SCOTT KLOECK-JENSON FELLOWSHIP
In memory of Scott Kloeck-Jenson, a scholar dedicated to global peace and justice, the Institute for Regional and International Studies annually offers two awards: the SKJ Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships to support overseas travel to potential field research sites for doctoral students and the SKJ International Internship Fellowships to support graduate students (working towards a doctorate) interested in undertaking practitioner internships.
SKJ Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships are available to students of any nationality who are enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and are planning to conduct preliminary dissertation field research abroad.
SKJ International Internship Fellowships are available to students of any nationality who are enrolled in any graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (working towards a doctorate) and are planning to spend a summer working as an intern with an organization abroad.
Those enrolled in terminal master’s degree programs are not eligible for either award.
Amount awarded will depend on the proposed destination and time spent abroad. Awardees are encouraged to spend approximately 10 weeks in the field (outside the United States) but are required to spend a minimum of 8 weeks in the field. Time abroad outside the summer months will be considered though applicants should address these circumstances in their statement and should have his/her advisor address them in their letter of recommendation as well. Projects should include a social justice component (see below).
Award amounts vary year-to-year, based on time spent in the field, and depending on destination but have averaged $4,500 over the past few years.
Due to a change in UW-Madison policy, awardees who are non-resident aliens will have taxes deducted from their award amount prior to payout.
Also, please keep in mind that though changing proposed travel dates after receiving an offer is allowable, if that change results in a reduction in your time spent abroad, the award amount will be reduced proportionally.
- Submit an application packet as a single pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your application packet should include the following:
- cover sheet clearly listing the following: your name; email address; department of study & current degree program; which award you are applying for (travel or internship); proposed destination; proposed departure and return dates; other sources of support received or applied for (for the proposed work); a brief statement of language competency (as appropriate); and the names, departmental affiliation, and email addresses of your two recommenders (see below);
- a project statement (750-word maximum) – pre-dissertation travel proposals should include how the proposed fieldwork fits your overall research plan, prior experience in the country/region, and a proposed itinerary; international internship proposals should include details of how an internship experience would fit applicant’s research agenda, future plans, the type of internship the applicant is pursuing (including an initial list of institutions or organizations that may serve as host, you do not need to have secured the internship at the time of application), and contributions the applicant plans to make to the organization/s;
- a rough, proposed budget for the time abroad (including airfare, in-country living & travel expenses, research expenses, etc);
- a brief (100-200 word) summary statement of how your proposed work will address and engage issues of social justice (guidance on what is meant by social justice can be found below);
- a copy of your UW-Madison student record or transcript and, if appropriate, graduate transcript/s for courses taken at other institutions.
- Arrange for two (2) letters of recommendation, one of which must come from the applicant’s advisor. We recommend applicants contact their references before listing them in their applications. Letters of recommendation should be pdfs, on letterhead and signed, and sent directly to IRIS at email@example.com.
Scott Kloeck-Jenson’s commitment to social justice in the broadest sense inspired the creators of this fellowship program to seek to support UW-Madison graduate students who share Scott’s belief that all research into the lives of disadvantaged persons or into the conditions that cause inequality and suffering around the world will form a part – large or small – of a cumulative process by which the world will become fairer and lives better. As such, many kinds of international research are about social justice by Scott’s own definition. We urge potential applicants to take Scott’s inspiration and this call for applications as an invitation to think through the social justice implications of their anticipated project and to apply for support whether their work is action-oriented and reformist (i.e., in the classic social justice tradition) or addresses in any fashion at all and in any discipline important problems faced by disadvantaged persons and communities outside the United States.