The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Connected PhD, an initiative supported by the Mellon Foundation that seeks to enrich professional development opportunities for doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at Brandeis.

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Faculty Grant Application Eligibility and Requirements
Eligibility
  • Faculty in the following programs: Anthropology, English, History, Musicology, Music Composition and Theory, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS), Politics, and Sociology.
  • Faculty from A&S, Heller, IBS or Rabb in non-Mellon affiliated programs who propose interdisciplinary professional development opportunities that will benefit doctoral students from the Mellon-affiliated programs listed above.
  • Proposal budgets may not exceed $6,000. If you are applying for a course release, you do
    not need to provide a budget.
Application Requirements

To apply, please complete the application by providing your contact information along with the
following materials:

1. Project Proposal

Description: The project proposal should be uploaded to your application as a PDF document. The proposal should include:
  • Description of your proposed project.
  • Justification of the project’s connection to program mission.
  • Timeline of the project.
  • Description of any parties (i.e., individuals, organizations) who will be involved in providing programming, instruction, employment, or supervision. Additional materials such as links to websites of partnering organization, curriculum, etc. should be included if relevant.
  • Proposed budget, including purpose of funds and date ranges they will be used.

2. Letter of Support for Course Release

Description: If this grant is to fund a course release, please include written support from the Department Chair. This letter of support can be uploaded directly to the application or emailed to GSAS Senior Department Coordinator, Emily Wheeler, at emilywheeler@brandeis.edu.

3. Letter(s) of Support from Project Partners

Description: If this is a collaborative proposal, the partners must provide a written statement of support that describes their commitment to the project. The letter(s) of support can be uploaded directly to the application or emailed to GSAS Senior Department Coordinator, Emily Wheeler, at emilywheeler@brandeis.edu.

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Student Grant Application Eligibility and Requirements
Eligibility
Doctoral students in the following programs: Anthropology, English, History, Musicology, Music Composition and Theory, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS), Politics, and Sociology. Proposal budgets may not exceed $6,000. Summer project proposals may include student living expenses.
Application Requirements

To apply, please complete the application by providing your contact information along with the
following materials:

1. Project Proposal

Description: The project proposal should be uploaded to your application as a PDF document. The proposal should include:

  • Description of your proposed project.
  • Justification of the project’s connection to program mission.
  • Timeline of the project.
  • Description of any parties (i.e., individuals, organizations) who will be involved in providing programming, instruction, employment, or supervision. Additional materials such as links to websites of partnering organization, curriculum, etc. should be included if relevant.
  • If this project may delay academic milestones such as taking exams or the prospectus defense, please provide a rationale for this delay and why this professional development opportunity will be critical to your career outcomes.
  • Proposed budget, including purpose of funds and date ranges they will be used.

2. A Copy of Your CV, uploaded as a PDF document

3. If your project involves an outside organization, please upload a brief letter of invitation from that organization as a PDF document. (Emails from a potential supervisor or community partner will be accepted.)

3. Letter of Support, jointly signed by your program’s Director of Graduate Studies and dissertation advisor (if known)

Description: The letter of support should be submitted directly to GSAS by your DGS and/or advisor. Your application will not be complete until the letter of support is received. This letter must verify that you are in good academic standing with the program and are within the appropriate range of achieving degree milestones (e.g., exams, ABD). If this project may delay academic milestones, the letter should outline a plan for appropriate supervision by the program to ensure the delay is no longer than absolutely necessary. The letter should be submitted directly to GSAS Senior Department Coordinator, Emily Wheeler, at emilywheeler@brandeis.edu.

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