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The Susan Applegate Krouse Undergradaute Scholarship and Graduate Research Fellowship

Applications are invited for the Susan Applegate Krouse Undergraduate Scholarship and the Susan Applegate Krouse Graduate Research Fellowship. Dr. Susan Applegate Krouse (Oklahoma Cherokee) joined the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University (MSU) in 1998, and developed the department’s contribution to the American Indian Studies Program. She directed the American Indian Studies Program from 2005-2010. Dr. Krouse took a leadership role recruiting and supporting faculty, undergraduate and graduate students interested and specializing in American Indian Studies. Dr. Susan Applegate Krouse, Ziigwam Nibi Kwe (Spring Water Woman) walked on July 12, 2010. She understood the importance of engaged scholarship and giving back to the Native communities where she lived.  These awards reflect Dr. Krouse’s remarkable career and continuing legacy to students who are dedicated to American Indian Studies.

 

Susan Applegate Krouse Undergradaute Scholarship                                                         

The American Indian Studies Program is proud to announce the second application process for the SAK Undergraduate Scholarship to be awarded Spring 2015. The purpose of this scholarship is to support MSU students enrolled in the AISP undergraduate specialization by defraying costs associate with the completion of the required internship. This award is designed for students who have completed or are in the process of completing all of the requirements for the undergraduate specialization and have yet to complete the internship.  The award will be given in one large sum, and is intended to be used to cover costs such as transportation, per diem meals, supplies, and other incidental costs incurred as a result of completing the internship. 

Award Amount: One award in the amount of $1,000 will be given per academic year.

Application Deadline:  February 2, 2015

Application package must include the following materials:

1. A one to two page detailed description of the internship plan including location, audiences served, specific activities, expected outcomes, and how the award will assist the student in completing the required internship.

2. A statement of progress that lists the courses taken to satisfy the AISP specialization and a plan to complete course requirements if not already completed.

3. A letter of confirmation from the internship supervisor at the location where the internship will take place and/or a signed internship agreement with the Director of American Indian Studies.

4. A budget and explanation/justification of the anticipated expenses (for example, travel, meeting expenses, supplies)

Note: This scholarship may not be applied to the payment of course tuition and fees.

The Director of American Indian Studies will verify that the applicant is enrolled in the program and in good standing.  By accepting the award, the student commits to completing the specialization.

After the awarding of the scholarship, evidence must be provided that the awardee completed the Specialization in American Indian Studies, or the award will convert to a loan. 

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications will be judged according to:

• Quality and clarity of proposal.

• Relationship of project to American Indian Studies in the discipline or interdisciplinary area.

• Student record and progress toward degree.

• Letter of recommendation.

 

Application packages should be sent electronically to: silveyle@hdfs.msu.edu with the subject line: Krouse Undergraduate Scholarship. 

 

Susan Applegate Krouse Graduate Research Fellowship

The American Indian Studies Program is pleased to announce the second application process for the SAK graduate research fellowship to be awarded Spring 2015. The purpose of this fellowship is to support PhD, DMA or MFA students at MSU who are in the research stages of their major degree project. The award supports conducting preparatory research such as travel and costs associated with visiting archives, or with field research to engage with Tribal and Native community for the development of dissertation research.

Award Amount:  One award per academic year will be granted in the amount of $2,000.

Application Deadline: February 2, 2015

A complete application includes the following materials:

1. A statement, not to exceed two double-spaced pages describing specific research plan.  The statement should include information about the field or research site, the reasons to perform field or archival work in that specific site, and how it benefits work towards the doctoral proposal or dissertation. It should also explain why no other fellowships/sources of funding can be used to cover the expenses of the proposed work. Please remember that the review committee is likely to be composed of faculty who specialize in American Indian Studies but may be outside your discipline and you need to situate your statement within a framework understandable to educated, non-specialists.

2. An approximate budget for travel expenses to the research site (transportation, per diem meals and incidentals, any fees).  Visit the MSU-CONUS web page to get the most recent per diem rates for the specific location to be visited.

3. A curriculum vitae, not to exceed two pages (font 12, 1.5 spaced), highlighting publications, presentations, exhibits, any special awards received (if available), and other activities related to the research field.

4. One letter of recommendation from the primary or major advisor (usually the PhD guidance or dissertation committee chair) emailed directly to the American Indian Studies Program at silveyle@hdfs.msu.edu. This letter should address the applicant’s progress toward the degree, and the quality and significance of the project within scholarship in the discipline or interdisciplinary area.

5. Copy of the doctoral guidance committee report, if available.

Note: Additional materials, including additional letters of recommendation, chapters of theses or dissertation, will not be considered.

This fellowship may not be applied to the payment of course tuition and fees

 

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications will be judged according to:

• Quality and clarity of proposal.

• Relationship of project to American Indian Studies in the discipline or interdisciplinary area.

• Student record and progress toward degree.

• Letter of recommendation.

 

Applications for the fellowship award should be submitted electronically to silveyle@hdfs.msu.edu with the subject line: Krouse Graduate Research Fellowship.