Why You Should Consider Applying for a Fellowship
Graduate students often ask: why should I apply for a fellowship? The fellowships team at UChicagoGRAD is happy to meet with students wondering how a fellowship fits into their academic career. Fellowships can provide funding to pursue academic research or travel abroad for enriching learning experiences. Students also remark that competitive fellowships strengthen CV’s and resumes. But there is more to gain from fellowships than funding and prestige.
Students benefit from the process of applying to fellowships, which require applicants to offer compelling reasons justifying their research to specialists and interdisciplinary audiences alike. Applying to a fellowship encourages students to think through important logistics of their research, such how to select research participants, how many documents can feasibly be reviewed in archival settings, and how to set achievable goals. Some fellowship competitions, such as the Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, provide feedback to applicants, which is an excellent, low-stakes opportunity to discover how others are interpreting your research proposal.
Those who apply to fellowships are equipped to speak to a variety of audiences about their goals and contributions, a skill that will serve students’ academic and professional trajectories in graduate school and beyond. We encourage you to apply!
To learn more about fellowships, schedule an advising appointment to explore opportunities, sign up for an upcoming event, or join our fellowships Canvas site. We offer written feedback on draft application materials for all fellowship opportunities.
Oracle Info Session
Monday, October 31, 1:30–2:30 p.m., Virtual
Calling all aspiring Data Scientists! Oracle is looking for the next class of interns to bring innovation to the Oracle Advertising team, using data assets to provide business insights and build new machine learning products to better serve our current and future strategic partners across the digital marketing ecosystem. Xiangwen Sun, MScA alum, will also be sharing her experience at Oracle as an intern and now a full-time data scientist.
Foreign Language Fellowship: NSEP Boren Award Information Session
Tuesday, November 1, 2:30–3:30 p.m., Virtual
This session is the first step for students interested in the Boren Fellowship and will review Boren’s selection criteria and application components and focus on strategies and first steps for developing a Boren proposal. Resources will be provided to help applicants begin the application process.
Demystifying Campus Visits & Job Talks
Tuesday, November 1, 12:30–1:30 p.m., UChicagoGRAD HQ (3rd Floor, Bookstore Building)
This workshop focuses on preparing for campus visits, typically the final stage of the selection process for faculty positions at colleges and universities. We will discuss an overview of the campus visit process, how to prepare for on-campus interviews and job talks, and how to navigate social events like a group dinner with faculty. This workshop is intended for advanced PhD students and postdocs applying for faculty and postdoctoral positions, as well as any other graduate student or postdoc interested in learning more about the academic job market process.
A Night on the Town at The Art Institute of Chicago
Thurs, November 17, 5–8 p.m., The Art Institute of Chicago (159 E. Monroe St.)
IGSAB Meet & Greet
Thurs, October 27, 4–5:30 p.m., UChicagoGRAD HQ (3rd Floor, Bookstore Building)
Seminar on Teaching Portfolios
Fri, October 28, 2:30–4 p.m., Harper Memorial 284/286
Beginning Career Exploration for Master's Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Tues, November 1, 3:30 p.m., UChicagoGRAD HQ
Weekly Technical Interview Workshops
Tues, November 1, 6–7 p.m., Crerar 390
Postdoc Benefits Info Session
Wed, November 2, 2–3 p.m. UChicagoGRAD HQ
Career30: Resume Best Practices
Wed, November 2, 3:30–4 p.m., UChicagoGRAD HQ
PME Venture Fellow Seminar Series Evaluating technical risk in science-based startups
Wed, November 2, 5–6 p.m., Harper C03 / Zoom (hybrid)
Postdoc Orientation (non-BSD new postdocs)
Thurs, November 3, 3–4 p.m., UChicagoGRAD HQ
Thurs, November 3, 4–5:30 p.m., UChicagoGRAD HQ
Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs Information Session
Fri, November 4, 11 a.m.–12 p.m., UChicagoGRAD HQ
'Nosferatu': 100th Anniversary Screening
Sunday, October 30, 7–9:15 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel
Join Rockefeller Chapel to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the silent horror film Nosferatu. Renowned organist Jay Warren returns to provide the silent film score. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be free candy at the door!
