University of Alaska Fairbanks Offers Funded Master’s Degree to Study Gender and Change
Monday, November 25, 2013
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is
seeking to recruit a graduate student interested in pursuing a Master’s (or
Ph.D.) degree with a research focus on gender and change in Arctic Alaska.
Student funding is provided by a research grant from the National Science
Foundation. Successful applicants will be offered two years of funding at the University
of Alaska Fairbanks, including a stipend of approximately $28,000/year, field
research, tuition, benefits, and research expenses.
The graduate student will assist an
NSF-funded ethnographic study of the ways in which Alaska Native communities
are responding to global challenges while at the same time retaining and
practicing their core indigenous values in the face of many uncertainties.
Previous research has identified indigenous groups and women as some of the
most vulnerable populations affected by pronounced political, economic, and
environmental shifts. In this study we seek to examine gendered responses to
the processes of globalization and significant social-environmental change and
the shifting roles of women in the midst of such changes. This research will
provide an in-depth study of the gendered, multigenerational responses to
specific contemporary changes in Barrow, Alaska, an Iñupiat subsistence-based community
and economic and administrative hub of the Arctic Slope region.
The program is are particularly interested in students
with backgrounds in the human dimensions of environmental systems or
Selected students will start their graduate
programs in the summer or fall of 2014. Awards are contingent on students being
accepted for a graduate program of study by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Students could complete degrees either in anthropology or fisheries. Field
research will be conducted in Barrow, Alaska.
are interested, please submit a CV, a copy of your transcript(s), a writing
sample, the names and contact information of three references, and a short
cover letter expressing your interest in the position to Courtney Carothers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
by January 15, 2014.