The American Center for Mongolian Studies’ (ACMS) Cultural Heritage Program (CHP), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation, is pleased to announce a call for applications to support participation in the NOMAD Science Inter-Disciplinary Field School during the summer of 2018. A selected number of fellowships of up to $2,000 are available to support tuition costs or travel expenses associated with participating in Session II of the NOMAD Science Interdisciplinary Field School program (July 9-30, 2018). Fellowships are supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation (http://www.hluce.org/home.aspx).
Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Submitted an application to NOMAD Science Session II by April 1st.
- Currently be an undergrad OR seeking admission to graduate school OR in a graduate program
- Be available for a pre-program orientation with other CHP sponsored scholars (July 5 & 6 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
- Agree to take on an independent project related to cultural heritage research or protection in Mongolia during the field school, and to give at least one public or professional presentation upon returning to their home after the project. Independent projects will be jointly determined and carried out in collaboration with a field school Research Director. Candidates are not required to have an independent project at the time of application.
The deadline for receipt of complete applications is April 1st, 2018. All inquiries about the program should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding is open to students of all nationalities studying at a college or university in the United States or Canada.
Fellowships will be awarded based on a combination of financial need and strength of proposal. Prior experience in Mongolia is not required.
General Terms and Conditions
- All applicants must be enrolled full-time (students) at a college or university at the undergraduate or graduate level. Students graduating in spring 2018 or starting a graduate program in the fall of 2018 are eligible to apply. Students for whom this applies should indicate their future study plans and how the field research fellowship will fit into those plans.
- Each student fellowship recipient must work with a Research Sponsor from NOMAD Science who will oversee their research work. For 2018, well-designed research projects that demonstrate close collaboration between the student and Research Sponsor will be considered.
- Applicants should include a statement of interest and background that identifies how participation in the program will support their academic and personal goals, and any relevant previous experience related to travel and field studies. Applicants should include a statement discussing their financial need, alternative sources of funding and how the scholarship will potentially support their participation in the project.
- Student applications must include a complete online application and supplementary materials in the form of university transcripts, CV or resume, and optional letters of recommendation or support from faculty advisors or other relevant academic personnel. Applications must be received by the ACMS by April 1, 2018. The supplementary application materials may be submitted either by mail to the ACMS office at University of Pennsylvania or as an email attachment to the email address: email@example.com. Letters of support and transcripts may be scanned and submitted separately from other documents. If applicants choose to send their supplementary materials by mail, applicants should notify the ACMS to expect the materials by sending a short e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure the materials are included in the application. Supplementary materials sent by mail must be received by April 1, 2018 for the application to be considered.
- All applicants must be current members of the ACMS to be considered for the program.
- A portion of the fellowship stipend will be withheld until the recipient submits their final report on their fellowship experience. The final report will include reflections on how the field school experience is expected to impact future academic and career development and the public or professional presentation to be undertaken after completion of the summer program.
- Award recipients are responsible for paying all taxes related to their awards. The fellowship funds awarded are generally considered income in the United States and Mongolia, and therefore must be reported to the tax authorities. The ACMS bears no responsibility for withholding or remitting taxes related to these awards.
- Award recipients are responsible for ensuring proper medical and evacuation insurance coverage during their time in the field in Mongolia. Proof of insurance coverage will be required before disbursement of fellowship funds.
- The ACMS reserves the right to adjust the amounts and types of awards given under this program, as well as the general terms and conditions, before award agreements are reached with each recipient.