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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!" 

Applied:

Anthropology/Archaeology: 4 (oh hey, fellow anthros!)

American Studies: 1

Art History: 3

Literature: 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 (Anthropology)

Applied (Rhetoric and Composition) (X1)

Applied (History) (x8)

Applied (Literature) (x5)

Applied (History/Women's Studies)

Applied (Art History) (x3)

Applied (Musicology)

Applied (Religion)


03/04: March is here! Waiting anxiously. Last year it seems like they notified in beginning of the second week. 3/11 and 3/12 gonna be the day? 

  • I might die before then. (Too dramatic?)
  • I'm so glad other people wrote something because I've been thinking the same thing! 

03/08: This weekend is torture. At a conference and having a hard time staying focused. Shout out of support to all those reading the wiki. Break a leg everybody! (x10)


03/11

  • provisional acceptance email (7:01 AM PST, Literature). I am shaking
  • provisional acceptance email, history (x3 for someone in my history program, not me (yet!!))
    • Congratulations! I hope they are still in the process of sending out acceptance emails :) Anyone in history?
    • Congrats!  What's the first letter of your last name? Wondering if it's going in alphabetical order....
    • Congratulations! That's so exciting! Hopefully they are still sending more out today. I have refreshed my email hundreds of times this morning but have not heard anything yet... Good luck to everyone waiting! (x2)
    • I guess this year is going to be a first when only one person heard from ACLS on the forum :D. Congratulations, let's keep our hopes up!
    • Well, there's the second acceptance. Guess that makes it official, as far as this wiki goes. Time for a stiff drink... (x1)
    • last year i think they announced some of the alternates with the rejections, so still a kernel of hope there? 
    • It seems like last year, rejection/alternate emails went out a week after the acceptances. 
  • provisional acceptance email (10:01 AM EST, Literature).
  • provisional acceptance email (9:58 AM EST, Musicology)
  • provisional acceptance email (09:02 AM EST, French)
  • provisional acceptance email (7:08 AM PST, English)
  • Provisional acceptance email (9:02 AM CST, Philosophy)

It looks like in past years all of the acceptances were sent out at the same time. I'm finding it hard to keep any hope alive at this point. What's everyone doing to pass the day today? 

  • Working through edits for a book chapter... and venting with a colleague.  We're convinced that ACLS-Mellon wants people who have published a lot already as we both have lengthy lists of quality grants/fellowships.
  • I wish it were so simple! I have two published journal articles, with one more formcoming in the top journal in my field. Still got rejected last year and this year. Merit matters, but so does luck.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • I have eight publications but what I don't have is an acceptance letter in my mailbox! (Also what I didn't have was a great, polished chapter to send because my drafts are still in flux, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.)
  • Thanks for these insights. Did you already receive rejection letters? If so, what fields? And since this is my first time applying for this fellowship, I would appreciate if someone clarfiied what "provisional acceptance" is.
    • I haven't received anything (3/12), so I'm praying for an alternate spot, but expecting a rejection. I'd also love to know what "provisional" acceptance means. 
    • I haven't received anything - History, Balkan Studies - (3/12) and am expecting a rejection, unless a miracle happens.  What does "provisional" acceptance mean?  Anyone?
  • For what it's worth, I got a provisional acceptance and I only have one publication in a small newsletter (and I don't come from a particularly prestigious institution). Luck (and a bunch of work) indeed!
    • Well, nobody is short of the "bunch of work" part, I believe, since we all work so hard to get to where we are career-wise. Even completing the application for this particular fellowships took me months. When more than 1000 people apply for a fellowship and there is only 60-70 available, the majority has to be rejected regardless of the quality of their work. 

I was also rejected last year, but our formal rejections didn't come until a week after acceptances went out! Hoping they send them out earlier this year! 

Does anybody know if they provide feedback for the rejections as well?

  • yes, I think you can request feedback on rejected apps (looks like I'm in the same boat). there are directions on the FAQ section on the website.

