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Department Fellowships and Awards

Lindesmith-Mullins Fellowship

Background: This award has been endowed by several donors in honor of Alfred Lindesmith (longtime faculty member at IU) and Elizabeth Ione Mullins (who received her PhD from our Department in 1975). The Lindesmith-Mullins Fellowship is the most prestigious Departmental prize that recognizes excellence in research.

Eligibility: Only students who will be working on their dissertations during the Fellowship year are eligible to apply. This Fellowship does not cover tuition fees, so students who apply should be G901-eligible.

Award: The Fellowship provides support for two semesters, and there may be multiple recipients in any year. The amount of the stipend varies from year to year, and it will be approximately equal to the amount given by the College’s Dissertation Year Research Fellowship. The Fellowship covers fees associated with enrollment in the mandatory health insurance plan. The stipend is adjusted downward to compensate for concurrent sources of fellowship or scholarship funding, but in all cases recipients may retain the Lindesmith-Mullins as an honorific award and they will receive total funding no less than the Lindesmith-Mullins stipend.

Materials to submit: (1) curriculum vitae; (2) research statement (no longer than four pages) that describes the applicant’s research trajectory, focusing on past accomplishments and on specific plans for work to be conducted during the Fellowship year; (3) copies of research publications; (4) copies of unpublished scholarship (papers under review or being readied for submission, presentations at professional meetings);.

Criteria for selection (listed in order of descending importance): (1) quality of research accomplishments to date; (2) quality of the proposed program of future research; (3) potential for a successful research career in sociology.

Application deadline: March 1. Submit all materials electronically to the Graduate Secretary as a single PDF file. The recipient(s) will be selected by the Graduate Recruitment and Evaluation Committee.


Glen D. and Dorothy E. Stewart Family Scholarship

Background: This scholarship was endowed by Cynthia Stewart Simon and William E. Simon, Jr., in honor of Cynthia Simon’s parents and family. Cindy Simon earned her B.A. in Sociology from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1977. The scholarship is awarded to a graduate student whose career objective is to remain in the field of sociology as a teacher in a college or university. The Stewart Family Scholarship is the most prestigious Departmental prize that recognizes excellence in teaching.

Eligibility: Only students who will be working on their dissertation during the year of the Scholarship are eligible. This Scholarship does not cover tuition fees, so students who apply must be G901-eligible. Applicants must have already taught for the Department as an Associate Instructor.

Award: The recipient(s) will receive support for one or two semesters, and there may be multiple recipients in any year. The amount of the stipend varies from year to year; the total amount given will be approximately equal to the semester equivalent of the College’s Dissertation Year Research Fellowship. If the recipient(s) choose to enroll in the voluntary health insurance plan, the Department will cover those fees as part of the scholarship award. The stipend is adjusted downward to compensate for concurrent sources of fellowship or scholarship funding, but in all cases recipients may retain the Stewart Family Scholarship as an honorific award and they will receive total funding no less than the Stewart Family Scholarship stipend.

Materials to submit: (1) curriculum vitae; (2) teaching dossier, including list of courses taught (showing number of students enrolled), syllabi and other handouts, course evaluations, evidence of pedagogical activities outside the classroom, and a one-page statement of your teaching goals and philosophy (including a self-evaluation of your teaching effectiveness); (3) evidence of research accomplishments, including a one-page abstract of the dissertation proposal, published papers, manuscripts submitted for publication, papers read at professional meetings)

Criteria for selection: Excellence in teaching is the primary criterion for this scholarship. Potential to secure a teaching position at a college or university as reflected in research accomplishments is also important. 

Application deadline: February 20. Submit all materials electronically to the Graduate Secretary as a single PDF file. The recipient(s) will be selected by the Graduate Recruitment and Evaluation Committee.


Advanced Departmental Fellowships (ADF)

Background: ADFs are administered by the Department, and funds are provided by the College of Arts and Sciences. The number of ADFs will vary depending upon the amount of funding provided by the College in a given year.

