Below is a list of funding opportunities our students have received in recent years. It is not an exhaustive list of all funding opportunities available.

Internal Fellowships

Writing for the Public: Fellows must take at least one graduate course in American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark with an emphasis on writing for the wider public and/or public humanities during both the fall and spring semesters of the 2017-18 academic year. They will also be expected to take specialized courses that cultivate skills in the public humanities and in American studies, while also fulfilling the broader requirements of the 30 credit MA program.

Baraka Fellows: Over the course of a nine-month academic year, the Baraka Fellows will attend a series of seminars through which they will learn about the challenges and possibilities of civic work in Newark and will design and execute a public project that leverages their unique skills and interests to promote the continued viability of local Newark communities. During the fall semester, Fellows will participate in biweekly seminars, each of which will explore a specific theme or topic with several special guests – both Rutgers faculty and local Newarkers – whose work speaks to those themes or topics. Over the course of the fall seminars and in collaboration with the special guests and seminar leaders, Fellows will begin designing a public project. During the spring semester, Fellows will then see their project idea to fruition.

Dissertation fellowships: Proposals are being accepted for Dissertation Fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year. These fellowships are available only to School 26 graduate students who anticipate completing all of their doctoral program course work and research credits by May, 2017. Students are required to register only for matriculation continued for the 2017-18 semesters.

RU Presidential Fellowship: A fellowship offered to exceptional candidates who have been nominated by their program for funding.

Rutgers Excellence Dissertation Fellowship Awards: This fellowship was established to honor Provost Emeritus Norman Samuels, and provides one-time awards to attract outstanding doctoral applicants. Each recipient will be named a Norman Samuels Fellow.

Honors Living and Learning Community:

HLLC Teaching Fellows:  Central to the HLLC curriculum are two core courses that all HLLC students will take during their first year in the program. Team-taught by graduate students, HLLC 301 (fall) and 302 (spring) build upon themes related to community engagement and responsible citizenship. Fellows will be trained in the curriculum created specifically for each course, with a two-day training prior to the semester. Fellows will also attend weekly meetings with HLLC staff to discuss course development and keep a journal detailing their learning experiences.

HLLC Recitation Facilitators: Recitation Facilitators will support the faculty instructor for the HLLC fall core course, “Local Citizenship in a Global World.” The course examine how themes of local citizenship in a global world have emerged within various fields and participate in community engaged scholarship. Facilitators are expected to attend the weekly course as well as lead a weekly one-hour recitation section, during which they will be responsible for leading discussions with students about course material and grading written assignments for students in their sections. Facilitators will also meet weekly with the faculty instructor to discuss course content, student needs, and pedagogy.

USAID: Rutgers University has partnered with the US Global Development Lab, a part of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), to provide fellowships for eligible graduate students to conduct scientific research or fieldwork in the developing world.  The program seeks qualified masters and doctoral candidates with interest and experience in applied research and/or scientific and technological innovation.  Candidates chosen for the fellowship will receive grant funding to cover travel and in-country living costs for the duration of the fellowship.

Since 2014, Newark graduate students (including American Studies students) have gone to Cape Town to spend two months working on a host of community-based research projects focused on social change. Fellowships were administered through the GSN dean’s office in cooperation with the Rutgers Center for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA), with a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

External Fellowships

PAGE Fellows, Imagining America: PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) is Imagining America’s network for publicly engaged graduate students in humanities, arts, and design. PAGE enhances the theoretical and practical frameworks for public engagement; fosters a national, interdisciplinary community of peers and veteran scholars; and creates opportunities for collaborative knowledge production.

Smithsonian Fellowships: The Smithsonian has a wide array of fellowships available.