    03/12
  • Still nothing. Could someone please explain what this "provisional acceptance" thing is about?
    • Basically each person needs their advisor to confirm that they're eligible for the award before they'll write a formal award letter. If you have already accepted another grant, or defended, etc., you would have to turn it down.
    • Thank you!
  • To those who didn't get it, I was rejected last year and accepted this year (end of my 6th year). It's a crapshoot either way! --- Thanks for the info. I wonder if chances are higher when you have more than one chapter. My field is History, and I plan to re-apply (I had only one completed chapter when I applied).
    • True... but I'm in my 7th year and I did explain why I'm taking "longer" -- serious medical reasons that pushed off my exam date. I hope that readers understand that life does happen when we're en route to the PhD!
    • So hard to know! Last year I had only written one chapter when I applied and this time around I've drafted six (out of seven). My timeline I submitted was mostly time for the introduction, conclusion, and substantial time for revisions.


03/14

  • Received an email this morning at 6:37 am PST notifying me that I have been selected as an alternate.

Congratulations! [3/15 Update: Notified this morning around 9:30 PST that I've been accepted!!! Good luck to everyone else waiting!] I've still heard nothing from them at the moment... anybody still waiting for the good news?


  • 3/15: I wish.  But someone in my program got the ACLS so my chances of getting anything positive are now gone.  ACLS wouldn't want to award to two people in the same program in the same geographic region... *crushed*

    03/17
    • Anyone received a rejection letter? we need a closure.
      • I agree. I want closure. Just send the rejection already, geez.
      • Nothing here yet. I am guessing we will hear from them tomorrow. 
      • Agreed!! I don't understand why they can't flat out reject people in the acceptance round if there are 1,000+ applications for 60ish spots. It feels kinda sad to keep us hoping! 


03/18 Received a rejection e-mail today, 2:15 pm eastern time. (History) (x6) - Rejection letter, 1:30pm central time. (Art History x3) - There we have it (Literature). sigh. 


Does anyone know if ACLS/Mellon provides feedback on applications? 


Yes, they provided it for me last year but I didn't get it until September. 

03/21: Official award letter received. (Posting this for future reference, since I couldn't find clear info from past years on when this would be sent)

Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation FellowshipsEdit

Applied (x2)

American Academy in Rome, Rome PrizeEdit

Any news here?


I received a request for an interview by phone today (1/30)

American Philosophical Society Predoctoral FellowshipEdit

Applied (x1)

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? 

Calls notifying finalists of interviews went out on 1/20

Drat, I'm assuming they called all finalists for all of the fellowships on the same day.

Ah well, congrats to everyone who got the call!

Do you mind sharing how you heard? 01/20 was a Sunday and there is no posts on other CASVA boards about this so I was just wondering how you know. If you got a call, congrats! I guess it is back to the drawing board for the rest of us.

Finalist interviews held on 2/7 and 2/8

Has anyone begun getting calls with acceptances? Or does that start tomorrow?

No call yet! Received a phone call with an acceptance offer 2/10.

Does anyone know when we receive the official acceptance letters? --Apparently letters will arrive this week or the next.

Have alternates been notified?

Center for Jewish History Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Center for Military History Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Applied (x12)

  • Discipline: English
  • Discipline: Anthropology (x2)
  • Discipline: Sociology (x2)
  • Discipline: History (x3)
  • Discipline: Communication/Cultural Studies
  • Discipline: Social policy
  • Discipline: Religious Studies
  • Discipline: Musicology

0_0             2/13 Is this the week for the finalists or the next week? (2/14)

"And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee." 2/18

Anybody has heard anything? (today was the day for the finalists last year). - heard nothing here

Y'all, this is brutal!!!!!

Maybe it’s going to be next week. It’s been that late some years, or so it seems

Nothing here as well. I also feel like it will be the end of this week or early next week. Hoping that they won't make us wait until mid-March as their website says though :\ I do not think this is going to happen, because even rejections come towards the end of February every year. So this week is full of possibilities... (I agree, I think the mid-March date is just them covering their butts so they don’t get a ton of anxious phone calls)

For the past ten years finalists/nonfinalists were emailed the third full week of February (except for the Hurricane Sandy year). More often on Tuesdays, but the day of the week changes. 3pm EST.

Thank you all, it is good to know. I'll keep my fingers crossed for all of us!

