SBS Scholarships and Fellowships

Sociology Conference Travel Fellowships

UCSF Sociology students are invited to apply at any time for an SBS Conference Travel Fellowship for conferences. Students are eligible for one Travel Fellowship per academic year. Approximately five grants will be awarded for conferences occurring between January 1 – June 30, and approximately five awarded for conferences occurring between July 1 – December 31. Monies are awarded based on actual expenses accrued, up to $500.00 each, via a MyExpense reimbursement.

To be eligible, you must be presenting (podium or poster) at the conference. To apply for a travel grant, please fill out an application and submit to Brandee.Woleslagle@ucsf.edu via email. Eligible requests will be awarded in order of receipt, based on continuing availability of funds (about 5 awards or $2500 per award cycle).

Awards are available for conference travel scheduled to occur July 1, 2015 and onwards. Fellowships for the previous cycle(s) have all been awarded and funds are no longer available.

SBS Departmental Scholarships

Eligible students are invited to apply for any of the SBS Departmental Scholarships.  The call for applications comes out at the end of each Fall quarter and is due around the start of the Winter quarter.  Winners are announced by the end of the Winter quarter. Funds will be awarded as a reimbursement  for expenses incurred during the academic year and will be available immediately. Fund amount changes year-to-year and will be announced via email when the call for applications goes out.

Students may apply for any of the scholarships for which they are eligible, but can only receive one in a given year. There is no application form.  Students must submit a separate application packet in a single PDF for each scholarship for which they are applying. Please carefully review the criteria for each scholarship to determine eligibility. Also note that each scholarship has different application material requirements; failure to turn in all necessary materials will result in ineligibility for that award.

Strauss Dissertation Scholarship

The Strauss Fund was established as a memorial fund to support student work, with contributions from friends and colleagues. It has been especially generously supported by Fran Strauss. The fund supports dissertation research related expenses (transcription, travel to conferences, computer costs, etc.). Doctoral students at UCSF working in the tradition of Anselm Strauss in Sociology and in Nursing with an emphasis in health policy are eligible to apply. The Straussian tradition is loosely construed as pursuing qualitative research that is seriously but not only informed by his interactionist ideas and concepts and/or using grounded theory methods (see below for list of previous Strauss Fellows). To be eligible, students must have a complete dissertation proposal approved at least by the chair of their committee, preferably approved by all members of their committee. The recipients of the Strauss Scholarships may be expected to present their work at the next Strauss Colloquium.
To apply for this award, your application must include:
1) cover page with your (a) name and (b) the name of this scholarship for which you are applying (c) a statement on how your work fits the criteria of this scholarship. If you are advanced to candidacy, also note (d) title of your dissertation, and (e) list your dissertation committee members.
2) a copy of the approved dissertation proposal (without appendices but with bibliography)

Olesen Dissertation Scholarship

The Olesen Dissertation Research Scholarship Fund was established to honor the work and scholarship of Virginia Olesen, Professor Emerita, upon her retirement. The fund is for dissertation research related expenses (transcription, travel to conferences, computer costs, etc.). Doctoral students at UCSF in Sociology and in Nursing with an emphasis in Health Policy working in the tradition of Virginia Olesen are eligible to apply. Recipients of the Olesen Scholarship will be undertaking qualitative research broadly conceived (GT, situational analysis, narrative, historical, autoethnographic, ethnographic, interview, phenomenological, etc.). The proposed topic should address gender and health, hopefully in an intersectional mode, broadly construed to include issues around the body, emotions, food/nutrition, prevention or fitness, spirituality, consequences of war and social upheaval, care, etc. To be eligible, students must have a complete dissertation proposal approved at least by the chair of their committee, and preferably approved by all members of their committee.

To apply for this award, your application must include:
1) cover page with your (a) name and (b) the name of this scholarship for which you are applying (c) a statement on how your work fits the criteria of this scholarship. If you are advanced to candidacy, also note (d) title of your dissertation, and (e) list your dissertation committee members.
2) a copy of the approved dissertation proposal (without appendices but with bibliography)

Estes Research Scholarship

The Estes Critical Scholar Fund was established to honor the scholarly contributions of Dr. Carroll L. Estes to the field of critical sociology and gerontology, and her emphasis on political economy within the field of sociology. The Estes Scholarship Fund will support one “critical scholar” award for research expenses (transcription, travel to conferences, computer costs, etc.) as well as for any costs associated with community involvement and advocacy related to the issue area. Doctoral students at UCSF in Sociology with an emphasis on political economy, and the role of the state are eligible to apply. Research focused on public policy, including entitlement programs, Social Security, Medicare, and Long Term Care will be given priority. All qualified students are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this award, your application must include:
1) cover page with your (a) name and (b) the name of this scholarship for which you are applying (c) a statement on how your work fits the criteria of this scholarship. If you are advanced to candidacy, also note (d) title of your dissertation, and (e) list your dissertation committee members.
2) a 1-2 page proposal of your research/activities or, if available, an electronic copy of the approved dissertation proposal (without appendices but with bibliography).)

