[Blueboard] MacArthur Fellowships at the University of Minnesota

Benjamin T. Tolosa btolosa at admu.edu.ph
Fri Oct 26 07:47:13 PHT 2001

I would like to inform the Ateneo community of two fellowship 
competitions sponsored by the MacArthur Interdisciplinary 
Program on Global Change, Sustainability and Justice for graduate 
studies at the University of Minnesota (SY 2002-2003).

Full information about the MacArthur Program, the fellowship 
competitions (including guidelines and downloadable application 
forms) may be found at www.icgc.umn.edu or may be requested 
through macarth at tc.umn.edu.  I also have one hard copy each of 
the guidelines and application forms available at the Political 
Science Department (3/F Social Sciences Bldg).  You may also 
contact me if you need further details about the MacArthur 
Program, the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global 
Change and the University of Minnesota (btolosa at admu.edu.ph).

Below is a summary of the fellowship objectives and guidelines:

The MacArthur Program on Global Change, Sustainability and 
Justice encourages research and training on four broad dimensions 
of contemporary world society: global governance and transnational 
norms; environmental sustainability and social justice; war and 
peace in historical context; and the production, performance and 
representation of identities. This involves examining such 
processes as:
- economic, political, environmental and social change and conflict 
and their consequences for national and international peace and 
- the sustainability of ecosystems, human-environment 
relationships, and development processes
- the capacity of institutions in developing societies to undergo 
redesign and reform to cope with tensions caused by political, 
economic, environmental and technological change
- popular empowerment and the enhancement of human rights, 
justice and freedoms
- the role of disaffected and disadvantaged sectors of developing 
societies experiencing change and conflict
- the significance of race, class, ethnicity and gender

Fellowship holders participate in a series of workshops and 
seminars designed to supplement the studies in their academic 
departments.  The MacArthur courses can be used as the basis for 
an interdisciplinary freestanding Ph.D. minor in Development 
Studies and Social Change.

1)  MacArthur Scholars Fellowship Competition

Students entering doctoral programs in the College of Agriculture, 
the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts, the 
College of Natural Resources, and the School of Public Health, or 
entering professional degree programs (M.A.) in the Humphrey 
Institute of Public Affairs and (M.S.) in the School of Public Health 
of the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) in the Fall of 2002 will 
be considered.  They must have applied for admission to one of 
those units before applying for support from the MacArthur Program 
and must be admitted to a graduate or professional degree program 
by Fall 2002.

Approximately twelve awards are made each year. First year 
support is a $12,500 stipend, plus tuition and health insurance. 
Support in second and third years of doctoral programs is in the 
form of assistantships from the academic departments (covering 
tuition and health insurance as well).  MacArthur Scholars are 
guaranteed a $2,500 predissertation fieldwork grant at the 
appropriate stage of their progress, on submission of an acceptable 
proposal.  The MacArthur Program makes every effort to provide 
some support for dissertation-writing.

2)  IWMI-MacArthur Program Collaborative Water Resources 

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) awards these 
fellowships in conjunction with the MacArthur Program, each 
partner assuring half of the four- or five-year package.  Recipients 
participate fully in MacArthur Program activities as IWMI-MacArthur 
Scholars.  The fellowship provides support to candidates from 
developing countries whose studies and research will address 
interdisciplinary water resources issues in developing nations 
related to poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, social 
justice and conflict in the context of global change.  Fellowship 
recipients must be committed to conducting dissertation research 
in the developing world on topics that fit into IWMI's overall 
research program (www.cgiar.org/iwmi) and to returning to their 
home area on completion of graduate studies to apply their skills 
and education there. IWMI provides support during the student's 
dissertation research years.

The deadline for applications for both fellowship competitions is 
February 1, 2002.

Benjamin T. Tolosa, Jr., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Political Science
School of Social Sciences
Ateneo de Manila University
P.O. Box 154 Manila, Philippines
(632) 426-6001, ext. 5250, 5251

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