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Curb Public Scholars Application

As part of our mission to advance the standing of creative and cultural expression in generating innovative approaches to real-world problems, the Curb Public Scholars program supports graduate students in finding ways that their research can have an impact beyond the academy. The program facilitates initiatives that explore creative ways to implement research findings, develop evidence-based public policies, and transform academic work into publicly available resources.

Each spring, graduate students are invited to propose projects that apply arts or creative expression to an issue raised by their dissertation or other research and designed to engage a public audience. Scholars are awarded up to $2,000, have access to Curb Scholar workspaces, and receive mentorship from Curb-affiliated faculty. Recipients of these grants meet with local and national leaders as well as fellow scholars regularly throughout the academic year; develop and deliver materials that advance understanding, application, or the impact of the student’s research on community life; and reflect on the outcomes of that development in a final symposium.

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2020-2021 Curb Public Scholar Application Process

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are delaying the 2020-2021 application process until late summer.  We will begin accepting 2020-2021 applications on August 3, 2020.  Applications must include the following materials:

  1. A Letter of Interest which includes details about your degree program, advisor, and anticipated graduation date and addresses how participation in the Curb Public Scholars Program will enhance your professional development
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. A 500-word essay, 3-minute video, or 8-page PowerPoint presentation which provides background for your project, details what the project encompasses, addresses who your public is and how your project could impact this group, and details how the proposed project complements your thesis project work
  4. A preliminary deliverables timeline addressing the project goals and completion dates
  5. A preliminary budget detailing how funds will be spent over the life of the project

Materials should be combined into one pdf document and sent to Kimberly Kane by September 11, 2020 to be considered for funding.

Applications will be reviewed by the Curb Center leadership team with final award decisions communicated to all applicants on September 25, 2020.

If you have any questions about the process please contact Administrative Manager Kimberly Kane (via phone or  email).

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