This scholarship of $300 is offered by the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance to support research on any aspect of New Jersey Studies. It is open to high school and college students.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be enrolled in high school or at a college or a university (full- or part-time; at the undergraduate or graduate level).
  • This student must be working on a NJ-related history or social studies project. It can be a standard research paper, digital humanities project, oral history project – creativity is encouraged!
  • Students do not have to be a member of NJSAA to apply for the award. A one-year free membership will be provided to awardees.
  • Awardee should be willing to present their work (even if it is a work in progress) at a meeting of NJSAA, which usually meets at Rutgers-New Brunswick. Date of presentation will be negotiated between the student and the committee. Students unable to attend an NJSAA meeting to make their presentation may make arrangements to do a presentation via the Internet.
  • Awardee’s project will be listed on NJSAA’s website and may be considered for publication in NJ Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. We would also encourage students to submit their finished products to the NJSAA undergraduate or graduate research paper awards competition, if appropriate.

Application Process

  • Applications must include:
    1. A 750-1,000 word description of the project, timeline, and its expected outcomes.
    2. A response to the following question, answered in 250 words: “If you had more time and resources to build upon or expand the project, what would you do?” (i.e., where will the $ go?)
    3. Supplemental materials (i.e., research outline, resume with contact information, links to a website or to video or audio clips, a portion of an oral history transcript no longer than 250 words, etc).
    4. The name, title, and institution of the academic mentor or advisor who will be supplying a letter of recommendation. The academic mentor or advisor must send the letter of recommendation directly via email.
  • Applications and all letters of recommendation will be accepted until March 1, 2020Recipient will be notified by March 15, 2020.
  • Only complete applications will be considered.

Criteria for Evaluation

  • Originality of the work.
  • The project’s relevance to the New Jersey Studies community and/or to the community in New Jersey on which the project focuses.
  • The project’s research design: feasibility, objectives, outline of major topics, plan of work, public access, and archiving plans.

Please submit all materials electronically to Melissa Ziobro, Chair, NJSAA Research Scholarship Committee, mziobro@monmouth.edu

Organized in 1992, the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance (NJSAA) promotes the teaching of New Jersey Studies, collaboration on projects, and sharing of materials. Membership to the NJSAA is $5 for one year, $15 for three years. Learn more here.

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