I do not wanna freak out anybody, but this silence does not seem good. 2/19

I do not wanna freak out anybody, but I think an asteroid is hurtling toward earth. 2/19

Well, that puts our search for funding in perspective...

Maybe tomorrow someone will hear something? Too late for today (Feb 19)

Hopefully tomorrow will be the day for the finalists. I checked the submission email and it says "we will inform the finalists in February." I think that means they are going to inform finalists first, and then non-finalists, as they generally do. But I am not sure if the notifications for finalists have already been emailed.

I’ve turned off notifications, but it isn’t stopping me checking every ten minutes anyway

I am waiting for my rejection, to be honest... because it is statistically more probable, and we do not have any applicants from religious studies who have posted here (they are the largest group of applicants each year) (2/20)

Does anyone know of anyone else who’s applied and isn’t on this wiki?

I just texted my friend who also applied (History), and nothing there either.

Religious studies here....nothing.

Anyone brave enough to call or email? In my past experiences, whenever I called or emailed, the responses were often ambiguous, and after a few days, I got my rejections.

They tend to send finalist and non-finalist emails on the same day, and it's not uncommon for that day to be Thursday or Friday of the 3rd week of Feb.

Hurrah, a ray of hope!

Is it just me, or is this finalist method unusually cruel? Why even tell us, you know? You're putting some of us out of our misery, but you're essentially giving some of us hope, but mostly setting us up for delayed misery. I'd much rather be rejected the first round than be a finalist and rejected later. And there's no value in it at all: putting your finalist status on your resume is essentially just saying "hey check it out I was rejected." This is so bizarre. I fucking hate academia. 

I think so too. However, I still wish to be a finalist even though I might not make the final stage, because it will give me some hope for my other fellowship applications.

It saves all those who aren’t finalists from having to send in official transcripts, so there’s that

why not just have winners send in transcript?

I’ve been obsessively checking my email all week, but now I’m kinda hoping not to hear anything until next week because getting an email after 3pm on a Friday seems kinda ominous x2

Do you think Feb 25 will be too late to inform finalists? In the past years, the last day was Feb 23.

I honestly think that if they had contacted finalists this week, they wouldn’t be waiting until after the weekend to contact non finalists. The email said by the end of February, so i guess it’s not too late. Of course it’s all conjecture... but I’m choosing to feel hopeful!

I'm hoping today is the day! (02/25)

I am losing my hope every other hour.

This is the Hour of Lead –

Remembered, if outlived,

As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow –

First – Chill – then Stupor – then the letting go –  (02/25)

What is this on the website!!??! "Notification of Status (Finalist and Non-Finalist) By March 15, 2019" -- That does not mean anything; they have always sent notifications (both finalists and non-finalists) well before March 1.

I wonder if anybody here has got a finalist notification and has not posted it here. How many of us are active here in any case? Am I chatting with only 1 or 2 persons?

I’m not sure how many are active, but 10 people signed up as having applied. The email we got when we applied said notification of finalist/non finalist status would be by the end of February, so they’re getting close to the line! Soon. We will know soon.

I do not think this is a mental-friendly website. If I get my rejection just through email, it would be much better than waiting for weeks if anybody has got anything. This is just an extended mental torture.

Nothing today so far (2/28)


I called.  They had a delay and they will let finalists and non-finalists know next week.  

Thanks for doing that and letting us know! (x8)


Just got my rejection email, good luck everyone (03/06 9AM ET) x4 [Cheers to all of us who ever tried and ever failed. And, congrats to those who are-so systematically-granted to take them all.] -- Well, I do know my research is one of the most promising ones in my field, so really, if they were not able to see it, it is their loss! I am not going to judge my scholarship based on a 6-pages-long grant proposal. I am sure some of you think the same for your own projects, so keep going!

Got email announcing finalist status. x4 Of over 500 applications, the top applications have been selected and forwarded to the Final Selection Committee for review. (It doesn't give a percentage or anything). 03/06 9:35 AM

Does anyone know how many finalists they typically name?

