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How can we work together to promote better cultural understanding worldwide?

Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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External Funding Sources

There are many external sources of financial support for which you as a Graduate School of Arts & Sciences student may be eligible. These usually are extremely competitive, and because applications must be submitted as much as a year in advance, you should investigate early and plan ahead, keeping in mind that many deadlines are in the fall. Department chairs receive copies of current award opportunities that are received by the Dean’s Office, and you’re also advised to consult the Grants Register, Annual Register of Grant Support, and the Foundation Directory for information.

The Fulbright Hays Doctoral Fellowship provides funds for study and research abroad to doctoral students. The applicant submits a proposal for study in a foreign country in whose language he or she is proficient. Applicants without prior study abroad are given preference. On a national basis, approximately 500 grants are awarded annually, providing for study and research in at least 50 countries.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the NSF Minority Graduate Fellowship are three-year fellowships open to those U.S. citizens who are at or near the beginning of their graduate study in science or engineering. These fellowships provide a cost-of-education allowance and a stipend for living expenses. Applications are available online at the National Science Foundation. Deadlines depend on the proposed field of study or specialization.

The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

For further information on external funding sources, please see the Provost’s Office page on External Fellowships & Scholarships.