page description itself.  Applications that do not follow these guidelines will not be read.  Attach continuation pages as needed. (A helpful guide - 'The Art of Writing Proposals' - may be found on the Social Science Research Council’s Web site, http://www.ssrc.org/artprop.htm. If you do not have web access and wish to see this guide, please contact us.)
 
 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fellowship Participation


 

A. Please describe how being a residential fellow in this program will contribute to your work. Beyond the obvious benefit of obtaining support for your writing and work, discuss what you hope to gain from an interdisciplinary community and ongoing conversations about sexuality, gender, health and human rights. What dimensions do you hope to add to your work? What would you like to learn? What new angles do you hope to explore? (100 words maximum – attach continuation page if needed)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

B. Please describe what you believe you will be able to contribute to the Program’s theme and the interdisciplinary conversation we hope to foster. In addition, what conferences, seminar topics, or lecture series would you hope the Program might sponsor? What contributions will you make to these activities? What lectures, mini-seminars, and workshops might you wish to prepare for the program? (200 words maximum – attach continuation page if needed)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 









 

PROGRAM FOR THE STUDY OF SEXUALITY, GENDER, HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS

ROCKEFELLER RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIPS 2003-2004

LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION


_____________________________________________________________________

Your last name                        First name                              Middle name

A. TO THE APPLICANT: Please give this form to each of the 3 referees you select, along with a copy of your Fellowship Project Description.

If you are applying from the United States, ask your referee to complete the form and mail it to you in a sealed envelope, signed on the back to ensure that his or her comments remain confidential. Enclose all 3 letters of reference (in sealed, signed envelopes) with your application. The complete packet is due on January 15, 2003. It is your responsibility to obtain letters of reference. Applications that do not contain all 3 letters will not be evaluated.

If you are applying from a venue other than the United States, we still would prefer you follow the above procedure. Given time and distances, however, we do not want to cause undue hardship. If obtaining references in signed and sealed envelopes is not feasible, please give the recommendation form to referees who may fax them directly to the Program at 212 305 0315.

B. TO THE REFEREE: This applicant is applying for a Residential Fellowship in the Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights at Columbia University. The Program invites applications from academics, independent scholars, activists, and advocates conducting innovative interdisciplinary work on the intersecting themes of sexuality, gender, health, and human rights, in both U.S. and international contexts.

Please comment on 1) the applicant’s overall intellectual and professional abilities; 2) the applicant’s competence and comparative standing among peers in her/his discipline or professional work; 3) the long-term promise of this applicant’s ability to contribute to the field through publication and other activities; and 4) the significance, importance, and feasibility of the proposed research project. Please comment as well on the applicant’s ability to work collaboratively with others in an interdisciplinary setting. (You may attach a computer-printed letter to this form, but please complete the top and bottom of this form.)

Your evaluation should remain confidential. Following the guidelines above, please send it to the applicant in a sealed, signed envelope. (For those applying from outside the U.S. for whom this procedure will add undue delay, the referee may fax the recommendation directly to the Program at 212 305 0315). Thank you for your comments and evaluation. Letters must be received by January 15, 2003.
Referee Signature __________________________ Name (print) ________________________

Title _________________________ Institution _________________________ Date__________
 
 
 



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