Last year it was "almost 500 applicants" and they named 14% as finalists, with 21 awards available. That means about 70 finalists for 21 awards, so 30% of finalists got the award. (This info is from the finalist letter last year. I was ultimately rejected FWIW.)

CHATEAUBRIAND FELLOWSHIP (STEM and HSS)Edit

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Applied (x1)

CLIR-Mellon FellowshipEdit

Applied: 7

Discipline:

Communication/Cultural Studies

History

Art History (x2)

History of Science

Literature (x2)


According to my (obsessive) calculations, awardees should be hearing back next week or the following week. My stomach has been in knots for about a month now haha hope everyone else is doing better than me (3/5)

Any news here yet?

>> No news, but I think that we should be hearing back until next week, isn't? Around the 20th. (3/11)

From what I know based on past years, CLIR notified as early as this week and sometimes as late as the end of March, but generally next week is the week. My best guess is notifications will happen sometime between 3/18-3/25. Fingers crossed whoever gets the first notification is on this wiki and will let us know! CLIR asks awardees not to inform anyone they were selected until after the public announcement, and rejections come out around a week after acceptances, so there's really no way to know what's going on unless someone posts (3/12)

Do you know how they notify? email or phone call? I'm so nervious, please tell us if you have news (3/14)

They notify by email. No news on my end yet! Permanent nausea has definitely set in haha (3/14)

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

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

DAAD Graduate Research FellowshipEdit

Applied: Art history

Anyone hear anything yet? (03/08)

Dartmouth College Chávez/Eastman/Marshall Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Applied (Asian American Studies Fellowship) (x2)


Anyone else apply for this ^? 

Rejection for Marshall Fellowship (3/20)

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.

Applied:

Pre-Columbian Studies: 3, Rejection email 1/31, waitlist 1/31

Byzantine Studies: 1 Rejection email 1/31

Garden and Landscape Studies: 

Plant Humanities: 1 Applied (no news 2/25)

Elon University Pre-Doctoral Diversity Teaching FellowshipEdit

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

Applied (x2) Rejected :( - 3/21 

Ford Foundation Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Applied x1(History)

AWARDED 3/15

Applied x1 (communication/cultural studies)

Applied x2 (anthropology/archaeology)

Applied x1 (education/sociology)

Applied x1 (rhetoric)

Applied x1 (sociology)

Applied x1 (ethnomusicology)

Applied x1(american studies)

Applied x1 (History)

Got an email at 9:28 letting me know a decision had been made, but the link to see the decision is broken :') :') Hahaha, assuming everyone else got the same and the server is swamped with everyone trying to check. Update: Rejected! That's okay, though - congratulations to all of those who won!

3/15 - rejected

HA! This happened to me too. Couldn't tell if it was my slow internet. Good luck! 

It's faster if you just log into your application and click review results.

Honorable Mention (x2) : So close, yet still so far away :(

-Rejected; One of the reviewers was definitely not feeling my application lol

- Rejected (History), received email notification telling me to log in at 9:27am EST, took more than half an hour to get through. Actually very helpful/interesting to have the comment rubric available immediately, wish all fellowships did that; scored very highly on the academic side but badly on the diversity question. Oh well!

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

Frick Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellowship 2019-2021Edit

  • Applied x2
  • Has anyone been contacted for interviews as of 1/30?
    • Not I! Seems early yet... application due date was only a few weeks ago
  • Rejection email 2/18 (x2)

Fulbright IIE Study/Research GrantsEdit

2019-2020 Fulbright Spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Cd86U9AreH9k_-WKLKnLCLn_C5MC3FKvZZ9RhlqSAq4/edit#gid=13337732

Applied: 2

Semi-finalist: 2 (1/25) 


Alternate: 2/13 

Fulbright Hays DDRA 2017-2018Edit

Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Applied (History) (Rejected 2/13)

Applied (Geoscience) (Rejected 2/13)

Applied (English)

1/14: This is from the Faculty Handbook (https://faculty.williams.edu/chairs-handbook/november/ ): "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? 


  • Had a departmental interview the second week of January (1/17)
  • Any news? I had an interview with a department about a month ago and then have heard nothing since. 


Applied (American Studies and Art History-Post MFA): Received an email stating I was not selected as a semi-finalist. 2/13.

Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral FellowshipEdit

- Has anyone heard anything about the postdoc fellowship? (1/19/19)


Still wating on predoc 1/22


Predoc rejected 1/28 x2

- Any news on the postdoc? (2/2); last year results came sometime at the beginning of March. 


Anyone still waiting on news about the predoc? 2/20 x3 - what does this mean for those waiting? second round of decisions or some kind of waitlist?

3/5 predoc rejected

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

application accepted 3/4


alternate notified 3/6 (x2)

Hobart and William Smith - Fisher Center Predoctoral FellowshipEdit

Home Grown Curatorial FellowshipEdit

Horowitz FellowshipEdit

Applied (x5)

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

Applied. --> email notification of acceptance 2/27, further particulars (# of months) to be mailed the first week of March.


Rejections sent out midday on 3/4.

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

Applied x1 - Has anyone heard as of 2/12/19? 

Japan Foundation Japanese Studies FellowshipEdit

Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Fellowship (UVA)Edit

  • [3/14) Acceptance received. 77 applicants. 

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation ProgramEdit

Applied: 2

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!

Email on 2/27, failed to make the cut to the next round. Anyone know how many rounds are left? --pretty sure there are only 2 (3/12)

Josephine de Karman FellowshipEdit

Applied (x5)

Koc Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations Residential FellowshipEdit

Kress Foundation History of Art Institutional FellowshipsEdit

  • Applied for Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome (1x) - rejected via email 3/20 (1x)
  • Applied for INHA (1) - nothing as of 2/20 and 3/15
  • Applied ZI, Munich - nothing as of 03/12 (rejected via email 03/14)
  • Does anyone know if all the institutions conduct interviews?
  • I know 5 people who have won the Kress at 3 different institutions over the past 4 years and none were interviewed before their acceptances. I have never heard of anyone being interviewed for the Kress. Where are you getting this information?

Lake Institute Doctoral Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field ResearchEdit

Applied: Archaeology (1)

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: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/MMcLeodLewis/MMcLeodLewis


Any word on when notifications of acceptance or rejection for this grant are sent out? I can't find any information anywhere. --your best bet is to look through this sites past dissertation fellowship pages. seems like this fellowship has little other info available.

Nothing here 3/10

Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship (Kenyon College)Edit

Applied (x3)

Environmental studies x1

Did anyone get a Skype interview yet? Usually they happen by the end of January with on-campus visits mid-February. 

-- I thought I was the only one here this year! Haven't heard anything, pretty disheartening based on the past few years' schedules, but some have skype requests starting the last few days of January, so fingers crossed I guess


Also still waiting to hear. Last year I didn't hear anything until the rejection, but knew that other folks had interviews. Fingers crossed and good luck everyone!

  • Same. No news for me either :( guessing that's a bad sign.

campus visits scheduled for 2/18 - 3/1


- Rejection received this week 


-Rejected 3/1

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: https://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/grants-and-awards/dissertation-completion

Applied (x6) 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art History FellowshipsEdit

Applied (x4) Rejection email 2/8 Anyone else receive a rejection or offer? (2/9) Acceptance email 2/8 (x2) I still haven't heard back from them! Anyone else still waiting? - I am! (x1). Rejection email 2/11

MIT SHASS Diversity Predoctoral FellowshipEdit

Applied: English x1

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship ProgramEdit

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement GrantEdit

Applied: Cultural Anthropology, Co-Review Arctic Social Sciences x1

Applied: Cultural Anthropology, Co-Review Law & Social Sciences x1

Applied: Cultural Anthropology, co-review STS

Applied: Archaeology (x1)

New York Botanical Gardens Humanities Institute Research FellowshipEdit

Applied (x1)

Notre Dame Institute for Advanced StudyEdit

Penn Predoctoral Fellowships for Excellence through DiversityEdit

Don't ask me how I know, but there are 97 applications.


That's 97 applications that have been started... how many have been completed... who knows??

