Michael and Stacey Koehn Endowed Fellowship in Critical Theory

Each year, this one-quarter fellowship plus summer stipend is awarded by competition to a Critical Theory Emphasis student in the third year or higher of a Humanities Ph.D. program at UCI. An announcement of the competition and application requirements is made each spring quarter.

The Koehn Fellowship is intended to enable the student to pursue research and/or to travel and attend academic conferences relevant to his or her chosen field of graduate work related to critical theory. The assistantship consists of one quarter of fellowship (approximately $7,000 plus in-state tuition and fees) and a summer stipend for research ($3,000).

During the year that the fellowship is held, the student engages in activities related to promoting an understanding of and interest in Critical Theory among undergraduates. Usually, these activities include organizing CTE’s annual Undergraduate Critical Theory Conference and working with the Critical Theory Committee on program activities.

Criteria

To qualify for the Koehn Assistantship, applicants must be enrolled in a Humanities Ph.D. program and registered in the Critical Theory Emphasis; must have taken the Critical Theory Workshop (Hum. 260) or be registered in it for the current academic year; and must have taken at least two Humanities 270 seminars prior to holding the assistantship.

An evaluation and selection is made by CTE faculty and administered through the office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the Humanities.

Applicants must be enrolled in a Humanities Ph.D. program and registered in the Critical Theory Emphasis. They must have taken the Critical Theory Workshop (Hum 260) or be registered in it for the current academic year. They must also must have taken at least two Humanities 270 seminars prior to holding the assistantship. Traditionally the awardee oversees the organization of the annual Undergraduate Critical Theory Conference in the Spring quarter subsequent to the award. Applicants must provide the following:

1.       A statement (no more than two pages) describing how Critical Theory is related to their specific focus in graduate studies.
2.       A writing sample related to Critical Theory (maximum 25 pages, double spaced).
3.       A letter of evaluation from the chair of the qualifying exam committee or dissertation committee.

Award consists of a $3,000 Summer Stipend for Summer and a $7,000 stipend, in-state tuition, and fees for Fall quarter.