With ongoing budget cuts at public universities and a still-disastrous job market, funding for graduate and postdoctoral research is more important than ever. Many grad students know that finding dissertation fellowships and postdocs can be a catch-as-catch-can experience, with no place where knowledge about different funding sources is really centralized. We put together this list of funding sources for historical research a while ago, so some information may not be up-to-date, but we will try to get them all as current as possible in the near future.
Please note: deadlines and requirements may have changed, and applicants should always refer to the official guidelines for any grant or fellowship for definite information. Web links are embedded in many descriptions below.
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships: Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships makes possible a year of supported research and writing, to help students complete their dissertation.
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship: The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner.
Fellowships of the Consortium for Faculty Diversity in Liberal Arts Colleges: The dissertation fellowship is intended for scholars who have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. or the M.F.A. except the dissertation; this fellowship is intended for scholars in the final stage of their dissertation and aims, above all, to help the fellow complete the final requirements for the degree during the year of residency. Dissertation fellowship recipients will receive compensation equivalent to the compensation of a starting one-year instructor at the host institution.
Miller Center Fellowship in Politics and History: The Miller Center Fellowship program is a competitive program for individuals completing their dissertations on American politics, foreign policy and world politics, or the impact of global affairs on the United States. The program provides up to eight $20,000 grants to support one year of research and writing.
Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources: The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources. The purposes of this fellowship program are to:
- help junior scholars in the humanities and related social science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources
- enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available
- encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the U.S. and abroad, and
- provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.
The program offers about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships a year. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for periods ranging from 9-12 months. Each fellow will receive an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting a report acceptable to CLIR on the research experience. Thus the maximum award will be $25,000.
USF Phi Alpha Theta: Doctoral Scholarship program for advanced study by graduate student members who are pursuing a Ph.D. in History and who have passed general examinations by February 15.
John Carter Brown Library Short Term Fellowships: The library offers fellowships to research projects using its collections. These fellowships are for two to four months and are open to U.S. and foreign scholars engaged in pre- or post-doctoral research. Graduate students must pass all examinations and be at the dissertation stage before January 2011.
Newberry Library (Chicago) Short Term Fellowships: These short-term fellowships are generally restricted to post-doctoral scholars, Ph.D. candidates, or holders of other terminal degrees from outside of the Chicago area who have a specific need for Newberry collections.
H-net Funding Opportunities: H-net provides a list of various kinds of funding opportunities (fellowships, prizes, etc) in multiple areas.
The McNeil Center for Early American Studies Fellowships: The McNeil Center offers several pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships each year for a term of nine months, beginning 1 September. Advanced graduate students from any PhD-granting institution who are in the dissertation research or writing stage are eligible to compete for these fellowships, which are open to scholars in any discipline for projects focusing on North America and the Caribbean before 1850.
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships: The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.
The Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women Studies: The Women’s Studies Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at institutions in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year. The Fellows received $2,000 to be used for expenses connected with the dissertation. These may include, but are not limited to, travel, books, microfilming, taping, and computer services.
Frederick Douglass Institute, University of Rochester: Pre-doctoral Fellowship: The principal aim of this fellowship is to expedite the completion of the Fellow’s dissertation.
The Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship: The Louisville Institute’s Dissertation Fellowship program is designed to support the final year Ph.D. or Th.D. dissertation writing for students engaged in research pertaining to North American Christianity, especially projects related to Christian faith and life, religious institutions, and pastoral leadership.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute: Scholarship Awards: The 9-month Fellowship Program offers exceptional Latinos who have a master’s degree or higher unparalleled exposure to hands-on experience in the public policy areas. This fellowship is designed for new entrant students.
Dissertation Grants, Schlesinger Library – Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study: The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America invites scholars whose dissertation research requires use of the library’s collections to apply for research support.
Ford Foundation Fellowship Predoctoral Fellowships: The predoctoral fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.
Oral History Grant, Schlesinger Library – Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study: The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America invites scholars who are conducting oral history interviews relevant to the history of women or gender in the United States to apply for support of up to $3,000.
HUD Office of University Partnerships: Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant: The DDRG program empowers a new generation of scholars to develop and conduct applied research on policy-relevant housing and urban development issues.
