Sawyer Seminar Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program for Graduate Students
Application Form for Academic Year 2024-25

Rice Graduate Students:

The Medical Humanities Research Institute (MHRI) will award two pre-doctoral fellowships in AY2024-25 to Rice University doctoral students in Humanities and/or interpretive Social Sciences. Fellows will be active participants in the “Reimagining Technologies of Care: Racial Health Equity and Data Justice” Sawyer Seminar. 

To apply, upload as a single PDF on the webform below by Monday, April 1 (Deadline Extended to April 1):

  • A 500-750 word cover letter indicating your research connections with the seminar topic and how your future career goals would benefit from participation in this seminar
  • A 250-300 word abstract of your dissertation research interests
  • A CV
  • A statement of all pending or confirmed fellowships or paid work at Rice during Academic Year 2024-25
  • A writing sample of 25 pages double-spaced
  • Advisor Agreement Form (advisor signature needed to confirm endorsement of application, participation in Seminar activities, ability to accept the stipend, and dissertation status)

Please direct questions to: Melissa Bailar, Executive Director, Medical Humanities Research Institute

Rice Graduate Student Application
If selected, I will commit to participating in the Seminar activities.
During the Seminar year, fellows will attend and occasionally lead a monthly reading group with faculty, students, and clinicians; attend and occasionally moderate
approximately 8 lectures and meet with speakers; meet regularly with the Seminar organizers; present their research related to the seminar at public events;
participate in professional development workshops; mentor and oversee Seminar undergraduate fellows; and contribute to publications or white papers in addition to
completing their dissertations. The Seminar organizers will provide multidisciplinary mentoring opportunities to the graduate students.


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256 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf.