Call for Fellows
Imagining America invites graduate students with a demonstrated interest in public scholarship and/or artistic practice to apply for a 2018-2019 PAGE Fellowship. Awardees receive a $500 honorarium to attend the 2018 PAGE Summit on October 18th and the IA National Conference from October 19-21 in Chicago, Illinois (Note: applicants must be able to attend the PAGE Summit and IA conference to be considered). Fellows can apply for additional modest travel support.
Fellows also commit to participating in a yearlong working group to promote collaborative art-making, teaching, writing, and research projects. PAGE alumni and Fellows will work together to organize bi-monthly conference calls around themes and questions relevant to the needs of publicly engaged graduate students. In doing so, PAGE looks to foster a cohort of Fellows interested in pursuing collective and innovative scholarly and community engaged practices. Fellows are asked to be active participants in the IA network through writing for the PAGE Blog Salon and related journals and presenting at regional meetings, campus workshops, or other related professional convenings.
Students at all stages of their graduate programs affiliated with an IA member institution may apply to be PAGE Fellows. Applicants must be graduate students during the entire 2018-2019 academic year, but do not have to be planning a career within higher education. Historically underrepresented groups in higher education (e.g., people of color, international students, non-US citizens, persons with disabilities, veterans, queer persons, first-generation students, non-traditional students, and/or individuals from working-class backgrounds) are especially encouraged to apply.
About PAGE Fellowship
PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) is Imagining America’s (IA) network for publicly engaged graduate students in humanities, arts, and design. PAGE enhances the praxis and pedagogy of public scholarship; fosters a national, interdisciplinary community of peers and veteran scholars; and creates opportunities for collaborative knowledge production. The PAGE consortium, made up of alumni and allies of the program, promotes opportunities for mentorship and peer support from IA’s network.
2018 marks the 15-year anniversary of PAGE. In 2003, an invitation letter from Dana Walker, a doctoral student in Information Science at the University of Michigan, outlined the ambitions of a new graduate education network within Imagining America (IA). The network aimed to shape the direction of this national consortium with graduate experiences in higher education and build the capacity of graduate students in public scholarship and community engagement through mentoring and peer-based learning. Since its founding, PAGE has evolved into a robust fellowship, fostering skill- and knowledge-sharing around equitable project-based partnerships within academia, and between academia and wider communities. Read about the history of PAGE here (IA) and here (Invitations to Dialogue) and here (AACU).
The letter drafted by Dana Walker, in solidarity and with support from IA’s founding members Julie Ellison, David Scobey, and Kristin Hass, not only facilitated strong, publicly oriented alliances to emerge between the arts, humanities, and design fields, but also enabled the transformative practices of healing, self-care, and collective reflection to assume form and shape across geographies. Today PAGE Fellows, co-directors, and alumni collectively and individually work among diverse fields and communities by merging academic, activist, cultural, and political interests through publicly engaged work.
Completed applications must be received by midnight (EST) on Friday, June 15, 2018 to be considered. Applicants will be notified of their status by July 30th. Participation in the program begins with an informal webinar in late August and continues through May 2019.
The PAGE Fellowship application includes the following components:
- 500-700 word essay inspired by the provided prompt (detailed below)
- Answers to three short answer AND three logistical questions (listed below)
- 50-word biography
- Current Curriculum Vitae
Please respond to the prompt listed below to guide your 500-700 word essay. We are most interested in understanding the publicly engaged roles and commitments that inform your thinking, practices, or scholarship. Remember to provide concrete reflections on your public work and spaces of engagement.
Essay prompt: This current moment of intense political crisis challenges Imagining America’s core principles and values of citizenship, full participation, reciprocity, community organizing, and intersectional activism. How do you see your public scholarship and/or engaged artistic practice in conversation with these values? How might you describe your public scholarship and/or engaged artistic practice as contributing to your communities, institutions, and the overall project of citizenship? Please utilize your individual and institutional positionalities to respond to these questions.
In addition to the essay, please provide short answers (50-100 words) to ALL the following questions:
- In what ways does PAGE align with your short- or long-term goals? What do you hope to get out of the fellowship year?
- What personal values would you bring to PAGE? What does shared leadership and community-based fellowship mean to you?
- What collaborative projects might you envision from your participation in PAGE, either within your home campus community, in your disciplinary field, or with PAGE Fellows and co-directors?
And lastly answer ALL logistical questions:
- What is your degree and area of study? Where are you in your course of study and when is your anticipated graduation date?
- If accepted into the 2018-2019 Fellow cohort, are you able to attend all of the Imagining America national conference in Chicago (Oct 19 – 21) and corresponding PAGE Summit (Oct 18)?
- If you will need additional travel support beyond the $500 honorarium, please tell us about your anticipated need and what level of additional support you would require to make participation possible.
Since 2012, PAGE has been led by a team of co-directors: past fellows who have chosen to stay on and direct the collective fellowship. Contact current co-directors at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the program or application/selection process.