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2017-2018 History Department Research Year Grant Application

History Department Research Year Grant Application

The History Department Research Year Grant of up to $22,000 (plus tuition and in absentia fees) is available to eligible History Department graduate students.  The 2017-2018 grant eligibility requirements are:

1. The recipient must be from the 2014 cohort if in a six-year normative time field or from the 2013 cohort if in a seven-year normative time field;

2. The recipient must advance to doctoral candidacy by 30 June 2017 for consideration for two semesters of support or by 10 December 2017 for consideration of one semester of support;

3. The recipient must have made a concerted effort to secure external funding.  Applicants must submit copies of essays used to apply for external funding and should also be prepared to submit copies of award and/or rejection letters before History Department Research Year Grant monies will be disbursed to them.

Note: students considering advancing to doctoral candidacy early should consult with the Head Graduate Advisor if interested in submitting an application.

Employment restrictions

Recipients of the History Department Research Year Grant are expected to devote their full time to research.  The one exception to this is if the recipient of the grant is ineligible for in absentia status.  As the grant only covers in absentia fees, recipients remaining in the Bay Area during the research year are required either to take on a readership each semester of the grant or to pay their tuition and fees themselves.  Salary earned from the readership will not be counted against the grant total.  Recipients are required to find a readership for themselves (they are not guaranteed one by the Department and will not have highest priority for receiving one from the Department, and so are strongly encouraged to apply widely across campus).  Recipients may not accept other employment (e.g., GSIship or GSRship).  Recipients for whom an exception to this policy may be financially necessary or academically expedient should consult with the Head Graduate Advisor at the time of the application.

External funding and bonuses

The Department's goal in initiating this grant (now in its fourth year) is to help students improve their normative time outcomes while simultaneously moving the restrictive Doctoral Completion Fellowship (DCF; administered by the Graduate Division) out of the research year and into the write-up year, when a student is better able to gauge their remaining time to completion.  In order for the Department to afford to offer the grant to everyone, we are counting on a reasonable percentage of students to receive external funding to reduce the departmental burden (students are expected to accept external awards in their totality and external funding will entirely replace departmental funding).

While all recipients must apply for and report external funding, to incentivize stronger applications, the Department has instituted a bonus system. The 2017-2018 bonus structure is as follows:

Recipients whose external grant/s total/s less than $1,000 may keep those funds without seeing a reduction in the departmental grant.  EX: a student who receives $750 in external support will have $22,750 total: $750 from the external grant(s) and $22,000 from the Department.

Recipients whose external grant/s total/s between $1,000 and $7,999 will receive a $1,000 bonus.  EX: a student who receives $5,000 in external support will have $23,000 total: $5,000 from the external grant(s) and $18,000 from the Department.

Recipients whose external grant/s total/s between $8,000 and $15,999 will receive a $2,000 bonus.  EX: a student who receives $15,000 in external support will have $24,000 total: $15,000 from the external grant(s) and $9,000 from the Department.

Recipients whose external grant/s total/s between $16,000 and $30,500 will receive a $3,000 bonus (and are expected to apply for the Graduate Division's educational allowance top-off for external fellowships, if the external fellowship does not include funding for tuition and fees (note: students are only eligible for the top-off grant if they have one award worth at least $16,000 (rather than multiple awards adding up to at least $16,000)).  EX: a student who receives $20,000 in external support will have $25,000 total: $20,000 from the external grant(s) and $5,000 from the Department.

Recipients whose external grant/s total/s between $30,501 and $33,500 (the Graduate Division's stipend cap) will receive a bonus that tops them up to $33,500.

Recipients with external grant/s exceeding $33,500 will not receive a departmental bonus (but do have our sincere congratulations!).

Please note that one of the reasons the Department will be collecting your external grant data is for inclusion in our annual newsletter, as we would like to celebrate your accomplishments with the broader Berkeley History community.

Deferability

For reasons of both student academic progress and departmental financial and curricular planning, recipients may not defer their fourth year (for six-year normative time fields) or fifth year (for seven-year normative time fields) grant to the following year nor split the grant across two academic years.

Deadline

The deadline to submit your application is (inclusive) Thursday, 6 April, 2017.

Notes

Applicants with any policy questions are encouraged to speak with the Head Graduate Advisor or the graduate student affairs officers.

Please contact Erin Leigh Inama (3312 Dwinelle or histadm@berkeley.edu) if you have any questions about this form or spot a typo.