The Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation and the Graduate School are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2017-18 Julie and Rocky Dixon Graduate Innovation Awards. This fellowship is designed to support up to four doctoral students who are interested in developing their skills and experience in innovation and/or entrepreneurship in preparation for careers outside of academia. Fellowship recipients will carry the title of Dixon Fellow and will join a community of current and former UO graduate students who have combined learning and innovation.
The activities that comprise the fellowship experience should help enhance the career possibilities of students in areas such as industry, business and the non-profit sector, while remaining integral to the applicant’s doctoral research. Furthermore, the experience gained during the fellowship would ideally extend beyond the value to the individual student by enriching the student’s academic department, lab, research center, or other UO unit by fostering broader connections and engagement between the unit and the community of related companies, agencies, non-profits, national laboratories, etc.
Eligible career development experiences and opportunities should be integrated into the nine-month period of fellowship support and can vary in intensity over the course of the fellowship period. Experiences may include the current summer term in which the award is given, although funding will commence in fall of the upcoming year. Eligible activities could include:
The selection committee looks forward to reviewing all kinds of creative ideas that meet the spirit of this award. Students are responsible for seeking out and arranging these opportunities and developing an individual plan of activities (that should include their doctoral research and may include other departmental obligations) for the fellowship award period. The host entity must agree to provide evaluation and assessment of the student’s experience and performance.
Up to four awards will be made. Each fellowship carries an award of $14,000 to be used either to support the recipient's graduate employee (GE) salary or for specific activities tied to the project or both. In either case, the recipient will be appointed as a research graduate employee (GE appointment) at .40 FTE or greater for the academic year. In addition, recipients will receive a GE tuition waiver, all but $61 of the mandatory fees, and all but 5% of the health insurance premium for fall, winter, and spring terms to support that appointment. The award may, in full or in part be used toward specific activities tied to the innovative career development experience. The department (or a sponsoring research center/institute or school/college) is expected to obtain and provide funding to ensure that the total salary is equal to what that student would receive at the GE level III. This departmental support, and how the $14,000 will be applied, needs to be outlined in the department nomination letter.
All research GEs are required to be enrolled full-time (9-16 credits) toward the degree. During the academic year, award recipients will be required to be enrolled in research or internship credits (three or more) commensurate with the time spent on award-supported experience.
Award recipients are expected to:
Eligibility, Nomination Process and Deadline
UO doctoral students in all programs who will be advanced to candidacy by the end of spring term 2017 are eligible to apply. The award will be rescinded in the case of an awardee that has not advanced to candidacy by the end of spring 2017. All applicants must be accepted to the external program or internship at the time of applying.
To be completed and submitted by the student:
Nomination/Letters of Recommendation
This award requires a letter of nomination from the department head or institute/center director and two letters of recommendation—one from the student’s advisor and one from the external mentor at the organization providing the experience.
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Deadline to apply: Friday, April 28, 2017
Note for Graduate Students with Financial Aid:
Receiving this award may reduce your financial aid award. Please contact the Financial Aid Office prior to applying for this (and any other type of) support.
For more information, please contact: Cortney McIntyre at firstname.lastname@example.org