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This Program is for: Faculty and Research Staff

Fellows-in-Residence

Applications for Fall fellows are due the second Tuesday of May.

Applications for Spring fellows are due the second Tuesday of September.

There are no upcoming application deadlines for this program.

Eligibility

University of Iowa Applicants

  • Are tenured or tenure-track University of Iowa faculty or researchers with a continuing position. Emeriti faculty may also apply.
  • May apply more than once (preference will be given to applicants who have not been a Fellow-in-Residence in the past five years).
  • Commit to being in residence full-time during the semester of the award working on the proposed project.
  • Agree to participate in bi-weekly discussions of Fellows' work-in-progress.
  • Are available to participate in occasional lunches and other opportunities for intellectual engagement with the community gathered at the Obermann Center.

External Applicants

  • Are tenured or tenure track faculty members.
  • Reside in or near Iowa City during the period of the residency (close enough to commute to the Center daily).
  • Meet all other requirements for UI applicants.

Required Items

  • A cover sheet: Please include your name, department, desired semester, the award releasing you from all teaching responsibilities, and a signature indicating that the DEO(s) has approved a full-time residency if the application is successful.
  • A curriculum vitae: No more than three pages.
  • An abstract: Include an abstract of the proposed project (in third person), including a title (100 words or less) that will be used on our website if you become a Fellow.
  • A project description: This 3-5 page, single-spaced description should be clear and comprehensible to reviewers from a variety of disciplines; it should clarify how working at the Obermann Center and participating in the bi-weekly Fellows’ seminar will benefit the project and how the applicant’s participation will benefit the other Fellows. Given that the Fellows-in-Residence program is increasingly competitive and that we have limited space, please state specifically how often you anticipate using an office at the Center. The description should include the following. 

Additional Notes

Please use these categories as headings to organize the description.

  • An overview of the project and methodology.
  • The significance of the project.
  • A brief plan that indicates work that has been completed, the present status of the project, specific goals for the semester in residence, and a timeline for the project (which may extend beyond the semester of the award).
  • The anticipated outcome for work completed during the residency and for the larger project, including publication, performance, or exhibition plans; conference presentations; grant applications; impact on teaching; or plans to share discoveries with groups or communities outside academe. (Again, please discuss projected outcomes for a general audience of non-specialists.  That may mean including a few sentences to clarify where your project intersects with existing work in your field.)
  • How you hope to benefit from and contribute to the multi-disciplinary intellectual community of the Center generally and participating in the bi-weekly Fellows’ research seminar specifically.
  • The amount of time you anticipate working at the Center.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit the following materials in a single PDF file by email to obermann-center@uiowa.edu. For questions, call 335.4034.

Fall 2016 applications due May 10, 2016.  Spring 2017 applications due September 6, 2016.

This Program is for: Graduate Students

Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy

The 2017 Obermann Graduate Institute took place the week of January 9 through January 13. Check back for information about applying for the 2018 Institute.

There are no upcoming application deadlines for this program.

Eligibility

University of Iowa graduate students in any program and at any level of their studies are eligible to apply. As part of the goal of the Institute is to augment public engagement in teaching, if you are in a professional program please consider the value of this aspect of the Institute to your future aspirations.

Required Items

(Please submit your CV and answers to the four questions in one .pdf document to: obermann-center@uiowa.edu.)

  • An Academic CV: This should be no longer than 2 pages and should include a) your projected date of graduation and your final degree; b) a list of academic accomplishments, including presentations, publications, exhibits, and teaching assignments, and c) your current contact information (mailing address, phone, and email), academic department, and advisor’s name. Send your CV as a PDF to obermann-center@uiowa.edu.  Be sure your name and email address appear at the top of the first page.
  • Responses to the four questions below: Your responses should be no longer than 200 words per question. Send your responses as a PDF to obermann-center@uiowa.edu. Be sure that your name and address are at the top of the page.
  • A confidential letter of support from your faculty advisor: Provide a confidential letter of support from your faculty advisor. This should address:  a) your standing in your graduate program, b) the value of the Graduate Institute to your present and future teaching and research, and c) your potential for collaborative, publicly engaged teaching and/or scholarship. [For a definition of public scholarship, see below.]  Your faculty advisor should email this letter directly to obermann-center@uiowa.edu.
  • An optional confidential letter that addresses your abilities or potential abilities to work as partner with a community organization or work experience with public engagement: This letter might come from a faculty member, a mentor, or a supervisor in a volunteer position. It can address any or all of the following:  a) your potential to bring this project to fruition, and b) your ability to work with a community partner, and c) the viability of your proposed project. Please have this letter emailed directly to obermann-center@uiowa.edu
  • An email from the applicant’s Director of Graduate Studies: In order to ensure that the DGS of your department is aware of your participation, we require an email from the Director of Graduate Studies from your home department stating the following:  “NAME OF APPLICANT is in good standing in our department. If he/she is accepted, I support his/her participation in the Obermann Graduate Institute in January 2016.” This statement - no more and no less - should be emailed by your DGS to obermann-center@uiowa.edu.

