Application deadline: October 21, 2015
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for the tenth annual competition for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2017. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.
ACLS will award 65 fellowships in this competition for a one-year term beginning between June and September 2016 for the 2016-17 academic year. The fellowship tenure may be carried out in residence at the fellow’s home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. These fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.
The total award of up to $38,000 includes a stipend ($30,000) plus additional funds for university fees (up to $5,000) and research support (up to $3,000). 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.
- The program is open to PhD candidates in a humanities or social science department in the United States. The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship program does not accept applications from students receiving a PhD in the following disciplines: business, library and information sciences, public administration, public policy, education, clinical or counseling psychology, law, social work, social welfare, public health, filmmaking, or creative or performing arts. Students completing master’s degrees are not eligible, even if they are the terminal degree in the field.
- Applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation (obtained ABD status) by the application deadline.
- The program is restricted to graduate students who, at the time of application, have progressed no further than the sixth year of the degree program. (This includes time for a master’s degree obtained en route to the PhD.) In special circumstances an applicant and his or her advisor may petition to have seventh-year application considered. Such applicants must present a compelling case for eligibility.
- Graduate students who currently hold or have previously held a dissertation completion fellowship are not eligible for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
- Unsuccessful applicants may reapply to this program only once.
For complete information about this opportunity, including application materials, see: