Monthly Archives: November 2014

Admissions Update: Test scores

I’ve received several emails asking if GRE and/or TOEFL scores must be received by the December 15 application deadline or if the tests must simply be taken by December 15. All application materials must be RECEIVED by December 15 in order for the application to be considered. ETS sends tests scores to UT every 1-3, so plan your test dates accordingly.

2015-2016 Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program

Nominations are now being accepted for The University of Texas at Austin selection of candidates for the 2015-2016 Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program. Eligible students are in their senior year or are alumni who have graduated within the past academic year and have not yet started graduate studies.

The Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program provides an opportunity for 10-12 students who desire careers in international affairs to have a substantive one-year working experience in Washington, D.C. Junior Fellows provide research assistance to scholars working on Carnegie Endowment programs.

The University of Texas at Austin has been invited to nominate qualified students to be considered for the program. A committee of faculty and staff will review applications and select up to two nominees for the national competition. The Endowment does not accept applications directly from students. The University of Texas at Austin deadline is Monday, December 1, 2014.

Penn Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for Excellence through Diversity

This is a great fellowship for US citizens working on a dissertation in the humanities. The diversity component states: Be a student of exceptional academic merit who belongs to a group underrepresented in higher education; and/or comes from a socially, culturally, or educationally disadvantaged background or has faced other significant personal obstacles; and/or pursues academic research on cultural, societal, or educational problems as they affect disadvantaged sectors of society.

Title: Penn Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for Excellence through Diversity

Sponsor: University of Pennsylvania

Deadline: 03/02/2015

Amount: $29,172 + health insurance and $3,000 research fund


Description: These awards are designed to provide mentorship and access to Penn’s resources for doctoral students in the humanities or social sciences, enrolled at universities other than Penn, as they complete their dissertations. The Fellowships are intended to support scholars from a wide range of backgrounds, who can contribute to the diversity of Penn and the higher education community. These residential Fellowships support graduate students in the final stages of dissertation research or writing at Penn for an academic year, normally September through August. They offer an opportunity for scholars who plan an academic career to take advantage of Penn programs and faculty expertise and to have access to libraries and the resources of the Philadelphia region. Candidates must be a U.S citizen or permanent resident.


How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by March 2. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.


More Info:

CFP: Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations, and States of Being

Hello Graduate Student Colleagues,
I am pleased to announce the release of this year’s 22nd Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies Call for Paper (CFP). This year’s theme is “Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations, and States of Being”. The conference will be held March 25-26th at the Student Activities Center (SAC). Please review the proposal and consider submitting an abstract for a paper, poster, or performance presentation. Priority deadline for submissions is December 20th, 2014, and the final deadline is January 10th, 2015.
Garrett Sawyer
CWGS Graduate Student Conference Committee Chair

Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations, and States of Being

22nd Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies

Graduate Student Conference*

March 25-26th, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin


The Center for Women’s & Gender Studies (CWGS) conference offers both undergraduate and graduate students at any recognized university the opportunity to share their research in women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies with the students and faculty affiliates of CWGS, The University of Texas at Austin community, and CWGS community partners. We invite individual papers, creative writing and artistic posters, performance pieces, and panel submissions from participants in any discipline whose research pertains to any topic in women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies.

*Presentation at this conference will count towards the WGS MA Program, and the WGS Graduate Portfolio Certificate and/or the WGS Graduate Portfolio Certificate LGBTQ Studies Track.
We especially welcome submissions related to CWGS’s 2014-2015 theme:

 “Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations, and States of Being”

How are boundaries determined and contested? How do notions of boundary and space inform identities and relationships? What does it mean to move through space? What does it mean to take up or occupy a space – especially for marginalized bodies? How do diasporic moments in history lead to different mappings of race and gender? How – in varied ways – do we/can we construct or imagine, space? What are the limits of history, memory, and geographical boundaries on ideas and experiences of space?

We invite proposals that address these questions (or pose related ones) using the lenses of gender, race, sexuality, ability, performance or other feminist, womanist, queer or anti-racist methodologies.