Patrick Fox Scholarship

The Patrick Fox Fund is established in the Institute for Health & Aging (IHA) to support the research, teaching, and public service missions of IHA. The Fund honors the research, educational, and public service work of Dr. Patrick Fox. The Fund is for students in the medical sociology and nursing health policy programs in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The fund supports student research-related needs. Specific uses of the Fund are determined by The Fox Fund Committee composed of faculty and the Director(s) of the Institute using the following general guidelines for each category of support.
Students: In addition to supporting Graduate Student Researchers in conjunction with Institute faculty research grants as noted above, the Fund provides an annual Fox Research Scholarship to support research expenses (e.g., transcription, travel to conferences, computer costs, etc.) as well as costs associated with public service (e.g., community involvement and advocacy) related to the issue area of students in the medical sociology or nursing health policy programs in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Award is intended to support students who have experienced situations or conditions that impeded advancing to graduate study such as: a) the absence of a family member who attended college, or being the first in their family to seek an advanced degree b) matriculation at a school with poor financial or curricular support; and/or c) having worked substantial hours while attending school.
SBS Students conducting aging and/or women’s health research and who are from cultural, linguistic, disability, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds that are under-represented in graduate student and faculty populations are encouraged to apply.
To apply for this award, your application must include:
1) cover page with your (a) name and (b) the name of this scholarship for which you are applying (c) a statement on how your work fits the criteria of this scholarship. If you are advanced to candidacy, also include (d) title of your dissertation, and (e) list your dissertation committee members.
2) a cover letter highlighting how you meet the criteria of this award.
3) optional: a research proposal up to three pages outlining aims, research design and methods, sample, and analysis.

Harrington Health Policy Scholarship

The Harrington Health Policy Scholarship Fund was established to honor the work, scholarship, and health policy leadership of Dr. Charlene Harrington, Professor Emerita, upon her retirement. The fund was established to train the next generation of diverse, innovative, and influential health policy leaders (transcription, travel to conferences, computer costs, etc.) Students who have advanced to candidacy at UCSF in Sociology and in Nursing with an emphasis in Health Policy working in the tradition of Charlene Harrington are eligible to apply.
To apply for this award, your application must include:
1) cover page with your (a) name and (b) the name of this scholarship for which you are applying (c) a statement on how your work fits the criteria of this scholarship (d) title of your dissertation, and (e) list your dissertation committee members.
2) at least a 5 page proposal with background, aims, research design and methods, sample, and analysis

Newcomer Health Policy Scholarship

The Newcomer Scholarship Fund was established to honor the scholarly contributions of Dr. Robert Newcomer to the field of health services, long term care, and health policy. The Newcomer Scholarship Fund will support one “influential scholar” award for research expenses (transcription, travel to conferences, computer costs, etc.) as well as for any costs associated with community involvement and advocacy related to the issue area. Students at UCSF in Sociology and in Nursing with an emphasis in Health Policy working in the tradition of Robert Newcomer who have already advanced to candidacy are eligible to apply. Research focused on public policy, Long Term Care, and health services will be given priority.
To apply for this award, your application must include:
1) cover page with your (a) name and (b) the name of this scholarship for which you are applying (c) a statement on how your work fits the criteria of this scholarship (d) title of your dissertation, and (e) list your dissertation committee members.
2) at least a 5 page proposal with background, aims, research design and methods, sample, and analysis

Benner Endowed Scholarship

The Benner Endowed Scholarship Fund was established to honor the nursing and health policy leadership, work, and scholarship of Dr. Patricia Benner upon her retirement. The fund was established to train the next generation of diverse, innovative, and influential ethics and health policy leaders and nurse educators, and to honor Dr. Benner’s many contributions as a scholar, mentor, teacher and policy advisor. Students who have advanced to candidacy at UCSF in Sociology or in Nursing with an emphasis in Health Policy working in the tradition of Patricia Benner are eligible to apply.
To apply for this award, your application must include:
1) cover page with your (a) name and (b) the name of this scholarship for which you are applying (c) title of your dissertation, and (d) list your dissertation committee members.
2) a cover letter highlighting how you meet the criteria of this award and
3) optional: a research proposal up to three pages outlining aims, research design and methods, sample, and analysis.

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