THE DIVIDED CITY
A Mellon-Funded Urban Humanities Initiative
Washington University Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences and
College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design
GRADUATE STUDENT DISSERTATION RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
Call for Proposals
Due Date: March 22, 2017
Notification of Awards: April 7, 2017
Disbursement of Funds: May 1, 2017
The Center for the Humanities, in partnership with the College and Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design, is pleased to announce a new summer research fellowship opportunity for graduate students in the Humanities, Humanistic Social Sciences, Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture. As part of our interdisciplinary initiative on The Divided City, we are awarding multiple grants of up to $5,000 each in support of two months of full-time research by graduate students (M.U.D., M.Arch., M.L.A. DrSU, or Ph.D.) on urban segregation broadly conceived.
The Divided City in Brief
Generously supported by the Mellon Foundation, our four-year initiative is aimed at bringing humanities scholars into productive dialogue with architects, urban designers, landscape architects, legal scholars, sociologists, geographers, GIS cartographers, and others around one of the most persistent and vexing issues in urban studies: segregation. By segregation we mean not only once-legal racial separation in the United States or South Africa, but also persistent and widespread issues related to cities divided along racial, cultural, and economic lines through the spatial divisions found in so many parts of the world. These issues include social isolation and fragmentation, loneliness, environmental risks, and lack of access to basic services such as food, transit, health care, and public education. The Divided City Initiative focuses on how segregation in this broad sense has and often continues to play out as a set of spatial practices in cities, neighborhoods, and public spaces, including schools, health facilities, and entertainment venues.
In order to support graduate student interest in and research on The Divided City and to forge sustainable interdisciplinary connections among graduate students in the humanities, architecture, and urban design, we are offering up to ten summer research fellowships for summer 2017. Research will be supported at the master’s, pre-dissertation, or dissertation level, with the amount of each fellowship capped at $5,000. All summer fellowship recipients will be required to attend the Summer City Seminar on methods in May, 2017, to participate in the City Seminar throughout the 2017-2018 academic year, and present and workshop their research findings in a fall City Seminar. The fellowship tenure may be carried out in residence at Washington University, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research.
A proposal should contain the following information in one document:
- A completed application form.
- A narrative description of the project, not to exceed 750 words, that details its disciplinary and intellectual underpinnings, its content and form, and what the applicant intends to accomplish during the two-month term of the grant. Please be sure to describe the project’s specific outcomes and how it relates to the completion of the graduate degree.
- A statement, not to exceed 100 words, that explains the project’s relevance to the broader Divided City Initiative.
- Up to three additional pages of images, musical scores, or other supporting non-textual materials [optional]
- A current transcript.
- Bibliography (no more than two pages)
- A reference letter from the applicant’s graduate advisor or faculty member familiar with applicant’s work.
Applications will be evaluated by a committee of four faculty members, who currently serve on the Divided City Advisory Board. They will use the following criteria in their selection process:
- The potential of the project to advance the field of study in which it is proposed and make an original contribution to knowledge about cities and urban separation.
- The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature. (While not a requirement, interdisciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged.)
- The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed timeframe.
- The scholarly record and career trajectory of the applicant.
Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on the Divided City Initiative, please see http://cenhum.artsci.wustl.edu/Divided-City-Initiative. Questions can be addressed to Tila Neguse, Project Coordinator of the Center for the Humanities at email@example.com.