Celebrating Asian Heritage

Once again, this year, Queens College has partnered with APIA Scholars, an organization which provides financial assistance, professional development and mentoring to students of Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander backgrounds.  Over the years, this has been a fruitful relationship, with QC students receiving generous funding and opportunities to connect with members of the AAPI community from around the country.  If you are a Queens College undergraduate student, you may be eligible to apply for two scholarships offered by APIA scholars.  You can read more here, and you can get in touch with our Office of National Fellowships for assistance with the application, including the required essays by emailing QCfellowships@qc.cuny.edu. The deadline is November 10th so why not get started today!

We are also very pleased to share a recording of an event the Fellowships Office hosted in May as part of the college’s campus-wide celebration of Asian Heritage month.  President Frank H. Wu provided important historical and contemporary context for our conversation with two QC alumnae who generously shared their experiences of AAPI identity, tips for successful fellowship and graduate school applications, and resources for professional development.  Whether you identify as a member of the AAPI community or not, you are bound to be enriched by this important conversation.

If you are interested, please sign in here so we can follow up with you. Good luck!

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Information Session: Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship provides support for academically gifted juniors at partner institutions planning to pursue graduate studies in the arts, humanities or social sciences.  If you are a Queens College student with a high GPA pursuing an appropriate major, you may be eligible to apply.  The award provides $4,000 of initial support to assist with the graduate school application process, then a total of $30,000 over the first two years of graduate study.

The campus deadline for Queens College is Thursday, January 28, 2021.

For more information, and to listen to a discussion with a recent QC Beinecke winner, please watch the video below.

Don’t forget to sign-in here  to receive relevant information regarding the Beinecke scholarship and other related opportunities.

Discussion with Alessa Farinella, recent QC Beinecke winner, begins at 16:27.

Beinecke January 21 Video Transcript

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Information Session: Jeanette K. Watson Fellowship – Oct 19

The Watson Fellowship is a three-year program that provides unprecedented opportunities to remarkable students to further their personal, professional, and cultural potential including paid summer internships and other unique professional experiences in NYC, the U.S. and abroad, and a Discovery Fund for self-designed experiences.  Please read on to learn more about the fellowship and join Watson staff for a Queens College virtual information session during Free Hour on October 19th.

Specifically, the Fellowship provides the following:

  • Three summer professional experiences (e.g., internships or projects) in the U.S. and abroad with top organizations. These experiences may happen in person or remotely based on current public health conditions.
  • Annual funding over three years of $6,000, $7,500 and $8,500
  • A $2,000 Discovery Fund for further professional development exploration
  • Guided mentorship by experienced staff
  • A Watson cohort of close-knit peers
  • A series of unique cultural events
  • A series of seminars that builds skills and complements your fellowship experience

The Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship is open to current freshmen and sophomores.

For more information about the fellowship and eligibility please go to: watson.foundation/fellowships/jk.

To sign up for the October 19th information session, please visit https://www.getfeedback.com/r/3znoPovh/

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Webinars (NSF GRFP)

The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program Office will be conducting a series of webinars in September and October for potential GRFP applicants. Following are the dates, times, and registration links for each webinar.

Thurs., Sept. 24, 2020
2PM – 4PM EST
GRFP 2021 Applicant Webinar #2
https://nsf.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_s0yHv_RWRGCDiWNPYTWzRg
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Fri., Oct. 2, 2020
11AM – 1PM EST
GRFP 2021 Applicant Webinar #3
https://nsf.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_2o0DBYMETh-HFT1zux3EVQ
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Fri., Oct. 2, 2020
2PM – 4PM EST
GRFP 2021 Applicant Webinar #4
https://nsf.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_ZsL6khO6Rzy_wKJwBTfO0w
Link to view real-time captions event
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Fellowships Applicants’ Group

Are you interested in applying for fellowships and scholarships but unsure of how to start?  The QC Fellowships Office is facilitating a peer group for fellowships applicants to both provide information and the opportunity to share tips and challenges with your fellow students.  Please join us on September 9th for an introductory session to learn more about the group.

Topic: Fellowships Applicants’ Group
Time: Sep 9, 2020 12:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Public Policy and International Affairs Events

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) provides a number of opportunities for members of under-represented groups interested in careers in public service.  If you are interested in environmental justice or in applying to graduate school in public administration or public policy, please read on for details of two upcoming information sessions.  The Fellowships Office will also be sponsoring information sessions on post-graduation opportunities and is available to assist with graduate school essays.

A CONVERSATION WITH O’NEILL SCHOOL FACULTY ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
We are looking forward to having you join the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Public Policy and International Affairs Program for “A Conversation with O’Neill School Faculty on Environmental Justice.” This interactive panel discussion will focus on the importance of environmental justice, especially during the COVID global pandemic. Participants will also receive information on our graduate programs.

THE “HOW-TOS” OF BECOMING A COMPETITIVE CANDIDATE FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS/PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAMS
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Join senior graduate enrollment professionals from the Greater Washington, D.C. area for a FREE virtual session on how best to research, engage, apply, finance and render a decision for top MPA/MPP programs.

