2021-2022 Call for Nominations
In 2016-2017, an anonymous donor created a gift fund with explicit instructions to give an award of $20,000 to one outstanding graduating PhD student from one of the following departments: Anthropology, Communication, History, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, and Sociology. We have been fortunate that this award has continued to be sponsored by the same donor each year since then. We are thrilled to let you know that the donor has again gifted $20,000 so we could recognize another outstanding student this year. The donor requested that the prize be awarded "during that student’s final faculty meeting." The award must be a surprise, that is, the student must have no idea in advance that they are going to receive this gift. The award may be used "at the discretion of the recipient for education or personal expenses." The student is to be nominated by the faculty in the student’s department and selected by the Graduate Division, and the award is to be administered by the Dean of the Graduate Division. The fellowship recipient will be asked to write a thank you letter to the donor.
In order to be nominated, a student must have completed the dissertation defense during the 2021-2022 academic year (that is, students who have already defended during the 2021-2022 academic year or who will have defended by June 10, 2022, are eligible).
Each eligible department (Anthropology, Communication, History, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, and Sociology) is welcome to submit as many nominations as they see fit.
The nomination package should include:
Student nominee’s updated CV
A letter from the faculty advisor (and endorsed/signed by the Department Chair/Vice Chair) describing the academic merit of the nominee’s work as well as how the student has overcome personal hardship.
If you have any questions please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org which will create a support ticket.
The award will be updated with a deadline annually when the donor announces another donation.
2021: Amy Kennemore, Anthropology
2020: Monika Sengul-Jones, Communication
2019: Theodora Dryer, History
2018: Alina R. Mendez, History
2017: Jennifer M. Nations, Sociology