Scary Stacks and Snacks
October 31, 2–4 p.m., Regenstein Library (1st Floor)
Celebrate Halloween at the Library by dropping by our Scary Stacks and Snacks study break. Visit our “Scary Stacks” in the Special Collections Research Center, where you’ll encounter a frightfully exciting selection of rare books and manuscripts. Then drop by the 1st Floor for snacks, spooky crafts, or to make yourself a Halloween-themed pin.
COVID-19 Booster Clinics
November 1, 17, 18, and 21. These COVID-19 vaccination clinics (open to employees and students who need either the primary series or the booster) offer the new bivalent vaccine, designed to target the omicron subvariants that are circulating. To schedule an appointment for one of these dates, you must call 773-834-8221.
Dissertation Procedures for Students
Thursday, October 27, 3–4 p.m., Virtual
UChicago-PKU Joint Forum on Addressing the Climate and Energy Challenge
Thursday, October 27, 7 p.m., Zoom | The Transformative Potential of Clean Energy Technology
Symposium on the Future of Natural Law and Reception
Thursday, October 27, 5–6:30 p.m., Swift Hall, Common Room, 1025 E. 58th St
UChicago Guild’s Belloween Concert (+ hot chocolate, snacks, and spooky tunes)
Friday, October 28, 5–6 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel
Info Session and Kickoff: New Venture Challenge (NVC) and Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC)
Saturday, October 29, 12–1:30 p.m., Gleacher Center
Balancing Climate Change and Growth in the Developing World, with M Ariquzzaman Tiash
Monday, October 31, 7:30–8:30 p.m., Saieh Hall Room 146
Lunch Discussion: “Are We Falling Back into Paganism?”
Tuesday, November 1, 12–1 p.m., Gavin House, 1220 E. 58th St
Polsky Exchange Fab Lab 101
Wednesday, November 2, 2–3 p.m., Polsky Exchange South 1463 E 53rd St
Breaking Down Barriers to Employment with REDF’s Maria Kim, ‘12
Thursday, November 3, 6–8 p.m., Gleacher Center Room 100
Master Class: “The Power of the Sacred” with Hans Joas
Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Gavin House, 1220 E. 58th St
Announcements and Calls for Applications
Early Voting in the November 8 General Election
November 2–4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Reynolds Club (57th & S. University)
The Library Can Help UChicago Researchers Meet Government Funders’ Access Requirements
Experts at the Library can provide advice and services that will help faculty and other researchers meet new requirements and make data and research findings freely available around the world.
Arts, Science, and Culture Graduate Collaboration Grant
Proposals due Oct 31
Funding available to support transdisciplinary research between graduate students in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Propose a project for two or more students, at least one in the arts and one in the sciences or social sciences.
PhD Students: Apply to Be a Teaching Consultant!
Apply by November 9
The Chicago Center for Teaching and Learning is now accepting applications for the Winter Quarter Teaching Consultant (TC) program. All TCs receive comprehensive training, a $500 quarterly stipend, and opportunities for mentorship and professional development.
CCTL Survey of Teaching Support
The Chicago Center for Teaching and Learning is in the process of expanding its programs and services. We invite all who are teaching this academic year, including graduate students, to participate in the following survey to let us know the kinds of programs and services you would like to see the CCTL offer.
Small Business Growth Consultant
Apply by Friday, October 28, 11:59 p.m.
The Polsky Center seeks highly motivated UChicago graduate students looking to apply to be a small business growth consultant.
Application Deadline: Small Business Financial Fundamentals
Apply by Friday, October 28, 11:59 p.m.
The Polsky Center seeks highly motivated Chicago Booth students looking to gain experience in business finance consulting by helping clients grow profitable businesses and manage their finances.
International Allies Program
Apply to be a mentor or mentee by November 6
This peer-to-peer mentorship program is designed to provide support, community, and resources for international graduate students as they adapt to life in the US and at UChicago. Students in their second year and beyond will serve as mentors to international students in their first or second year of graduate school.
