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Graduate Research Fellows Program—Request for Applications

Fellows MiniConThe UVA Power, Violence and Inequality Collective (PVI) brings together scholars, students, and others in the University community and beyond to advance research, mentorship, and teaching focused on violence rooted in power and inequality, and to foster collaboration in those areas across disciplines, methods, and university units.

An integral element of our mission is to support graduate training and research from across the disciplines on the topic of power-based violence, broadly understood. Therefore, we invite applications for our second cohort of Graduate Research Fellows. Fellows will receive funding to support their research during the 2017–18 academic year and will participate as a cohort in the activities of the PVI. Ph.D. students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the Curry School are eligible to apply. We anticipate awarding approximately 7–10 fellowships of $2,000 each.

Proposed research must involve some aspect of power-based violence, broadly understood. We are particularly interested in studies that reflect one of the PVI’s four areas of thematic focus,  listed below. Beyond those constraints, we encourage diverse and creative proposals. Fellowships could fund a discrete component of a larger research project.

PVI Graduate Fellows will be expected to:

  • Participate in PVI activities during 2017–18, including research colloquia and public lectures.
  • Present their research at a PVI research symposium to be held in the spring.
  • Submit a one-paragraph report at the end of the year detailing how the funds were used.

Proposals should include:

  • A brief (no more than 2 page) narrative of the research project, that identifies and explains the importance of the question to be addressed, describes the approach(es) to be used, and articulates the connection between the research and the PVI’s mission and focal themes.
  • A budget. Fellowship funds may be used for any research-related expenses, but may not be used for paying a stipend to the awardees themselves.
  • Applicant’s CV.
  • Statement of support from dissertation advisor (a short paragraph expressing support for the project and indicating that the applicant is making good progress in their program is sufficient).

A multi-disciplinary panel will evaluate proposals on the importance of the questions they raise; the suitability of the approach they take; and their relevance to the mission of the PVI.

Proposals must be submitted by email as a single PDF attachment to pviuva@virginia.edu, by 5 p.m. on September 29, 2017. Awards will be announced in October and funds will be available immediately thereafter.

More information about the PVI is available on our website, at http://pvi.virginia.edu, including information about past fellows here. Inquiries about the PVI and the fellowship program may be directed to Nicholas Winter or to pviuva@virginia.edu.

This program is possible through the generous support of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Curry School of Education, and the School of Nursing.

PVI Thematic Foci

Institutions: The Educational System, The Criminal Justice System, The Military

This theme focuses broadly on the role of formal social and political institutions in fostering, shaping and preventing power-based violence. To do so it would focus in particular on three central institutions in contemporary society: the university and other educational systems, where future citizens are made; the criminal justice system, where societal rules are explicitly enforced; and the military, where citizens become the soldiers who defend societal rules.

Intersections among Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Class

This theme focuses on analyzing how gender, race and ethnicity, class and other forms of power-based difference interact in complex ways, sometimes even at cross purposes with one another, to make some people more vulnerable to power-based violence and others more likely to be perpetrators or bystanders, and how to redress these inequities.

Communicating Violence

This theme addresses the relationship among public discourses on power, violence and inequality. That is, how do people and groups—including individuals, teachers, artists, corporations and the media—communicate about violence, and how does this reinforce or challenge power and inequality; and how and when does communication about power and inequality make or obfuscate the links people and groups have with violence?

Violence in Global Perspective

This theme situates power-based violence research and teaching in transnational flows of people, capital, trade and ideas.