RBS-MELLON SOCIETY OF FELLOWS IN CRITICAL BIBLIOGRAPHYEdit

any news?

received email with semifinalist status & info about phone interviews -- 2/15 (X1)

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

Smith Richardson Foundation, World Politics & Statecraft FellowshipEdit

Applied: 2

Rejected, received letter in mail dated 2/20 on 2/25

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) (Predoctoral)Edit

Did anyone hear anything? Supposedly they would let people know last week. 


I saw on their website: "Notification of decisions will be made through SOLAA on March 1st (possible delay to April 1st due to government shutdown)." So, maybe it will be delayed until April 1st? (3/15)

SOLAA Status changed to Alternate on 3/12. Was told that I would hear a final decision by April 1st. (SAAM)

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

SSRC - IDRFEdit

Applied (Political Science)

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

Applied (Anthropology) x3

Applied (Cultural Studies)

Applied (Art History) x3

Applied (Sociology)

Applied (Literature) x2


(01.28) Did anyone hear from SSRC re: transcripts?

  • Nothing on my end either. The FAQ says "applicants will be contacted by the program via email about their status in February 2019," so perhaps that's when transcript requests will be sent. That and rejections. (1/29)
  • (1/29) According to pages from previous years, they emailed people on Jan 26th for transcripts in 2018 and 2017, so they might get around to it before Feb this year as well...It looks like they email rejections after (around the 31st). 

- nope, nothing yet!

Any news...?  Nothing. This is late for them but I'm going to optimistically expect something in the next few days...

(02.04) received rejection email this afternoon. 

2/04, 3:03 PM Central: Rejected (Anthropology)

02/04, 1:11pm PT: Official transcripts requested (Anthropology)

Rejected 2/4 4pm x1

02/04: Transcripts requested.  2/04: transcripts requested this afternoon (art history) x2


If I did not receive the transcripts request on Feb 4 does it mean I had alreday been rejected? I have not received any emails or requests after I submitted my application in November...


If you still haven't heard from them, I actually think it might a good sign. We should hear back from them about the final decisions within two or three weeks. - Thank you for responding! I will keep my fingers crossed.

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

UCLA Clark Library Predoctoral FellowshipEdit

Applied (x1)

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

Weatherhead Fellowship (SAR Residential Fellows Program)Edit

applied: 4 When do you expect to hear - anyone have a sense of that (past rejections seem highly varied but I couldn't find acceptances)?


Acceptances are made by phone call, usually 2/3 week of March.  Rejections go out at end of month


Rejected 3/15 (x2)

Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork GrantEdit

Applied: 3 (Sociocultural), 3 (Archaeology)

Has anyone else applied to this or have an idea of when we'll hear back about the first round? (1/31)

Based on posts here from recent years, we should find out if we've made it through the first cut by 2/15. (2/2).

Any news? I haven't heard anything yet. (2/8)

No news still (2/15). Today we supposed to hear if we make it to the second round right?

Any news? (2/15)

Nothing here yet. Hopefully next week! (2/17)

Still nothing! (2/19) This is much later than in previous cycles...

Any news? (2/19)

I still haven't heard anything (2/20).

I feel like they might be adjusting to the new online only system...(2/20) <-- Good point.

I'm guessing we'll hear Friday, 2/22 (2/20)

This is the first year for online applications, correct? When I login to my application, it says "We will be conducting routine maintenance between Saturday, February 23rd at 10pm EST and Sunday, February 24th at 2am EST. As a result, this site will be inaccessible during this time." Is it possible that they will be posting results online like NSF? If so, we may not hear until Monday the 25th :( (2/20)

It's stressful not knowing, but I guess at this stage it doesn't really matter when we find out. If we don't move on to the second review we still have plenty of time to revise for the May submission, and if we do move on to the next phase there's nothing we need to do at this point, anyway. Knowing that doesn't stop me from refreshing my email every few minutes, but it should. (2/20)

RE: online application, the instructions page says "You will receive all notifications by e-mail." (2/20)

Alas, still nothing. The website says we should hear by March 1 at the latest, so at least that's just one more week. (2/22)

Nothing here, either. The end must be near for this first round of waiting. March is just around the corner. (2/22)

Anyone have news yet today? (2/25)

No news for me yet... but it has to be any day now (2/25) 

This is getting a bit ridiculous. 

