ICGC – Compton Fellowship, USA

Fellowship program for graduate students from sub – Saharan Africa or Latin America whose studies and research will address issues of peace, human security, and conflict resolution in these regions, especially in relation to population and environmental concerns at University of Minnesota

The ICGC – Compton fellowships aim to build and sustain a community of Fellows over time that can help link peace and security to population and / or environmental issues. Fellowship recipients must be committed to returning to the region to apply their skills and education.

These guidelines are for students currently enrolled in doctoral programs at the University of Minnesota in relevant fields of study (please see eligibility guidelines, below).

Eligibility for ICGC – Compton Fellowship :

To be considered for an ICGC – Compton International Fellowship, applicants must :

  • be enrolled in a doctoral program in the Colleges of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences; Biological Sciences; Liberal Arts; Education and Human Development; or the School of Public Health;
  • have research interests that address the interdisciplinary study of issues of peace, human security, and conflict resolution in Africa or Latin America, and ideally look to interdisciplinary connections among environment, population and peace; and
  • receive nomination for these ICGC – Compton fellowships from the department or college in which they are enrolled. Receipt of the award is contingent upon the applicant’s department providing assistantship support during the year they are participating in our workshops and tuition and health insurance benefits for the fellowship year.

Students should be at least one year away from dissertation fieldwork at the time of application (this enables them to participate in ICGC’s doctoral research workshop for the year prior to their research year).

In reviewing nominees ICGC gives priority to demonstrated academic excellence and commitment to the issues of the global south and disadvantaged communities.

Awards :

Compton Peace Fellows will receive up to a $ 20,000 fellowship to support their dissertation fieldwork in their research year following successful completion of preliminary examinations and submission of an acceptable research proposal.

They are required to participate in the DSSC interdisciplinary workshop on doctoral research in the year prior to dissertation fieldwork. Awards will be announced in March 2010.

Application Procedures :

Applications and supporting documents are due by January 28, 2011, at the latest. A complete application will include the following documents.

  1. Statement of purpose, not exceeding two pages, clearly stating the applicant’s research program and showing its relationship to issues of the Compton International Fellowship Program
  2. Description of any past fieldwork and relevant language training and skills of one page or less
  3. Two letters of reference (one from the advisor, one from another faculty member) that address the ways in which the candidate’s dissertation and scholarly interests are related to the issues of the Compton Program and ICGC
  4. Current transcript of the candidate’s graduate work
  5. Completed application form (forms are available from the program office in 537 Heller Hall, or can be downloaded from our website www.icgc.umn.edu )

All materials should be sent to the following address :
If using campus mail :
Compton Fellowship Competition,
ICGC,
537 Heller Hall,
Delivery Code 7053.

If using U.S. mail :
Compton Fellowship Competition
ICGC,
University of Minnesota,
560 Heller Hall, 271 – 19th Avenue South,
Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA.

Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change
University of Minnesota,
560 Heller Hall, 271 – 19th Avenue South,
Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA.

Application Deadline : 28th January 2011.

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