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The Minority Science Writers
Internship Program at Science
2017 Application Available Online
October 16 – February 1!
Please share this opportunity with your students!
The AAAS Pitts Family Foundation Minority Science Writers Internship is for undergraduates who are interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing. In addition to improving their skills, the program seeks to make a dent in the demographics of the profession: Although science is a global activity, the journalists who cover it don’t reflect that diversity.
Funded by the Pitts Family Foundation, the internship takes place each summer at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of AAAS’s Science magazine, the largest interdisciplinary journal in the world. Interns spend ten weeks at Science under the guidance of award-winning reporters and editors practicing what science writers do for a living. They have a chance to meet leading scientists, attend conferences and hearings, and cover breaking news. Interns are expected to contribute to all facets of the news operation, including writing bylined articles for the print magazine and online news service, engaging in social media, and contributing to other news products.
Interns receive a weekly stipend as well as the cost of a round-trip ticket to and from Washington, D.C. The internship runs from early June to mid-August. This year’s application deadline is Feb. 1, 2017. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate academic program at the time they submit their application.
The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold its 62nd Annual Meeting on October 26–29, 2017, at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel, co-hosted by the University of Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Colorado College. For the Call for Proposals, abstract submission instructions, and preliminary meeting information, please visit the SEM website at www.ethnomusicology.org and select “Conferences” / “Current.” The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 15, 2017.
In conjunction with the SEM Annual Meeting, Colorado College and the SEM Indigenous Music Section will present a pre-conference symposium, “Sound Alliances: A Celebration of Indigenous Musics and Cultures,” on October 25 in Colorado Springs.
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to invite applications for the 2016-17 ACLS Digital Extension Grant competition, which is made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is hoped that these grants will help advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital research projects and extending their reach to new communities of users.
This program aims to extend the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars. To this end, projects supported by ACLS Digital Extension Grants may:
- Extend established digital projects and resources with content that adds diversity or interdisciplinary reach
- Develop new systems of making established digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions
- Foster new team-based work or collaborations that allow scholars from institutions with limited digital infrastructure to exploit digital resources
- Create new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities. Projects that document and recognize participant engagement are strongly encouraged
- Support projects aimed at preserving and making sustainable established digital projects and content.
ACLS will award up to six Digital Extension Grants in this competition year. Each grant provides funding of up to $125,000 to support a range of project costs, including, where necessary, salary replacement for faculty or staff. As this program places special emphasis on extending access to digital research opportunities to scholars working at US colleges and universities of all categories, applicants also may request up to an additional $25,000 to fund concrete plans to collaborate with and build networks among scholars from US higher education institutions of diverse profiles. Thus each grant carries a maximum possible award of $150,000.
The deadline for applications is 9pm EST, January 25, 2017. Applications will be accepted only through ACLS’s Online Fellowship and Grant Application (OFA) system.
Additional information about the eligibility criteria and terms of ACLS Digital Extension Grants is available at www.acls.org/programs/digitalextension/. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about ACLS programs, visit www.acls.org.
Official pre-registration for the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women, to be held from 13 to 24 March 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, is open through 27 January 2016. Please find attached the invitation letter containing instructions on how to pre-register online.
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AAA members can find out how to use the Association’s credentials to attend meetings on the AAA website.
Call for Papers
“Africana Religious Music & Sacred Sound”
Journal of Africana Religions
How does a global, diasporic, and/or translocal perspective enrich our understanding of religious music in Africa and the African diaspora? How have sacred sounds traveled across or faded away at the political, geographic, economic, and social boundaries of the Black world? How might attention to soundscapes and the aesthetics of musical performance inform the broader study of Africana religions? The Journal of Africana Religions invites 3,000-word papers for a roundtable on Africana religious music and sacred sound. All disciplinary approaches to the topic are welcome so long as authors consider their subject matter from a translocal, Africana perspective. Examples of potential topics include but are not limited to drumming and percussive activities across the Africana world; Christian hymnody in the Black Atlantic; music in Zar, Bori, and Gnawa practices of Islam; gender or sexual identity in global Black religious music; global Black hip hop and the sacred; the business of global Africana music; Qur’anic recitation in the Black world; and praise music among African and African diaspora Christians.
