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New Dean’s Fellows Program supports H&S graduate students during turbulent times

Four of the Dean's fellows
Oct 7 2020
Stanford, Students

Doctoral students who either recently completed or are nearing completion of their dissertations now face an increasingly uncertain academic landscape in the wake of COVID-19. To help mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the academic job market for these scholars, Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences has launched the Dean’s Fellows Program. The program provides one-year lecturer appointments; this fall, nine graduates from across the school will support teaching and research initiatives.

“Our graduate students face a challenging academic job market as universities recalibrate their searches for the next few years in light of COVID-19,” said Debra Satz, Vernon R. and Lysbeth Warren Anderson Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences. “H&S, with support from Provost Drell, created the Dean’s Fellows Program as a way of supporting some of our exceptional doctoral students. Fellows will contribute leading research and teaching for the next generation of students or otherwise bring their skills to bear on making a difference to our understanding and knowledge.”

The program includes workshops to help the fellows advance their career goals and teaching roles. This year’s fellows are from the following departments: Modern Thought and Literature, History, Biology, Sociology, Classics, English, and the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL).

VPGE serves the entire graduate student community across all seven schools, including the School of Humanities and Sciences

2020-21 Dean Fellow, Madihah Akhter, was an EDGE Mentor.

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