The Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement (OFCE) provides information and assistance to graduate students to help them become more successful in their search for funding outside of the UA.
Georgia Ehlers, Director – Georgia wrote her first grant proposal as a graduate student. After her initial experience, she vowed to never write another one. However, approximately $20M later in grant money, she is dedicated to assisting graduate students in their fundraising endeavors. As well as working with applicants to external fellowships, Georgia also manages the UA Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program.
Shelley Hawthorne Smith, Assistant Director – As a doctoral student, Shelley enjoyed teaching writing to undergraduate students. However, when she began working with fellowship applicants, she found them to be the most motivated students she had encountered. After completing her PhD, Shelley joined the OFCE and has been happy to see the success of the application support programs, with, currently, approximately 80% of this year’s UA NSF GRFP awardees participating in the OFCE program.
Each year, the OFCE works directly with 200 – 250 graduate students applying for fellowships. Additionally, the office provides educational opportunities for all graduate students at the UA through workshops and newsletters. The office is dedicated to the success of all graduate students in developing their grant writing skills.