If interested, please send a 150-word proposal to email@example.com. Contributions will be due by January 30, 2017.
The Advertising Educational Foundation invites you to apply to the Visiting Professor Program (VPP)
January 31, 2017
The VPP is a seven-day fellowship for professors of advertising, marketing, communications and the liberal arts. It allows professors and industry to develop a mutually beneficial relationship and to share research. The VPP gives professors a greater understanding of the industry while host companies have an opportunity to develop closer ties to academia. Professors witness first-hand the day-to-day operations of a company, while bringing academic expertise to that company. In addition, host companies tap into research and expertise from an academic POV as well as establishing a pipeline to students for internships and jobs.
1) Two-day Orientation w/four companies: (½ –day at each company) – June 8-9, 2017
2) Individual fellowship with host companies: June 12-16, 2017
3) Lunchtime Talk on his/her area of expertise and how it relates to advertising. Talks should be 20 minutes maximum, include advertising and be concise. Note: With the professor’s permission, the Talk may be videotaped for streaming on www.aef.com.
4) Contribution of a fresh perspective and critical thinking to a relevant issue for the host company
2017 VPP: June 8 -16
Professors are chosen by the VPP Selection Committee and will hopefully be placed with host companies in Chicago, New York City and other major cities. Apply only if your academic and personal responsibilities allow you to participate for the full two weeks.
Notification: April 2017
Those who are placed with a host company must have a conversation with the host company to discuss mutual objectives prior to the program.
Housing and Expenses
Housing is provided to professors who are traveling from another state. Professors who reside in the host city are expected to provide their own housing. All professors will receive a stipend. Professors pay for travel to and from the host city, as well as out-of-pocket expenses.
Visit the On-Campus section on www.aef.com to apply. Complete the VPP application; upload your CV, statement and two-minute video (see details below).
Statement and supporting items
Your statement and research will help a potential company determine your fit within their organization. Please be concise when making your points and limit your statement to 500 words maximum. It is very important to succinctly communicate the topic of your Lunchtime Talk – 20 minutes (not including Q & A ). Letter of recommendation (on school letterhead) must be mailed and postmarked by January 31, 2017. Letter of recommendation is not accepted via fax or email.
Your two-minute video will also help a potential company determine your fit within their organization. Videos shot with a cell phone or a computer’s webcam are acceptable. We are not looking for sleek, professional videos. Please hold cell phones horizontally when making your video and please send it via Dropbox. Videos must cover one of the following topics below:
- Most interesting teaching moment or research finding in your career
- Most interesting/surprising/impressive example of advertising/marketing that has caught your eye in the past year or two, and why
- Discuss something about you that is not on your application
- What is your passion?
- Most striking thing you have noticed about student culture today on your campus, especially as it contrasts with student culture from your own days as an undergrad.
- A teaser about your Lunchtime Talk/Research
- Check your calendars before submitting an application as you are expected to be available for seven days.
- Whether a professor is placed with an agency, a marketing or media company depends upon his/her area of expertise.
- The number of placements in the VPP depends upon the number of companies willing to host a professor.
- Preference is given to professors with little or no industry experience and to those who have not already participated in the program.
- Professors who are placed should know that programs will differ – no two programs will be alike.
- Please do not apply if you have applied more than three times.
- The VPP is currently only offered to professors teaching in the United States.
The VPP… a beneficial experience for academia and the industry!
Contact: Sharon Hudson, Vice President, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-708-8114
The fifty-fifth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 to 10 February 2017. The priority theme for the 2017-2018 review and policy cycle would be “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”.
