Franke Graduate Application
The application deadline will be in Winter 2022; exact date to be announced in fall quarter.
Graduate Franke Fellowship for 2022-2023
In partnership with The Graduate School, the Kaplan Institute offers Franke Graduate Fellowships for the most accomplished doctoral students in the humanities during their fourth or fifth year of study. Franke Graduate Fellows pursue independent research within a vibrant interdisciplinary collective, which includes multilayered structured conversations among faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, internationally renowned visiting scholars, and distinguished visiting artists.
Franke Graduate Fellowship highlights:
- Time - The ability to devote two full quarters, full time, to shaping/writing your dissertation within an interdisciplinary cohort
- Mentoring and teaching - The chance to receive interdisciplinary mentoring in shaping a course, and the experience of teaching that course in your home department
- Dissertation working group – The opportunity to present chapters in progress to graduate fellows across different humanities fields
For the full academic year, Franke Graduate Fellows participate in Institute activities, including weekly lunch seminars, a dissertation working group, and the annual Future Directions Forum where they present their projects to Institute members. For fall and winter terms, Franke Graduate Fellows are granted time to cultivate their dissertation research. They also receive interdisciplinary mentoring about how to shape a dynamic course for undergraduates. In spring quarter, each Fellow offers—in their home department—the course that they have developed during their residency.
Franke Graduate Fellowships include two quarters of full paid tuition, a monthly stipend, and $2,000 in research funds. Recipients of the fellowship have the possibility to extend their funding package (the option to "bank" their TGS funding for two quarters to be used in their sixth year).
To be eligible for a Franke Graduate Fellowship, you must:
- Be a current, funded, doctoral graduate student in good academic standing
- Be in your fourth or fifth year of full-time study in 2022-2023, the year of the fellowship. Remember that TGS calculates a student's year based on the number of quarters they have been in their PhD program. We encourage you to confirm your clock with TGS, especially if you have questions about an MA/PhD program.
- Be pursuing an independent humanities research project in any TGS PhD program
- Have completed all coursework, have a prospectus approved, and have achieved candidacy before the start of the fellowship (Fall 2022)
Students receiving graduate assistance must meet adhere to the regulations governing recipients of University assistance.
Applications will be judged on their scholarly merit—the originality, quality, clarity, and importance of the proposed research project—as well as the applicant’s ability to contribute productively to an interdisciplinary group.
Application Instructions and Materials
Franke Graduate Fellow applications are accepted via an online portal (see link below).
- Documents should be double-spaced
- Documents must be PDFs
- All required fields—including official contact information and academic information sections—must be filled in before you click the "Submit Application" button. The system will not accept incomplete applications.
Application materials consist of:
- Personal Statement (maximum of 3 pages) answering the question, “Why do you wish to join the Kaplan Institute community?”
- Please be specific about how your research would contribute to and benefit from interdisciplinary conversations in the humanities and how you might participate in the Institute’s wide-ranging programs (please explore our website for details about our initiatives)
- Research Statement: Dissertation abstract (2-3 pages)
- Statement of teaching philosophy (1-page): You may include CTECs and/or faculty evaluations from previously taught courses (additional to the 1-page statement)
- Unofficial graduate transcripts
- Writing sample (up to 20 pages). End notes or bibliography do not count toward the 20-page limit, but these may not exceed a total of two additional pages.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Letter of recommendation — see details below
Letter of recommendation
Your application must include a letter of recommendation from your dissertation chair or committee member that comments on your ability to contribute to an interdisciplinary program. There is a field in the application portal where you will submit your faculty reference's name and email; the system will send them an email prompt and link for uploading their letter.
Important: Recommendations are due one business day after the application submission date. We suggest that you give your recommender advance notice so they can prepare to submit their letter by this date.