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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Continuing our series of information sessions on funding graduate school, here is a video about opportunities that support study and research in the UK and Ireland. This is an overview of several awards, and we plan to offer a more detailed, interactive information session soon.
We would appreciate your filling out our virtual “sign-in sheet” which you can find here. This will allow us to send you additional information and to incorporate your questions and suggestions in our longer UK funding presentation and other information sessions.
Here at the end of April, the month when CUNY celebrates disability awareness, it seems particularly appropriate to highlight related events, fellowships, and some sad news. Back in February, a group of CUNY students, faculty, and staff travelled to Albany to lobby for increased funds for disability access to higher education. It was a wonderful day, filled with community spirit and disability pride, celebrations of student achievement and the chance to let our legislators know how important access to higher education is. Following our advocacy day, members of Queens College’s Committee For Disabled Students helped organize a letter writing campaign to urge legislators to support the budget request for increased funding for disability access.
Scholarships and fellowships are another important way to support your education and celebrate your identity as a person with a disability. Many awards are intended to assist under-represented students financially and by providing mentoring and other professional development opportunities. Selection committees are interested in getting to know the person behind the transcript. What are your challenges and triumphs? How do you contribute to your neighborhood, college or identity community? Check out other posts in this blog on specific opportunities and email the Fellowships Office at email@example.com for advice on your applications.
This month, we lost a committed public servant and disability rights pioneer. An immigrant to the United States, Avraham Rabby was the first blind United States Foreign Service Officer. Despite passing written and oral exams several times, Mr. Rabby was kept from serving by misperceptions of blindness. In a landmark case for the civil rights and employment of people with disabilities, he was granted reasonable accommodations to do the job for which he was well-qualified and took up his first post in the early days of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Rabby’s persistence in the face of significant opposition increased opportunities for others and helped change perceptions of people with disabilities. Responding to the claim that a diplomat had to see nonverbal reactions during negotiations, Mr. Rabby told The New York Times that “no international treaty has ever been decided on the basis of a wink or a nod”. As you can read about in previous posts, there are several awards designed to celebrate the diversity of the United states and to welcome a breadth of backgrounds and experiences into the Foreign Service.
Perhaps these days of sheltering in place can allow you to reflect on your various identities. How is your membership in the disability community a source of strength and pride? What new ways of doing things have you developed as a result of your disability? How do you mentor others? How does your disability identity intersect with your cultural, racial, gender or religious identities? As you think about how you’d like to tell your story in fellowship statements, you might enjoy hearing how others with disabilities tell theirs. Maysoon Zayid uses humor to convey the challenges of being a Muslim woman with cerebral palsy. Daniel Kish points out that fear of blindness is more limiting than blindness itself. Judith Heumann recounts the history of the disability rights movement, celebrating how far we have come and calling for the work still to be done. Itzhak Perlman offers advice for coping with the Covid-19 pandemic based in part on his experience of polio.
What about you? What are your dreams and plans? The Fellowships Office is one of the many resources at Queens College that can help you achieve them; we’d love to accompany you on your journey.
The Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation offers immigrants to the United States and children of U.S. immigrants generous funding for graduate study as well as mentoring and other professional development opportunities. Please join the QC Fellowships Office for an information session on this wonderful opportunity.
When: April 29, 2020 at 12:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: PD Soros Information Session for the Queens College Community
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On April 6th, the Queens College Fellowships Office hosted a virtual information session on opportunities for students interested in careers in the U.S. Foreign Service. We were joined by representatives from several programs that fund graduate study in relevant fields and provide internships and other professional development. We were also very fortunate that a QC alumnus who won several major awards while at QC and is currently in the Foreign Service after receiving a Rangel fellowship was also able to join the presentation. All of our participants generously shared their expertise on fellowships and the range of careers possible in the foreign Service. You can view and download a recording of the session here and check out these very helpful resources from our guests.
Do you love travel and cultural exchange? Are you interested in an international public service career? Come learn more about opportunities to fund graduate school and fast-track a career with the U.S. Foreign Service. We will be joined by speakers who have a wide range of experiences in the Foreign Service, and we are particularly pleased to announce that one of them is a Queens College Alumnus.
Please join the QC Fellowships office for a virtual information session on the U.S. Fulbright Student program to be held via Zoom on April 1st during Free Hour. Fulbright grants fund a year of overseas graduate study, independent research or work as an assistant English teacher. The program has been a transformative experience for many Queens College students, and many report that the application process has helped them clarify their goals. We are very fortunate to have Lee Rivers of the Institute for International Education, the agency that coordinates the Fulbright program, as our guest speaker. Please see below for a number of ways you can join the session and remember that Dr. Egan, our fellowships advisor, is available to answer your questions and to work with you throughout the application process.
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Although currently suspended globally, the Fulbright U.S. Student program is continuing to plan for the next application cycle. Queens College students have been very successful in Fulbright competitions and have deeply valued their overseas experiences and the process of applying. The Fellowships office is currently working on a presentation featuring QC Fulbrighters and we will provide further details as they are finalized.
We are also very fortunate to have Lee Rivers from the Institute of International Education lead a virtual information session on the Fulbright program on Wednesday, April 1, and registration details will be sent via QCMailers.
During these times of distance activities, IIE’s extensive online resources will be extremely useful as you think about applying for a Fulbright. Here are a few webinars you might find particularly helpful.