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Graduate Dissertation Research and Writing

Humanities and Social Sciences


Center for French Colonial Studies
Ekberg Research Grant
Eligibility: The award is open to graduate students and junior scholars; priority will be given to doctoral students whose dissertation proposal has already been approved.
Abstract: The Center for French Colonial Studies was founded in 1983 in response to the renewed interest among historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, genealogists and preservationists in the history of the upper Mississippi Valley during the period of French predominance from 1673 to the early part of the 19th century. The Center awards a grant each year to further French-language research related to the French presence in the upper Mississippi Valley. Proposals may request support for any stage of a research project, from initial field work to the write-up of results.

David Library of the American Revolution
Resident Research Fellowships
Eligibility: Both doctoral and postdoctoral applicants are welcome to apply; doctoral candidates must have passed their general examinations before beginning their fellowships.
Abstract: To promote advanced scholarship, the David Library of the American Revolution offers short-term Resident Research Fellowships for conducting research in its collections, which contain rich resources in microfilm and print on virtually every aspect of the era of the American Revolution (1750-1800).

Dirksen Congressional Center
Congressional Research Awards
Eligibility: The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research.
Abstract: The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress. Since 1978, the Congressional Research Grants program has invested more than $915,136 to support over 425 projects. The Center's first interest is to fund the study of the leadership in the Congress, both House and Senate. Topics could include external factors shaping the exercise of congressional leadership, institutional conditions affecting it, resources and techniques used by leaders, or the prospects for change or continuity in the patterns of leadership. In addition, The Center invites proposals about congressional procedures, such as committee operation or mechanisms for institutional change, and Congress and the electoral process. The Center also encourages proposals that link Congress and congressional leadership with the creation, implementation, and oversight of public policy. Proposals must demonstrate that Congress, not the specific policy, is the central research interest.

Library Company of Philadelphia
Dissertation Research Fellowship
Abstract: The Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Philadelphia invites applications for its dissertation research fellowship to be granted for research in residence during 2014 - 2015. This fellowship is designed to promote scholarship in early American economy and society, broadly defined, from its colonial beginnings to roughly the 1850s. Some of the possible topics of research include the history of commerce, finance, technology, manufacturing, agriculture, internal improvements, and political economy. Applicants for the dissertation fellowship may submit proposals based not only on the extensive collections at the Library Company, but also on the printed and manuscript materials of other institutions in the Philadelphia area.

Phillips Exeter Academy
Dissertation Fellowship
Eligibility: Applicants should have completed their research and be prepared to devote full time to writing their dissertation. Candidates from groups who are underrepresented in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.
Abstract: Phillips Exeter Academy seeks to support the academic and career development of doctoral students, and promote diversity and lively intellectual exchange on its campus by offering a Dissertation Year Fellowship that will support PhD candidates in the completion stage of their dissertation. The fellowship is open to all disciplines.

American Philosophical Society
Library Resident Research Fellowship
Eligibility: The fellowships are open to both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. Applicants may be holders of the Ph.D. or its equivalent or Ph.D. candidates who have passed their preliminary examinations. Applicants in any relevant field of scholarship may apply.
Abstract: The APS Library offers short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its collections. The Library is a leading international center for research in the history of American science and technology and its European roots, as well as early American history and culture. The Library houses over 11 million manuscript items, 350,000 volumes of printed materials, thousands of maps and prints, and more than a thousand hours of audio recordings of Native American languages. Collections are renowned for their depth and interdisciplinary strengths in diverse fields, including Early American History and Culture to 1840; Atlantic History; Intellectual History; Travel, Exploration and Expeditions; History of Science, Technology and Medicine; History of Biochemistry, Physiology and Biophysics including 20th-Century Medical Research; History of Eugenics and Genetics; History of Physics, especially Quantum Physics; History of Natural History in the 18th and 19th Centuries; Anthropology, particularly Native American History, Culture and Languages; and Caribbean and Slavery Studies. The Library does not hold materials on philosophy in the modern sense.

