Josephine Fowler, known as Josie to her friends, died of breast cancer in 2006, just three years after completing her Ph.D. in American studies. Her life spanned just 49 years, but was by any measure remarkably rich, impassioned, and accomplished. In tribute to Josie's amazing spirit, friends and colleagues have established a fund to provide an annual $250 award for the purchase of books to a U of M American studies graduate student doing research in the areas Josie valued and changed with her life and labor--work that documents and fights for positive change in the world. The prize, established in Fall 2007, is intended to facilitate the purchase of books helpful to
the recipient's dissertation. Through this prize Josie will continue to serve as a model of how to meld committed activism and principled scholarship.
Eligible applicants are students in good standing pursuing a Ph.D. in American Studies whose research is in the areas of: labor history, Asian immigration, the history of the American Left, the pursuit of peace, or other topics that are related to work on social justice and change. Along with $250.00 to cover the cost of books, the recipient
will also receive a copy of Josie's book, Japanese & Chinese Immigrant Activists: Organizing in American & International Communist Movements, 1919 - 1933.
Funds will be awarded to the graduate student who best does the following:
1) Demonstrates how their dissertation contributes to the study of peace and justice
2) Explains how the books purchased with this grant will aid their dissertation.
How to Apply:
In a 1 page essay, describe your dissertation topic and its relationship to the areas listed above. Please list what books you want to buy and how they will aid your dissertation research.
Submit your application to Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org by the May 1, 2017 at 12:00 NOON.