2022-2023 Dissertation Fellowship Application Instructions

Page 1


DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP The Institute seeks doctoral candidates who are dedicated to research and scholarship that promotes and improves the safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children and families in Florida’s child welfare system to apply for the 2022 - 2023 Dissertation Fellowship. The selected fellow will be awarded $5,000 throughout the award period. Preference will be given to dissertations that align with our annual research topic. The FY 21-22 topic is innovations in workforce resilience. This includes, but is not limited to, innovative child welfare research on topics such as: •

Recruitment and onboarding

Work-life balance


Leadership development

Peer support


Worker health or mental health

Diversity, equity, and inclusion

The Florida Institute for Child Welfare will award one fellowship to a qualified doctoral candidate in a Floridabased university or college. The Fellow is required to submit two progress reports, one in the Fall 2022 semester and one in the Spring 2023 semester. In addition, the Fellow will work with the Institute to develop a deliverable product (e.g., brief report of findings, webinar, or podcast episode) which highlights the Fellow’s dissertation work, due by June 1, 2023. The Fellowship will begin on September 1, 2022 and end June 1, 2023. Stipends will be paid upon receipt of progress reports ($2,000 each) and final deliverable ($1,000) for a total of $5,000. Fellows may apply for subsequent Institutefunded awards for which they are eligible.

Eligibility Applicants must be a doctoral candidate currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Florida (this fellowship is not restricted to students in specific degree programs). Applicants must be enrolled and actively registered in their program for the complete duration of the fellowship. In addition, the student must have:

completed all required coursework

passed preliminary or qualifying exams (or equivalent programmatic benchmark)

have an approved prospectus by award start date (9/1/2022)

How to Apply The 2022-2023 Florida Institute for Child Welfare Dissertation Fellowship application period opens January 15, 2022 and closes at 5 p.m. EST on March 15, 2022. Applicants are required to submit the following documents: •

Cover letter

Curriculum vitae

Research statement

Two letters of recommendation

Confirmation of eligibility

Cover Letter

The cover letter provides reviewers with relevant history of the applicant and introduces the dissertation topic. The cover letter should not exceed 2 single-spaced pages with one-inch margins using Times New Roman (or similar) 12-point font.

Research Statement

The research statement should expand on the applicant’s research agenda, including a more comprehensive overview of the dissertation. Please address the following: 1. Why did you choose child welfare as a research topic area? 2. Relevant research agenda history (e.g., past child welfare-related work) 3. Dissertation Title 4. Dissertation Overview • • • • • •

Background and Significance of Research Target Population Primary Research Question(s) Research Design Analytic Methods Anticipated Policy and Practice Implications

5. Future research agenda, including a description of how the Fellowship would support short-term research or other relevant goals

Florida Institute for Child Welfare



Research Statement Guidelines

Confirmation of Eligibility

The research statement should not exceed 2 single-spaced pages with one-inch margins using Times New Roman (or similar) 12-point font. References may be attached at the end of the personal statement and will not count towards the page limit.

Applicants must submit a letter from the doctoral program director or dean confirming eligibility for the Florida Institute for Child Welfare Dissertation Fellowship. The letter must be on university letterhead with signatures and confirm the following about the applicant:

Letters of Recommendation Applicants must submit two letters of recommendationone from their major professor and one other academic reference. Letters must be on university letterhead with signatures and answer/address the following: •

What is your relationship to the applicant and how long have you known this person?

In what capacity have you worked with the applicant and what has been your experience working with this person?

All coursework and preliminary or qualifying exams have been completed

Has or will have an approved prospectus plan by award start date

Is in good academic standing

Projected graduation date

Deadlines Call for Proposals Released

January 15, 2022

What are the strengths of the applicant?

Describe the applicant’s commitment to child welfare research, policy and practice.

Deadline for Proposal Submission

March 15, 2022 5:00 p.m. EST

What are strengths and limitations of the applicant’s dissertation research project?

Decision Notification

June 15, 2022

Describe why this applicant would be a good candidate for the Dissertation Fellowship.

Fellowship Start Date

September 1, 2022

Recommendation writers will submit letters separately from the applicant’s own materials and submit to Dr. Lisa Magruder, Institute Program Director of Science and Research, lmagruder@fsu.edu.

CLICK HERE to complete the short application and submit your documents. Contact Dr. Lisa Magruder at lmagruder@fsu.edu for more information.

Jessica Pryce, Ph.D., Director

2139 Maryland circle, Suite 1100, Tallahassee, FL 32303 FICW.FSU.EDU




About the Florida Institute for Child Welfare The Florida Institute for Child Welfare seeks to promote safety, permanency, and well-being among the children and families of Florida that are involved with the child welfare system. To accomplish this mission, the Institute sponsors and supports interdisciplinary research projects and program evaluation initiatives that contribute to a dynamic knowledge base relevant for enhancing Florida’s child welfare outcomes. The Institute collaborates with community agencies across all sectors and other important organizations in order to translate relevant knowledge generated through ecologically-valid research, policy analysis, and program evaluation. This is best achieved through the design and implementation of developmentally targeted and trauma-informed strategies for children and families involved in the child welfare system. For more information about the Institute please visit our website: ficw.fsu.edu

Florida Institute for Child Welfare