Already applied for the NSF and the EPA Star? Interested in applying for some other fellowships, maybe ones that no one else in your school has heard of before? In this occasional series I’ll share some of the more unique fellowships to come across my desk.
This month: the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
From former American First Lady Rosalynn Carter:
Informed journalists can have a significant impact on public understanding of mental health issues as they shape debate and trends with the words and pictures they convey. They influence their peers and stimulate discussion among the general public, and an informed public can reduce stigma and discrimination.
The fellowship program provides a stipend of $10,000 to six fellows working on a research topic related to mental health journalism each year as well as mentors and two expenses-paid trips to the Carter center. Fellowship applications are due by April 18th. Learn more here.
This month’s Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) goes to Charles Kazilek of Arizona State University for his project “Ask a Biologist”. From his essay:
Adjusting her headphones, fifth-grader Itzany Mendez carefully reads through her handwritten list to select her next interview question. She fixes Rebecca Clark, a doctoral student in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU), with a curious look (see the first figure). Mendez’s question reflects the perspective and natural observation skills found in a young scientist: “Why do ants huddle up like penguins?” she asks. “That’s a great question,” Clark says, as she launches into a short discussion of animals and social groups.
Want to read more? The rest of his essay can be found in this month’s issue of the journal Science.
If you applied and were nominated for a Presidential Management Fellowship, there are just five days left to complete the PMF on-line assessment! If you’ve been procrastinating, luckily there is a recently-updated Assessment Preparation Guide for Nominees (PDF) that you can use to prepare.
The assessment consists of three parts: Situational Judgement (30-48 items, with 30-40 min to complete), Life Experience (125 items, 45 min to complete), and Writing (one short essay prompt, with 10-15 min to complete).
One thing I didn’t realize going into the assessment was that you can log out between assessment parts. Generally, once you begin a particular section of the assessment, you must complete it within the time limit, unless you have an emergency or your internet access is interrupted for some reason.
If you do have a problem for any reason, make sure you keep the number for the Help Desk handy: 1-888-804-4510.