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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.


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Get Paid to Make a Difference as a 2017-18 UC Student Regent

university of californiaMake a difference in the lives of all UC students while getting paid as a Student Regent for the Board of Regents of the University of California system. The Student Regent is a voting member of The Regents of the University of California and will have power to influence UC policy. Prior to serving as a Regent for one year (2017-18), the appointee will spend the prior academic year (2016-17) as a “Regent-designate” without voting power. This position is perfect for a graduate student and will provide funding for two years.

 The board meets six times a year, every other month, for two-day meetings.

Compensation: Fees and tuition waiver for two years and reimbursement for expenses incurred for attending meetings

Deadline: Feb. 28

For more information about the position and about previous Student Regents, go to You can find the online application here


Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Paper Competition

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICSPR) announces its 2016 Research Paper Competition. The competition highlights exemplary original research using quantitative analysis. The ICSPR will accept papers by undergraduate, Master's, and recent students, focusing on any topic using the ICSPR Archive or Thematic Collections. The top papers in both the undergrad and Master’s categories will receive cash prizes.ICPSR logo

Deadline: Jan. 31

Prizes: First-place winner, $1,000; second-place winner, $750

Eligibility: Any undergraduate, Master’s, or recent student paper with original quantitative analysis using data from the ICSPR. Student co-authors are permitted; faculty co-authors are not.

For more information, visit the ICPSR website


UC Global Health Institute Offers a Summer Intensive Course in Sri Lanka

UC Global HealthThe UC Global Health Institute Center of Expertise is pleased to offer One Health in Action: An Intensive Field Course in Sri Lanka. In this exciting course, offered July 11-29 in Sri Lanka, students will gain healthcare field experience, including access to adequate and safe food resources and water, human and animal disease prevention, resilient ecosystems, and culturally appropriate health care. This three-week, action-oriented field course is designed for a collegial, inquisitive, multi-disciplinary group of students in human health sciences, veterinary medicine, agriculture, nutrition, and environmental science. Applicants must be currently enrolled at one of the University of California campuses. Academic credit is available.

Course: One Health in Action: An Intensive Field Course in Sri Lanka GiraffeCredit: UC Davis Global Health

Deadline: Jan. 20

Eligibility: Professional degree and graduate students at a UC campus studying medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, agriculture, nutrition, public health, or environmental sciences

Course dates: July 11-29

Course fee: $3,200 (plus airfare)

For more information, please visit their website.


2016-18 Posen Society of Fellows

Posen Foundation logoThe Posen Foundation announces its fourth Posen Society of Fellows, the 2016-18 cohort of six international emerging scholars working on modernization processes in Jewish history, society, and culture. The Fellows are awarded two annual stipends of $20,000 and will convene for two summer seminars in the US together with the preceding or subsequent cohort (for a total of 12 Fellows) to share their work, participate in professionalization workshops and attend lectures by leading Jewish Studies scholars. Fellows will be expected to maintain ongoing contact to support each other’s work, and to submit an annual report on their progress to the foundation.

Deadline: Jan. 15

Eligibility: All Ph.D. candidates (dissertation topics approved by Apr. 1), regardless of nationality or religion. Applicants may not hold concurrent awards/fellowships in excess of $10,000/year.

Award: $40,000 (paid over two years), and two summer seminars led by Jewish Studies scholars

For more information, visit the Posen Foundation website


2016-17 Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowship Program

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) funds self-help initiatives of the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean and the groups that directly support them. IAF's Fellowships are intended to increase awareness of grassroots development efforts while building a community of professionals and scholars knowledgeable in the subject. Fellowships are open to doctoral students whose dissertation research is related to grassroots development in the region. Fellows examine the efforts of the rural and urban poor to improve their lives, their methods of organization and production, and the policies and programs designed to alleviate their poverty.

IAF logoAward: Monthly stipend up to $1,500; research allowance up to $3,000; round-trip airfare; accident and health insurance in the country of research.

Eligibility: Ph.D. students; citizens of the US and Caribbean/Latin American countries. Proposals must be for research conducted in independent Latin American and Caribbean countries (except Cuba).

