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University Awards and Fellowships

TA Teaching Fellowship
Letters of recommendation due January 29, 2009 and statement of interest due February 1, 2009.

Selection as an L&S Teaching Fellow (as the program leaders are called) is a significant honor, because this is a competitive nomination within departments and then at the College level.  The Fellows themselves, when the workshops are behind them, have gained a great deal more than the honor (and its stipend) and the entry on their CV’s.  They gain experience in articulating their teaching philosophies that is increasingly important to them in the job market; they get to meet and work with fellow graduate students from across the College who share their interest in teaching; and they tell us they have a wonderful time!

Up to fifteen L&S Teaching Fellows will be selected to plan and lead the workshops.  Nomination is a means by which departments can recognize the outstanding performance of teaching assistants.  Responsibilities of the Teaching Fellows will be distributed between this spring semester and next August.  Presence during the summer will not be necessary, but Teaching Fellows do need to be on campus until the end of the 2009 spring semester and then for the full week of August 24.  Please make these expectations clear to potential nominees.  Along with the responsibilities of being a Teaching Fellow comes a payment of $1000 (under the budgetary title of Assistant Faculty Associate), which is made in two equal installments in the spring and fall.

Nominees need not necessarily be teaching assistants now, but the ideal candidate is one who has taught successfully in the department, conveys enthusiasm about the experience, and has served as and will be a good role model for other teaching assistants.  We are interested in selecting those who successfully balance and combine academic and teaching quality, and we particularly want to bring together a group of Teaching Fellows who represent as many personal and professional backgrounds as possible to enrich the perspectives offered at the workshops.  Past departmental awards that recognize such talents--such as being selected for a campus TA Award -- do not preclude eligibility for this appointment.  We have found that most Teaching Fellows have attended the L&S workshops in years past and are therefore familiar with the format, although this is not a requirement.

Suggestions, along with a letter of recommendation, for a nominee are placed by faculty and lecturers of the department by Thursday, January 29, 2009 to the graduate studies office, through mailbox or via The nominee must have a written statement of interest submitted to the graduate studies office by Sunday, February 1, 2009. The nominee's statement of interest is a key element in the selection process.  In selecting the Fellows, we will look for a balance of disciplines, backgrounds, nationalities, and gender and ethnic diversity in addition to the potential to be an effective workshop leader. The Graduate Committee will review the suggested TA’s at their meeting on February 2, 2009 and send a nomination for the TA Teaching Fellowship to the Dean’s office. 


Vilas Travel Award for Dissertators
Applications due October 31, 2009, with application system opening October 1, 2009.

The Graduate Student Collaborative administers the Vilas Travel Grant Competition for UW-Madison Dissertators and final year Master of Fine Arts students. Awards are granted for domestic or international travel to conference presentations or for research purposes to eligible students.

Each year, the Vilas Travel Grant Competition begins October 1st and complete applications must be received as a packet by 4:30 p.m. on October 31st. Awards are announced by the end of November. In 2007, more than 300 $600 awards were granted for domestic and international research and conference presentation travel. An additional five $1,500 awards were granted for international research travel.

The application has both online and paper components which consist of a letter of support from your major professor or academic advisor and a one-page statement of how presenting at a conference or conducting research will be of benefit to you.

See for further information about this opportunity.


Knapp Fellowship
Applications due March 2, 2009

The Knapp House Fellowship provides free housing in single rooms to graduate students with dissertator status and offers an exceptional opportunity for selected graduate students to share research, culture and interests with other dissertators from diverse disciplines. See for further information about this opportunity.



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