Apply for the Mentoring at Critical Transitions Wakeham Fellowship
Mentoring at Critical Transitions, a UC Davis faculty development program, is pleased to announce its competitive awards program for participating faculty mentors. Up to five $10,000 fellowships will be awarded for faculty mentors to provide support for one or more of their graduate student mentees.
2018-2019 MCT Wakeham Fellowship Timeline
- 2017-2018 Academic Year
Seven MCT-affiliated workshops and seminars will be offered during the academic years. Faculty intending to apply for the 2018-2019 fellowship must attend at least three of the sessions.
- July 2, 2018
A call for proposals will be announced and distributed to all eligible faculty and the online application will open.
- July 30, 2018
Proposals must be submitted by this 11:59 pm on July 30.
- August 2018
The selection committee will review proposals and notify winners.
- September 2018
The selection committee will review proposals and notify winners.
- 2018-2019 Academic Year
The winning mentors and graduate student mentees will implement their proposed plans to enhance their mentoring relationships.
UC Davis mentors meeting the following requirements are eligible to apply for this fellowship:
- The mentor may hold appointments in any academic discipline. They may be tenure-track or non-tenure track, and may be members of the Academic Senate or Academic Federation. The mentor must be eligible to serve on advanced degree committees.
- The mentor must have attended at least three MCT-affiliated sessions offered during the 2017-2018 academic year.
- Defining Good Graduate Mentorship: An Exploration of Perspectives, November 8, 2017
- The Mentee Perspective: A Graduate Student Panel Discussion on Faculty-Student Mentoring, January 10, 2018
- Enhancing Effective Mentorship: Discussion of Evidence-Based Mentoring Practices, January 23, 2018
- Mentor/Mentee Responsibilities and Relationships, January 29, 2018
- This Is Your Mind on Grad School: Supporting Mental Health in Graduate Students, February, 14, 2018
- Equity and Inclusion in Graduate Student Mentoring, March 14, 2018
- Mentoring Students from Diverse Backgrounds, May 7, 2018
- The Seven Secrets of Mentoring Highly Successful Graduate Students, May 16, 2018
- The applicant must be acting as a mentor to at least one graduate student who is currently enrolled in a UC Davis academic graduate programs and who is in good standing.
- The graduate students involved may be domestic (US citizens or permanent residents), international, AB540, or undocumented students.
- The mentor may also be mentoring undergraduate students and postdocs and involve them in the proposed project, but the main focus of the project must involve graduate students.
- Mentors who have previously received the MCT Wakeham Fellowship may apply, but priority will be given to mentors who have not yet received the fellowship.
Eligible mentors from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The funds can be used for a variety of mentoring activities for the student/mentee, but cannot be used for catering, mentor conference registration, or to compensate guest speakers. If you have questions about how fellowship funds can or cannot be used, please email Elizabeth Sturdy at email@example.com.
Proposals should focus on new (not incremental or ongoing) graduate student mentoring activities and will be reviewed and evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Significance & Objectives
- - Does the proposed project define and address an important issue in graduate education and mentoring relationships?
- Does the proposed project clearly state its goals and objectives?
- Is evidence provided that the project will advance the stated goals and have a positive effect on enhancing mentoring relationships?
- Mentor & Mentees
- - Is there evidence that the mentor can provide the leadership and mentoring needed to implement this proposal and provide sufficient experience/training for the graduate student(s) involved?
- Are both the mentor’s role in implementing the project and the benefits to the mentee(s) clearly defined?
- - Is there evidence that the program is based on a sound rationale?
- Does the project include consideration of contemporary concepts in graduate education and mentoring relationships?
- Are the fellowship funds allocated for student use?
- Does the project positively impact the participation of students from groups who are underrepresented in their academic discipline?
- Is the plan for evaluation sound and likely to provide meaningful information on the effectiveness of the program?
- What are the broader impacts of this project?
The selection committee will consist of members of the MCT committee:
- Kellie Sims Butler, Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies
- JP Delplanque, Associate Dean for Graduate Students
- Teresa Dillinger, Manager of Professional Development Programs
- Josephine Moreno, Graduate Diversity Officer for the HASS Disciplines
- Elizabeth Sturdy, Student Affairs Officer
Outline and Formatting Guidelines
The proposal should include a cover letter (co-signed by the faculty and participating graduate students), and the proposal (as outlined below), which is limited to 2500 words. Please use the specific labels of the outline as provided below.
- - Provide a summary of the proposed project in one paragraph. There are example abstracts for reference at the bottom of this pace.
- Provide a summary of mentoring experience over the past three years.
- List the MCT-affiliated seminars that the mentor attended for the 2017-2018 academic year.
- Describe any other professional development activities that the mentor has participated in the past, which relate to this proposed project.
- Proposed Project
- Describe the problem(s), question(s), or issue(s) in the project, and how the project will address them.
- Describe the graduate students who are participating in the project, and their academic development. Describe how they will participate in this project.
- Indicate the anticipated benefit of the grant to the mentor, and to the graduate student mentees.
- Describe how the mentor will assess their progress in improving mentoring relationships. Describe how the mentor will receive feedback, while protecting the graduate students with confidentiality and potential negative repercussions.
- Impact & Outcomes
- Please describe how the project will impact graduate program(s), learning objectives for proposed activities, and/or expected outcomes for the project
- Fellowship Distribution
- For each participating student, list their name and the amount of funding they will receive.
Past MCT Project Abstracts
For more information about the MCT Wakeham Fellowship proposal process and eligibility criteria, please contact Elizabeth Sturdy, Student Affairs Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org