Click above for an overview of national fellowships and scholarships.
Sophomores who are considering eventual doctoral study may want to think now about applying to the CUNY PIPELINE PROGRAM in their Junior year. Pipeline provides first-class support for graduate- school-bound juniors (who become seniors while in the program). Accepted students take a summer honors course to prepare them for senior-year study, receive assistance in preparing and paying for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and graduate-school applications, work on an independent project of their own devising with a mentor from their home institution during their senior year, and receive a generous stipend of around $4,000. The program is a wonderful combination of educational and financial support, coupled with the flexibility of doing most of the work at Lehman. Students who have gone through the program, including former EHP student Michelle Cantey, speak of it highly, as does Professor Schwartz (director of Macaulay and Lehman Scholars) and a number of English Department faculty. The deadline for applications—application- form, essay, and two letters of recommendation—can be found at the link above. If you’re interested in applying, brainstorm with professors and recommenders this spring and/or early next fall.
The NEWHOUSE GRADUATE NEWSPAPER FELLOWSHIP FOR MINORITIES offers two awards, each worth more than $65,000, allowing students to study in the Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism master's program at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications. The fellowship covers 18 months of graduate study with a professional internship, including free tuition, a monthly stipend, and health insurance. Its goal is to diversify newsrooms by helping the careers of journalists from underrepresented groups. The application deadline is January 15. A GRE score and 3 recommendation letters are required.
Full-time Lehman sophomores with a 3.3 GPA or higher and majoring in a liberal arts field are encouraged to consider the JEANNETTE K. WATSON FELLOWSHIP which is open to first-years and sophomores. The deadline usually is in February. The Fellowship provides students with three years of paid summer internships, a yearly stipend of $6,000, mentoring, and enriched educational opportunities. Lehman students, including EHP sophomore Jasmine Miranda, have won these—apply! Professor Schwartz oversees Lehman applications and welcomes ALL comers.
Another fantastic funded prize is the CUNY THOMAS TAM SCHOLARSHIP: $1000 first prize and $250 Honorable mention to “an . . . undergraduate student . . . Asian or non-Asian, who has demonstrated creativity in the communication of the concerns of the Asian American community in areas such as Health, Education and Culture.” No one from Lehman has yet applied for this scholarship, so it’s YOUR TIME NOW! Go for it!
Here’s another fellowship program to discuss with me or any other professor (especially Prof. Schwartz): CARNEGIE JUNIOR FELLOWS. See details at. You have to be nominated by faculty to apply—so find out if this is for you & make someone consider you for nomination!
The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture (affiliated with the NY Public Library) runs the SCHOMBURG-MELLON HUMANITIES SUMMER INSTITUTE, an incredible six-week opportunity for rising seniors to do research in any aspect of black studies that includes a $3,000 stipend plus free housing, free
meals, incredible mentoring—an unbelievable deal. Deadline is January 15, 2016.
EHP students Stephanie Chung and Jean Soto have attended Queens College’s LONDON CALLING: A CREATIVE WRITING SEMINAR and recommends it highly. Good if you have pre-existing summer funding!
Other funding opportunities
Scholarships: There is money out there for all kinds of intellectual endeavors: do not make the mistake of thinking you do not have a chance—you do! (Lots of prizes and fellowships are under-applied-to, which means there is a smaller pool of applicants and a larger chance of success.) There’s a CUNY site that lists every kind of funding under the sun. Pay particular attention to the “Prestigious Scholarships”. CUNY students—departmental honors students as well as LSP and Macaulay students, Lehman students as well as students from the other senior colleges—do get these goods. If you don’t believe me, go to scholarship recipients and type “Lehman” into the “find” box.
If you find a scholarship or fellowship that seems to match your strengths and interests, bring it up with a professor. Get that conversation going—you never know where it may lead!