Saturday, April 2, 2011

O'Bie Shultz Fellowships in International Studies at Stanford University


The purpose of the O'Bie Shultz Dissertation Research Travel Grant is to enable Stanford graduate students with an approved Ph.D. dissertation proposal related to international studies to undertake fieldwork necessary for the dissertation. Typically, this research is conducted in another country.

Funds are limited, so it is not possible to support every worthy proposal. The grants are intended to supplement other sources of financial support, and rarely exceed $5,000. Awards from this application cycle are intended to be disbursed during the 2011-12 academic year, although occasional early disbursals during the summer quarter may be considered.

General Guidelines:

Applicants must be Stanford graduate students in good standing who have completed all requirements for their Ph.D. except the dissertation (reached TGR status).

Applicants should have completed course work and necessary foreign language training before the period covered by the grant, and should be prepared to undertake full-time research on the dissertation topic.

Only expenses that are legitimate research-related travel costs may be covered by the grant. No funds are available to cover travel costs for dependents and spouses.
The amount of the award is determined on an individual basis contingent upon the interdepartmental faculty selection committee's approval.

Application Process:

Please complete the FSI Fellowship application form.


In addition to the completed application, please include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Detailed Project Description
    This description should be clear and concise, especially to readers outside of your discipline, and should be no longer than five double-spaced or three single-spaced typewritten pages. The description should include the following:
  • The principal focus of the topic or dissertation;
  • An explanation of the specific elements that require research off campus and where this material is located;
  • An explanation of how you propose to fit this needed material into the dissertation;
  • An indication of what you expect will develop in the dissertation (hypotheses, no matter how tentative, which will enable the committee to determine the direction of your thinking and what you hope to accomplish intellectually);
  • Your interpretation of how your topic relates to international studies.
  • Research Timetable
    Explain where the research now stands, what will be accomplished during the grant period, and what will remain to be done. Estimate the date of completion of the research. Should be no longer than one page.
  • Statement of Income
    A statement of anticipated grants, fellowships, loans, and other sources of income should be disclosed with every application. The Statement of Income should be no longer than one page.
  • Detailed Budget
    Include an itemized list of estimated costs and expenditures to be covered during the grant period. The budget should be no longer than one page, with a separate page for budget justification when appropriate (whenever proposed expenses are unusually high).
  • Transcripts
    Transcripts should cover all coursework, including evidence of work recently completed. It need not be an official transcript.
Required, but not necessarily included in packet from student:
  • Recommendation Letters (not required to be included in packet from student) No more than three letters of recommendation. Applicants should provide a copy of the Request for Letter of Recommendation and Instructions for Letter of Recommendation (contained in application file) to each individual asked to write a letter of recommendation. The form contains information pertaining to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Applicants must indicate by signature whether or not s/he waives the right to inspect the completed recommendation. The letters should come from faculty members, one of whom is the applicant's major advisor, and sent directly to the Fellowship Manager. All letters should be sent directly to FSI, or may be included with the application materials if they are each in a signed, sealed envelope and accompanied by a signed Request for Letter of Recommendation form.

Please submit the completed application packet with ONE single paper or binder clip (NO staples) and have the Recommendation Letters sent to:

Ronda Fenton
616 Serra Street
Encina Hall
Stanford, CA 94305-6055
(650) 725-2564 (voice)
(650) 725-2592 (fax)

Notifications will be sent to every applicant approximately 6-8 weeks after the deadline.

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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