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Graduate External Fellowships

There are a wide variety of fellowships available to CLA graduate students.  Typically, these fellowships fund student research either within or outside of the university.  Fellowships for every CLA discipline are represented below.

Because the details of the Fellowships are subject to change, students are urged to carefully read each website, specifically for the most up to date deadline.


A - Everyone or no apparant restrictions
B - All US Citizens, Nationals, and Permanent Residents

For Information on additional funding opportunities visit

Name Relevant Discipline(s) Description Deadline Eligibility
Academy Scholars Program, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Scholars Program Recent PhD (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates. Those still pursuing a PhD should have completed their routine training and be well along in the writing of their theses before applying to become Academy Scholars; those in possession of a PhD longer than three years are ineligible. Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $67,000, and predoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $31,000. This stipend is supplemented by funding for conference and research travel, research assistants, and health insurance coverage. Some teaching is permitted but not required. October 1st, 2017 A
American Academy in Rome 'Rome Prize' Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Literature (awarded only by nomination through the American Academy of Arts and Letters), Music Composition, Visual Arts, Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Modern Italian Studies Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to about thirty artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their careers. November 1st, 2017 B
Applications will also be accepted between 2-15 November 2017 for an additional fee
American Anthropological Association Minority Dissertation Fellowship An applicant must be:  (1) a member of an historically underrepresented U.S. racialized minority group such as African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians or Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latino/as, Chicano/as, or Pacific Islanders; (2) graduated from a U.S. high school or completed a GED certificate in the U.S.; (3) enrolled in a full-time academic program leading to a doctoral degree in anthropology at the time of application (4) admitted to degree candidacy before the dissertation fellowship is awarded; and (5) a member of the American Anthropological Association.  A dissertation writing fellowship of $10,000. March 1st, 2017 B
American Antiquarian Society The following short-term fellowships are available for scholars holding the Ph.D. and for doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research. Candidates holding a recognized terminal degree appropriate to the area of proposed research, such as the master's degree in library science or M.F.A., are also eligible to apply. Short-term (1-3 months) visiting academic research fellowships of approximately $1,000 per month are available for doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research on topics relevant to the holdings of the AAS library (all aspects of American History and culture through the year 1876). January 15th  A
American Association of University Women (AAUW) AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. 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. Dissertation Fellowships offset a scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. 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 Applications open August 1st and close November 15th B
American Philosophical Association – John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship Relevant holdings include materials on quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, computer development, the history of genetics and eugenics, the history of medicine, Early American political and cultural history, natural history in the 18th and 19th centuries, the development of cultural anthropology, or American Indian linguistics and culture. $30,000 dissertation fellowship created to encourage the pursuit of the PhD by African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans. Fellow is expected to spend a significant amount of time in residence at the American Philosophical Society Library (office space will be provided) and therefore all applicants should be pursuing dissertation topics in which the holding of the library are especially strong.  April 1st, 2017 A
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Competition Fellowships Any advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing.  CLS will award 65 fellowships in this competition for a one-year term. The total award of up to $38,000 includes a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. In addition to the monetary support that the fellowship offers, Dissertation Completion Fellows are able to apply to participate in a seminar on preparing for the academic job market.  The seminar takes place over three days in the fall of the fellowship year. Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application System ( no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, October 26, 2016. B
Boren Fellowships For 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. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. 31-Jan-17 B
Boren Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
CES/Mellon Dissertation Completion Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are intended to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage graduate students in the humanities. Applicants must: Each fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend, paid in six (6) bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees.   February 1st B
-be ABD (year 5 and above); Winners of the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships will also be expected to participate in a number of activities organized by the Council for European Studies, which are designed to support early career development. These activities include: presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists, hosted by the Council for European Studies; publishing in and producing a feature for CES’ online journal; and participating in several digital and in-person career development seminars and/or workshops.
-be a US citizen or green card holder;  
-have no more than one full year of dissertation work remaining at the start of the fellowship year as certified by his or her dissertation advisor;  
-be enrolled at a higher education institution in the US that is a member of the Council for European Studies Academic Consortium. Students whose universities are not currently members of the CES consortium may apply, but they are encouraged to apply early in the application season so that every effort may be made to enroll the institution in the CES member consortium and, thus, establish the student's eligibility by the application deadline.  
-The applicant must also have exhausted the dissertation completion funding normally provided by his or her academic department or university, and he or she must be working on a topic within or substantially overlapping European Studies.   