Eligibility: These fellowships are typically given to students entering their fourth through sixth year in the program. Only students who have completed the M.A. by the start of the fellowship year will be considered. This fellowship does not include a tuition waiver, so fellows must be eligible for G901. Students may not receive full-year ADFs in two consecutive academic years, although previous winners are allowed to apply again after the hiatus. There is no limit on the total number of semesters that a student might be supported through an ADF. Fellows are not allowed to hold other remunerative fellowships or scholarships concurrently with the ADF. Fellows are expected to be on the Bloomington campus during the period of fellowship support, unless the research project requires relocation elsewhere (e.g., fieldwork, archival data collection, etc.), and they are not allowed to take on other employment during the fellowship period; these restrictions may be waived in special circumstances by the Director of Graduate Studies and the fellow’s advisor. Near the end of the period of fellowship support, fellows must provide the Director of Graduate with a one-page summary of their research progress and accomplishments (in order to be eligible for future Departmental support), and fellows are encouraged to present their research at one of the Department’s workshops during the period of support.

Award: Fellows will receive support for either one or two semesters. The ADF covers costs of mandatory health insurance.

Materials to submit: (1) curriculum vitae; (2) a research statement (no more than four pages in length) that describes research activities to date and outlines a research plan proposed for the fellowship year (the proposed project may or may not be related to the fellow’s dissertation); (3) evidence of research productivity (copies of publications, presentations at professional meetings, submissions, including those focused on pedagogy);

Criteria for selection (listed in descending importance): (1) demonstrated history of research productivity (e.g. presentations, submissions, publications); (2) quality of the research statement (especially, the feasibility and potential significance of the proposed research, and how the fellowship would contribute to the applicant’s professional progress); (3) timely progress toward the PhD (successful applicants will have typically finished all course work, or nearly so).

Application deadline: March 1. Submit all materials electronically to the Graduate Secretary as a single PDF file. Fellowship recipients are selected by the Graduate Recruitment and Evaluation Committee.


Schuessler Award for Graduate Research

Background: This award honors the name of distinguished sociologist Karl F. Schuessler, whose long-time involvement with this Department as student, professor, mentor, director of the Institute that now bears his name, and chair did much to establish our reputation as a community of productive and consequential researchers. The prize is designed to sustain this emphasis on research among current graduate students by celebrating excellence in a piece of written work. If you have questions, please contact the chair of the selection committee or the Director of Graduate Studies.

Eligibility: This competition is open to any student enrolled in the graduate program in Sociology at Indiana University. Submissions are not limited to any particular substantive topic, methodology or theoretical orientation. Schuessler Award recipients are expected to give an oral presentation of their prize-winning research at an appropriate workshop or other Departmental forum. Papers that do not win the Award on their first try may be resubmitted (with or without revision) in following years.

Award: Recipients will receive a cash award (the amount will vary). If two recipients are chosen, both will receive the full monetary amount available. The Schuessler Award may not be given in every academic year.

Materials to be submitted: Students should submit a published paper or unpublished manuscript that conforms to the following conditions: (1) the work must be of sufficient scope and length to allow the committee to assess its contribution to sociological knowledge (journal-article length); (2) submissions may be published papers, manuscripts under review or being readied for submission, talks delivered at Department workshops or professional meetings, or papers prepared for a course; (3) full-length and unrevised Masters theses and dissertations are not eligible, but papers based on research conducted for a thesis or dissertation may be submitted; (4) papers co-authored with faculty members (at IU or elsewhere) are not eligible; (5) papers with solo authorship and those co-authored with other graduate students are eligible, but if the collaborator is at another university, the first author must be enrolled at Indiana University.

Criteria for selection: Excellence of the research manuscript in terms of its contribution to sociological knowledge.

Application deadline: March 25. Submit the paper electronically to the Graduate Secretary as a single PDF file. Selection of the recipient (s) will be made by the Schuessler Award Committee. All decisions of the committee are final. Recipients will be announced at the spring awards ceremony in April.


Sutherland Teaching Award

Background: This award honors the eminent criminologist and long-time member of this Department Edwin H. Sutherland. From time to time, a separate Sutherland Teaching Award is given to a faculty member in Sociology. Both prizes acknowledge the importance of teaching and other pedagogical activities in the Department, and rewards excellence and commitment in these endeavors.

Eligibility: Only students in the graduate program of the Department of Sociology at Indiana University may apply. Applicants must have served as an Associate Instructor for the Department, or been significantly involved in other teaching-related activities (such as writing papers or participating in workshops/conferences with a focus on college pedagogy). Anybody is welcome to nominate an eligible graduate student for the Sutherland Teaching Award by submitting their name to the chair of the selection committee; nominees will be contacted by the selection committee, and encouraged to apply.

