The Office of Global Awards offers support and resources for all undergraduate students at NYU. For more information about graduate student support please see the bottom of this page.
Kurt Davies is the Director of Global Awards at New York University.
Kurt has been helping students realize their full potential for the better part of two decades. His current role is borne of many adventures through school, careers and the world, from which he has learned to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of a life you love. He comes to NYU from James Madison University, where he served as the Director of Prestigious Scholarships. He has also worked in the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships at Villanova University and the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania. After a career as a travel agent, Kurt returned to college as a non-traditional student, receiving a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and anthropology from the University of North Carolina and a master’s in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. Kurt received a Fulbright grant in 2010 to research post-Soviet language policy in Kyrgyzstan. When he is not advising students on fellowship opportunities, Kurt is likely to be found in line for discounted theatre tickets, playing tournament Scrabble, or watching UNC basketball. Kurt has lived in seven states and five countries and is particularly excited for this next chapter in New York City.
Kris Larsen is the Assistant Director of the Office of Global Awards at New York University.
An employee of NYU since 2000, he began his career as an administrator for the Department of Psychology. For eight years he oversaw admissions to to the doctoral program in Social Psychology. In 2008, he began working for the Graduate School of Arts and Science in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Here he managed global and internal fellowships for GSAS students as well as graduate students from across the University.
Kris holds a BA and MA in Philosophy from the University of California, Riverside and Stony Brook University respectively. During his time as a graduate student at Stony Brook University, in association with the International Association for Philosophy and Literature, Kris gave panel presentations on phenomenology and architecture in Helsinki, Freiburg, and Nicosia.
Kris has intellectual and agricultural interests in wine and the wine industry. He has worked as a cellar rat for a prominent Oregon winemaker. Unable to produce, what he would call “good wine” in a Brooklyn apartment, his practice of zymology is currently limited to brewing beer.
Gita DasBender is a Fulbright Fellowship Advisor and a Language Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program.
Gita holds a Ph.D. in English Education from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education and an MA in English from Rutgers University—Newark. Her research focuses on second language writing, assessment, writing knowledge transfer, writing center theory and practice, and teaching English in global settings. She is the author of Language: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press, 2013) and her writing has appeared in the WPA Journal, Cerebration, and several edited collections including Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer, Teaching U.S.-Educated Multilingual Writers: Practice for and from the Classroom,and Writing Assessment in the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of Edward M. White.
Prior to joining NYU, Gita was a Senior Faculty Associate and Coordinator of Second Language Writing in the English department at Seton Hall University where she also served as the Director of Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships for the Provost’s office. In 2013 she was the recipient of a Fulbright Specialist award to Vietnam and spent six weeks as an academic consultant and multilingual writing expert at Ha Nam Teacher Training College in Phu Ly city and the Banking Academy of Vietnam in Hanoi. She is also the Assistant Editor for the Journal of Writing Assessment.
Christopher Edling's career began in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Improv, National Lampoon, CBS Radio, The Hollywood Reporter, and other media outlets. From 2009-2012 he served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Before coming to NYU he completed a Fulbright Arts fellowship in Kyrgyzstan, worked with the United Nations, and taught writing for the LEDA Institute at Princeton University. He holds an MFA in Writing and a Certificate in Feminist Scholarship from Columbia University, as well as CELTA certification from the University of Cambridge.
Emily Stone is a Fulbright fellowship advisor and a lecturer in the Expository Writing Program.
A former resident of Guatemala, Australia, China, and Portugal, Emily is a writer of poems and essays that draw on academic disciplines ranging from media criticism to anthropology. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Fourth Genre, North American Review, and Tin House and been among the notable selections in The Best American Essays and The Best American Travel Writing. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA from Gallatin. A recipient of teaching awards from Pittsburgh and the Expository Writing Program, she has also taught at Sun Yat-sen University in China. Emily is currently working toward a master's in food studies at Steinhardt.
You can make a one-on-one individual appointment to discuss drafts of personal statements, statements of grant purpose or drafted applications in their entirety. These appointments can be held in-person, and by Skype or telephone. Unless otherwise discussed, all in-person appointments will take place at 12 Washington Place. Please check your Google Calendar after making an appointment to confirm the room location.
Appointments are scheduled through Google Calendar. After you sign into your Google account, either your NYU account or your personal account, click on the advisor's name below with whom you wish to schedule an appointment.
Note: Walk-in office hours for the 2020 Spring semester (January 20-May 30) are as follows:
Prior to your appointment, please email your advisor any drafts you would like to discuss and if the session will be in-person, by Skype, or by telephone. If we do not hear from you we will assume that your appointment will be in-person.
The Writing Center offers 45-minute long individual consultations with experienced writing consultants. You can work on drafts of your personal statement or statement of grant purpose with these consultants. Keep in mind that they will not copy-edit your document for you; rather, they will ask questions designed to help you rethink the focus or underlying structure of your argument. If you do have grammatical issues, they will probably address it by pointing out the issue, explaining the rule, and having you correct your own document, with their guidance. Make sure you bring all relevant documentation (including scholarship prompts and outlines) along with hard copies of your drafts; they won’t be familiar with the minutiae of the scholarship to which you’re applying. You can register for an appointment on either the Washington Square or Brooklyn campus.
Graduate Students at NYU should feel free to use all the resources found under the webpages of the Office of Global Awards. When it comes to speaking with an advisor, graduate students should first contact their school specific advisors for information and support. Note: in many cases graduate fellowship applications are different than undergraduate fellowship applications. Pay close attention to any differences that apply to graduate students.