Fall 2016 Graduate Travel Grants

Dear A&H Graduate Students:

Thanks to support from Graduate Dean Marion Underwood and A&H Dean Dennis Kratz, the School of Arts & Humanities faculty is able to encourage graduate students to present their scholarly or creative work at professional conferences, symposia, and workshops. To that end, the School will award 6 to -8 travel grants of up to $350 for presentations delivered in the United States during the Fall 2016 semester. These grants take the form of reimbursement for travel expenses.

Graduate students who have applied to participate or have been accepted to participate in a professional conference, symposium, or workshop should submit the attached application by Monday, October 31, 2016. Every graduate student applying for a travel grant must complete a hard copy of the “Travel Authorization Form” available from Lisa Lyles in the Dean’s Suite (JO 4.510). They should then return that form to Ms. Lyles. (NOTE: Please do not complete the indemnification and medical forms unless you are indeed awarded funds.)

Graduate students should also save proof of their expenditures for lodging and conference registration fees. (University regulations generally do not permit reimbursement of airfare.) The Graduate Studies Committee, or GSC, will make its decision giving priority to academic record, seniority in graduate program, relation of presentation to final project (e.g., dissertation, portfolio, or thesis), selectivity of conference, and degree of participation in conference.

Students may receive travel grants only twice in their graduate career.

Please forward any question or concerns about the application process to Associate Dean John Gooch (john.gooch@utdallas.edu).

Please e-mail the completed form as a Word-compatible attachment to john.gooch@utdallas.edu.

Thank you.


John Gooch
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
School of Arts & Humanities

Folger Institute Scholarly Programs – Skills Course Spring 17

A Folger Orientation to Research Methods and Agendas
Late Spring Intensive Skills Course

The best research is inquiry based and allows for serendipity. A scholar needs to sharpen research questions and search skills simultaneously and with sensitivity to the ways questions and sources affect each other. The available evidence may invite a new thesis, require a revised approach, or even suggest a new field of exploration. This intensive week is not designed to advance participants’ individual research projects. Rather, it aims to cultivate a habit of curiosity into primary sources with exercises that engage participants’ research interests. It is offered to help early-stage graduate students develop a set of research-oriented literacies as they explore the Folger’s rich collections. With the guidance of visiting faculty and Folger staff, up to two dozen participants will examine bibliographical tools and their logics, hone their early modern book description skills, and improve their understanding of the cultural and technological histories of texts. Participants will ask reflexive questions about the nature of primary sources, the collections that house them, and the tools whereby one can access them.

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., May 8 – 12, 2017.

Apply: January 17, 2017 for admission and grants-in-aid. This skills course is intended for students in the early years of graduate work. In addition to following the general application guidelines, applicants for this course should describe a research question, the motivating reason to look to primary sources to answer this question, and any previous experience with early modern materials. This skills course may be taken for one credit of independent graduate study; if a participant is able to arrange for one graduate credit on the home campus under the direction of an on-campus advisor, the Institute will certify participation.

Abrams Dissertation Research Travel Award

Dear Faculty and Doctoral Students,

In July of 2015, the Dorfman & Kivowitz families made a donation to the School of A&H in recognition of their grandparents, Dorothy and Herman Abrams. Herman Abrams, now deceased, was once a graduate student in Arts & Humanities who earned a master’s degree from our program. The donation not only commemorates his receiving an advanced degree from A&H but also honors his widow, Dorothy, on her 100th birthday.  Last academic year, Ms. Toni Loftin, Ph.D. student under the direction of Dr. Monica Rankin (Associate Professor of Historical Studies), became the first recipient of this award.

This academic year, we will once again award $1,000 to one recipient who will then use this funding for travel associated with his or her dissertation research (e.g., archival research in another location). This money, however, cannot be used for travel to academic conferences. To be eligible, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must be pursuing a Ph.D. in the School of Arts & Humanities.
  2. Applicants must have advanced to doctoral candidacy.
  3. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or international students.
  4. Applicants must plan to graduate after the Fall 2016 Semester.
  5. Applicants cannot receive more than one award from this program during the academic year.
  6. Recipients must sign a release form, in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), allowing UT Dallas to use application material for award purposes.
  7. Applicants must include a detailed budget as an appendix to the application.

Applicants must also provide an endorsement from their dissertation chair. A short e-mail to me from the chairperson expressing his or her support will suffice for this purpose.

Application form

The GSC will begin reviewing applications in early October, and we will announce the recipient on Friday, October 14th. The deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

Thank you. Please direct any concerns or inquiries directly to me at john.gooch@utdallas.edu.

John Gooch
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies