Internal Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

College of Arts and Science graduate students have access to a number of funding opportunities from sources within Vanderbilt. Below is a list of some of these opportunities. Please note that these grants will each have their own, specific eligibility requirements and application procedures.

Full-year residential fellowships:

  • Mellon Graduate Fellowships in Digital Humanities: Mellon Graduate Fellows will pursue training in digital humanities through coursework, research, or dissertation writing. These residential awards are intended for doctoral students in humanities or qualitative social sciences doctoral programs and students interested in enrolling in the Comparative Media Analysis and Practice (CMAP) program. The Center for Digital Humanities sends out announcements in the spring with eligibility requirements and application procedures for these awards.
  • Robert Penn Warren Center Graduate Student Fellowships: These residential awards offer graduate students in the humanities and the social sciences in the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt a service-free year of support to enable full-time work on the dissertation. The competition is open to those students in the humanities and qualitative social sciences in the College of Arts and Science whose dissertation director and Director of Graduate Studies approve a timetable for the dissertation's completion by the end (August) of the fellowship year.

Awards for conference travel and summer research and language training:

  • Travel Grants from the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Council: Travel Grants from the Graduate School support students who present their research at major regional, national, and international conferences. The Graduate Student Council also provides travel grants to support students who will presenting their personal research at conferences, symposia, workshops, etc.
  • Arts and Science Summer Research Awards: These awards provide funds for research expenses related to the doctoral thesis, other advanced research projects, or scholarly activities that significantly advance professional development. They are granted on a competitive basis. An announcement will be sent out to Arts and Science departments in the spring with eligibility requirements and application procedures for these awards.
  • Arts and Science Summer Language Training Grants: These grants are intended to enable students to proceed to candidacy, and/or complete their dissertation research in a timely manner. This award encompasses “language training” broadly, including language-related skills such as paleography or instruction in computer/technical languages. It does not provide funds for instruction in the primary language of one’s academic discipline, nor for training in English. Availability of these grants will vary from year to year. In years when these grants are available, an announcement will be sent out to Arts and Science departments in the spring with eligibility requirements and application procedures.

Other awards from centers on campus:

  • HASTAC Graduate Fellowships: Each year the Robert Penn Warren Center appoints a graduate student as its HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) scholar. HASTAC Scholars blog about digital activities on their home campus, host forums, organize events and discuss new ideas, projects, experiments, and technologies that reconceive teaching, learning, research, writing, and structuring knowledge.
  • Graduate Consultant Positions and Fellowships at the Writing Studio: Hourly Graduate Writing Consultants gain valuable pedagogical experience while working between five and fifteen hours per week. The Writing Studio also hires one College of Arts and Science Writing Fellow, one Philosophy Writing Fellow, and one English Writing Fellow each year. The Writing Studio also hires Graduate Clerks, who work between seven and fifteen hours per week.
  • Institute for Digital Learning Graduate Fellows Program: Graduate Fellows receive a stipend that corresponds to a roughly five-hour commitment per week. Fellows advance scholarship in digital learning, while also learning about the many aspects of creating and evaluating digital learning content.
  • Center for Teaching Graduate Teaching Fellows: Each year the Center for Teaching hires several Graduate Teaching Fellows as part of their efforts to mentor and train graduate students, including those serving as teaching assistants or instructors of record at Vanderbilt and those interested in developing teaching skills for future faculty careers.
  • The Library Fellows Program: The Library Fellowship program is designed to create in-depth learning experiences for students. Library Fellows participate in strategic projects for the Jean and Alexander Heard Library over the course of a semester or two. With faculty and professional librarians as mentors, students work on tactical library projects that will benefit library users.
  • The Curb Center Graduate Public Scholar Program: This program facilitates initiatives that explore creative ways to implement research findings, develop evidence-based public policies, and transform academic work into publicly available resources that increase access to cultural life. Public Scholars engage in research with the potential to make an impact not only in academia but also in the public sphere. They receive research funds, shared office space in the Curb Center, mentorship from faculty public scholars and Curb faculty, and support for public sharing of the final product. The Curb Center sends out announcements in the spring with eligibility requirements and application procedures for these awards.

In addition to these funding opportunities from sources within Vanderbilt, there also many sources of external funding for which graduate students are eligible. Students may want to discuss more discipline- or field-specific opportunities with their advisor, DGS, or other mentors. Students in the humanities and social sciences may also visit the College of Arts and Science’s external funding webpage or contact Dr. Marion Pratt, Grants Resource Officer for the humanities and social sciences, for assistance in locating external funding sources. Her contact information is:

Marion Pratt
422 Kirkland Hall
615.343.9612 (phone)
615.343.8702 (fax)
marion.pratt@vanderbilt.edu