Deadline: Jan. 29

Program Dates: 4-12 months, varying by project

To apply, visit their website


Call for Applications: California State University Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program

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The CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program aims to increase the number of promising doctoral students applying for future CSU instructional faculty positions by offering financial assistance in the form of a loan and mentorship by CSU faculty. Applicants must have a CSU faculty mentor, who will also be submitting part of the application. Applications are due in Feb. 2016, though the deadline varies by CSU campus.

Eligibility: Any new or continuing Ph.D. student, or a current Master’s or undergraduate student applying to a Ph.D. program, at any school in the USUS citizenship is not required, but participants must be able to work in the US.

Deadline: Each CSU campus has its own deadline, but all are in Feb. 2016

Borrowing Limits: Up to $10,000 per year, with a total maximum of $30,000 over a 5-year period

For more information, visit the CDIP website.


Call for Applications: American Educational Research Association Dissertation Grants

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is accepting applications for its Dissertation Grant program through Jan. 20, 2016.  The program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies, and to increase the number of education researchers using these data sets. The program supports one-year research projects which: AERA logo

  • develop or benefit from new quantitative measures or methodological approaches for addressing education issues
  • incorporate subject matter expertise, especially when studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning
  • analyze TIMSS, PISA, or other international data resources
  • include the integration and analysis of more than one data set

Eligibility: Ph.D. candidates, regardless of citizenship

Deadline: Jan. 20, 2016

Award: up to $20,000 for a one-year project and travel costs to a 2-day conference in San Antonio

For more information, visit the AERA website


Call for Applications: Social Science Dissertation Fellowship

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The Center for Engaged Scholarship is offering two or three dissertation fellowships of $25,000 each for 2016-17. The Center was created to promote and support scholarship that can move us to a society that is more egalitarian, more democratic, and committed to environmental sustainability. Students working on a dissertation in the social sciences or a related interdisciplinary field are eligible, regardless of citizenship status. Applicants will be evaluated both for scholarly merit and for their ability to contribute to progressive change. 

Eligibility: Any student in the social sciences or a similar interdisciplinary field, regardless of citizenship

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2016

To apply, visit the CES website


Call for Applications: 2016 Climate Change Collective Fellowship

Wild Gift logoWild Gift is accepting applications for its 2016 Climate Change Collective fellowship. The CCC will support young social entrepreneurs creating early-stage break-through approaches that will help adaptation to and/or mitigation of the impact of climate change on natural and human systems. Selected applicants receive a deep wilderness trek in Idaho, $10,000 in start-up capital, professional mentorship and the opportunity to collaborate with peers while focusing on their social venture for 16 months.

Deadline: Jan. 1, 2016

Program Duration: June 2016 – Sept. 2017

Eligibility: US or Canadian citizens between 21-35 years old

Benefits: $10,000 start-up capital, 16-day wilderness trek in Idaho, personal mentorship

To apply, visit the Wild Gift website


Money Matters: Salary Negotiation Advice

In a recent Vitae article, “Money Matters,” career coach Fatimah Williams Castro looks at popular financial discussions she has with job-seeking Ph.D.s from all fields. Her main words of advice are below:

  1. Research the value of your skills in the marketplace and add that as a key component to your job search criteria. Many post-grads assume their first salaries out of school can be lower than they should be, since they’re accustomed to living within small stipends, or because they simply aren’t aware of their market values.
  2. When prospective employers ask you for a salary history, be prepared to show the salary you’re anticipating, given industry standards and any previous part-time work compensation. (Just extrapolate!)
  3. Don’t be afraid to make a counter-offer. Making counter-offers to total compensation packages (salaries, health benefits, relocation assistance, retirement contributions, etc.) is the norm. Take into consideration the cost of living in your area, as well as the salary ranges for both your industry and your region.

You can find the full article, along with other career-related news, and job postings, on Vitae’s website. Successful negotiation. Credit: quickmemes.comSuccessful negotiation. Credit: