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Funding Opportunities for Humanities Grad Students

January 17th, 2013

Humanities News

From the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:

The students who apply and are selected during this year’s competition will benefit from the improved award terms under the new grant period. Namely, they will receive a 12-month $33,000 stipend along with a $2,000 research fund. It’s an outstanding opportunity. As a reminder, students must be 1. ABD; 2. entering their 5th or 6th year as of the fall 2013; 3. willing to attend the year-long DYF seminar; and 4. commit to graduating no later than August 2014. In addition, students must be writing dissertations in an area of the humanities or humanistic social sciences using methods that are primarily qualitative (i.e., rather than quantitative), analytical, critical, and/or speculative.  If a student has already applied for other sources of outside fellowship funding that will also boost their chances.  Mellon Foundation (and our office wants to encourage students to try for outside funding and gain experience at grant proposal writing.  The application deadline is January 31, 2013.

In a new arrangement with the Center for European Studies, which is also funded by Mellon, we have been encouraged to have our students submit applications for this generous fellowship. Recipients will receive a $25,000 stipend. These fellowships are intended to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage graduate students focused on topics in European Studies. THIS IS A GREAT NEW FELLOWSHIP SOURCE THAT HAS JUST BEEN ADDED TO OUR ARSENAL.  To be eligible for the fellowship each applicant (1) must be ABD and have no more than one full year of dissertation work remaining at the start of the fellowship year, as certified by his or her dissertation advisor; (2) must have exhausted the dissertation completion funding normally provided by his or her academic department or university; and (3) must be working on a topic within or substantially overlapping European Studies. The application deadline is February 4, 2013.

Up to 30 Grants in the $3,000 range will be awarded to help cover dissertation research expenses such as travel expenses (airfare, train fare, lodging, food, etc.), archive/library admission fees, special equipment and software, and other expenditures associated with research. The grant does not fund desktop or laptop computers, printers, or transcription services. When students apply for the Mellon Dissertation Research grant, they will also be automatically considered for the Sachar award; No additional paperwork is necessary. These fellowships will look good on a students’ record if they apply later for the dissertation year fellowship.  In other words, this fellowship may provide a gateway for some students to the subsequent DYF.  So encourage students beginning their dissertationns in the humanities to apply for these grants. (Also keep in mind that the Mellon research grants are only for students doing research in the humanities or with humanistic inquiry.)   The application deadline is March 7, 2013.

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