CIC Smithsonian Institution Fellowship All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible.  Smithsonian Institution Fellows conduct independent study and research related to SI collections, experts, or facilities in cooperation with at least one Smithsonian advisor. Applications for the 2016 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program Are Now Closed. We look forward to opening applications for the 2017 Program on September 6, 2016. A
The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program is administered through the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI). Upcoming SIFP Application Deadlines (Tentative and Subject to Change):
The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program is open to: 2018 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program: Friday, December 1, 2017
1.      Graduate Students 2019 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program: Monday, December 3, 2018
2.      Predoctoral Students  
3.      Postdoctoral Researchers and  
4.      Senior Researchers   
CLAGS (Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies) Fellowship Award Any work that contributes to the field of gay and lesbian studies. An award to be given annually for a graduate student, an academic, or an independent scholar for work on a dissertation, a first book manuscript, or a second book manuscript. The CLAGS Fellowship is open to intellectuals contributing to the field of LGBTQ studies. Intended to give the scholar the most help possible in furthering their work, the fellowship will be able to be used for research, travel, or writing support. Adjudicated by the CLAGS fellowships committee June 1, 2016, 11:59pm A
Amount: $2,000
Council on Library & Info. Resources (Mellon) Those who plan to do dissertation research primarily in original source material in the holdings of archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, related repositories, or a combination; and write the dissertation and receive the Ph.D. degree in a filed of the humanities or in a related element of the social sciences To help junior scholars in the humanities and related social science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources. 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. August 2016: application cycle opens A
December 2, 2016, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time: final application deadline
April 3, 2017: fellowship awards announced
June 1 - September 1, 2017: 
2017 fellowships begin
Eastman/Marshall Dissertation Fellowships For U.S. citizens who plan careers in college or university teaching. The fellowships support graduate scholars for a 12-month residency at Dartmouth that generally runs from September through August. Two fellowships will be awarded. Each fellowship provides a stipend of $36,000, office space, library privileges, and a $2,500 research assistance fund. February 18th  B
The goal of the Eastman/Marshall fellowship program is to promote student and faculty diversity at Dartmouth, and throughout higher education, by supporting completion of the doctorate by underrepresented minority scholars (including African-American and Native American scholars) and other graduate scholars with a demonstrated commitment and ability to advance educational diversity.
Filson Historical Society Fellowships The fellowships are designed to encourage research in all aspects of the history of Kentucky and the regions of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South. Applicants should indicate how The Filson’s collections are relevant to their research topics and will have the opportunity to present the results of their research to scholars and the general public as appropriate. The Filson fellowships and internships are funded by a variety of sources. Fellowships encourage the scholarly use of our nationally significant collections by providing support for travel and Internships provide practical experience in collections management and research for graduate students. Fellows as well as interns are expected to be in continuous residence at The Filson. The Filson fellowships and internships encourage the scholarly use of our nationally significant collections by providing support for travel and lodging. Internships provide practical experience in collections management and research for graduate students. Fellows as well as interns are expected to be in continuous residence at The Filson. The Filson. Application deadlines for all fellowships and internships are October 15th and February 15th each year (or the Monday following the 15th if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday). A
Ford Foundation: Predoctoral, Dissertation, & Postdoctoral: for Predoctoral, 3 years minimum needed to complete PhD; Dissertation, 1 year to complete dissertation; Postdoctoral is after PhD completion. American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women's studies Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. 2017 Predoctoral application deadline: B
(5:00 PM EST) 
2017 Dissertation and Postdoctoral application deadlines: 
(5:00 PM EST) 
Fulbright U.S. Student Program Must be U.S. citizen, & Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. 6-Oct-17 B
Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation Fellowships – Williams College  The Bolin Fellowships are awarded to applicants from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, those who are first-generation college graduates, women in predominately male fields, or disabled scholars.  The annual stipend for the position is $40,000. The College will also provide health and dental benefits, relocation and housing assistance, academic support including office space and a computer, and an annual allowance of $4,000 for research-related expenses. Nov 30th, 2016 B
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who intend to pursue a professorial career in the U.S. During the period of residence at Williams, the Bolin Fellows will be affiliated with an appropriate department or program and will be expected to teach one one-semester course each year, normally in the fall semester of year one and the spring semester of year two.
German Studies Association: Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies The program supports scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on the period since the mid-18th century. Targeted: Social Sciences. School of Public Affairs. Specifically comparative and interdisciplinary fields that study the political, social, and economic aspects of German and European affairs. The program promotes a new generation of young North American scholars with specialized knowledge of modern and contemporary Germany and Europe. Stipend: Stipends are EUR 1100 per month for fellows working on dissertation and EUR 1400 per month for fellows working on postdoctoral research. In addition, fellows receive EUR 130 per month for each accompanying child and EUR 130 per month for spouse. October 1st, 2016 (winter semester) B And Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents
Open To: Students Working on Doctoral Dissertation. Postdoctoral Scholars. April 1st, 2017 (summer semester)
Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowships These grants are made to Ph.D. candidates who are entering the dissertation stage of graduate school. 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. 10 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. Applications are submitted online--the application will be available beginning October 1st and closes February 1st  A
Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship Program The applicant’s research must be related to topics on grassroots development in the region. The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) was created in 1969 by the United States Congress to fund the self-help initiatives of the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean and the groups that directly support them. To complement its work, the IAF has reinstated its Fellowships for candidates for Ph.D. degrees from United States universities as they conduct their dissertation research. IAF's Fellowships are intended to increase awareness of grassroots development efforts while building a community of professionals and scholars knowledgeable in the subject. Fellows examine the efforts of the rural and urban poor to improve their lives, their methods of organization and production, and the policies and programs designed to alleviate their poverty. The IAF disseminates research findings of its Fellows to a broad audience concerned with development. January 29, 2016 (deadline for the 2016-17 cycle has passed) B
Jacobs Research Fund, Whatcom Museum Society Grants are only for studying aboriginal languages and cultures of the Americas. Priority is given to research on endangered cultures and languages, and to research on the Pacific Northwest (the Pacific Coast from Northern California to Alaska and the Columbia Plateau in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho). Most funded projects fall within linguistics (including ethnolinguistics, sociolinguistics, and world view) or anthropology (including social-cultural anthropology, social organization, political organization, and folk taxonomy). Projects in religion, mythology, music, dance, and other arts are also eligible. There are three categories of grants, with funding limits tied to the US dollar ($3,000, $6,000, and $9,000 USD). February 15th  A
Allowed expenses include consultants, research assistants, travel, accommodation, equipment.
Josephine de Karman Fellowship Any discipline; Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities. The Josephine De Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore Von Karman, world renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, in memory of his sister, Josephine, who passed away in 1951. The purpose of this Fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect Professor Von Karman’s high standards. IN ONE PACKAGE postmarked no later than midnight, January 31, 2017. Late applications will not be considered. A
Newberry Fellowships A PhD candidate is currently enrolled in a PhD program and has advanced to candidacy through approval of the dissertation proposal. This status is equivalent to an “ABD.” All graduate coursework, exams, and other relevant requirements must be completed before the application deadline. If a fellowship requires an applicant to be a PhD candidate, this status must be achieved by the application deadline and maintained in good standing through the tenure of the fellowship. The Newberry will not consider applications from those who expect PhD candidacy after the application deadline. Newberry fellowships provide support for researchers who wish to use our collection. We promise you intriguing and often rare materials; a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations on your research with staff curators, librarians, and other scholars; and an array of both scholarly and public programs. The Newberry administers annual competitions for both Long-Term Fellowships of 4 to 12 months and Short-Term Fellowships of 1 to 2 months Long-term is November 15, 11:59 PM; Short-term is December 15 11:59 PM. A
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology, other Communications, Geography, History and Philosophy of Science, International Relations, Law and Social Science, Linguistics, Linguistic Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Political Science, Public Policy, Science Policy, Sociology. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in their field of study. October 27, 2016 (Thursday) 5:00 PM B
Social Sciences
STEM Education and Learning
Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria: the merit and significance of the applicant’s proposal; the applicant’s qualifications; the relevance of the project to subjects that were of interest to Dr. Landes during her career; and the degree to which grant funds are likely to contribute to the success of the proposed project. Awards range from $10,000 to $60,000 per year, and may be used for research, including field studies, and related expenses, including travel (where appropriate) and living costs over the period covered by the Landes Grant. Senior scholars may request stipends based on their previous year’s salary and professional standing. There is no application deadline. No grants need be awarded if the applicant pool is not of sufficient quality. B
  All applicants will be notified within three months from the date of receipt of the completed application. Applications should be mailed to:
Special consideration will be given to applications for work with the papers and unpublished manuscripts of Ruth Schlossberg Landes at the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution, or among related materials in other public and private collections; and for projects in and among the geographical and cultural communities studied by Dr. Landes Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund
  The Reed Foundation
  500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4810
  New York, New York 10110
  Please note: Electronically submitted applications will not be accepted.
