Deadline Approaching for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program

Mar 26, 2020

In 2019, Phi Kappa Phi announced the expansion of its Fellowship Program from a total distribution of $345,000 each year to $615,000. As part of the increased funding, two new fellowships were created granting awards of $35,000 each – the 1897 Fellow, given to the top-scoring applicant in a STEM discipline, and the Sherrill Carlson Fellow, awarded to the top-ranking nominee in humanities and art.

Could you be the among the next cohort of 58 Society members who will be awarded a fellowship? Don’t miss your chance! Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may submit one candidate from among its local applicants to compete Society-wide for a fellowship. While the national deadline for chapters to submit an applicant is April 15, the local deadlines will vary and are approaching soon. Click here to find out how to apply.

Last year’s recipients of the first-ever 1897 Fellowship and Sherrill Carlson Fellowship were Sydney Sherman and Glenesha Berryman, respectively.

1897 Fellow

Sherman Sydney croppedSydney Sherman graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas where she was an honors student with the Collegium V at the Hobson Widenthal Honors College. She also did summer research at the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne in Switzerland and at the Weil Cornell Medical School. The fellowship is helping her pursue a Ph.D. in medical engineering and medical physics at MIT-Harvard.

“I am grateful to be awarded Phi Kappa Phi’s 1897 Fellowship,” Sherman shared. “This distinguished recognition will enable me to more fully focus on pioneering STEM developments during my graduate studies. In addition, the prestigious honor will introduce opportunities to collaborate and develop with colleagues which may not have otherwise been available.”

Sherrill Carlson Fellow

BerrymanGlenesha croppedGlenesha Berryman earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a second major in Great Books from East Carolina University. The fellowship is supporting her pursuit of a Ph.D. in American culture at University of Michigan.

As a student at ECU, “I did not know that my informal interests in black feminism could translate into a field of study or career,” Berryman wrote in her application. “I thought research was reserved for the hard sciences with white coats and lab rats. That all changed when I took the most meaningful course of my college career, Introduction to Literary Theory, and learned how to analyze important texts as well as contemporary cultural performances . . . This fellowship will enable me to develop as an interdisciplinary teacher and researcher and to become a public scholar and activist of the digital age.”

Click here to learn more about all of the 2019 recipients or click here to apply for the 2020 awards.