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Training & Mentorship

The Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship (OGTM) was developed to enhance and sustain a culture for academic success and professional development of graduate students. In an effort to assist graduate departments with this mission, the OGTM provides the following services:

  • Assist with coordination of recruitment and retention efforts
  • Identify and create diversity resources and initiatives that strengthen faculty mentoring and support retention of underrepresented populations in a variety of fields of study across campus
  • Collaborates with other members of the Graduate School executive staff and related offices to collect and maintain data (e.g., enrollment, graduation, surveys) for tracking and required reporting and for faculty writing grants
  • Collaborates with the Office of Research and faculty from various units across campus to coordinate training in grant development
  • Collaborates with the Office of Research and faculty from various units across campus to coordinate responsible conduct of research
  • Assist with building faculty-student collaborative research teams and interdisciplinary projects

Ernest L. Brothers, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, oversees the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship in the Graduate School.

Funding and Training Opportunities

W. K. McClure Scholarship Open for Applications

The W. K. McClure Scholarship for the Study of World Affairs is now accepting applications. This scholarship provides awards to undergraduate and graduate students of up to $5000 to support international projects aimed at enhancing and promoting education for world responsibility through legal, cultural, political, economic, social and scientific studies. Applications are submitted through the Center for International Education until March 7, 2018. If you have any questions contact Brittany Coats (bcoates2@utk.edu/865-974-3177).

Boren Fellowships Available for Study Abroad

The Boren Awards support undergraduate and graduate students with scholarships of up to $30,000 for study abroad in world regions underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.) The current Boren application cycle will fund study abroad plans that fall between 6/1/2018 – 6/1/2019. UT Boren applicants are strongly encouraged to work through the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships (ONSF).

Deadlines to apply for the Boren are as follows:

  • December 4: UT Campus Pre-Application Deadline. This is a brief internal interest form to get students started with the application process.
  • January 12: UT Campus Deadline. Applicants must complete a full draft of their Boren application materials, which will be reviewed by ONSF.
  • January 30: Boren Fellowship (for graduate students) final national deadline, including letters of recommendation.

The Boren offers a range of special initiatives, including for STEM and ROTC students, as well as for those students interested in starting/continuing South Asian, Indonesian, or African language study. The Boren website has a host of resources on selecting study programs and developing strong applications, including the following upcoming webinars on competitive Boren essays:

ONSF is available to assist Boren applicants throughout the process and can be reached at onsf@utk.edu.

Intersectionality Community of Scholars Hosts Talk on Dec. 1

The Intersectionality Community of Scholars (ICOS) is hosting a talk by Isis Settles of the University of Michigan. The talk, entitled “Epistemic Exclusion as a Form of Gatekeeping that Marginalizes Faculty of Color,” will be held in Walters M311 from 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. on December 1, 2017. Graduate students, as well as faculty and staff, are welcome to attend this special guest lecture.

 

 

 

Fellowship for PhD Students to Conduct Research in France

The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States to support PhD students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for 4 to 9 months. The 2018-2019 call for applications is now open, and the deadline for applications is January 16, 2018.

There are two subprograms, one for STEM and Health and one for Humanities and Social Sciences. There are additional fellowships for projects related to Earth System Science, Climate Change and Sustainability, and Energy Transition that are funded through the Make Our Planet Great Again Initiative. This initiative was started by Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, in June 2017 to engage with the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Get details on the different programs and learn how to apply.

Graduate Assistant Post in CIE Accepting Applications

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is hiring a Graduate Assistant to begin employment in January 2018. The ISSS is responsible for providing immigration and non-immigration related advising for all international students and scholars, as well as preparing and maintaining appropriate documents and immigration records. Graduate Assistants provide a critical support role in offering these programs and services. Graduate students in this position assist with international students and scholar email communication, new international student orientation, web site updates, record keeping and international scholar check-ins. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2017. A full job description and application form are available at https://international.utk.edu/2017/11/ga-position-isss/

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