November 5, 2010

The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation Fellowship for Doctoral Students

Haynes Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Course(s) Offered: Social Sciences
Course Level: Graduate (PhD, research, fellowship)
Provider: The Haynes Foundation
Country to Study in: USA

Fellowship Description
THE HAYNES FOUNDATION, which supports social science research into policy issues that impact the Los Angeles region, invites proposals for its 2011-2012 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships.

The Fellowships are designed to encourage well-conceived and imaginative research into the economic, social, policy or political issues that impact Los Angeles.

Grants will be made to the institution on behalf of the student for subsequent disbursement and graduate schools will be asked to waive tuition and fees for Fellowship recipients. More than one student may apply from each institution; some institutions may receive more than one award, some none.

Eligibility
Graduate students enrolled at institutions awarding the Ph.D. in the social sciences in the greater Los Angeles area (i.e., the California Institute of Technology, the Claremont Graduate University, the Pardee-RAND Graduate School, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Irvine, the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Southern California) are eligible for the awards.

Selection criteria:
The criteria for selection are:
  1. the relevance of the proposal to the mission of the Foundation,
  2. the significance of the project for the scholarly field and its potential impact on public policy
  3. the quality of the academic record of the applicant,
  4. the applicant’s demonstrated ability to conduct research within set time frames,
  5. the relevance of the project to the applicant’s future professional growth and success.
These attributes should be addressed in the description of the project and in letters of recommendation. The Foundation expects proposals to be clearly written, to the greatest extent possible without academic jargon. Proposals should be written for the layperson, informed but not necessarily familiar with terms of art used only within fields and subfields of academia.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country enrolled at eligible US participating institutions

Participating Institutions
All institutions awarding the Ph.D. in the social sciences in the greater Los Angeles area:
  • the California Institute of Technology,
  • the Claremont Graduate University,
  • the Pardee-RAND Graduate School,
  • the University of California, Los Angeles,
  • the University of California, Irvine,
  • the University of California, Riverside, and
  • the University of Southern California
...in partnership with The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation (i.e. The Haynes Foundation).

Fields of study
The foundation is seeking proposals that address economic, social, policy, or political problems that impact the Los Angeles region, defined as the five-county areas of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ventura. A broader geographic scope will be considered if an important part of the research impacts the Los Angeles region. They are open to a wide range of specific topic areas within that broad category. Proposals can address either immediate policy concerns or can provide basic research that would underlie future policy efforts.
Number of awards
Up to eight (8) will be given

Sponsorship duration
Awards are available for one year of work toward completion of the dissertation (field work, research or writing may be covered). The Fellowship awards are not renewable.

Fellowship benefits
Awards of $20,000 each will be announced in April/May 2011. The universities may add to these awards, but they should clearly be designated as “Haynes Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships.”

Method of Application
Fifteen copies of the Dissertation Fellowship application must be submitted to the Foundation office on or before the deadline date below. Each of the fifteen application packets must include, in the following order:
  • A six-page proposal, double-spaced in 12-point type face. The proposal should state the research problem, the project goals and the methods to be used.
  • A one-page bibliography listing key sources of direct relevance to the dissertation topic.
  • A two-page condensed personal resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation; one must be from the applicant’s faculty advisor.
    The advisor should provide her/his estimation of the dissertation completion date.
    This letter also serves as a written indication of institutional support.

    The letters from each recommender should be collected in a single envelope and included in the application packet. The envelope with the letters may not be sent under separate cover.

    The envelope containing the letters may be sealed if that is the recommender’s preference, but in that case, the recommender should include a total of 15 copies of the recommender’s letter in the sealed envelope.
Applicants should “bundle” these materials (including the letters of recommendation, as described above) in 15 separate packets with a cover page listing address, telephone number and email address where they can be reached. Please do not staple or bind the materials in any way: rather, separate the bundles with large paper clips. In addition, a copy should also be sent electronically in both PDF and in Word formats.

You may want to download this fellowship guideline resource (pdf).

DEADLINES:
15 copies of the Dissertation Fellowship application must be received at the Foundation office no later than 3:00 p.m. on February 28, 2011.

PLEASE NOTE:
Applicants must have had their dissertation proposals accepted and be working with their faculty advisors as of the date that the applications are due to be submitted to the Foundation.

A 3-4 page report to the Foundation, outlining the recipient’s work during the period of the award, is due at the Foundation office no later than August 1, 2012. Recipients are reminded that this report should include an analysis of the extent to which the completed work reflects the effort proposed in the original proposal. In addition, the Foundation recognizes that, in many cases, the dissertation will not be completed by this due date. Therefore, the Foundation requests that the recipient summarize key findings in 1 – 2 pages and submit to the Foundation when the dissertation is complete.

Awards will be announced within three months after the proposal due date.

For general information, please refer to the list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on the Foundation’s website.

Application Deadline: 28 February 2011 (3:00 p.m)
Open to International Applicants: Yes

Further Fellowship Information and Application

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