Our understandings of location, space, and identity are broad and open to interpretation. Possible topics may include:


Virtual Borderlands

Comparative Borderlands Studies

Spiritual Borderlands


Sexual Borderlands

Borders, Belonging, and Nation/State



Geographies of the Body/Mapping the Body

Marginalized Bodies: Creating/Contesting/Occupying Space

Sexuality and Trauma


Bodies in Space/Bodies as Space

Physicality and Performance



Geography and Identity

Migrant/Immigrant Identities

Co-creation of Identity and Space

Community and Space

Identity and Diaspora(s)

Intersections of Space with Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Ability, and other Identities


Space and Place:

“Real” and “Imagined” Space

Virtual Space


(Inter-)Disciplinary Perspectives on Space and Place

Making Claims to Space – Colonialism, Conquest, Invasion, Citizenship/Belonging

Space, Place, and Social Change

Queer, Feminist, Womanist, and Indigenous Interventions/Critiques of Space and Place

Students proposing individual presentations (15 minutes) on any topic must submit: (1) 250 word abstract (2) Participant Application and Brief Biography. Students proposing a panel presentation are to submit an abstract of the panel along with the required materials for individual papers as listed above. For panel submissions, please limit the number of participants to four. All submissions should be made here:

Priority Submission Deadline: December 20, 2014

Final Submission Deadline: January 10, 2015


Conference Registration $20
There is no cost for submitting a proposal.

Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF)

I’m reaching out to you to get your help on letting people in Asian Studies know that Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) is back and it’s only a week away! AAAFF was a successful film festival in Austin several years ago. I attended it one year when I was a graduate student in the Department of Asian Studies, and I loved my experience at the festival. Now I’m part of the team that brought the film festival back this year. I worked on the programing team and I’m proud to say that we have a strong line-up of films from Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, Thailand, Taiwan, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, and the U.S.
We’d like to get the word out to everyone in Asian Studies, so more people get to see the great films that we carefully selected, enjoy the panels and meet the filmmakers. The festival is offering a discounted student pass fee for $45.
Please see the flyers attached for more information about the $45 student film pass, as well as the information of a free screening on UT campus.

More information about the festival can be found on its website:
If any students would like to volunteer at the festival, please check out this page:
Jing Yang
MFA in Film/Media Production
The University of Texas at Austin
Director / Photographer


2015-16 FLAS competition

Dear Students,
We are pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2015-16 FLAS competition. We are also excited to offer a new addition of the undergraduate FLAS for the academic year award! The FLAS application can be found on the following link –
The highly competitive Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The fellowship assists meritorious graduate students undergoing intensive training in modern languages and related area or international studies.
It is highly encouraged that applicants read the FAQs regarding the FLAS application as we have made some significant changes to this year’s award requirements (such as the new requirement of filling out a FAFSA to indicate the ‘financial need’). We also recommend that you collect all your documents before you start the process as there is no option to save or resume the FLAS application once it is started. 
All this information and much more can be found on the South Asia Institute’s website –
The due date for the FLAS applications is February 6, 2015. Notifications of awards will be sent out end of March 2015.
Please email for any questions/concerns regarding the application.

GRS 097 course for first-time TAs

GRS 097 is a 0-credit hour course for first-time TAs leading discussion sections in CoLA to gain knowledge about teaching fundamentals.  We piloted the program in CoLA last year and our research indicates that TAs benefited greatly from the seminar in areas such as feeling prepared to teach the subject matter, creating a positive learning environment, and using a range of instructional strategies.  After the seminar, TAs felt more strongly that their teaching influenced student learning and that they were able to reflect upon their teaching practice to keep improving as instructors.  
Here is the link to the application that contains more information about this professional development opportunity:  The due date for the application is Friday, November 21 at 5 p.m.



Thank you,


Molly Hatcher, J.D., Ph.D.

Program Coordinator, Graduate Student Development

SZB 450G | 512.232.5181


2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The U.S. Department of State would like to remind you that the deadline for submitting applications for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is fast approaching! We are now a little over two weeks away from the deadline: November 12th, 2014 at 8pm EST. 

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the thirteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website:

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language program.

The application is available online at:

Applications will be due November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website:

We have hosted 3 webinars and their recordings can be found here (on our website) 

For news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or our Facebook page for updates!

CLS Website:

CLS Facebook page:

For questions, please contact us at: