Advanced Ph.D. Students Win Fellowship Awards

The Department of Government provides advanced doctoral students several teaching opportunities through competitive fellowship programs.

Jill Hopper Memorial Fellowship Awards

The first of these programs funds two (2) Jill Hopper Memorial Fellowships. Fellowship recipients would teach a pro-seminar during one semester of the 2014-2015 academic year, and they would be released from teaching / research obligations the other semester in order to work exclusively on their dissertations.

We are pleased to announce that the Hopper Memorial Fellowships recipients in academic year 2014-2015 are:

  •  Rebecca Davis-Gibbons, “Politics of Nuclear Proliferation and Nonproliferation,” Fall 2014
  •  Meir Walters, “Everyday Life Under Authoritarianism," Spring 2015
Pro-Seminar Fellowship Awards

The second program provides for several pro-seminars each year. Students selected to teach these seminars would be paid at the same rate as teaching/research assistants, and we also cover their Thesis Research tuition for the semester when they are teaching.

We are also pleased to announce that four (4) Pro-Seminars were awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. The fellowship recipients are:

  • Dani Nedal, “ Global Perspectives on International Affairs,” Fall 2014
  • Jaclyn Kerr, “Global Internet Politics,” Fall 2014
  • Christine Kim, “The Politics of Millennials,” Spring 2015
  • Christopher Utter, “Aristotle’s Political Philosophy,” Spring 2015

The proposals were reviewed by field chairs as well as the Director of Graduate Studies and Chair of Admissions & Fellowships. There were three main criteria used in evaluation of the proposals:

  1. Student’s merit based on the strength of the academic record and progress toward completion of the dissertation;
  2. A distribution across the fields and a fit with existing course offerings; and
  3. The quality and potential demand for the specific courses proposed.