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The Graduate School Exploration Fellowship (GSEF) Program, funded by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is intended to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study, research, and/or teaching careers in higher and post-secondary education.

Macalester selects up to four talented sophomores, through 2020, to participate in the program.

Program Benefits

  • On-campus mentoring opportunities from Macalester College faculty and staff
  • Participation in two Annual Summits in Chicago in each summer of the program
  • A paid summer research opportunity following their junior year at a Big Academic Alliance Institution or the University of Chicago
  • Graduate school visit assistance funds during senior year (up to $1,000.00 per Fellow) and assistance for scholarly-related activities (up to $250.00 per Fellow)

Applying to the Program

The application is a .pdf form that you can complete digitally or handwritten. Included with the application, in separate documents, should be a statement of research interests, a personal statement (no more than 250 words each), an unofficial transcript, and preferably two faculty letters of recommendation. Completed applications should be e-mailed to Matthew Katsaros in the IGC Dean's Office ().

You can read more about the essays in the Application Information sheet.

To submit a Letter of Recommendation the faculty member should write the letter, then submit it as a .pdf document in the Letter of Recommendation Form.

Download the GSEF Application.

The application deadline is Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

Selection Criteria

All qualified sophomores from groups underrepresented in the professoriate are encouraged to apply, including:

  • African Americans; Hispanics; Native Americans; Alaska Natives; Native Hawaiians; other Pacific Islanders
  • First-generation college students
  • Individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college due to exceptional talent and motivation in the face of adversity, such as societal, economic or academic disadvantages
  • Individuals with a demonstrated commitment to applying and including diverse backgrounds and perspectives to learning, scholarship, service and leadership in the academy

Additionally, students must meet the following criteria for eligibility:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident of the U.S., or DACA student
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application
  • Have a strong interest in pursuing graduate work in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and/or the arts

Eligible Fields of Study

Anthropology and Archaeology
Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies
Arts
Classics
Communications and Journalism
Economics
Education
English
Foreign Languages and Literatures
History
Library and Archival Studies
Linguistics
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Religion and Theology
Sociology

Learn More: Graduate School Exploration Fellowship (GSEF) Web Page

Current Fellows

Class of 2018

  • Ashanté Alford, psychology/neuroscience
  • Cecilia Caro, anthropology and educational studies
  • Giselle Lora, anthropology and Latin American studies
  • Allegra Wyatt, psychology and anthropology

Class of 2019

  • Min Hee Cho, political science and economics
  • Umar Hassan, political science
  • Cameron Hill, sociology and hispanic studies
  • Micheala Sharp, computer science and classics and media & cultural studies

Questions?

Any questions should be directed to:

Alicia Muñoz
Associate Dean, Institute for Global Citizenship
Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
amunoz@macalester.edu
(651) 696-6509