Havens Award

A. Eugene Havens Fund: $2000 Award for Graduate Students from Developing Nations

Friends and faculty of the Department of Rural Sociology established the Havens Memorial Fund after the untimely death in 1984 of Professor A. Eugene Havens, who at the time was serving as department chair.

The fund provides a source of financial assistance to graduate students from developing nations who are pursuing a doctoral degree and advised in Community & Environmental Sociology. The fund exemplifies the noble spirit of our friend, colleague, and teacher, Gene Havens. He devoted his life to improving the lives of people in the developing world by teaching social science to students and supporting them in their efforts to improve the social systems in their nations. The Havens Award Committee grants one cash award per year.

To qualify for the Havens Award, applicants must be citizens of a low- or middle-income nation and in good standing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and advised in Community & Environmental Sociology. The award committee will consider all qualified students and give preference to students who have dissertator status. The Committee will base the award primarily on scholarly merit, while considering financial need as well. Recipients of a Havens Award may have other sources of funding, but they cannot have received support from the Havens Fund in the past. The Awards Committee reserves the prerogative to make no awards.

The applicant should submit:
• The Havens Fund award application form.
• A cover letter that describes financial need
• A description of current or proposed research
• A letter from the student’s faculty adviser addressing the student’s academic status and progress, scholarly performance, and financial need.

Applications for 2023 are due April 3. Application materials should be sent to Professor Josh Garoon through Megan Banaszak, Department of Community & Environmental Sociology, 350 Agriculture Hall, 1450 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, mbanaszak@wisc.edu.