Institute of Turkish Studies
Dissertation Writing Grants
Eligibility: The dissertation writing grants will be awarded only to applicants who certify that they will not be involved in teaching beyond the half time level. As a condition of acceptance, any grantee whose teaching load exceeds this level agrees to refund the grant to ITS.
Citizenship or Residency: United States citizens and permanent residents are eligible.
Abstract: These dissertation writing grants are intended for advanced graduate students in any field of the social sciences and/or humanities who have finished the research stage of their dissertation, and they may not be used for dissertation research.

Association for Jewish Studies
Dissertation Fellowships
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed their comprehensive exams and received departmental approval for their dissertation proposal, be based in a social scientific and/or interdisciplinary program or discipline, (e.g., demography, contemporary history, education, political science, social anthropology, sociology, social psychology, social work, geography), have a projected completion date of the dissertation within two years of the award, and have a long-term interest in conducting research and teaching in the social scientific study of North American Jewry.
Abstract: The fellowships support the development and expansion of the field of the social scientific study of Jewish Americans and the contemporary Jewish-American experience; enhance funding opportunities for up-and-coming scholars in the midst of institutional cutbacks in higher education; and encourage graduate students in sociology, social psychology, social anthropology, demography, contemporary history, social work, political science, geography and education to expand their research to include the study of North American Jewry. Preference will be given to requests for funding to support doctoral research, but requests for funding to support the writing phase of the dissertation will also be considered.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation
Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies
Note: Prior to submitting a fellowship proposal, applicants must contact the Archives department to obtain information about materials available at the LBJ Library on the proposed research topic.
Eligibility: Postdoctoral fellows may apply, but preference will be given to doctoral candidates whose dissertation research highlights how history can illuminate current and future policy issues.
Abstract: The Middleton Fellowship was created to support scholarly work in Presidential studies. While Middleton Fellows will be able to conduct research at any Presidential library or other facility in the National Archives and Records Administration system, they must conduct a portion of their research using the collections of the LBJ Library & Museum in Austin, Texas.

Norway-America Association
Norwegian Marshall Fund
Scholarships for U.S. Citizens
Eligibility: Citizens of the United States who have arranged with a Norwegian sponsor or research institution to pursue a research project or study program are encouraged to apply for an award. Grants are awarded to studies at the Master's and Ph.D. level, and to postdoctoral researchers. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Abstract: The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support for Americans invited to come to Norway to conduct postgraduate study or research in areas of mutual importance to Norway and the United States, thereby increasing knowledge and understanding and strengthening the ties of friendship between the two countries.

Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Dissertation Grants
Eligibility: Applicants must have advanced to candidacy in a doctoral program in a relevant field and have an approved dissertation topic. Priority will be given to those whose projects require use of materials available only at the Schlesinger Library.
Abstract: The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America invites scholars whose dissertation research requires use of the library's collections to apply for research support. Applications will be evaluated on the significance of the research and the project's potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge as well as its creativity in drawing on the library's holdings. The Schlesinger Library is a noncirculating research library that documents the history of American women in the United States and abroad in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is open to the public and part of the Harvard University Library system.

Hagley Museum and Library
Henry Belin Du Pont Dissertation Fellowship
Abstract: Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowships are designed for graduate students who have completed all course work for the doctoral degree and are conducting research on their dissertation, whose research on important historical questions would benefit from use of Hagley's research collections. Applications should show that there are significant research materials at Hagley pertinent to the dissertation. Use of Hagley's collections may take place prior to application for the dissertation fellowship. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with Hagley staff prior to submitting their dossier. This is a residential fellowship with a term of four months

International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello
Short-Term Fellowships
Abstract: Short-term fellowships are awarded to doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars from any country working on Jefferson-related projects. At least one fellowship will be reserved for related research topics in African-American History and in archaeology for fellows using the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, where they will have access to Monticello's expert staff and research holdings at the Jefferson Library as well as those of the University of Virginia.

Religious Research Association
Jacquet Research Awards
Eligibility: The committee especially encourages proposal submissions from scholars who are in the early stages of their careers, as well as proposals from students. Applicants are required to be members of the RRA. Full-time students may join the association at the time of their application.
Abstract: The RRA gives these small research grant awards to support religious research. Applied, client-centered projects are given priority, but basic research is also regularly funded.

