Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowship

The Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowships at Boston University were created through a generous gift by University Overseer Ruth Moorman and her husband Sheldon Simon. These fellowships assist outstanding Ph.D. students whose research and scholarship involves vigorous engagement with civic life and seeks to establish a close partnership with the community to solve critical problems.

In alignment with the University’s commitment in its 2007 Strategic Plan to strengthen the University’s connections to Boston and the world, the long-term goal of the Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowships includes the establishment of a generation of scholars in the academy who are committed to civic engagement, be it local, regional, national or global.

The Moorman-Simon Civic Fellowships consist of two fellowships, each two years in duration, and are granted to current Ph.D. students at Boston University whose research addresses questions that require significant civic engagement with a community. Administered by the Office of the Provost, the Fellowship program is designed to support students whose research problems are diverse in nature. As a result, there are no restrictions as to the Ph.D. discipline. The Fellowship supports the student’s stipend, and tuition remission and payment of mandatory fees are covered through institutional Ph.D. support mechanisms.

Eligibility, Application and Selection

  • Any Ph.D. student at Boston University who has completed his/her coursework, language requirements (if any) and qualifying examinations is eligible to apply.
  • Applications should include the student’s dissertation prospectus, a letter of nomination from the student’s Ph.D. advisor, a letter of support from a civic leader describing the nature of the engagement with the community, and a letter from the student indicating his/her commitment to pursue an academic career.
  • Selection will be based on the impact of the research and its potential to build a tangible university-community partnership, which involves collaboration, reciprocal knowledge generation and the advancement of scholarship into the civic arena. To advance the role of civic engagement in the academy, preference will be given to proposals from students who are committed to pursuing an academic career.
  • A faculty committee chaired by the Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs will make a recommendation to the Provost regarding the selection of the Fellows.

Requirements of Fellows

  • The recipient and the advisor will each submit an annual report of research progress to the Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs.
  • Each Fellow will attend an annual symposium highlighting the work of current and past Fellows.

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