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Graduate International Colloquium Fund

Graduate International Colloquium Grants assist graduate students from any discipline to prepare themselves professionally for work in the global academy. We invite proposals from graduate students for any collaborative campus-based activity that will strengthen or expand Brown University’s connection with the wider world of academic knowledge production, or that will provide new international perspectives on graduate students’ ongoing work. Grants might support, for example, individual visiting speakers, speaker series, workshops, or small conferences. Grants may supplement other awards (for example, Mellon Humanities seminar funds, lectureship funds, or departmental initiatives). Applications must make clear how the initiative will serve graduate students in particular. Up to $5,000 will be funded for successful Graduate Colloquium proposals.  

Criteria for successful proposals include:

  • Clear description of how the proposal addresses the intended purpose of the grant
  • Evidence of the participation of several graduate students in either the proposal or the projected activities
  • For visiting speakers, information about the speakers and the specific benefit of their visit for graduate students
  • Clear mechanisms to foster collaborative exchange

Details and eligibility

Who is eligible to apply for this grant?
Graduate students at any stage of their study are eligible to apply. Post-doctoral fellows who will be in residence next year are also eligible.

What projects could qualify for this grant?
A range of different initiatives are possible.  For example, a group of students reading for general exams in a specific field might invite a scholar from abroad to meet with them to provide an intellectual map of that field as it looks from their perspective.  Another group may wish to bring researchers from foreign laboratories working on similar problems in different ways, or fund a series of meetings to explore literatures relevant to their research from various foreign perspectives. The objective is to bring international perspectives into the research and teaching done in the Brown graduate division. Grants will not be awarded to fund travel to or participation in conferences or foreign travel. We encourage those receiving awards to maximize the contribution to teaching and research on the campus made by those funded.

What expenses might be covered by this grant?
The award can be used for honoraria and travel for visiting lecturers, circulation of materials for readings, and food and other costs entailed in convening discussion seminars. The guest speaker does not have to be based in another country; rather, the focus is on the international dimension of the intellectual perspective that he or she will bring to the field of study.  

Application Process
Proposals should provide the following information:

  • A description of the topic and its significance
  • Objectives for the colloquium
  • A plan for the colloquium, including a provisional list of visiting speakers and their topics, and the time frame for colloquium activities
  • Preliminary work that indicates wider interest in the proposed colloquium within the Brown community, e.g., interactions among members of the group, evidence of contacts with other interested parties at Brown
  • A description of how the proposal will impact on scholarly interactions at Brown, particularly in the global context
  • Bios of proposing graduate student(s) and faculty sponsor(s)
  • Budget and budget justification, including other actual or potential sources of funding
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty, one of which must come from a faculty member in the field of study that you intend to pursue over the next year.

Proposals are due on April 26, 2014.  All applications and inquiries should be sent to Elsa Amanatidou.

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