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Celebrate American Diversity

For many of us in the Queens College community, the July 4th holiday offers an opportunity to consider how we can contribute to the work necessary to fulfill our nation’s founding principles. In her introduction to the 1619 project, Nikole Hannah-Jones reflects on her family’s patriotism and asserts that America wasn’t a democracy until black Americans made it one.

A number of fellowships affirm and celebrate the diversity of the United States and value a commitment to social justice. For example, the Paul and Daisy Soros Scholarship for New Americans values the contributions of immigrants to the United States by providing generous funding for graduate study to immigrants and children of immigrants. The foundation is hosting a number of webinars for students in particular fields which will provide an overview of the award, discuss the application process, and feature previous fellows in those fields. Registration in advance is required but if you cannot attend, you can view a recent webinar here.

The FAO Schwarz Fellowship allows recent graduates to combat inequity by combining direct service with policy work in under-served communities. The foundation is hosting a webinar on the application process and the openings they expect to have in 2021. Please visit the foundation’s website and register for the July 15th webinar to learn more. Dr. Egan is available to work with you on your applications, so please contact the Fellowships office with questions or for assistance.

Upcoming Soros Webinars:

  • Applicants in Architecture, Writing, Arts, & Music – July 8 at 3 pm ET – Register here
  • Re-Applicants – July 9 at 1 pm ET – Register here
  • Applicants in Policy & Law – July 14 at 11 am ET – Register here
  • Community College Graduates – July 16 at 8 pm ET – Register here
  • Veterans & Active Military – July 21 at 12 pm ET – Register here
  • Undocumented & DACA Recipient Applicants, Co-Hosted with My Undocumented Life – July 25 at 1 pm ET – Register here
  • Applicants going into MBAs – July 29 at 10 am ET – Register here
  • Applicants Pursuing PhDs in the Humanities & Social Sciences – August 4 at 3 pm ET – Register here
  • Applicants Pursuing Medicine and/or Biomedical Sciences – August 5 at 1 pm ET – Register here
  • Applicants in STEM – August 13 at 1 pm ET – Register here
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Webinar: Human Rights and Representation in International Affairs During Unprecedented Times (6/17/20)

If you’re considering a career in international affairs or if recent events have prompted you to think about how your commitment to justice might infuse policy work, you might be interested in registering for the following webinar, taking place on June 17th.  Remember that the Fellowships office is available to assist with applications that would further your interests.

Please join APSIA and PPIA for

Human Rights and Representation in International Affairs During Unprecedented Times

Wed, June 17, 2020

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

Recent events clearly demonstrate the significant impact of global issues and policy choices on communities. Join the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) and the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) for a conversation about why it is critically important for those most affected by current events to study international affairs and policy.

To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/human-rights-and-representation-in-intl-affairs-during-unprecedented-times-tickets-108992688064

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Celebrate Asian Heritage

Recent observances of Asian Heritage month, including the PBS documentary series Asian Americans, and this celebration of the class of 2020 from APIA Scholars offer us rich material for reflection.  Queens College provides many ways to explore the contributions of Asians and Asian-Americans to our local and global community including a discussion moderated by our president-designate.

If this period of sheltering in place has allowed you to reflect on your sense of community, you might think about how your Asian heritage shapes your interests and future plans.  Maybe you want to improve your language skills through a class here or, once travel restrictions are lifted, through a study abroad program.  You could also get involved with a student organization, such as our Japanese Culture Club.  We are very fortunate to have our Asian/American Center, which offers leadership programs and scholarships.  In addition, Queens College is a partner institution with APIA Scholars, which has provided generous funding to many QC students.  If the shut-down has allowed you to learn more about your family’s story of migration, your reflection on being a new American would be useful in a Soros Scholarship essay.  The QC Fellowships Office is available to help you identify appropriate funding opportunities and to work with you throughout the application process, including on drafts of required essays.  Please feel free to be in touch and check this blog for fellowship updates including announcements of information sessions like this one which we are happy to pass along from the QC library.

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, June 17 at 4 pm for “Model Minority vs. Covid-19,” an online discussion on Asians in America, racism, and higher education: https://qc-cuny.libcal.com/event/6768945. We will focus on the current higher educational experience for Asians in America, who are facing the continuously evolving challenge of racism. We will also discuss how Asians in America can provide ally-ship and solidarity to other groups that are experiencing racial oppression.

This event will be moderated by Queens College President-designate Frank Wu, and broadcast via Facebook Live on Queens Memory’s main Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/631852060751716/.

Sponsored by the Queens Memory COVID-19 Project of Queens College and Queens Public Library, the Asian/American Center at Queens College, and the Asian American/ Asian Research Institute – CUNY.

For more information, please contact Annie Tummino, Head of Special Collections and Archives, at annie.tummino@qc.cuny.edu.

 

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UK Grad School Fair

The fellowships office has been working with a number of students interested in studying in the UK, so we are very pleased to let the QC community know about a virtual graduate school fair taking place on June 22nd. You’ll be able to talk with representatives from many UK institutions and to attend sessions about funding opportunities and student life in the UK, among other topics. You can learn more and register at https://www.findamasters.com/events/virtual-fairs/postgradlive/.  Check out our previous blog post on studying in the UK and contact qcfellowships@qc.cuny.edu if you have questions.

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