I really hope we will not need to wait until Friday (2/25)

I think we'll hear tomorrow, but then again I thought that yesterday... (2/25)

My guess is at 4:45pm EST on March 1st haha (2/26)

The website says notification by March 1, but in the confirmation email that I received when I submitted, it DOES say "by the end of March". I had hoped it was a typo but maybe it is the website that is incorrect....(2/26)

At least if we hear back in late March it's just a short wait until mid-April to get the final notification...(2/26)

Still nothing (11:56 am, 2/27)

Here's to less than 36 more hours of torture (hopefully). (2/27)

...unless previous poster is right and we have until the end of March! (2/28)


From the WG website: 

  • Stage One: Applications are screened against the General Criteria for Evaluation. All applicants will be notified as to whether or not they are successful at this stage. Approximately 50% of all applications are successful at this stage.  If you have not heard from the Foundation by August 1 (for the May 1 deadline) or March 1 (for the November deadline), please contact the Foundation for information on the progress of your application.


Yes, but...From the atuomated email confirming submission of my application:

"The Foundation operates a two-stage decision making process: 

Stage One, applications are screened against the General Criteria for Evaluation. All applicants will be notified as to whether or not they are successful at this stage.  If you have not heard from the Foundation by the end of August (for the May 1 deadline) or by the end of March (for the November 1 deadline), please contact the Foundation for information on the progress of your application."

If I don't hear by 3/1 I'm going to reach out to follow up with Wenner Gren. There is some conflicting information between their website and the confirmation email.   <---  GOOD PLAN!!

I did the same as the above poster - emailed to inquire around 9:15 AM (3/1)

Got a response! "Thank you for your e-mail. Applicants will be notified regarding their stage 1 status next week. We apologize for the slight confusion, our website needs to be updated." (9:30 AM, 3/1)

Rejection email received 3/5/19 @ 11:04 am.

Advanced to second round, notified by email 3/5/19 @ 1:49pm EST.

Advanced to second round, notified by email 3/5/19 at 1:48 pm EST

Advanced to second round, notified by email 3/5/19 at 4:48 pm EST

Still nothing... 3/5/19 at 7:30pm - Advanced to second round, notified by email 3/6/19 at 10:50am EST

Declined, if you log into submission portal you can see your status there. 3/5 @ 3:30 EST 

Advanced to second round...I think?? Still no email, but when I log in I can view reviewer comments, which are positive, and there's a bit that says "first round decision: move forward." I'm...cautiously celebratory? (3/6 3:07 PM Beirut time) ---> was anyone else who advanced able to see feedback? just curious, via the portal my applications simply says "submitted", and I'd be curious to see my comments since I'm a second time applicant who was previously declined in round 1. 

Sorry to do this already, but does anyone have a sense if we'll still hear back about final decisions by April 15th? That's a really short turnaround from when we were notified about making it to the second round. (3/8/19)

>>Yes, they will. They get them back by 4/15 to allow those who didn't get it to be able to resubmit with corrections for the May deadline (3/12/19)

Late to the party: Advanced to the second round, notified by email 3/5/19 @ 1:46 pm EST. The only comments I received were: "Recommended to advance to the next round." I emailed WG to ask if there were additional comments associated with my application (knowing that other people received detailed comments). They said: "applicants will not receive comments on their application until the final stage of the application process" ... I wonder if this discrepancy has anything to do with the new online system? 

3/21/19 - This was my second time making it through the first round. After my first submission I didn't get comments back when I made it through to the second round. I got all of my comments when I was declined for funding during second-round decisions. I also can't see any reviewer comments in my online portal - just "recommended to advance to the next round."

Winterthur Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's StudiesEdit

Applied (History/Women's Studies)

Finalist notifications went out on 1/15/19

Recipient notifications went out 2/25/19


Anyone have info on when they usually send rejections? And why it's not at the same time? 

---the official announcement of winners won't come out for another 5-6 weeks, so it could be that they are making sure the recipients are all accepting before sending out rejections

Yale ISS Smith Richardson Predoctoral FellowshipEdit

Yale ISS Henry A. Kissinger Predoctoral FellowshipEdit