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Mentoring at Critical Transitions (MCT) 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. 

Past MCT Project Abstracts


UC Davis faculty 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. Mentor must be eligible to serve on advanced degree committees.
  • The mentor must attend at least three of the five MCT sessions offered during the academic year, as verified by check-in at each event.
  • 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.

Selection Criteria

Please note that the selection criteria the MCT Wakeham Fellowship have been updated for 2017-2018 proposals. 

Eligible faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. 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 address an important issue in graduate education and mentoring relationships?
    - Does the proposed project clearly state its goals and objectives?
    - ​Is there evidence in the proposal that the project will significantly 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?
    - What will be your role in implementing the project and how will your mentees benefit from your efforts?
  • Approach
  • - Is there evidence that the program is based on a sound rationale?
    - Does the project include consideration contemporary concepts in graduate education and mentoring relationships?  
    - 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​
  • ​Steve Lee - Graduate Diversity Officer for the STEM 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.

  • Abstract
  • - Provide a summary of the proposed project in one paragraph.
  • Background
  • - Provide a summary of mentoring experience over the past three years.

    - List the MCT workshops that the mentor attended for the current 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 your 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.

  • Assessment
  • - Describe how the mentor will assess your 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 your 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.