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Proctorship (CLACS-Sawyer Seminar)

Proctorship Announcement

CLACS / Sawyer Seminar

Due January 30, 2018.

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies invites applications for two one-year graduate fellowships on Race & Indigeneity in the Americas, supported by a Mellon Sawyer Seminar.

The Seminar, which will include monthly events across campus and periodic workshops, performances, and exhibits during 2018-19, explores the interdisciplinary, hemispheric, and comparative study of racialization in the Americas.


Graduate fellows will contribute to the year-long Seminar by collaborating with a Postdoctoral Fellow to coordinate workshops and other related events; design and plan graduate and undergraduate student involvement in the Seminar, as well as community outreach; and write up summaries of the events. The fellows will meet regularly with the Postdoctoral Fellow, Center Director, and steering committee members. The fellow positions aim to build communication, creative problem-solving, analytical, and management skills.

Fellows will be appointed to a Proctorship for Fall and Spring, with a commitment of up to 20 hours/week.

Funding and Award:

The Mellon funding provides students with the full academic year stipend as set by the graduate school (including the summer portion), as well as health and dental insurance and fees. Tuition will be provided by the Graduate School. (For students in years 3-5, the award would replace one year of the student’s guaranteed funding, which her/his program would bank to provide funding for the student's 6th year.)


These fellowships are open to Brown University doctoral students in the humanities or social sciences whose interests focus on the Americas, race and ethnicity, and/or indigenous peoples of the region. The positions are available for doctoral students in their third year or later, including those in their sixth or seventh year who have completed their fellowship period. Priority will be given to applicants with previous experience in or interest in organizing scholarly events.

Application Process and Submission Deadline

  • A Statement of Purpose (maximum 1-page statement) detailing:
    • Current status as a graduate student (year, expected graduation date, competing employment or academic demands expected in 2018/9)
    • Your interest in the position
    • Your previous experience working in scholarly event organization
  • A current CV

Please ask your advisor and your DGS to provide the following, respectively, under separate cover:

  • A letter of recommendation from a Brown faculty member
  • A short message of support from the applicant’s Director of Graduate Studies to confirm the student is in good standing.

Send these items via email to Kate Goldman, CLACS Manager (kate_goldman@brown.edu) with the subject line: [CLACS Sawyer Graduate Fellowship_Last Name] by Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at 11:59 pm. Applicants will be notified in February 2018.

Students with additional questions about this proctorship can contact Professor Jessaca Leinaweaver (jessaca_leinaweaver@brown.edu), CLACS Director.