Award: Recipients will receive a cash award (the amount will vary). If two or more recipients are chosen, each will receive the full monetary amount available. The Sutherland Award need not be given in every academic year.

Materials to be submitted: Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a teaching dossier with the following materials: (1) a teaching statement no more than four pages in length, summarizing the applicant’s goals and philosophy of teaching; (2) list of courses taught, by semester, along with number of students enrolled; (3) syllabi and other course handouts; (4) course evaluations, both qualitative and quantitative; (5) unsolicited letters from students (solicited recommendation letters will not be considered); (6) any evidence of pedagogical activities outside the classroom (such as participation at teaching-related conferences or workshops, participation in the PFF program, teaching-related publications (including presentations and submissions), and mentoring/tutoring.

Criteria for Selection: Excellence in teaching activities, both inside and outside the classroom.

Application deadline: March 1. Submit all materials to the Graduate Secretary electronically as a single PDF file. The recipient(s) will be chosen by the Teaching Awards Committee. The recipient(s) will be announced at the Department’s annual awards ceremony in April.


Social Action Award

Background: The Social Action Award was created to recognize students whose service, teaching and research have brought about constructive change in the community or society-at-large.

Eligibility: Any student enrolled in the graduate program of the Department of Sociology at Indiana University may apply. Anybody is welcome to nominate an eligible graduate student for the Social Action Award by submitting their name to the chair of the selection committee; nominees will be contacted by the selection committee, and encouraged to apply.

Award: Recipients will receive a cash award (the amount will vary). If two or more recipients are chosen, each will receive the full monetary amount available. The Social Action Award need not be given in every academic year.

Materials to submit: 1) a cover letter which describes your social action activities and their impact on the community. It should answer the questions: Why is social action important to you? What have you done? What effect have these activities had on the community?  How is your social action related to your career as a sociologist? (No more than 3 pages, single-spaced); 2) current curriculum vitae that emphasizes social action activities (something you might provide to a prospective employer who was interested not only in your expertise as researcher and teacher, but as someone committed to improving the world). In addition, you may include other supporting materials that document your social action activities, such as flyers for an activity that you arranged or a report for a community agency; 3) two letters of recommendation emphasizing social action activities, at least one of which is from a member of the community other than an IU faculty member.

Criteria for selection: Successful applicants will display the following three qualities (which are given equal weight): (1) exceptional service to the community in the pursuit of progressive social change; (2) teaching that successfully increases students’ awareness and understanding of social issues and injustice; (3) research that actively engages social problems and policies that create solutions.

Application deadline: April 1. Submit the cover letter, the CV, and any supporting material as a single PDF in that order to the Graduate Secretary.  If you include supporting material, scan it and attach it as part of the PDF. Have your referees send a PDF on letterhead, an email, or a paper version of the letter of recommendation to the Graduate Secretary addressed to Chair, Social Action Award committee. All materials must be received by the application deadline. The recipient(s) will be selected by the Social Action Award Committee. The recipient(s) will be announced at the annual Departmental award ceremony in April.


Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship (PFF)

Background: The PFF Fellowship is a great opportunity for graduate students interested college pedagogy and other issues in higher education. The Fellow will work closely with PFF co-directors on S506 (The Teaching of Undergraduate Sociology) and on other teaching-related tasks. Moreover, the PFF Fellow will serve as the liaison between Associate Instructors and the Department/University, organize and co-coordinate the annual Indiana University PFF conference, and participate in regional/national conferences on higher education. Fellows may be expected to average about 20 hours of work per week on PFF-related activities. Further information is available from the PFF co-directors and from recent PFF Fellows.

Eligibility: Only students who have taught as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Sociology are eligible to apply. Students who have won a fellowship or scholarship in the immediately preceding year are eligible to apply for a PFF, and PFF Fellows are eligible for other Department fellowships and scholarships in the year immediately following. This fellowship does not include a tuition waiver, so fellows must be eligible for G901.

Award: The PFF Fellow will receive a stipend equivalent to the AI stipend. Fees associated with the mandatory health care plan are covered by this fellowship.