Additional Notes

Four Questions:

  1. EXPERIENCE:  What is your past involvement as a student, teacher, and/or scholar with publicly engaged scholarship, volunteerism, service learning, or community activism? (See definition below.) What skills have you built in these areas?
  2. CURRENT VISION:  Describe a project that you would like to develop further that involves teaching or scholarship and community engagement. This project can be in any stage - from the spark of an idea to a program that is already in place and to which you would like to build. The Institute will help you to move the project further, but we would like to hear what excites you and where you can imagine applying the methodologies of the Institute.
  3. DIVERSE PERSPECTIVE:  How does your background and life experiences relate to your interests in publicly engaged scholarship? We are particularly interested in how you could bring a unique and diverse perspective to the Institute.
  4. PATH FORWARD:  Explain how participation in the Obermann Graduate Institute will benefit you as a scholar, teacher, and individual, as well as how it will benefit the University of Iowa and/or a scholarly community of which you are a member.

Note:  It may prove useful to you and those writing letters on your behalf to consider this three-part definition of public scholarship from Imagining America, a coalition organization to which the Obermann Center actively belongs:

  • Public scholarship is scholarly or creative work integral to a faculty member’s academic area. It is jointly planned, carried out, and reflected on by co-equal university and community partners. And it yields one or more public good products. 
  • Subject to these three conditions, public scholarship may encompass artistic, design, historical, and critical work that contributes to public discourse and the formation of robust rubrics. It may also include disciplinary or interdisciplinary efforts to advance public engagement in higher education itself and reflection and research on the import of such efforts.
  • Public good products may take diverse and plural forms, including but not limited to peer-reviewed individual or co-authored publications; other forms of writing and publication; presentations at academic and non-academic conferences and meetings; oral histories or ethnographies; interviews with or reflections by participants; program development; performances, exhibitions, installations, murals, or festivals; new K-16 curriculum, site designs or plans for "cultural corridors," and other place-making work; and policy recommendations. 
This Program is for: Faculty and Research Staff

Interdisciplinary Research Grants

Applications are due the second Tuesday in November.

There are no upcoming application deadlines for this program.

Eligibility

  • Proposed projects should involve 2-3 collaborators who will work together in residence during a continuous 2- or 4-week period during the summer.
  • Applicants who received this award in the past two years are not eligible. 
  • One member of the team must be a UI tenure-track faculty member or research staff.

Required Items

  • Cover Sheet
    • Title of the project
      • Proposed start and end dates of proposed project (any continuous 2- or 4-week period between mid-May and mid-August) when all collaborators will be in residence
      • Name, rank, department, office mailing address, and e-mail address for each collaborator
      • Short abstract (300 or fewer words)
      • A narrative (maximum five pages, single-spaced) that answers all of the following questions in the order they appear:
    • What do you propose to do?
      • Why is it an important undertaking?
      • What earlier work has been done on the project and related areas by the applicants individually or collaboratively? What work has been done by others?
      • What is the value of the collaboration? Specify the distinctive contribution of each collaborator to the interdisciplinary effort? Include the value of working together, face-to-face, during a specific time period at the Obermann Center..
      • How will the work proceed? Include a timetable for the grant period and afterwards until completion. Describe what collaborators will be doing individually or collaboratively. If applicable, describe the methodology.
      • How will the work benefit from extended, face-to-face work time between the participants? (Note that participants are expected to be actively working at the Obermann Center and not in separate locations.)
      • What will be achieved by the end of the grant period?
      • How will you disseminate your work—through publication, exhibition, other? When do you estimate the project will be completed? Please specify the most likely publisher, journal, or venue and explain. (Edited collections and textbooks generally have not fared well in this competition but are not automatically excluded: the proposal should focus only on the collaborative original research involved.)
  • The curriculum vitae (maximum three single-spaced pages for each CV) of each collaborator
  • A letter from your department chair endorsing the proposed project and the two- or four-week residency at the Obermann Center (sent by DEO to obermann-center@uiowa.edu)
  • Submit all materials in .pdf form to obermann-center@uiowa.edu.

Additional Notes

  • Applicants who previously received any Interdisciplinary Research Grants should add a page listing the title and year of each grant and giving full citations for resulting publications or creative work or external research grants.
  • The curriculum vitae (maximum three single-spaced pages for each CV) of each collaborator should include current position, dates of appointment, degrees, relevant publications, grants, courses.
  • This program is intended for collaborators who will be working together in residence at the Obermann Center. Please consider the benefits of face-to-face work time to your project.
  • Each collaborator is awarded $3,000 in research funding for 2-week residencies, or $6,000 for 4-week residencies.
This Program is for: Faculty and Research Staff

Humanities Symposium

There are no upcoming application deadlines for this program.

Required Items

Applications are due the second Tuesday in October.

  • Send a letter of introduction regarding your symposium topic: including its relevance to a particular field or fields; potential for sustained impact through publication or other means of sharing knowledge beyond the immediate event; and ideas for engaging with the community.
  • Include a CV: for each applying director. We encourage but do not require that one director is a senior faculty member. 
This Program is for: Faculty and Research Staff

Working Groups

Applications are due the second Tuesday of April.