Smithsonian Fellowship Opportunities: The Smithsonian provides various predoctoral, doctoral, and postdoctoral fellowships.
Boren Fellowships: Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Gaius Charles Bolin Fellowships at Williams College: These fellowships are designed to promote diversity on college faculties by encouraging students from underrepresented groups to complete a terminal graduate degree and to pursue careers in college teaching.
The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies Pre-doctoral Fellowships: Since its inception in 1981, the Woodson Institute’s Residential Fellowship Program has attracted outstanding scholars in the humanities and social sciences who work on a wide array of topics in African-American and African Studies, as well as related fields. These two-year fellowships—offered at the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral levels—are designed to facilitate the writing of dissertations or manuscripts and provide successful applicants the opportunity to discuss and exchange works-in-progress both with each other and the larger intellectual community of the University. Preference is given to applicants whose research is substantially completed, thus providing them the maximum amount of time to complete their manuscripts within the fellowship term. Two-year predoctoral research fellowship. Annual stipend: $20,000, plus health insurance.
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program: This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.
The Omohundro Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship is a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in any area of early American studies. This fellowship is awarded annually. A principal criterion for selection is that the candidate’s dissertation or other manuscript have significant potential as a distinguished, book-length contribution to scholarship. Applicants may not have previously published or have under contract a scholarly monograph, and they must have met all requirements for the doctorate before commencing the fellowship. Foreign nationals are eligible. Those who have earned the Ph.D. and begun careers are also encouraged to apply. Applications may be submitted in hard copy or electronically.
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Dissertation Fellowship: SHAFR invites applications for its dissertation completion fellowship. SHAFR will make two, year-long awards, in the amount of $20,000 each, to support the writing and completion of the doctoral dissertation in each academic year. These highly competitive fellowships will support the most promising doctoral candidates in the final phase of completing their dissertations. SHAFR membership is required. Applicants should be candidates for the PhD in a humanities or social science doctoral program (most likely history), must have been admitted to candidacy, and must be at the writing stage, with all substantial research completed by the time of the award. Applicants should be working on a topic in the field of U.S. foreign relations history or international history, broadly defined, and must be current members of SHAFR. Because successful applicants are expected to finish writing the dissertation during the tenure of the fellowship, they should not engage in teaching opportunities or extensive paid work, except at the discretion of the Fellowship Committee. At the termination of the award period, recipients must provide a one page (250-word) report to the SHAFR Council on the use of the fellowship, to be considered for publication in the society newsletter
Adelle and Erwin Tomash Graduate Fellowship: The Charles Babbage Institute is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Adelle and Erwin Tomash Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student for doctoral dissertation research in the history of computing. The fellowship may be held at the recipient’s home academic institution, the Charles Babbage Institute, or any other location with appropriate research facilities. The stipend is $14,000. It is intended for students who have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except the research and writing of the dissertation. Preference will be given to applicants indicating a need to use CBI materials, planning research in residence at CBI, and willing to make a brief presentation of their research findings to CBI staff. Questions pertaining to collection content and access can be directed to R. Arvid Nelsen, CBI Archivist, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tomash Fellowship recipients must remain students in good standing throughout the term of their fellowship, but there is no restriction on holding other fellowships, scholarships, or awards concurrent to the Tomash Fellowship.
American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowships are available to women who will complete their dissertation writing between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. Applicants must have completed all course work, passed all preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposals or plans by the preceding November. Students holding fellowships for writing a dissertation in the year prior to the AAUW fellowships year are not eligible. Open to applicants in all fields of study. Scholars engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math fields or researching gender issues are especially encouraged to apply.
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Minority Fellowship: In 1991, the Council of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) established the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research to provide support for doctoral dissertation research. The purposes of the program are to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties. This program offers doctoral fellowships to enhance the competitiveness of outstanding minority scholars for academic appointments at major research universities. It supports fellows conducting education research and provides mentoring and guidance toward the completion of their doctoral studies. Each fellowship award is for 1 year, beginning July 1 or later, and is nonrenewable. Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research conducted under faculty sponsorship in any accredited university in the United States.