- Provisional agenda and documentation for the CSocD55:
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- Future organization and methods of work of the Commission for Social Development:
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- Expert Group Meeting on Strategies for Eradicating Poverty to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 1-3 June 2016, UN Headquarters, New York
Increasing public understanding of science and technology is a principal goal of AAAS, so it only makes sense that it recognizes the need for scientists who are well versed in communicating complex ideas to a general audience. Enter the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows program, which has thrived in this endeavor for 42 years.
This highly competitive program strengthens the connections between scientists and journalists by placing advanced undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level science, engineering and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at such media outlets as the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Philadelphia Inquirer, WIRED, and Scientific American. The AAAS Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today’s headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to non-specialists. Participants come in knowing the importance of translating their work for the public, but they leave with the tools and the know-how to accomplish this important goal.
For 10 weeks during the summer, the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows collaborate with media professionals at radio and television stations, newspapers, and magazines. As part of their job, the student-scientists and their host-journalists strive to make science news easy for the public to understand. The fellowship program is designed to enhance coverage of science-related issues in the media in order to improve public understanding and appreciation of science and technology. Fellows have the opportunity to observe and participate in the process by which events and ideas become news, improve their communication skills by learning to describe complex technical subjects in a manner understandable to the lay public, and increase their understanding of editorial decision making and the way in which information is effectively disseminated. In its 42 year history, the program has supported over 670 Fellows.
- Applicants must be enrolled as students (upper level undergraduate or graduate) or postdoctoral trainees at a university — or within one year of a completed degree — in the life, physical, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences or mathematics and related fields. If you have questions about your eligibility, email email@example.com.
- Students enrolled in English, journalism, science journalism, or other non-technical fields are not eligible for these fellowships.
- Applicants must be US citizens or already hold visas that allow them to recieve payment for work during the summer. AAAS cannot assist in obtaining/retaining visas.
- Successful applicants are required to attend an orientation at AAAS headquarters at the beginning of the summer (early June) and a wrap-up session at the end of the summer (mid-August). They will prepare reports on the progress of their fellowships throughout their placement.
The Fellowship is open to international students who are already studying in the United States and who hold visas that allow them to receive payment for work during the summer. AAAS cannot assist in obtaining/retaining visas. The Fellowship is also open to US citizens studying abroad, as long as they can pay their way back into the US for the Fellowship.
AAAS typically selects from 15-20 Mass Media Fellows each summer. Fellows are provided a weekly stipend of $500 as well as travel expenses to and from AAAS and their sites. AAAS does not provide housing or an additional housing stipend.
June 7, 2017 – August 22, 2017
Orientation in DC: June 7-9
Dates onsite: June 12 – August 18
Wrap-up in DC: August 21-22
ANNOUNCEMENT OF ACOR FELLOWSHIPS 2017–2018
Deadline for all applications is February 1, 2017
NEH Fellowship: One to two awards of four to six months for scholars who have a Ph.D. or have completed their professional training. Fields of research include: modern and classical languages, linguistics, literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Social and political scientists are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals living in the U.S. three years immediately preceding the application deadline. The award for six months is $25,200. Awards must be used between August 15, 2017 and December 31, 2018.
ACOR-CAORC Post-Graduate Fellowship: Two or more two- to six-month fellowships for post-doctoral scholars and scholars with a terminal degree in their field, pursuing research or publication projects in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and associated disciplines relating to the Near East. U.S. citizenship required. Maximum award is $32,400. Awards must be used between August 15, 2017 and December 31, 2018. Funding for this fellowship provided by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
ACOR-CAORC Fellowship: Two or more two- to six-month fellowships for masters and doctoral students. Fields of study include all areas of the humanities and the natural and social sciences. Topics should contribute to scholarship in Near Eastern studies. U.S. citizenship required. Maximum award is $23,800. Awards must be used between August 15, 2017 and December 31, 2018. Funding for this fellowship provided by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Jennifer C. Groot Memorial Fellowship: Up to three awards of $1,500 each to support beginners in archaeological fieldwork who have been accepted as team members on archaeological projects with ASOR/CAP affiliation in Jordan. Open to undergraduate or graduate students of U.S. or Canadian citizenship.
