This page is for dissertation fellowships for 2018-2019 (including research fellowships, dissertation completion fellowships, and other predoctoral opportunities).

See also fellowship discussions at theGradCafe: The Bank

  • This is an initial post to start the page as in years past - please add calls and information!

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AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship Edit

  • Applied x5

AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research Edit

ACLS / Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowships Edit

  • Applied x14

American Academy in Rome, Rome Prize Edit

American Philosophical Society Predoctoral Fellowship Edit

Boston College AADS (African and African Diaspora Studies) Dissertation Fellowship Edit

CAA Professional Development Fellowship Edit

CAORC Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship Edit

CASVA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship of the National Gallery of Art Edit

Why is this page so quiet?! Has anyone got a call from CASVA? (Jan 19)

  • I have not received one! I'm on tenterhooks here! (I applied for Ittleson) (Jan 19)
  • Received call today (01/20) for interview. Interviews taking place Feb. 8-9. (Nominated for Paul Mellon)
  • Congratulations on the call! I guess that’s it for this cycle then.
  • Do calls for all fellowships usually go out on the same day?

Usually calls are made on the same day I think. At least that’s what’s recorded in previous years’ wikis.

  • Le sigh...thanks for the response. 

Has anyone else been called for an interview, or does anyone else know of a colleague who has been nominated? No news in my peer group.

Has anyone received their rejection letter yet?

For the record: interviews took place on Feb. 8-9; the committee met to finalize their decision on Feb. 10; the chosen fellows were notified over the weekend; alternates were notified via email on Feb. 15

Center for Jewish History Dissertation Fellowship Edit

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Edit

  • Applied (x4)


CLIR-Mellon Fellowship Edit

Applied (x2)

Consortium for Faculty Diversity (Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowship Fellowships) Edit

Applied (x3)

They extended the deadline to the end of March. Does anyone know if they will be looking at these before then?

  • --Interesting. How did you learn about the extention? I don't see it on the site. Wonder what it means for those who made the 1st deadline.
  • --If you look at the Interfolio delivery, it now says March 30. And the delivery itself is still editable. I'm wondering if I should upload an updated cover letter.
  • --It was my impression that the deadline has always been "rolling," as it is up to individual consortium departments to look at the applications based on departmental need as positions become available. Contacting individual departments will give you information for if the department is actually searching for candidates and when their own search begins/ends.

Do you think it's necessary to contact the department's directly? 1) to ask if they're even taking fellows and 2) to bring their attention to their application? I just don't understand how this works. It's like sending an application into a blackhole.

  • Great question. I've contacted a couple, one of which didn't even know this fellowship existed and got excited when I told them about the Consortium. Black hole indeed. Not sure how this is supposed to work.  Bigger question-- are they even really giving dissertation fellowships anymore? Had a friend get one of these several years ago and at the time all listed winners were pre-doc. Now, the list of recipients for the past few years is almost exclusively post-doc. What's up with that? Are they even interested in dissertation fellowships any more?
  • That's ridiculous. Also, you're right. I was looking through the list of past fellows and there's rarely any predocs anymore. I guess I'll sit down and email everyone. Trinity has one that makes you email the chairs. It's a little embarrassing.

I got in touch with one of the reps at Swarthmore. They mentioned that they weren't doing predocs right now, but that it's best to get in touch with specific departments to see if they are, which brings attention to your application.

I have emailed all but one of the schools on the list. Here is what I found out so far: (Please note I was inquiring about pre-doctoral fellowships so this feedback more useful for people who are looking for dissertation completion fellowships. I hope this list makes sense as I was tryign to summarize what people were saying in their emails and sometimes it wasn't clear if they meant pre or post doc because they just used the word fellows)

Amherst - No CFD Fellowships this year  

Bowdoin - In the midst of looking for 3 post-docs

Colorado College - Finalized their CFD candidate placements  (I do not know if that means they accepted pre/post doc) 

Franklin and Marshall - Does not participate in the pre-doc fellowship at all (Post-Docs only) 

Macalaster: No open pre-doc this year 

Scripps: Only looking for Art History (I do not know if that means pre/post doc) 

Gustavus: Looking for Political Science (I do not know if that means pre/post doc) 

Vassar: Not looking for pre-docs at this time 

Whitman: Not looking for pre-docs this time 

Denison: Does not participate in the pre-doc fellowship at all (Post-Docs only) 

Providence College: Only recently joined the Consortium and is just getting the lay of the land

Southwestern University: No CFD Fellowships this year  

The College of Wooster: Does not participate in the pre-doc fellowship at all (Post-Docs only) 

Trinity College: Hire one fellow year and that is already done, I think it is the Ann Plato fellowship 

Reed College: Hires on 2 year appointments so next search will be spring 2019

Mount Holyoke: Usually does 2 post-docs per year and that process is underway 

Wabash College: Only recently joined the Consortium and is just getting the lay of the land

University of Richmond: At capacity with fellows at this time (not sure ig that means pre or post doc) 

Lewis and Clark: Not anticipating dissertation fellowship this year 

TO WHOEVER DID THIS: you are a scholar and a hero.

DAAD Graduate Research Fellowship Edit

Dartmouth College Eastman/Marshall Dissertation Fellowship Edit

Dolores Liebmann Fellowship Edit

Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship Edit

Applied (x1)

  • Pre-Columbian (x3)
  • Byzantine (x1)
  • G&L (x1)

Anyone have any updates for this one? 

No word here. Never heard anything about interview, so I assume I'm out of running (Byz)

There’s no interview. I know of one senior fellow who has been selected, but have heard nothing about Junior Fellows. It takes a while because everything has to be approved by Harvard. (Precolumbian)

Thanks for the info -- my understanding is that in the past there were interviews, at least for Byzantine, not sure if that is for just Senior fellows or Junior and Senior

Elon University Pre-Doctoral Diversity Teaching Fellowship Edit

Applied (x2)

Which departments did you apply to?

  • Religion
  • Anthro

Emory University James Weldon Johnson Institute Visiting Fellowship for Pre-Doctoral Scholars Edit

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Edit

  • applied (x4)

Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies Pre-doctoral Fellowship Edit

Fulbright IIE Study/Research Grants Edit

  • Applied (x2)
  • Semi-Finalist (x2) 1/26

Fulbright Hays DDRA 2017-2018Edit

The 2018-2019 call has not been posted yet. In 2017 it was posted on Jan 19 with deadline on March 13. 

Anyone know when the call will be announced? Getting nervous here. As a US Permanent Resident, I am only eligible for Fulbright-Hays.

I don't think the government has funded it, so it might not happen this year :(

2/5 -- I contacted Dr. Maimer about the DDRA, and she said that no decision has been made yet by Congress on whether any funding has been awarded. I also asked about when she thought we'd have an answer, and she said that she has no idea. As a result, I'll echo the previous person's thoughts: "[I]t might not happen this year."

2/8- This is definitely a major blow if it doesn't come through.  I've been waiting on this for a while wondering what was going on. :(

2/9: Does anyone know if the budget that just got signed included fulbright hayes ddra?

2/12- As per NEH/NHA-

"This morning, President Trump released his Presidential Budget Request for FY 2019, which again calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities along with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Education’s International Education Programs, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and the Institute for Museums and Library Services. The request also calls for the elimination of federal funding for the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

This is an assault on humanities research, education, and programming - all of which are essential to the cultivation of our national heritage and civic culture.

Congress will ultimately be responsible for writing the bills that fund the federal government.

Last year, we sent a forceful message to Congress that we oppose the administration’s efforts to eliminate humanities funding. While the appropriations process for FY 2018 has not yet been completed, Congress has rejected Trump’s proposals at every turn."

Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Applied (x3)

  • Interview (x2)
  • Which departments do you have interviews for?

What's happening?

Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral FellowshipEdit

  • Applied (x1)
  • Anyone hear anything yet?
  • Rejected via email (Jan 31) (x2)

Accepted via email (pre-doc) feb 14

Getty Library Research GrantEdit

Harry Frank Guggenheim FellowshipEdit

  • applied (x2)
  • Received Submission confirmation for application to Research Grant 2017. Then correction email confirming 2017 Dissertation Fellowship and advising they'll send an email in August after reviewing the application for completeness. Assuming March-April 2018 for the completeness check?

Henry Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American ArtEdit

Home Grown Curatorial FellowshipEdit

  • Applied

Horowitz FellowshipEdit

  • Applied (x2)

Huntington Library FellowshipEdit

IHR Doctoral Fellowship (Scouloudi, Thornley, RHS)Edit

Ithaca College Pre-Doctoral Diversity FellowshipEdit

  • Applied x2
  • On Feb 6 I called their Office of Human Resources. The representative told me that they are still reviewing applications.

Japan Foundation Japanese Studies FellowshipEdit

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation ProgramEdit

Josephine de Karman FellowshipEdit

Applied x4

Koc Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations Residential FellowshipEdit

Kress Foundation History of Art Institutional FellowshipsEdit

  • Applied (x4)
  • Rejection from Warburg/Courtauld, 1/29

Lake Institute Doctoral Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Louisville Institute Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Applied (x1)

Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial FundEdit

Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship (Kenyon College)Edit

Applied (x4)

  • Has anyone heard anything?
  • Phone call 1/23, Skype interview scheduled for 1/30
  • Four finalists received campus invite today (1/31); these will take place mid-February
  • Recevied email rejection 2/12

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship in European StudiesEdit

  • Applied (Jan 15, 2018)


  • Applied (x2)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art History FellowshipsEdit

  • Applied (x4)

Rejection received via email 2/8 Rejection received via email 2/8 (Asian Art) Rejection received via email 2/8 (European painting) Rejection received via email 2/8 (Egyptian art)

Miller Center for Politics and History (UVA)Edit

Applied for the Technology and Democracy Fellowship program (x1)

MIT SHASS Diversity Predoctoral FellowshipEdit

An entire dissertation chapter? REALLY?!?!!?

  • Yeah, that was a gut punch. Especially since they haven't asked for that before and they posted the announcement so late. Ugh! 
  • They change details of the fellowship every year. So inconsistent.
  • By asking for an entire chapter, I think they are trying to find candidates who will more than likely graduate during the fellowship year (or summer thereafter)...sigh, its a tough world out there. 
  • They asked for a chapter last year too

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship ProgramEdit

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement GrantEdit

Notre Dame Institute for Advanced StudyEdit


Applied - any news?

Robert N. Ho Family Foundation for Buddhism Studies/ACLS Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Dissertation Completion GrantEdit


  • Applied (x4)
  • Request for transcripts (Jan. 24) (x4)
  • Rejection letter (Jan 31) (x2) -by email this year

Smith Richardson Foundation, World Politics & Statecraft FellowshipEdit

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) (Predoctoral)Edit

Applied (x1)

Soroptimist [Founder Region Fellowship]Edit

Tufts University Mellon Comparative Global Humanities Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Tobin Project Graduate Fellowship and WorkshopEdit

Tobin Project Prospectus Development WorkshopEdit

University of California Santa Barbara Black Studies Dissertation FellowshipEdit

 University of Southern California (USC) Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research FellowshipsEdit

UT Austin Harry Ransom Center Research FellowshipsEdit

Wenner-Gren dissertation fieldwork grantEdit

Nov 1 Deadline

So quiet this year Ya..i guess within the next 10 days there'll be some sounds. 


2/9/2018 Still nothing here. I noticed e-mails from my last W-G app were sent out REALLY EARLY in the morning, so I imagine won't hear anything today. 

2/11/2018 nothing


2/12/2018 no email.....

2/14/2018 Still no word.

2/15/2018 Advanced to second round (x4)

Winterthur Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's StudiesEdit

Yale ISS Smith Richardson Predoctoral FellowshipEdit

Yale ISS Henry A. Kissinger Predoctoral FellowshipEdit