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship: ten or more dissertation fellowships are awarded each year to graduate students who would complete the writing of a dissertation within the award year. These fellowships of $20,000 each are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete the thesis in a timely manner and are only appropriate for students approaching the final year of their Ph.D. work. This fellowship is not for support of doctoral research. Applications are evaluated in comparison with each other and not in competition with the postdoctoral research grant proposals. Applicants may be citizens of any country and studying at colleges or universities in any country. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Dissertations with no relevance to understanding human violence and aggression will not be supported. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.
Harry S. Truman Dissertation Year Fellowship: Since it first opened its Research Room in 1959, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum has assisted more than 14,100 historians, writers and scholars, representing more than 40 nations. From the beginning, the Truman Library Institute — the nonprofit partner of the presidential library — has provided grants-in-aid for researchers; the total granted now stands at nearly $2.7 million. Today, Research Grants, Dissertations Year Fellowships, and the biennial Scholar’s Award and Harry S. Truman Book Award provide assistance to emerging and established scholars whose contributions illuminate the critical issues of Truman’s presidency and legacy. Applications for funding will be considered by the Truman Library Institute’s Committee on Research, Scholarship and Education.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation: The Foundation’s Dissertation Fellowship is for up to $25,000 for advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations that inform the Foundation’s mission: advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. To be eligible, candidates must demonstrate superior academic achievement, have successfully defended their dissertation proposals, and be enrolled full-time in a US graduate degree program. The fellowship is a one-time award of up to $25,000, which may be used for a period of not less than nine months and up to 18 months, beginning in June 2014.
Marcus Garvey Foundation Research Fellowship: This fellowship looks to support doctoral candidates doing primary research in the humanities and social sciences on topics related to Africa and the African diaspora. Those doctoral candidates using archival collections and/or conducting oral histories are especially encouraged to apply. Research fellows receive grants of $500 to help defray research expenses.
National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Research Programs Fellowship Awards: Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development.
AHA Research Grants
The Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the Western Hemisphere are available to support research in the history of the Western hemisphere; individual grants do not exceed $1,000.
The Michael Kraus Research Grant in colonial American history, with particular reference to the intercultural aspects of American and European relations, offers cash awards of up to $800.
The Littleton-Griswold Grant offers grants of up to $1,000 for research in U.S. legal history and the field of law and society.
The Bernadotte Schmitt Grants support research in the history of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Individual grants will not exceed $1,000.
Research Travel Fellowships
The CSCHS Research Travel Grant in California Legal History. The California Supreme Court Historical Society has established a Research Travel Grant to defray the expenses of graduate students and law students at accredited U.S. universities and law schools who are researching California legal history for the purpose of preparing an article or other paper.
This grant was funded by the generosity of California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar (Ret.) and David M. Werdegar, M.D., in honor of Selma Moidel Smith, Editor-in-Chief of California Legal History. Additional donations are welcome to ensure the continuation of this grant program.
Huggins-Quarles Award: Organization of American Historians: Named for Benjamin Quarles and Nathan Huggins, two outstanding historians of the African American past, the Huggins-Quarles Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to one or two graduate students of color to assist them with expenses related to travel to research collections for the completion of the PhD dissertation. These awards were established to promote greater diversity in the historical profession. In 2015, the committee will award $1,500 if there is one recipient, or $750 per person if there are two recipients.
North Caroliniana Society’s Archie K. Davis Fellowships: To promote more extensive and intensive research in North Carolina’s history and culture, the North Caroliniana Society offers on a competitive basis Archie K. Davis Fellowships to assist scholars in gaining access to resources contributing to knowledge of the state’s past. Modest stipends vary and are intended to cover a portion of travel and subsistence expenses while fellows conduct research in North Caroliniana. In evaluating proposals, the Society considers the qualifications of applicants; individual need; quantity, quality, and location of sources; length of research stay; plans for publication or other “product”; and, especially, potential of subject to advance among citizens of the state knowledge and understanding of their own history and culture.
The Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Fellowships: IAF Fellowships support dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean undertaken by students who have advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in a university in the United States. Fellows must be U.S. citizens or citizens of the independent Latin American countries.
WARA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship: The West African Research Association awards summer fellowships to conduct research in West Africa.
Fulbright-Hays: Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad: This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.
TIAA-CREF Ruth Simms Hamilton Research Fellowship: Fellowships are awarded to one or more graduate students enrolled in a social science program at an accredited U.S. college or university and studying the African Diaspora. (It is not clear if this fellowship is still being awarded.)
