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Mellon Felowship 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 program offers about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships a year in amounts up to $25,000. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for periods ranging from 9-12 months. Each fellow receives 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.

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.

To be eligible, an applicant will—

-be enrolled in a doctoral program in a graduate school in the United States (master's thesis research is not eligible) throughout the duration of the fellowship;
-complete all doctoral requirements except the dissertation and be ready to start research as early as June 1 and no later than September 1, 2017, with approval of the dissertation proposal no later than March 31, 2017;
-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
-plan to write the dissertation and receive the Ph.D. degree in a field of the humanities or in a related element of the social sciences (candidates for the Ed.D, J.D., or D.D. degrees are not eligible).

An applicant may be of any nationality but must be enrolled in a U.S. graduate school and be studying here, not on a campus abroad, even if operated by a U.S. institution.

Who is not eligible to apply?

Those who will be significantly engaged in writing their dissertations during the fellowship tenure. This is a research fellowship. Students may still apply if they have started dissertation research or done some writing, but CLIR's awards may be used only for original source research that applicants still need to do. Awards will not be granted to applicants who request support for intermittent research trips combined with the writing of their dissertations.

Those who will be conducting interviews and/or creating oral histories. This fellowship is not meant to support the creation of primary source material.

Website:
http://www.clir.org/fellowships/mellon/mellon.html

Deadline:
late fall - check the webpage

Application Procedure:
Student applies directly

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: None

Graduate: Doctoral student - require ABD status at start of award

Award Type:
Research
Study / Research Abroad

Award Period:
Academic Year (Graduate)

Disciplines / Areas of Study or Interest:
Humanities and Social Sciences

Additional Qualifications:

Last Updated:
July 10, 2018

Last Updated: 9/12/17