Brian A. Burt
Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education, Academic Affairs and Student Development, '14
As a student, I received a number of research grants, domestic and international travel grants, and private scholarships -- for example, from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Grand Rapids Community Foundation (GRCF), departmental fellowships, Rackham fellowships including the prestigious KCP Fellowship and Rackham One Term Finishing Grant, and Candidacy Tuition Fellowships. I also worked as a GSI and GSRA, which provided full tuition, a monthly stipend, and health and dental care.
I learned about Michigan's funding opportunities largely from reading weekly emails from the School of Education News, then following up with colleagues. Most colleagues were very supportive in talking to me about their application processes and offering strategies to be a competitive applicant. Other than my peers, when I was interested in particular opportunities, I researched the opportunity well in advance, and usually put together a success plan (read: strategy) to complete the application. After I felt organized with my strategy, I presented the idea with my advisor or dissertation chair; it was important that my advisor and dissertation chair were on board with all of my decisions to pursue funding opportunities so that they would be available (and willing) to provide a strong, supportive letter of recommendation. Finally, I let my close friends in the program know of my intentions to pursue funding. They helped with accountability and encouragement to not stop working on applications, generally while I was simultaneously working on equally important academic tasks, and they never let me stop pursuing these opportunities.
Dr. Burt is an alum of Academic Affairs and Student Development.