Friday, November 9, 2012

Opportunities Newsletter - November 9

This newsletter contains information about the following opportunities:



Employment Opportunities (current and post-baccalaureate):


Scholarships Opportunities:


1.     2013 Truman Scholarship




For current “juniors” interested in the 2013 Truman Scholarship competition


The IU deadline for the 2013 Truman Scholarship competition is THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2012


The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation is expected to award 60-65 merit-based scholarships to students across the nation who will be “juniors” in the 2012-2013 academic year and who plan to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government or other public service.  (See Eligibility section below for the Truman Foundation’s definition of “juniors.”)  Each scholarship is worth up to $30,000 and the Foundation assists Truman Scholars “with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development.” To compete for the award, students must be nominated by their undergraduate institutions.  The IU Truman Selection/Nomination Committee has set 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 as the campus deadline for students who wish to be considered for the 2013 competition.  In the past, Truman scholars have come from such diverse fields as history, political science, international relations, journalism, economics, education, law, public administration, nonprofit management, physical and social sciences, and technology policy. 


The Truman Scholarship seeks to promote public service, which the foundation defines “as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organization, non-governmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public-service oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.”  Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a graduate degree program funded by the Truman.


Eligibility: To be eligible for consideration for the Truman Scholarship, a student must have a clear commitment to a career in public service, be a U.S. Citizen or National, and be nominated by his/her university. The student must also be a “junior-level student”.  (Residents of Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Pacific Islands must have senior-level academic standing.)  See for official eligibility criteria. 


Nomination and Selection Standards: Because Truman Scholarship attracts the interest of top candidates around the country, IU only nominates students with outstanding credentials. The foundation chooses scholars on the basis of their excellent academic performance and communication skills, potential for leadership, extensive records of public and community service, and commitment to careers in government or elsewhere in public service.  (See the Truman Foundation’s definition of “public service” above.)  IU’s nominating committee and the Truman Foundation selectors are looking for candidates who show promise of making a difference in the world through their public service.


IU Nomination Process:  The IU committee will select up to four nominees for the national 2013 Truman competition. To be considered by the IU committee, IU students must submit a completed Truman Scholarship application, including a 500-word policy proposal on a significant issue related to the candidate’s intended area of public service, by 4 p.m., Nov. 15, 2012, to Elaine Hehner in the Hutton Honors College, 811 E. Seventh Street, Room 210E, Bloomington, IN 47405. Students seeking consideration should also arrange to have ALL three letters of recommendation described in the Truman application material sent directly to Ms. Hehner by Nov. 15.  Application materials being used for the fall process at IU are available from Ms. Hehner and can be downloaded from the Truman website:  For additional information on the scholarship and guidance on the application, including the 500-word policy proposal, see the Truman website: For additional information on the scholarship and the IU nomination process, contact IU’s Truman faculty representative Judy Failer,, or Elaine Hehner at


2.     Scholarship for Graduate Study in Europe 


Through its links with a consortium of eight European universities, IU has been given the opportunity to support the application for a full scholarship for an IUB or IUPUI student to enroll in a two-year interdisciplinary Euroculture MA program. This includes a fee remission worth 16,000 euros (approx. $22,000) and a monthly stipend of 1,000 euros (approx $1,400) for 24 months. The details of the program and of the participating universities can be found at


The successful student would begin his/her studies at one of the eight European universities in the fall of 2013, would move to a second European university in the spring of 2014, would have the option of returning to IU for the fall of 2014, and would finish back at their starting university in the spring of 2015. The Euroculture MA has approximately 150 students active at any one time, from all over the world. All courses are offered in English but there is plenty of opportunity to learn or improve on other European languages, and help with accommodation is offered by host universities.


The participating universities are:


Georg-August-Universität: Göttingen, Germany

Università degli Studi di Udine, Italy

Universidad de Deusto: Bilbao, Spain

Université de Strasbourg, France

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands

Univerzita Palackého: Olomouci, Czech Republic

Uniwersytet Jagielloński: Krakowie, Poland

Uppsala Universitet, Sweden


Interested students should have completed their BA by May 2013 and should have a competitive GPA and be able to provide proof of their interest in study in Europe and ability to complete a graduate course of study overseas. The deadline for applications is November 23, 2012. Anyone interested should contact Prof. John McCormick at with a statement of interest, a resume, and letters of support from two IU faculty members. They should meanwhile apply online direct to the Euroculture MA program at



Employment Opportunities:


3.     Indianapolis Teaching Fellows


The first deadline for applying to the Indianapolis Teaching Fellows (ITF) program is December 10, 2012. IFT is recruiting teachers to serve in several subject areas, with a particular focus in English, special education, math, science, Spanish, and French. The program begins in Summer 2013.


Teaching as a Career
ITF recruits talented recent graduates and mid-career professionals who bring experience and significant content knowledge to teaching. ITF emphasizes teaching as a long-term career change. We look for people who will stay in the classroom and effect change from within their schools.  Each teaching position is considered a career with a full-time teaching salary ($33,000-39,000 plus benefits), and we expect at least a 3 year commitment from our Fellows.  


During the summer, Fellows participate in an intensive, six-week Fast Start Pre-Service Training (PST) to master the foundational skills necessary to improve outcomes in schools where students lag several grade-levels behind. Fast Start PST prepares people without formal education backgrounds to be immediately effective in challenging school environments, building on the deep content knowledge they already possess by preparing them to teach it. Professional development activities focus on the foundations of effective instructional delivery and classroom management – and participants are able to apply those skills right away by first practicing with other Fellows in training sessions and then by leading actual summer school classes, where they will work alongside experienced teachers to get an authentic field experience and receive real-time feedback through coaching.

Program Costs
There are no program or training costs associated with ITF - however, Fellows do complete a Master of the Arts in Teaching degree from Marian University. The cost of tuition is offset by an Americorps award of $5,500 and Fellows are responsible for the remaining $700-1000 at the end of 2 years of study. 

Additional information and
Fellow profiles are available on the program website.

If you are planning to relocate after graduation, ITF is part of TNTP’s national network of teacher recruitment and certification programs and has locations in:  

Arizona  -  Baltimore  -  Charlotte  -  Chicago  -  DC  -  Fort Worth  -  Georgia  -  Indiana  -  Memphis  -  Nashville  -  New Orleans  -  New York City  - Rhode Island


For additional information contact:  


Erika Haskins

Recruitment Ambassador

Indianapolis and Northwest Indiana

Teaching Fellows Programs