Bert and Sally de Vries Fellowship: One award of $1,500 to support a student for participation on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. Senior project staff members whose expenses are being borne largely by the project are ineligible. Open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian citizens.
Harrell Family Fellowship: One award of $2,000 to support a graduate student for participation on an archaeological project or research in Jordan. Senior project staff members whose expenses are being borne largely by the project are ineligible. Open to enrolled graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian citizens.
Pierre and Patricia Bikai Fellowship: Two awards for one month each or one two-month award for residency at ACOR in Amman. It is open to enrolled graduate students of any nationality, except Jordanian citizens, participating in an archaeological project or conducting archaeological work in Jordan. The fellowship includes room and board at ACOR and a monthly stipend of $600.
Burton MacDonald and Rosemarie Sampson Fellowship: One award for either eight weeks residency at ACOR for research in the fields of Ancient Near Eastern languages and history, archaeology, Bible studies, or comparative religion, or a travel grant to assist with participation in an archaeological field project in Jordan. The ACOR residency fellowship option includes room and board at ACOR and a monthly stipend of $400. The travel grant option provides a single payment of $2,000 to help with any project related expenses. Both options are open to enrolled undergraduate or graduate students of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.
James A. Sauer Fellowship: One award of $1,250 open to enrolled graduate students of Jordanian citizenship, studying in Jordan or another country, and participating in an archaeological project or pursuing independent research in Jordan. This cycle the fellowship is open only to enrolled graduate students of Jordanian nationality.
Kenneth W. Russell Fellowship: One award of $1,800 to support a graduate student (any nationality except Jordanian) for field work or participating in an ACOR approved archaeological research project. This cycle the fellowship is open to enrolled graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian.
Frederick-Wenger Memorial Endowment: Two awards of $1,500 to assist a Jordanian student with the cost of their education. Eligibility is not limited to a specific field of study, but preference will be given to study related to Jordan’s cultural heritage. Candidates must be Jordanian citizens and currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students in a Jordanian university.
Jordanian Graduate Student Scholarship: Four awards of $3,000 each to assist Jordanian graduate students with the annual costs of their academic programs during the period May 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. Candidates must be Jordanian citizens and currently enrolled in either a Master’s or Doctoral program in a Jordanian university. Eligibility is limited to students in programs related to Jordan’s cultural heritage (for example: archaeology, anthropology, linguistics/epigraphy, history, conservation, museum studies, and cultural resource management related issues). Awardees who demonstrate excellent progress in their programs will be eligible to apply in consecutive years.
Jordanian Travel Scholarship for ASOR Annual Meeting: Two travel scholarships of $3,500 each to assist Jordanians participating and delivering a paper at the ASOR Annual meeting in mid-November in the United States. Academic papers should be submitted through the ASOR’s website (www.asor.org/am) by February 1, 2017. Final award selection will be determined by the ASOR program committee.
New Fellowship – ACOR Fellow MESA Award: One award of $1,000 to a former ACOR Fellow of any nationality for participation in the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) annual meeting. Eligible applicants are graduate students or post-doctoral scholars who had previously been awarded any ACOR Fellowship and whose abstract has been accepted for presentation at the 2017 MESA annual meeting. Former CAORC, NEH and fellows from our ‘named’ scholarships or our scholarships for Jordanians are eligible. Former Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) students of Arabic who were resident at ACOR between 2006 and 2012 are also eligible to apply. For more information, please see our announcement on MESA’s website: http://mesana.org/professional-opportunities/grants-competitions.html#ACOR.
Please Note: NEH, CAORC, MacDonald and Sampson (residency option), and Bikai Fellows will reside at the ACOR facility in Amman while conducting their research.
Further information can be found at http://www.acorjordan.org/about-acor-fellowships/
Other fellowships administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) are available.
