Advising and Resources
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.
Global Awards Advisors
Kurt Davies, Director - Office of Global Awards
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. In his current role, he oversees all operations in the Office of Global Awards. Specifically, he manages the nomination process for several fellowships, including the Truman, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarships. He came 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 Scrabble, or watching UNC basketball. Kurt has lived in seven states and five countries.
Kris Larsen, Assistant Director - Office of Global Awards
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.
Yollotl Lopez, Fellowship Advisor - Office of Global Awards
Yollotl Lopez is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her work focues on 20th/21st century American litearture, specifically undocumented immigrant narratives. She is also a volunteer editor at NYU's Latinx Project's publication Intervenxions and an active creative writer.
Shirin Nadira, Fellowship Advisor - Office of Global Awards
Shirin Nadira is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at NYU whose research interests include postcolonial literature and theory, theories of globalization and cosmopolitanism, and philosophies of education, and she is currently writing a dissertation on the depiction of university life and international students in contemporary fiction.
She enjoys talking and thinking with real-life students as much as fictional ones and has sought out opportunities to do so through as both a teacher and advisor. Shirin taught high school and college-aged students in Singapore for 3 years and has served as adjunct instructor for NYU’s Core Curriculum at NYU. In addition to advising students on fellowship opportunities at the Office of Global Awards, she is also Assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Study for the Comp Lit department offering academic advising to undergraduate Comp Lit majors.
When she’s not reading or writing, Shirin can be found hunting down cheap eats in Queens, solving jigsaw puzzles, working on getting fluent in Spanish, and dancing salsa.
Amy Obermeyer, Fellowship Advisor - Office of Global Awards
Amy Obermeyer is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature, where she researches early twentieth-century Japanese and Latin American literatures. She is currently finishing her dissertation on the articulation of subjectivity in woman-authored fiction of the era.
Amy enjoys working with students and helping them to develop their projects. In addition to her work at the Office of Global Awards, she currently teaches as an adjunct in the CORE Curriculum and has previously taught in the Department of Comparative Literature. At the OGA, she is particularly enthusiastic about consulting with students on awards focused on reducing inequality.
When she's not working or otherwise engaged in academic pursuits, she enjoys exploring the boroughs on her bicycle, hiking in the hudson valley, and eating the best (cheap) vegetarian cuisine the city has to offer.
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. Prior to your appointment, please email your advisor any drafts you would like to discuss.
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: Do to the Covid-19 crisis, all individual appointments, "drop-in" hours, and workshops will be held via Zoom.
Drop-in Office Hours
For the Fall of 2020 the Office of Global Award will host "drop-in" office hours. Each session will be hosted by a different Global Awards advisor. Students (and Alumni) should expect to be put into a virtual waiting room when they connect to the host's Zoom account. Cancellations will be noted in bold below.
- Tuesday 12:00-2:00pm Eastern Time (Hosted by Yollotl / Link to Zoom)
- Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm Eastern Time (Hosted by Amy / Link to Zoom)
- Wednesday 3:00pm-5:00pm Eastern Time (Hosted by Kurt / Link to Zoom)
- Thursday 10:00am-12:00pm Eastern Time (Hosted by Kris / Link to Zoom)
- Friday 2:00-4:00pm Eastern Time (Hosted by Shirin / Link to Zoom)
NYU’s Writing Center at the Expository Writing Program
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 Student Support and Resources
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.