English Language Institute (ELI) Offerings
Do you want to build English proficiency and communication skills, network and meet new people? Check out the ELI’s weekly programs (Weeks 2–9), including the ELI Conversation Hour (Tuesdays), ELI Reading Group (Thursdays), ELI Board Game Group (Fridays), or you can meet with a writing tutor.
Activities at UChicago Spiritual Life
Come be in community with others from UChicago in silence, in spiritual practice, in study, and in fun. Check out yoga, meditation, sit.breathe.talk and more—we offer activities online and in-person at Rockefeller.
Weekly Non-credit Course on "Modern Mystics"
Tuesdays, October 4–November 15, 6–7:30 p.m., Gavin House,1220 E. 58th St
Dinner included with class. Registrants are free to attend as many sessions as they choose.
Student Recovery Group
The mission of the University of Chicago Student Recovery Group is to provide fellowship and support for University of Chicago students who are in recovery or exploring sobriety. Visit this page to see the schedule of Autumn Quarter meetings. You can also subscribe to our Recovery Listserv. If you have any questions or want more information, please reach out to Elizabeth Webb at email@example.com.
Wellness Coaching + Timely Care
Wellness Coaching is an opportunity for students to examine their strengths with a wellness coach to navigate transitions and achieve desired changes they’d like to make in their lives. Interested students may schedule a 30-minute session with a TimelyCare wellness coach or a 90-minute session with a Student Wellness coach.
Let’s Talk provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential consultations with therapists from UChicago Student Wellness. No appointment is necessary. If you prefer, you do not have to give your name. Autumn Quarter Let's Talk will be held on Mondays from 1–2 p.m. in the Center for Identity + Inclusion and Fridays from 3–4pm in the Biological Sciences Learning Center from September 26–December 9 (no session on November 25).
Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College (and Graduate) Students (BASICS)
A program for students who want to examine their substance use behaviors in a non-judgmental environment. Interested students may schedule a virtual appointment here. Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesdays 4–5 p.m., Student Wellness Center (840 E. 59th Street)
An accessible and approachable Restorative Yoga class that will help ease tension and melt your worries away. All props and mats are provided. Classes are drop-in, with optional registration if you’d like a reminder. Email Carolyn Banner at email@example.com with any questions.
Buddy Up offers graduate and professional students the opportunity to join a network of peers wanting to meet and connect with students across campus. Every two weeks, students will be paired with a new buddy. Students may register for Buddy Up! here or email Carolyn Banner at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Walking Buddies connects students who are interested in walking or running for fun or walking with someone to and/or from campus. Open to all graduate and professional students who want to be matched with a walking or running buddy from the same area and with similar walking/running interests. Students can sign up for Walking Buddies here.
Academic Skills Assessment Program (ASAP)
The Academic Skills and Assessment Program (ASAP) is designed to help students improve their academic performance by addressing a number of concerns that can interfere with effective learning. ASAP targets a wide range of issues through workshops or individual appointments, including: time management, learning and memory, test anxiety, and more.
Gargoyle Gala 2022: Second round of ticket sales
Tickets for the event are $50, and the second round of ticket sales via the Eventbrite page has been rescheduled for Sunday October 30 at 5:00 p.m. CT.
Tickets include open bar access (wine, beer, well-liquor, and soft drinks) as well as delicious food from Tao’s restaurant (passed hors d’oeuvres, dinner stations, and dessert). Guests will have access to both floors of the venue, two live DJs, a glam photo booth, and professional photography* by Justin Barbin.
Visit Gargoyle Gala 2022 for complete event information and you can contact Liv Pura Zbihley at email@example.com with any questions.
*By attending the event, you consent to be photographed.
Join a Graduate Council committee!
UChicago Graduate Council is continuing to recruit committee members to help with campus-wide programming throughout the year! This includes initiatives in the realm of Health & Wellness, Diversity & Inclusion, Marketing, Finance, and more. Team members can expect to make a meaningful contribution to the GC mission while building resume-enhancing skills (and getting free food during team meetings)! Apply here and please feel free to reach out with any questions to Sydney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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