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FAQs

Application Submission

Q: Can I mail or email my application.

A: All applications must be submitted via Interfolio.

 

Q: I am having trouble uploading my application to Interfolio, what should I do?

A: For an issues related to uploading and submitting any component of your application, please contact Interfolio’s Tech Support.

 

Q: Can my letter of recommendation writers mail or email my recommendation.

A: All application materials must be submitted via Interfolio.

 

Q: Will letter of recommendation receive automatic prompts to upload their letters from the Interfolio service after the application period has closed?

A: Interfolio will notify your letter of recommendation writers via email to submit their letters.

 

Q: My letter writers are having trouble uploading their letters to Interfolio, what should they do?

A: For an issues related to uploading and submitting letters or recommendaiton, please contact Interfolio’s Tech Support.

 

Q: Can I submit a late application.

A: All applications must be received by November 4, 2016. Late applications will not be considered.

 

Eligibility 

 

Q: I currently work at UMBC, but my position is not permanent (i.e., Visiting Lecturer, Adjunct, Postdoctoral Fellows), am I still eligible to apply?

A: Individuals awarded a Ph.D. from UMBC or currently holding a postdoctoral or faculty position ( i.e., Visiting Assistant Professors, Visiting Lecturers, Adjuncts, etc.) are not eligible to apply. 

 

Q: I received my Ph.D. from UMBC, am I eligible to apply.

A: Individuals awarded a Ph.D. from UMBC or currently holding a postdoctoral or faculty position at UMBC are not eligible to apply.

 

Application Materials/Preparation

 

Q: What is the difference between the research statement and personal statement?

A: The Research Statement provides an opportunity to describe and propose research to be conducted during the fellowship and the Personal Statement provides the applicant an opportunity to detail their commitment to diversity in higher education and to make an argument about why they believe they should be selected for the fellowship.

 

Q: Is it sufficient to mention the field interests in the cover letter or do they need to be written up separately?

A: The fields of interests should be in both the cover letter and listed separately in a document.

 

Q: Should potential fellows contact potential mentors before submitting their application, or would they be assigned to the fellow if selected?

A: Fellows are assigned a mentor, but we strongly encourage applicants to reach out to the faculty in the department (potential mentors) prior to submitting your application. 

 

Q: Are there particular/specific questions that I should be addressing in the application?

A: Because the fellowship is open to all disciplines, there are not specific/particular questions to address. However, Research Statement provides an opportunity to describe and propose research to be conducted during the fellowship and the Personal Statement provides the applicant an opportunity to detail their commitment to diversity in higher education and to make an argument about why they believe they should be selected for the fellowship.

 

Q: What is the difference between the cover letter and personal statement?

A: The Cover Letter is your letter of greeting for your application packet in which you introduce yourself and provide a summary of yourself and your application.  The Personal Statement is a document in which you elaborate on your personal commitment to diversity in higher education and why you are applying for the position. This document also allows you to make an argument for why you believe you should be selected for this position.

 

Q: Are there particular/specific questions that should be addressing in the application?

A: Because the fellowship is open to all disciplines, there are not specific/particular questions to address. However, Research Statement provides an opportunity to describe and propose research to be conducted during the fellowship and the Personal Statement provides the applicant an opportunity to detail their commitment to diversity in higher education and to make an argument about why they believe they should be selected for the fellowship.

 

Q: Are applicants expected to have their own research plan, or do the fellows help with existing research.

A: Fellows are expected to outline their own independent plan of research that they intend to undertake during the fellowship.

 

Q: I am  a Ph.D student in field? Can apply for the fellowship? Is this field represented at UMBC?

A: UMBC can only support postdoctoral fellows working in fields that are represented at UMBC. If you are unsure if you field is represented at UMBC, please refer to the list of majors and program at UMBC http://degrees.umbc.edu/

 

Q: Are applicants assigned to faculty or do we chose the field we would like to work on?

A: Fellows are also asked to select the fields in which they intend to work and submit in a document as part of  the application. Typically once all applications are received they are reviewed by the appropriate departments and programs and at that time a department will nominate faculty mentors. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty that they would like to work with when submitting their applications.

 

Questions about the Fellowship:

 

Q: Are fellows expected to teach a pre-existing course or to possibly create a new course?

A: This depends on the host department, but most fellows teach one pre-existing course and then develop a new course.

 

Q: Are there opportunities to do research with mentors outside of the UMBC main campus?

A: Research under the fellowship must be conducted under the supervision of a UMBC faculty member. That does not mean, however, that a fellow may not collaborate with others outside of the institution but it is expected that primary collaborations and research will occur on the UMBC campus. Mentors will work with fellows to determine collaborations.

 

Q: If awarded the fellowship will I need to relocate to Maryland?

A: All fellows are expected to be in residence during the academic year and participate in departmental seminars and related activities.

 

Q: Who has been awarded the fellowship in the past?

A: Information about past awardees can be found here 2015-2017 Cohort, 2013-2015 Cohort, 2011-2013 Cohort

 

Application Review and Timeline:

 

Q: What is the application review and selection process?

A: Applications will be reviewed by the appropriate department(s)/program(s), Dean(s) and the Provost’s Selection Committee. Semi-finalists will be announced in mid-January and finalists will be invited to campus for interviews in mid-February. Awardees will be notified in early March.