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Medicine & Humanities: The Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Graduate Student Scholarship, 2021–22

The Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White Scholarship will be awarded to one or more regularly-enrolled, full-time UC graduate students working in appropriate fields. The award is intended to help students complete the writing of their dissertations by providing a monthly stipend that supports living expenses, research-related costs, and partial school fees, if necessary. Please note that the amount will NOT cover a full year’s worth of fees and tuition.

Eligible Applicants: UC doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences working on a medicine-focused dissertation project

Maximum Award: Up to $20,000

Application Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021

Award Announced (Expected): April 2021

Funding Source: A.V. White Endowment funds

Final awards for all of our grants are contingent upon available funding. Funding must be spent in accordance with all applicable UC rules and regulations.

Applications must be submitted online via Submittable by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on the deadline date.

Topic Details

The White Scholarship in Medicine and Humanities is funded by a generous endowment from Andrew Vincent White and Florence Wales White. Each year, UCHRI selects two graduate student fellows in the final stages of writing dissertations broadly focused on medicine and health. Doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences are eligible to apply. Applicants should have completed at least one chapter of their dissertation at the time of application. Successful applications will address questions that push beyond the now-standard narratives of “humanizing Western medicine.” Reviewers look for projects that approach problems of health, healing, pain, bodies, medicines, afflictions, and treatments in unexpected and creative ways. Priority will be given to applications that approach unique topic areas from interdisciplinary humanities perspectives, and which clearly show the relevance of the research to broader debates within the growing field of medical humanities.

Application Details

Potential applicants must be current, full-time UC humanities/theoretical social science PhD students pursuing medicine-focused dissertations and who will have advanced to candidacy by June 30, 2021.

Applicants must apply online via Submittable. Required documents include:

  • Project Title and Abstract (200 words max), including a brief statement of your research and its relation to humanities/theoretical social science and medicine.
  • Project Description (2,000 words max), which can be a variation of your prospectus, including a description of your research and how it relates to humanities/theoretical social science and medicine as well as how the funding will help advance your field and your own dissertation progress.
  • One chapter from the applicant’s dissertation (no longer than 30 pages, double spaced) or the equivalent (e.g., journal article).
  • Two Letters of Reference (to be submitted through Submittable no later than March 22, 2021), including one from your dissertation advisor confirming that you will have advanced to candidacy by June 30, 2021.

Students will be based at their home campuses; the scholarship is not a residency at UCHRI. Preference is given to students who are more advanced in their PhD dissertation research and writing. Funds must be expended between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

For program related questions, please contact Shana Melnysyn, research grants manager, at smelnysyn@hri.uci.edu. Please include the name of the grant for which you need assistance.

For technical assistance, please contact Submittable at support@submittable.com.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.