The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowships: The purpose of this fellowship is to facilitate library and archival research in business or economic history. Individual grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Three categories of applicants will be eligible for grants: 1) Harvard University graduate students in history, economics, or business administration, whose research requires travel to distant archives or repositories; 2) graduate students or nontenured faculty in those fields from other universities, in the U.S. and abroad, whose research requires travel to Baker Library and other local archives; and 3) Harvard College undergraduates writing senior theses in these fields whose research requires travel away from Cambridge.
To apply, send a CV, a summary of past academic research (of 1-2 pages), and a detailed description of the research you wish to undertake (of 2-3 pages). Applicants must indicate the amount of money requested (up to $3,000). Please also arrange to have one letter of reference sent independently of the application. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 1 of the calendar year preceding that in which the fellowship is to be used. All materials should be sent to Walter A. Friedman, Connell 301A, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163. E-mail:email@example.com.
Filson Historical Society Fellowships: The Master’s Thesis Fellowships provides $500 for an M.A. candidate at the thesis stage. Full support of a single $500 award is available for a one-week fellowship period to encourage use of our research collections by M.A. students developing and researching thesis topics. Partial support is available for students residing in Kentucky who travel from beyond the greater Louisville area. Filson Fellowships are avaiable to Ph.D.s or doctoral candidates at the dissertation stage. Full awards are $500 per week and may be awarded for up to two weeks. Awards must be used within eighteen months of their receipt. Partial support is available for scholars residing in Kentucky who travel from beyond the greater Louisville area. The Ballard Breaux Visiting Fellowships are avaliable to Ph.D.s An award of $2000 support for post doctoral scholars living outside of Kentucky is available for a one-month residence. Partial support is available for scholars residing in Kentucky who travel from beyond the greater Louisville area. Applicants for Breaux Visiting Fellowships are automatically considered for Filson Fellowships.
Rear Admiral Ernest M. Eller Graduate Research Grant: The Naval History and Heritage Command, Department of the Navy, using non-appropriated funds, is offering one research grant in U.S. naval history to be used during 2013. The grant is named in honor of the late Rear Admiral Ernest M. Eller, USN, a former Director of Naval History, for his contributions to U.S. naval history. The grant is intended to assist a graduate student in the research and writing of U.S. naval history in fulfillment of the requirements of a master’s or doctoral degree by helping to defray the costs of travel, living expenses, and document duplication related to the research process for a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. The stipend is an amount up to $2,500, depending on the research expenses anticipated. The award will be made on a competitive basis and will be announced in May 2013. In accepting the award, an applicant engages to work on a study of U. S. naval history intended for publication. Payment will be made according to a mutually agreeable arrangement after commencement of research. Applicants must be citizens of the United States enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program in history or a closely related field in a recognized graduate school.
Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellowship: The Harvard Business School and the Newcomen Society of the United States support a postdoctoral fellowship in business history for twelve months of residence and research at the Harvard Business School. Fellowships normally run for the academic year, July 1 to June 30; the stipend is currently $60,000. The purpose of the award is to enable scholars who have received a Ph.D. in history, economics, or a related discipline within the past ten years to improve their professional acquaintance with business and economic history, to increase their skills as they relate to this field, and to engage in research that will benefit from the resources of the Harvard Business School and the Boston-area scholarly community. The successful applicant will participate in the school’s business history courses, seminars, and case development activities.
The Princeton Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and selected natural sciences, invites applications for the 2014-2017 Fellowship competition. Four three-year Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded this year. The stipend for the academic year 2015-16 will be approximately $80,000. In addition, fellows are provided with a shared office, a personal computer, a research account of $5000 a year, access to university grants, benefits and other resources. Fellows are expected to reside in or near Princeton during the academic year in order to attend weekly seminars and participate fully in the intellectual life of the Society.
The Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities, with grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the William R. Kenan Trust, will appoint a number of postdoctoral fellows in the humanities for the academic year 2015-2016. Fellows newly appointed for 2015-2016 must have received their PhD between 1 January 2013 and 1 July 2015. The Fellowship Stipend for 2015-2016 is $61,000. Medical benefits are provided, and guaranteed housing is available. There is a $6,000 research allowance per annum. Fellows are appointed as Lecturers in appropriate departments at Columbia University and as Postdoctoral Research Fellows. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year. In the first year, Fellows teach one course per semester. At least one of these courses will be in the undergraduate general education program: Contemporary Civilization, Literature Humanities, Music Humanities, Art Humanities, Asian Civilizations, Asian Humanities, or Global Cultures, including those of Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. For more information on Columbia’s Core Curriculum please visit www.college.columbia.edu/core/. The second course may be a departmental course, the design of which will be determined jointly by the Fellow and the Fellow’s academic department. In the second and third years, Fellows teach one course per year, leaving one semester free of teaching responsibilities. The courses taught in the second and third years of the fellowship may be departmental courses or Core courses as described above; however, at least two of the four courses taught over the three Fellowship years must be in the Core. In addition to teaching and research, the duties of Fellows include attendance at the Society’s lectures and events as well as active participation in the intellectual life of the Society and of the department with which the Fellow is affiliated.
The Michigan Society of Fellows, under the auspices of the Rackham Graduate School, was established in 1970 with endowment grants from the Ford Foundation and the Horace H. and Mary Rackham Funds. Each year the Society selects four outstanding applicants for appointment to three-year fellowships in the social, physical, and life sciences, and in the professional schools. In 2007 the Mellon Foundation awarded a grant to add four Mellon Fellows annually in the humanities, expanding the number of fellowships awarded each year from four to eight. The newly appointed Postdoctoral Fellows join a unique interdisciplinary community composed of their peers as well as the Senior Fellows of the Society, who include many of the University’s leading scholars. Alumni Fellows of the Society have gone on to become distinguished scholars at institutions around the world. The Chair of the Society is Donald S. Lopez, Jr., Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan
The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity: As part of a continuing commitment to building a culturally diverse intellectual community and advancing scholars from underrepresented groups in higher education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity is pleased to announce the availability of postdoctoral research appointments for a period of two years. The purpose of the Program is to develop scholars from underrepresented groups for possible tenure track appointments at the University of North Carolina and other research universities. Postdoctoral scholars will be engaged full-time in research and may teach only one course per fiscal year.
The Brooke Hindle Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Technology honors the contribution of Brooke Hindle to the work of the Society for the History of Technology and is made possible thanks to the generosity of his family. The fellowship is for $10,000 and may be used, as further detailed below, for any purpose connected with research or writing in the history of technology for a period of not less than four months during the year following the award. Applicants must hold a doctorate in the history of technology or a related field, normally awarded within the preceding four years, or expect to have graduated by the time of the award. (Those who graduated earlier and can demonstrate good reason why they should be considered as being at an early stage in their postdoctoral career—e.g., because of family commitments—may apply at the discretion of the committee chair.) Other awards may be held in conjunction with the Fellowship. The proposal must be in a field related to the history of technology. Applicants should be intending either to prepare a dissertation for publication as articles or as a monograph, whether or not this involves fresh primary research, or to develop a new project based on primary research.
Mellon/ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellowships: This is the second stage of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowship Program, which provides support for young scholars. The first part of this program—the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships—makes possible a year of supported research and writing, to help students complete their dissertation. The second part of the program provides support for a year following the completion of the doctorate for scholars to advance their research. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: One Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will be appointed to the Wesleyan University Center for the Humanities for the whole academic year, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, and will be awarded a stipend of $40,000. He or she will teach a one-semester undergraduate course; participate in the collegial life of the Center for the Humanities, which sponsors conferences, lectures, and colloquia; and give one public lecture. The Fellow will be provided with an office at the Center for the Humanities, and will be expected to work there on weekdays while the university is in session, and to reside in Middletown. The themes for 2015-2016 are listed here. Scholars whose interests bear upon one of the chosen themes are encouraged to apply for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship.
The University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is offering approximately five postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences for the academic year 2015-2016. Fellows will teach one course each semester, complete scholarly work, and participate in the academic and intellectual communities of the departments with which they are affiliated and across the Dietrich School. Within the Dietrich School, rich opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange are available in the Humanities Center, the World History Center and in a number of vibrant multidisciplinary programs.
