Call for 2020-2021 PAGE Fellows

We are thrilled to invite graduate students with an interest in public scholarship or artistic practice and activism to apply for the 2020-2021 PAGE Fellowship. PAGE Fellows participate in a yearlong working group in support of collaborative art-making, teaching, writing, storytelling and co-creating knowledge with and within community. We are artists, scientists, researchers, instigators, cultural leaders, care workers, and community activists. 

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PAGE co-directors crafted the fellowship to operate on care and enduring relationships, rather than temporary and transactional engagements. It offers ongoing professional mentorship and emotional support to fellows, especially toward navigating unjust institutional barriers. While there are no limits to the amazing work we can accomplish together in a fellowship year, we prioritize physical, emotional, and mental well-being, and accountability throughout the process. 

As PAGE fellows build capacity with other publicly-engaged scholars across campuses, they will join the Imagining America network of activist-scholars, administrators, artists and media makers who are shifting culture toward justice within higher education and society. Examples of ongoing, local projects by PAGE fellows include a Bay Area movement history website, a national report on LGBTQ youth, a resource hub for Indigenous playwrights, a photography series on the colonial foundations of neoliberal universities, and much more.

Read about the history of PAGE, our Invitations to Dialogue and at “Turning the PAGE: Ten Years of Leadership for Engaged Graduate Education”.

Given the current ambiguity of the format of conferences and large social gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are preparing an alternative remotely engaged PAGE Summit and IA Gathering.

PAGE Fellows will receive:

Access to year-long mentorship and community-building events, both within PAGE and the Imagining America networks. These can include but is not limited to research projects, publication opportunities, and skill-building workshops. 
 Opportunity to apply for up to $1,000 professional development funds.
 A stipend to support one’s remote participation in the 2020 IA National Gathering and PAGE Summit. The costs associated with attendance will also be covered.

PAGE Fellows are expected to: 

Contribute to the PAGE Blog salon
Present a Lightning Talk (5 minute presentation) during the PAGE Summit/National Gathering.
Remotely attend the PAGE Summit and IA Gathering. Exact schedule to be determined pending changing COVID circumstances.
 Participate in bi-monthly conference calls/webinars & cluster meetings
 Work towards a publicly engaged project

Through these requirements, PAGE aims to foster a cohort of fellows interested in pursuing collective and innovative scholarly and community-engaged practices. 

Eligibility

Students must be enrolled in a graduate program at an IA membership institution in order to apply to be a PAGE Fellow. Applicants can be at any stage of their graduate programs. Applicants must be graduate students during the entire 2020-2021 academic year, but they 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, LGBTQIA persons, first-generation students, non-traditional students, and/or individuals from working-class backgrounds) are especially encouraged to apply. 

Application Instructions 

Completed applications must be received by midnight (EST) on Friday, July 17, 2020 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 2021. 

The PAGE Fellowship application includes the following components:  

1- 500-700 word essay inspired by the prompt (outlined below) 
2- Three logistical questions (listed below)
3- 50-word biography
5- Current Curriculum Vitae
6- If selected, a photo will be requested to be used on the IA website as part of the announcement of our new cohort of Fellows.

In 500-700 words, please respond to the prompt listed below. We are most interested in understanding the publicly engaged roles and commitments that inform your thinking, work, or scholarship. Remember to provide concrete reflections on your public work and spaces of engagement.

Essay prompt: Imagining America envisions a world of expansive social imagination, constructed by multiple ways of knowing, where people work together to nurture healthy, vibrant, and joyful communities. In the wake of a pandemic that has restructured our traditional modes of engaging in community, how have you adapted your skills in public engagement? How do you see your public scholarship and/or engaged artistic practice in conversation with the values of IA and PAGE? As a peer-run fellowship, how do you envision PAGE aligning with your short- or long-term goals? How might you describe your public scholarship and/or engaged artistic practice as contributing to your communities and/or institutions? Please draw upon your individual and institutional positionalities to respond to these questions. 

And lastly, answer ALL three logistical questions:

 What is your degree and area of study? Where are you in your course of study, and what is your anticipated graduation date? 
If accepted into the 2020-2021 PAGE Fellow cohort, are you able to remotely attend the PAGE Summit and IA Gathering in mid-October? Exact schedule to be determined pending changing COVID circumstances. 
 We all have access needs to feel fully present and engaged. Please let us know of any anticipated needs that we can support to make your participation possible.

Since 2012, PAGE has been led by a team of co-directors, past PAGE fellows who have chosen to stay on and direct the fellowship. Please contact current co-directors at pagedirectors@gmail.com with any questions about the program or application/selection process.  

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