The SPSSI James Marshall Fellowship in Public Policy trains early career scientists to 1) contribute to the effective use of scientific knowledge about social issues in the formation of public policy at the federal level; 2) educate the scientific community about how research can contribute to the development of public policy; and 3) establish a more effective liaison between social scientists and various policy-making mechanisms.
This position is supported, in part, by an endowment provided to SPSSI by the James Marshall Fund. The fellowship provides support for a post-doctoral level fellow to work full-time for one year (September 1 to August 31) in the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC. The fellow should expect to use psychological research to inform the public policy making process while working full-time in a congressional office.
The Marshall Fellow participates in a range of activities involving the application of psychological research to analyze specific social policies and develop science-informed policy. The policy focus of the work varies from year to year depending on the fellow’s congressional placement. Past fellows have carried out placements in both the House and Senate and have engaged in a diverse range of policymaking activities (e.g., drafting legislation, writing speeches and talking points, planning hearings, meeting with constituents and outside groups, conducting background research).
The James Marshall Fellowship program is affiliated with the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Science & Technology Fellowships program, which means that Marshall Fellows participate fully in the AAAS Fellowship program’s orientation to federal policymaking in early September and have access to a range of AAAS Fellowship professional development opportunities and support throughout the fellowship year and beyond. With support from SPSSI, AAAS also facilitates the congressional placement process in mid-September, assisting fellows with identifying and establishing placements in Congress that align with their interests and expertise.
Marshall Fellows typically have multiple points of contact with SPSSI over the course of their fellowship year, including communication with SPSSI’s Policy Director, SPSSI’s Dalmas A. Taylor Summer Minority Policy Fellow, the SPSSI Policy Committee, and SPSSI members. Marshall Fellows are also expected to attend the mid-winter SPSSI Council Meeting, the June SPSSI Council Meeting (immediately preceding the annual SPSSI Conference), and the SPSSI Conference.
The Marshall Fellowship is open to post-doctoral scientists from any discipline relevant to the psychological study of social issues. Candidates must hold a PhD or PsyD before the start of the fellowship and be a member of SPSSI. Candidates must demonstrate interest or involvement in the application of social science to social issues and policies, have a sound scientific background, and demonstrate sensitivity toward policy issues. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Individual initiative and an ability to work cooperatively with others having diverse viewpoints are critical. Knowledge of policy processes at the national level, along with placement goals, is desirable, but not essential.
The James Marshall Public Policy Fellowship with SPSSI will be available for the 2017-2018 fellowship year, with a start date of September 1, 2017 and an end date of August 31, 2018.
The Marshall Fellow is appointed as an independent contractor and paid a stipend of $60,000 per year plus health benefits. The fellow’s attendance at the annual SPSSI Conference in June of the fellowship year is also fully covered.
HOW TO APPLY
APPLICATIONS are to be submitted online. Please limit the number and size of files uploaded when applying online.
- Personal statement (1000 word limit): Please describe your interest and experience in policy activities and/or social issues, your interest in the fellowship program, how the fellowship fits into your career goals, and what your desired objectives are for the fellowship.
- Writing sample (500 word limit): Please write a summary of how your research fits within its field of study, abstracting a complex literature as well as your contribution to it. Please write for an educated lay audience—write in a way that would be accessible to a non-scientific audience.
- Curriculum vita: Please be sure that your CV includes current contact information.
- Letters of reference: Please provide three letters of reference. Letters should address the applicant’s abilities, experience, and motivation as related to this fellowship program. These letters can be uploaded along with the other application materials, or referees can email them separately to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the words “Marshall Fellowship Reference Letter for [your name]” in the subject line.
DEADLINE for submission of all application materials is February 1, 2017. Notification of selection is expected on or around March 15, 2017.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Dr. Susan Dudley, SPSSI’s Executive Director.
Click here for a list of past James Marshall Public Policy Fellows.
Click here to read about this year’s fellow, Dr. Rashmi Nair.