We invite applications from qualified candidates in the humanities and social sciences who have completed the oral defense at the time of application and who will graduate with the PhD by August 2015. Individuals who graduated before September 1, 2013 are not eligible; there will be no exceptions to these criteria. The annual stipend will be $45,000. Fellows may apply for an additional one-year renewal.
Archives that Offer Funding for Dissertation Research
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (for use of Langum Family Papers or the de Mattos Family Papers) (Springfield, Illinois)
American Antiquarian Society (Worcester)
American Indian Studies Program at Michigan State University Pre-Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award in American Indian Studies (East Lansing) (Finishing Grant)
American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia)
American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (funds research to a dozen institutions)
Bancroft Library Study Award (Berkeley, CA) (For UC grad students only)
Baylor Institute for Oral History Research Fellowship (Waco, TX)
Beinecke Library (New Haven)
Boston Athenaeum (Boston)
Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, University of Oklahoma
Center for Historical Research at the Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
Clark Center Short Term Fellowships (UCLA)
Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University
Clements Library, Jacob Price Visiting Research (Ann Arbor)
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Fellowship at the Rockefeller Library (Williamsburg)
Cuban Heritage Collection Research Fellowship (U. of Miami)
David Library of the American Revolution (Washington’s Crossing, PA)
Duke University Library (Durham, N.C.)
Emory University Library, Jean Harvey Slappy Research Fellowship (Atlanta)
Filson Historical Society Fellowship (Kentucky)
Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington D.C.)
Francis A. Countway Library Fellowships in the History of Medicine; Harvard University (Boston)
Friends of the Longfellow House Research Fellowships (Cambridge)
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Gest Fellowship for Quaker Studies (Haverford College)
Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (Numerous New England locations)
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (NYC)
Harry Ransom Library (Texas)
Harry S. Truman Library Institute (Independence, MO)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library (West Branch, Iowa)
Historic New Orleans Collection; Dianne Woest Fellowship (New Orleans)
Howard Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders (New Haven)
Huntington Library (San Marino, CA) (Many of them that range from U.S. Western History, History of Science, British History, California History))
John Carter Brown Library (Providence, RI) (Many of them)
John F. Kennedy Library (Boston) (Many of them
Kentucky Historical Society (Frankfort, KY)
Kluge Center Fellowships (Washington D.C.)
Lewis Walpole Library Fellowships (Connecticut)
Library Company of Philadelphia (Philadelphia)
Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowship in American Literature (UVA)
Maryland Historical Society (Baltimore, check on funding)
Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston) (Many of them)
McNeil Center for Early American Studies (Philadelphia)
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, William Randolph Hearst Fellowships
Nantucket Historical Association E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship (Nantucket)
National Maritime Museum Caird Short Term Research Fellowship (Greenwich, U.K.)
National Sporting Library and Museum; John Daniels Fellowship (Horse and Field Sports) (Middleburg, VA)
Naval War College The Edward S. Miller Research Fellowship in Naval History (Newport, R.I.)
Newberry Library (Chicago) (Many of them)
New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (New England)
New York Public Library Research Fellowships (NYC)
New York State Archives Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program (Albany)
North Caroliniana Society Archie K. Davis Fellowships
Peabody Essex Museum Frances E. Malamy Fellowship (Salem, MA)
Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science (PACHS) (sh to use the collections of two or more institutions in the PACHS consortium.)
Princeton University Library Research Grants (Princeton, N.J.)
Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company (Philadelphia)
Quaker Collection, Haverford College; Gest Fellowships (Outside Philadelphia)
The Research Center for Urban Cultural History at the University of Massachusetts Boston; Flaherty Visiting Fellowship
Rockefeller Research Center (Tarrytown, N.Y.)
Roosevelt Institute (Hyde Park, N.Y.)
Smithsonian Institute (Washington D.C.)
-Among others: Latino Studies Fellowship Program
Society of the Cincinnati, Tyree Lamb Fellowship (Washington D.C.)
Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives. (Tennessee)
University of Chicago Special Collections; Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship
University of North Carolina Greensboro University Library
University of Wisconsin, Madison Library Grant-in-Aid
U.S. Army Military History Institute General & Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant (Carlisle, PA)
Virginia Historical Society (Richmond, VA)
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library (L. A.)
William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies (Dallas)
White House Historical Association (D.C.)
Yale Center for British Art (New Haven)