Send the following as ONE PDF to obermann-center@uiowa.edu by April 11, 2017:

  • Description of your topic that concisely explains its significance and your desired objectives as a group.
  • CV for the director or co-directors of no more than two pages each.
  • List of at least six probable participants.

Eligibility

  • At least one director must be a UI tenured or tenure-track faculty member, a clinical faculty member, or a P&S staff with a terminal degree in an area related to the proposed topic.
  • Upper-level graduate students may serve as co-directors or participants.
  • Current Working Groups may reapply; applications should indicate that yours would be a continuing group.

Award

The award includes time and space at the Obermann Center and some administrative support. Groups may apply for up to $1,000 in discretionary funds. The funds cannot be used for food, and they must be used by the end of spring semester.                               

Expectations

  • Selected Working Groups will meet monthly throughout the academic year.
  • Provide a list of participating members to the Obermann Center.
  • Attend an orientation meeting in the fall.
  • Give a brief and informal presentation of the group's work in the spring at a meeting set by the Obermann Center.
  • Provide a one-page final report of the group's activities to the Obermann Center.
2017-18 Working Groups application

Application Period: January 01, 2017 - April 11, 2017

This Program is for: Faculty and Research Staff

Co-Sponsorships

There are no upcoming application deadlines for this program.

Required Items

  • Letters requesting funds for co-sponsorship should include:
    • Your name, campus affiliation, and email address
    • The name and affiliation of the speaker and/or title of the event or series
    • The purpose
    • The intended audiences including the academic departments whose faculty and students would find the event of special interest
    • The specific amount requested and how it will be used 
    • Other primary sponsors

Submission Guidelines

E-mail requests to the Center’s Director of Operations, Erin Hackathorn (erin-hackathorn@uiowa.edu).

This Program is for: Faculty and Research Staff

Humanities Without Walls

Find application checklists at the Humanities Without Walls web site.

There are no upcoming application deadlines for this program.

Eligibility

Tenured faculty members from the University of Iowa from the humanities and qualitative social sciences may apply for the Grand Challenge. Graduate students in the humanities and qualitative social sciences may apply for the Pre-Doctoral Workshop.

This Program is for: Graduate Students

HASTAC

The UI’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies invites applications from graduate students who would like to work with us as a HASTAC Scholar for the 2017-2018 academic year. HASTAC is a global online community known as the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory. The Obermann HASTAC Scholar will collaborate with Obermann staff members and affiliated faculty to develop a Wordpress site our 2017-18 Obermann Humanities Symposium. The HASTAC SCHOLAR is the Center’s ambassador to graduate students on campus and to thousands of HASTAC members.

Responsibilities

To participate on the planning committee for the spring 2018 Obermann Humanities Symposium on “Archives and Authoritarianism” through the academic year, learning to use Wordpress effectively for event planning, helping develop resources for the conference Wordpress site, strategizing with Center staff to design imaginative, engaging social media plan to engage graduate students, in particular, in the conference and related events. The media plan might include blogging, tweeting, vlogging, podcasting and other forms of networking with the online HASTAC community and with local communities. We anticipate that our HASTAC Scholar will spend an average of one to two hours a week on this project. We will plan collaboration time with the Scholar, respecting the student’s primary obligation to her or his graduate work. We believe the digital, design, and marketing skills combined with learning to work as part of a collaborative team are excellent preparation for a range of careers.

Stipend

The appointment includes a $1,000 stipend to be used for research expenses.

2017-18 HASTAC Application

Application Period: January 01, 2017 - April 11, 2017

Eligibility

Applications are welcome from students in any discipline, but applicants must be enrolled in a UI graduate program (in any college or department), on campus in AY 2017-2018, and in good standing in their graduate programs.

Selection Criteria

  • Good standing in student’s graduate program.
  • Evidence that the applicant understands and shares HASTAC’s core values.
  • Evidence that the applicant’s ongoing academic and professional goals will benefit from participation in HASTAC.
  • Interest in learning more about the activities, programs, participants, and communication challenges of an academic center.

Required Items

Deadline: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

Submit the following materials in a single pdf document to Erin Hackathorn at erin-hackathorn@uiowa.edu:

  1. A one- to two-page letter of interest that explains how your participation in HASTAC will benefit you and how your work to date reflects HASTAC’s principles.
  2. A brief bio paragraph of no more than 250 words that describes you research interests (which may be your work as an artist). Include your dissertation topic, if applicable.
  3. A curriculum vitae of no more than two pages.
  4. An e-mail from your academic advisor addressed to erin-hackathorn@uiowa.edu stating the following: “I affirm that APPLICANT’S NAME is in good standing in NAME OF GRADUATE PROGRAM and will be on campus for the 2017-2018 academic year. I support this application to the HASTAC Scholar program.

Additional Notes

For more information or questions, contact Erin Hackathorn at 319-335-4034 or erin-hackathorn@uiowa.edu.

This Program is for: Public

OberFriends

To learn more about OberFriends, contact Erin Hackathorn at 335.4034 or erin-hackathorn@uiowa.edu.

There are no upcoming application deadlines for this program.
This Program is for: Faculty and Research Staff

Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry

There are no upcoming application deadlines for this program.