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.
- 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 (500-1000 words), a personal statement (500-1200 words), an unofficial transcript, and preferably two faculty letters of recommendation. Completed applications should be e-mailed to Professor Karin Vélez in the IGC Dean’s Office (email@example.com).
You can read more about the essays in the GSEF Application Guide 2019.
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.
Applications are due by 10:00PM on Friday, March 15, 2019.
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
Communications and Journalism
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Library and Archival Studies
Religion and Theology
Class of 2018
- 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
Class of 2020
- Cristina Martin, psychology and educational studies
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
Any questions should be directed to:
Associate Professor, History