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Eligibility: Applicants should be candidates for the Ph.D. in a humanities or social science doctoral program (most likely history), must have been admitted to candidacy, and must be at the writing stage, with all substantial research completed by the time of the award. Applicants should be working on a topic in the field of U.S. foreign relations history or international history, broadly defined, and must be current members of SHAFR.
Abstract: SHAFR invites applications for its dissertation completion fellowship. The fellowship is intended to support the writing and completion of the doctoral dissertation in one academic year. These highly competitive fellowships will support the most promising doctoral candidates in the final phase of completing their dissertations.

Yale University
International Security Studies
Smith Richardson Predoctoral Fellowships
Eligibility: Applicants must be advanced doctoral candidates from universities other than Yale. Eligible candidates will have completed the archival research for their doctoral dissertation. Applications from non-U.S. citizens are welcome, but successful applicants bear final responsibility for all immigration-related issues.
Abstract: This fellowship is designed to given advanced doctoral candidates from universities other than Yale an opportunity to interact with the International Security Studies at Yale community and take advantage of Yale's unique academic resources. The fellowship targets students in the field of security studies, with an emphasis on international, diplomatic, or military history. Winners will be expected to use the award to make substantial progress in writing their dissertation. Fellows must be in residence in New Haven or its environs during their fellowship year.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
Dissertation Award
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. program (coursework and examinations) by the application deadline, except for the dissertation. Doctoral students in Political Science, History, Journalism, Communications, Public Policy, Foreign Relations, or American Studies are encouraged to apply.
Abstract: The Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award is an annual award given to a doctoral student to support dissertation research and writing on an aspect of the United States political process and public policy, broadly defined. The Selection Committee will consider research in any field related to the study of the United States political process and public policy, broadly defined, during the last half of the 20th century. Of special interest is the role and analysis of public opinion in that process. The Gerald R. Ford Scholar will be required to conduct at least a portion of his or her research at the Gerald R. Ford Library, and, if appropriate, will be encouraged to make full use of the Robert M. Teeter Papers. The scholar may be invited to participate in a public forum or seminar at the Ford Library in conjunction with the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy or other academic program.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Gilder Lehrman Fellowships
Eligibility: Gilder Lehrman Fellowships are open to doctoral candidates, postdoctoral scholars, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in American history. International scholars are eligible to apply.
Abstract: The Gilder Lehrman Institute awards fellowships to scholars to conduct research within the archival holdings of any institution in the five boroughs of New York City.

Harvard University
Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World
Short-Term Grants for Research in Atlantic History
Eligibility: The grants are open to both advanced doctoral and postdoctoral scholars, with the emphasis on individuals at the beginning of the academic career.
Abstract: The International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World at Harvard University announces the availability of short-term grants to support archival research in Atlantic history, 1500-1825. The awards are designed to support archival research focused on the common, comparative, and interactive aspects of the lives of the peoples of the Atlantic world in the early modern period. Grants are primarily intended for travel to enable scholars to reach sources not otherwise accessible rather than to support research in more easily available archives.

Wenner-Gren Foundation
Dissertation Fieldwork Grants
Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program at the time of application and have successfully completed all requirements for the doctoral degree other than the dissertation/thesis. Applications that were unsuccessful in a prior funding cycle may be resubmitted with amendments.
Abstract: Grants are awarded to aid doctoral or thesis research. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.

National Women's Studies Association
Graduate Scholarship
Abstract: The NWSA will award this scholarship to a student who, in the fall of the year of the award, will be engaged in the research or writing stages of a master's thesis or Ph.D. dissertation in the interdisciplinary field of women's studies. The research project must be on women and must enhance the NWSA mission.

Center for Chinese Studies
Research Grant Program
Eligibility: This program is designed for professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and doctoral candidates in departments related to Chinese studies at foreign universities, as well as researchers at related foreign academic institutes.
Abstract: The CCS offers research grants. The content of the research, to be undertaken in Taiwan, should be within the field of Chinese studies.