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.
Duncan Knox is a PhD student in Atlantic World History whose research revolves around prisoners of war during the American Revolution.
Duncan is originally from Ozona, Texas and moved to NYC to continue his graduate education. He received his MA degree in History from Texas Tech University and his BA in history from Angelo State University. He has served as a teaching assistant for US history courses during his time at TTU and has served as an Adjunct History Instructor at LaGuardia Community College. He finds his work with students the most rewarding aspect of his involvement in higher education. As a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Global Awards, he is able to continue this passion by helping students take advantage of as many opportunities as possible in the world of scholarship and fellowship advising.
When not at NYU’s Leadership Initiative or in class, Duncan can be found visiting local museums/historical societies, binge watching TV shows and films, or camping when away from the city.
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.
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, "walk-in" hours, and workshops will be held via Zoom.
For the 2020 Spring Semester the Office of Global Award will host virtual "walk-in" hours during the week. 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.
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.