SDE/GWIS National Fellowships Program  Fields of social science that use the scientific method are eligible to apply.  The SDE/GWIS National Fellowships Programis intended to increase knowledge in the fundamental sciences and to encourage research careers in the sciences by women. For the 2013-2014 funding cycle, $70,000 in fellowships funds were distributed to fourteen deserving women scientists. The SDE/GWIS National Council will determine exact fellowships amounts with the maximum allowable award being $10,000. January 8, 2016 (Applications for the 2016 Fellowship are now closed) A
Social Science Research Council (SSRC)International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program & individual, program-specific fellowships International: scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-US cultures and societies ; Other specific fellowships for a variety of humanities and social science fields Nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research. Applications must be complete and submitted online before 9:00pm (EST) on November 1, 2016. A
The Frederick Douglass Institute Fellowship Program The Pre-doctoral Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student at any university whose degree contributes to scholarship in the field of African and African-American Studies. A principal aim of this fellowship is to provide a different intellectual environment that will enrich and expedite the completion of the fellow’s dissertation. Applications are accepted September 1st to December 20th  A
The fellow will also gain valuable experience through work with the institute’s director in organizing colloquia, lectures, and other events. There is no teaching obligation.
The award carries an annual stipend of $26,000, and the institute offers research funds to support the fellow’s research.
The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grant The Foundation makes targeted grants for work in all major areas of the social sciences, including anthropology, area studies, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban studies, as well as newer areas such as evaluation research. Preference is given to projects that address contemporary issues in the social sciences and issues of policy relevance.  The Horowitz Foundation approves approximately fifteen grants each year, in the amount of $7500 per grant—$5000 initially and an additional $2500 upon completion of the project. Criteria for completion include approval of the dissertation, acceptance of an article based on the research by a peer-reviewed journal, or an invitation to write a book chapter based on the research. Neither US citizenship nor US residency is required. Applications and all required materials must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2017. A
The Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship The award may be used for the study of Greek language, literature, history, or archaeology, or the study of French language or literature. The annual Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship is awarded alternately in the fields of Greek and French. The award may be used for the study of Greek language, literature, history, or archaeology, or the study of French language or literature. For 2015, the Sibley Fellowship is for the study of Greek language, literature, history, or archeology. Candidates must be unmarried women 25 to 35 years of age who have demonstrated their ability to carry on original research. They must hold a doctorate or have fulfilled all the requirements for a doctorate except the dissertation, and they must be planning to devote full-time work to research during the fellowship year. The award is not restricted to members of Phi Beta Kappa or to U.S. citizens. January 15th, 2017. A
United States Institute of Peace Fellowship Programs Dissertation projects in all disciplines are welcome. Beginning in 2015, the Senior Fellowship program will support targeted research, analysis and writing that is more closely integrated with the work of the Institute, with greater flexibility in terms of application opportunities, than previously. Calls for Concept Notes or applications for fellowships affiliated with specific USIP centers and programs will be issued throughout the year instead of once annually, and can be found on the Fellowship Program webpages, along with application directions and links to appropriate templates. Senior Fellowships will generally be hosted by USIP Centers, whose staff will also be responsible for determining the themes on which Concept Notes or applications will be requested. Calls for applications or concept notes for fellowship opportunities will be posted on a rolling basis. 22-Nov-16 A
US Institute of Peace – Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace Citizens of any country may apply. Non-residential Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities and who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding. Peace Scholar Awards are currently set at $20,000 for 10 months and are paid directly to the individual. Peace Scholars carry out their fellowship work at their universities or other sites appropriate to their research. They are expected to devote full attention to their work and provide periodic reports to the Institute. Peace Scholars may be invited to give a presentation at the Institute and to participate in Institute workshops, conferences, and other activities Deadline for 2017-2018 is closed A
Woodrow Wilson/Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship To be eligible for selection, the graduate scholar must be preparing a dissertation in which ethical or religious values are a central concern. 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. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature. 15-Nov-16 A
Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grants in Women’s Studies The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. The WW Women’s Studies Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways.  The Fellowship competition will select ten Fellows who will receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies. October 15th, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET A