This page is for dissertation fellowships for 2019-2020 (including research fellowships, dissertation completion fellowships, and other predoctoral opportunities).

See also fellowship discussions at theGradCafe: The Bank

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AAUW American Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Do you have to be working on gender/women's studies to get this?

Nope - check previous winners.

Wasn't there a fee for this? How do I pay it, since it's not in the application - or have I missed something? (Nope, no fee)

Did the AAUW extend the due date? Now when you go onto the submission site it says the application is due 11/8/2018. Edit: To answer my own question, yes! The deadline has been extended. I emailed them and they responded: "Thank you for contacting ISTS! Yes, the deadline has been extended until November 8th to allow applicants to make any final edits to their applications!" 


Anthropology/Archaeology: 2 (oh hey, fellow anthros!)

American Studies: 1

Art History: 1

Communication/Cultural Studies: 1

Geography: 1

Rhetoric/Games Studies: 1

AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education ResearchEdit

ACLS / Mellon Dissertation Completion FellowshipsEdit

Applied (American studies)  (X1)

Applied (Rhetoric and Composition) (X1)

Applied (History) (X2)

Applied (Literature)

Applied (History/Women's Studies)

Applied (Art History) (x1)

Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation FellowshipsEdit

American Academy in Rome, Rome PrizeEdit

American Philosophical Society Predoctoral FellowshipEdit

American Sociological Association Minority Fellows ProgramEdit

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Research Fellowships, Harvard UniversityEdit

Boren FellowshipEdit

Boston College AADS (African and African Diaspora Studies) Dissertation FellowshipEdit

CAA Professional Development FellowshipEdit

CAORC Mediterranean Regional Research FellowshipEdit

Carter G. Woodson Pre-Doctoral/Post-Doctoral Fellowship (University of Virginia)Edit

Carter Manny AwardEdit

CASVA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship of the National Gallery of ArtEdit

My application is no long visible on the portal. Anyone else? (1/13)

It's been gone for awhile now. I think that's normal based on conversations I've had with past applicants. Anyone have any idea whether or not the government shutdown will effect their application review timeline? 


Center for Jewish History Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Center for Military History Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Applied (x6)

  • Discipline: English
  • Discipline: Sociology
  • Discipline: History
  • Discipline: Communication/Cultural Studies
  • Discipline: Social policy


Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Applied (x1)

CLIR-Mellon FellowshipEdit

Applied: 4


Communication/Cultural Studies


Art History

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

Consortium for History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Dissertation FellowshipEdit

DAAD Graduate Research FellowshipEdit

Dartmouth College Eastman/Marshall Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Dolores Liebmann FellowshipEdit

Dumbarton Oaks Junior FellowshipEdit

Deadline: November 1, 2018 

Fellowships and Junior Fellowships are normally awarded for the academic year (September 9, 2019, to May 8, 2020). During this time, recipients are expected to be in residence at Dumbarton Oaks and to devote full time to their study projects without undertaking any other major activities. Except for Plant Humanities Fellowships, awards may also be made for a single term (either September 9, 2019, to January 3, 2020, or January 21 to May 8, 2020).

Support includes a stipend of $21,000 for a Junior Fellow or $35,000 for a Fellow for the full academic year; housing (a housing allowance may be offered instead of housing if Dumbarton Oaks is unable to provide accommodations; successful applicants from the greater Washington metropolitan area will not be offered housing); lunch on weekdays; and the health insurance contribution from Dumbarton Oaks. Travel expense reimbursement for the lowest available economy airfare or rail travel (or mileage if less than the equivalent economy airfare), up to a maximum of $1,100 for domestic travel or $1,600 for international travel, may be provided for Fellows and Junior Fellows if support cannot be obtained from other sources (such as a Fulbright travel grant). Reimbursement of Visa fees is also provided for Fellows, but not for dependents.

Fellowships are prorated for appointments shorter than the full academic year. Dumbarton Oaks anticipates that sabbatical salary or funds from other sources may supplement awards, particularly to Fellows. Fellows may hold other grants with the knowledge and permission of both the grantors and Dumbarton Oaks.

For junior fellowship applicants, official graduate transcripts must be postmarked by November 1 and mailed to: Manager of Academic Programs, Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW Washington, DC 20007.


Pre-Columbian Studies: 2

Byzantine Studies: 1

Garden and Landscape Studies: 

Elon University Pre-Doctoral Diversity Teaching FellowshipEdit

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

Ford Foundation Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Applied x1(History)

Applied x1 (communication/cultural studies)

Applied x1 (anthropology/archaeology)

Applied x1 (education/sociology)

Applied x1 (rhetoric)

Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies Pre-doctoral FellowshipEdit

Fulbright IIE Study/Research GrantsEdit

2019-2020 Fulbright Spreadsheet:

Applied: 1

Fulbright Hays DDRA 2017-2018Edit

Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Applied (History)

Applied (Geoscience)

Applied (English)

1/14: This is from the Faculty Handbook ( ): "In late November, you will be notified about Bolin Fellowship applications from the dean of the faculty office. The Gaius Charles Bolin Fellowship was established in 1985 to underline the importance of encouraging able minority students to pursue careers in college teaching, and now members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Applications are submitted and reviewed online by each department or program, with evaluation methods at the discretion of individual units. Chairs should submit a shortlist of top candidates (if any, and no more than 3) to the associate dean of faculty in early December. By mid-December, the Bolin Fellow selection committee will review the nominations from all departments and programs and approve candidates for Skype interviews. Units will conduct Skype interviews in December and early January. Names of candidates who have the enthusiasm of the unit should be forwarded to the associate dean of faculty by mid-January. We aim to appoint two Bolin Fellows each year, for two year stints."

