Archive for March, 2008

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International Center Awards

March 26, 2008

The Friends of the International Center make small study abroad awards to graduate and MD students. This is another one for which your department has to nominate you to OGS and the Friends, but if you think you’re a good candidate, be sure to let your graduate coordinator know. Awards are for $2000, and eligibility is restricted to students who:

1. have a distinguished academic record;
2. are willing to contribute in some way to furthering friendship, understanding, and cooperation among peoples of diverse countries through programs at the International Center;
3. have completed one year of full-time graduate study for the Ph.D., M.F.A., M.P.I.A., M.D. or D.M.A. at UCSD;
4. will be registered for a full-time program of study and research in 2008-09 or, in the case of foreign student nominees, will be on campus at UCSD in 2008-09.

Nominations are due on April 18, so talk to your department soon.

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Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship

March 13, 2008

UCSD gets one nomination for the Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship, an award of $30,000 given to a current UC student who graduated from Indian or Pakistani university in a specific geographical region of those countries (it includes Delhi–please contact me for the map), would like to return after getting a graduate degree, and who hasn’t undertaken graduate study at another university in the United States at any point. Students already holding a master’s degree and who have already reached the dissertation stage will be given preference, but these last are not absolute qualifications. Your department must be willing to provide you with a nonresident tuition fellowships until your program of study is complete, commencing the year following the award.

To apply, please send me at least one letter of recommendation, your transcript, a statement of your academic interests, and another brief statement about how you would plan to use your education in India or Pakistan after graduation by April 11.

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International Student Fellowships

March 11, 2008

Those of you who are international students know how difficult it is to find awards and fellowships for which you are eligible. The International Center, which is really all things to all international students on campus, had me put together a list of fellowships which don’t restrict applications by citizenship, and I thought I would repost some of the highlights here.

Fellowships for which some international students are eligible:

This is by no means a comprehensive list, and, as always, I encourage you to do your own searching. UCLA’s GRAPES search engine has a specific function which allows you to exclude awards only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

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Oceanids Awards

March 6, 2008

The Oceanids donate money each year to three scholarship funds. Your department technically makes the nominations for these awards to the Office of Graduate Studies, but if you think you are a strong candidate, please pester them about it. Note: your department ultimately makes this call, so you should explain your case to them, not the Office of Graduate Studies.

Oceanids Bertha Lebus Scholarship

Awarded to a graduate student who has had a significant break in his/her education (more than one year) from the completion of graduate studies. The recipient of the $2000 award should have plans to become a teacher at any level.

Frieda Daum Urey Academic Fellowship

This fellowship will be awarded to a student who has had a significant hiatus in his or her studies and subsequently enrolls in graduate or professional studies on the General Campus or The Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and for whom the award of the fellowship will make a critical financial difference in his or her ability to attend UCSD.

Ph.D. students will be preferred, but master’s and professional students are also eligible. School of Medicine academic and professional programs are not eligible.

The length of the hiatus will typically be at least five years, but may be as short as two to three years for students in science or engineering or resuming studies after military service.

Frieda Daum Urey Endowed Fellowship

Same as above, but only women are eligible.

Your department will have received instructions about how to nominate you and what they will need to do so.