Marcus Bach Fellowships for Graduate Students in the Humanities

Owner
Associate Dean for Graduate Education

Key Contacts

If you have questions, please contact the Assistant to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education.

Applicability  

Graduate students.

Policy Purpose and Description  

The Marcus Bach Fellowships for Graduate Students in the Humanities are awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to support the completion of an MFA project or doctoral dissertation. The fellowship’s goal is to foster intercultural communication and/or the understanding of diverse philosophies and religious perspectives, and projects in this area are the most appropriate proposals. The Marcus Bach Fellowships are made possible by a bequest from the estate of Dr. Marcus Bach. Dr. Bach received a doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1942 in Speech and Dramatic Arts (now the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Theatre Arts). Awardees must also show an awareness of the specific ideas and research of Dr. Bach.

Bach Fellowships provide a single semester of support, which includes:

  • $10,000 Salary
  • Associated Fringe Benefits
  • Tuition Scholarship for 2 s.h. credit
  • 50% of Mandatory fees

Up to four Bach Fellowships will be awarded each year.

Eligibility: The applicant must use the fellowship period to complete an MFA project or to conduct post comprehensive research and writing on the doctoral dissertation. The applicant’s research/creative project must focus on intercultural communication and/or the understanding of diverse philosophies and religious perspectives. Especially appropriate are proposals which show an awareness of the ideas and research of Dr. Marcus Bach. Students in the creative arts, humanities, and related social sciences are eligible to apply, so long as their project has a relevant focus. Awardees must register for at least 1 s.h. credit during the fellowship semester. Recipients of a Marcus Bach Fellowship may not combine the award with any other UI fellowship, assistantship or paid work during the award period.

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Procedure

Application Process: Eligible graduate students submit the application materials through their department. The DGS of each department may forward up to three student applications to the Assistant to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education

All completed applications will be evaluated, discussed, and ranked by the Graduate Educational Policy Committee (GEPC), which is a general scholarly audience. Please keep this in mind when preparing applications. The Associate Dean for Graduate Education will make the final decision and notify Fellowship recipients, DGSs, and DEOs of the results early in the spring semester following the application deadline.

Application materials must include:

  • the completed application cover sheet,
  • a short description (up to 2 pages, 12 pt. font) of the creative or research project, and of the work already accomplished,
  • a brief (1 page maximum) statement describing connections between the project and Marcus Bach’s research/ideas,
  • a copy of the applicant’s current transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable),
  • a statement of support from the applicant’s adviser, which includes comments about the progress towards completing degree requirements, and
  • a statement of support from the DGS. If more than one application is submitted through a program, the DGS statement of support ranks the applications from that program and describes the formal process by which the ranking was determined. If the applicant’s DGS is also their Thesis Advisor, all proposals from that unit should be reviewed by a committee of at least 3 Graduate Faculty members who do not have a COI.

Forms  

Application Cover Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions  

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Related Information

List of Marcus Bach projects funded since the Fellowships were established in 2005.

Revision History