Does this mean that interview requests have likely already been sent out? 

Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral FellowshipEdit

Getty Library Research GrantEdit

Graduate Women in Science National Fellowship ProgramEdit

Harry Frank Guggenheim FellowshipEdit

Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Academy Scholars ProgramEdit

  • Just a head's up that this is actually set to be more like a postdoc. So if you're a PhD Candidate, and are accepted to come, it's likely for those who expect to finish their dissertation by middle of Fall 2019 at the latest. If you wanted to use the first year of the two year fellowship to write the dissertation, it's not gonna work. But you can apply the next cycle.

Henry Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American ArtEdit

Hobart and William Smith - Fisher Center Predoctoral FellowshipEdit

Home Grown Curatorial FellowshipEdit

Horowitz FellowshipEdit

Applied (x4)

Anthropology/Archaeology: 2  Sociology: 1 Social Policy: 1

>>> Nearly done with my application as well. Waiting for my referees to turn in the LoRs. >>>> 1 Dec: applied x2 (anthropology)

Huntington Library FellowshipEdit

IGCC Dissertation FellowshipEdit

IGCC provides funding for graduate students from all ten UC campuses through its fellowship competitions.

IGCC will award up to ten regular dissertation fellowships and one specially designated Herb York IGCC Fellowship for the 2019–2020 academic year. Fellowships are $25,000. 

Applied: 2

IHR Doctoral Fellowship (Scouloudi, Thornley, RHS)Edit

Ithaca College Pre-Doctoral Diversity FellowshipEdit

Japan Foundation Japanese Studies FellowshipEdit

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation ProgramEdit

Applied: 1

Received email 12/20: rejected in the 1st round cuts. Unfortunately rushed this application, so I am not at all surprised. Best of luck to anyone who made it to the 2nd round!

Josephine de Karman FellowshipEdit

Koc Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations Residential FellowshipEdit

Kress Foundation History of Art Institutional FellowshipsEdit

Lake Institute Doctoral Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field ResearchEdit

Louisville Institute Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial FundEdit

Can someone please tell us how to apply (and send the link if possible)? I cannot find any info online.

-It's always posted as a job ad from what I've seen. It looks like this year's hasn't yet been posted but there's an email address for inquiries:

Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship (Kenyon College)Edit


Environmental studies x1

Minerva-USIP Peace and Security ScholarshipEdit

See also: Jennings Randolph Peace Dissertation Fellowship

Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship Program (Marquette University)Edit

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship in European StudiesEdit

Does anyone know if they are giving out fellowships? I've tried contacting them twice and heard nothing at all. -->I checked the website. Scroll until you see the "Apply" button, it'll take you to the application page. It's due 1/15:

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art History FellowshipsEdit

Applied (x1)

Miller Center for Politics and History (UVA)Edit

MIT SHASS Diversity Predoctoral FellowshipEdit

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship ProgramEdit

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement GrantEdit

Notre Dame Institute for Advanced StudyEdit

Penn Predoctoral Fellowships for Excellence through DiversityEdit


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

Smith Richardson Foundation, World Politics & Statecraft FellowshipEdit

Applied: 2

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) (Predoctoral)Edit

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

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Research FellowshipsEdit

Applied: 1

For posterity, since it appears I'm the only one here: rejection email from chair of the Graduate Student Grant and Fellowship Committee, received 11/29

Soroptimist [Founder Region Fellowship]Edit

SPFFA Bourse MarandonEdit


Applied (Political Science)

Applied and Disqualified because I have already received "significant funding". (Letter Received Dec. 29, 2018).

Tobin Project Graduate Fellowship and WorkshopEdit

Tobin Project Prospectus Development WorkshopEdit

Tufts University Mellon Comparative Global Humanities Dissertation FellowshipEdit

University of California @ Davis Provost's Dissertation Year FellowshipEdit

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

UT Austin Harry Ransom Center Research FellowshipsEdit

Weatherhead Fellowship (SAR Residential Fellows Program)Edit

applied: 2

Wenner-Gren dissertation fieldwork grantEdit

Winterthur Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's StudiesEdit

Applied (History/Women's Studies)

Yale ISS Smith Richardson Predoctoral FellowshipEdit

Yale ISS Henry A. Kissinger Predoctoral FellowshipEdit