Materials to be submitted: (1) curriculum vitae; (2) documentation of teaching effectiveness, including: list of courses taught [with enrollments], teaching evaluations, course syllabi/handouts and a teaching statement describing the applicant’s pedagogical goals and philosophy (no more than four pages); (3) documentation of other pedagogical activities such as: participation at teaching-related conferences or workshops, prior participation in the PFF program, teaching-related publications (including presentations and submissions), and mentoring/tutoring.

Criteria for selection (weighted equally): (1) quality of classroom teaching; (2) extent of teaching-related activities outside the classroom.

Application deadline: February 1. Materials should be submitted to the Graduate Secretary. Selections will be made by the PFF co-directors.


Mannheim Summer Exchange Program

Background: The University of Mannheim in Germany regularly offers the opportunity for two graduate students in Sociology at Indiana University to teach one graduate-level class each at Mannheim during the early summer months. The specific courses to be taught are negotiated each year in discussions between Mannheim and our Director of Graduate Studies. In the past, IU students have taught statistics, qualitative methods and a variety of substantive courses. Students interested in the Mannheim Exchange Program are strongly encouraged to meet with the DGS well before the application deadline, to discuss the fit between the courses they are capable of teaching and Mannheim’s course needs. The Mannheim Center also offers a rich research environment, and this opportunity will be especially attractive to students who want to develop scholarly ties with European sociologists or who have embarked on comparative research involving European data.

Eligibility: Only students who have completed three years in the graduate program in Sociology at Indiana University are eligible to apply. The classes are taught in English.

Award: The University of Mannheim pays 4000 Euros, and the IU Department of Sociology adds a $3,500 fellowship to help defray costs of travel and supplement the stipend. In addition, Mannheim will cover costs of German language training during the students’ stay in Germany.

Materials to submit: (1) curriculum vitae; (2) a one-page statement about what you hope to gain from this experience that would advance your professional career (teaching and research); (3) a one-page description of the course (or courses) you would be prepared to teach in Mannheim; (4) a teaching dossier consisting of a list of courses taught (with enrollments), syllabi and handouts, and course evaluations.
Criteria for selection: The DGS will consult with the Graduate Recruitment and Evaluation Committee and rank-order applicants in terms of: (1) quality of the course proposal; (2) quality of teaching performance as an AI; (3) research benefits to the applicant from the exchange program. These criteria are listed in descending order of importance.

Application deadline: April 1. Submit all materials electronically to the Graduate Secretary as a single PDF file. Successful applicants will be informed of their selection by the end of the current academic year.


Schuessler Scholarship for Study at ICPSR

Background: This scholarship honors the memory and generosity of Karl F. Schuessler, long-time faculty member in the Department and eminent quantitative social scientist. The Schuessler Scholarship provides support for graduate students who would benefit from taking courses in quantitative methods and statistics through the Summer Program at the University of Michigan’s Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

Eligibility: Students in their first through third year of graduate study in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University will be given priority for this scholarship. At IU, Scholarship recipients must register for S864 to receive course credits for ICPSR summer courses, and they must enroll for six credit hours at IU during the summer. At ICPSR, students must enroll for two “four-week courses” offered in the same session. These courses must be listed as “workshops” rather than “lectures” (as per ICPSR regulations, credit can only be awarded for four-week workshops). The Scholarship does not cover enrollment in “three-to-five day workshops.”

Award: The ICPSR has not yet announced their fee structure for classes offered during summer 2012. The Scholarship will cover the full cost of those fees, and also provide a modest stipend to assist with travel to Ann Arbor and living expenses. Multiple scholarships may be awarded.

Materials to submit: (1) curriculum vitae; (2) unofficial IU Transcript; (3) two-page statement describing how participation in ICPSR’s Summer Program would contribute to the applicant’s research trajectory, focusing on the specific four-week workshops to be taken and plans for future research projects; (4) one paper submitted for a graduate course or the applicant’s MA paper or one manuscript submitted to a journal for publication or one research publication.

Criteria for selection: (1) performance in graduate classes, especially those in statistics and research methods; (2) quality of writing sample; (3) promise suggested by research statement.

Application Deadline: March 1. Submit all materials to the Graduate Secretary electronically as a single PDF file. The recipient(s) will be selected by the Graduate Recruitment and Evaluation Committee.