The Graduate Fellows Program at the Center for Great Plains Studies provides an interdisciplinary community of support for graduate students engaged in research, writing, and/or creative work related to the Great Plains.
Graduate Fellows are selected annually from individuals nominated by Center Fellows. If you wish to be nominated during the nomination period, please contact a Fellow. Program details and nomination forms
Focus: African Migration to Midwestern States and their Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs)
Focus: Fatness in American Literature
Focus: Prairie ecosystems restoration and complex systems resilience
Focus: Civic identities and community engagement practices of immigrant and refugee young adults
Focus: Diversity and change in Nebraska's forests
Focus: Sustainability of small community wastewater treatment infrastructure
Graduate Fellow stories
Great Plains Graduate Fellow alum essay:
Aubrey Streit Krug (PhD, English and Great Plains Studies, Great Plains Graduate Fellow alumna) recently had an essay published via the Center for Humans and Nature, which issued a call for responses to a recent question series: "What kind of ancestor do you want to be?" In her essay, she writes about being grounded through native Bluestem roots and the lessons she learned while studying the Omaha language at the University of Nebraska—namely how keeping the past in front of us can help make a better future. Streit Krug is a postdoctoral fellow at the Land Institute in Kansas.
Great Plains Graduate Fellows team up for paper
A cross-disciplinary partnership between English PhD Aubrey Streit Krug and Natural Resources PhD Daniel Uden resulted in this new paper, published in Ecology and Society.
Citation: Streit Krug, A., Uden, D., Allen, C., & Twidwell, D. (2017). Culturally induced range infilling of Eastern Redcedar: A problem in ecology, an ecological problem, or both?. Ecology and Society, 22(2).
Previous graduate fellows:
Belinda Acosta (English)
Kami Ahrens (English)
Sara Anderson (Anthropology)
Hannah Birge (Natural Resources)
Sabrina Brown (Earth and Atmospheric Science)
Jessica Burnett (Natural Resource Sciences)
Jie Cheng (Electrical Engineering)
Daniel Clausen (English)
Donna Devlin (History)
Tori Donovan (Agronomy and Horticulture)
Jamie Downing (Communication Studies)
Mikal Eckstrom (History)
William England (Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education)
Joshua Ewalt (Communication Studies)
John K. Fitzpatrick III (Anthropology)
Kent Fricke (Natural Resource Sciences)
Jacob Friefeld (History)
Aileen Garcia (Child, Youth and Family Studies)
Susana Geliga (History)
Nora Greiman (Anthropology/Archaeology)
Matthew Guzman (English)
Shivani Jadeja (Biology)
Joe Hamm (Psychology)
Clayton Hanson (History)
Alecia Harris (Art History)
Jason Hertz (English)
MacKayla Kelsey (English)
Aubrey Streit Krug (English)
Chih-Chung Lee (Biological Sciences)
Louise Lynch (Entomology)
Maria Nazos (English)
Jason Nolan (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences)
Emily Rau (English)
Caleb Roberts (Agronomy and Horticulture)
Nathan Rossman (Earth and Atmospheric Science)
Rebekka Schlichting (Journalism)
Robert Shepard (Geography)
Kristin Sorensen (Geography)
Jennifer Stacy (Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education)
Cameron Steele (English)
Kristine Subeck (TLTE)
Kaitlin Sundberg (History, UNO)
Alexis Swendener (Sociology)
Baligh Ben Taleb (History)
Sarah Taylor (Children, Youth and Family Studies)
Daniel Uden (Natural Resources)
Reed Underwood (TLTE)
Blake Weeder (History, UNK)
Matt Whitaker (English)
Cory Willard (English)
Rebecca Wingo (History)
The Graduate Fellows Program of the Center for Great Plains Studies offers support for selected graduate students engaged in research, writing, and/or creative work related to the Great Plains.
The Center provides Graduate Fellows with $600 each year in research and travel funds and hosts events such as writing workshops and retreats for Fellows. Fellows work together on Voices of the Plains, a new program that amplifies the voices of distinctive communities on the Great Plains whose perspectives have historically been marginalized, underrepresented, or misunderstood.
Students who are enrolled in a doctoral program or a terminal-degree master's program in a Great Plains-related discipline are eligible to apply. A Fellow of the Center must nominate a Graduate Fellow.
The Center for Great Plains Studies hosts six to eight Graduate Fellows each year. The appointment is for a term of two years (one year for master’s students), with possible reappointment for an additional year.
Applications will be accepted through May 16, 2022.
Selection Guidelines: When vacancies are available, the Center will invite applications from graduate students from all four NU campuses to apply to be a Great Plains Graduate Fellow. Each application will require nomination by a Center Fellow. Graduate Fellows will be selected based on academic performance, relevance of the student’s graduate work to the Great Plains, and proposed participation in the Voices of the Plains project.