Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students

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Internal PhD Fellowships, Assistantships, and Awards

    Ronald E. McNair Graduate Assistantship: This assistantship is designed to support new and continuing students who are seeking a Ph.D. and were McNair scholars as undergraduates. The application must be submitted with the application for admission in the program.
    Graduate Assistantships: PhD students must apply each year. Assistantships are distributed on a merit basis. Students with the master’s degree and studying for the Ph.D. degree may hold the assistantship for a maximum of 3 years.
    The Hawthorne Dissertation Award: A non-service, merit-based award available to students admitted to candidacy and in the terminal year of Ph.D. studies. Domestic and International Students are eligible for this award. This award is for one academic year and is not renewable.
    The Esther Ottley Fellowship: A one-year, non-renewable award offered to a female doctoral graduate student exemplar who demonstrates the qualities of leadership exhibited.
    Sasakawa Fellowship: The SYLFF program is designed to provide full financial support to outstanding PhD students admitted to candidacy with a research concentration in international affairs and/or world peace for the duration of 2 academic years, as long as the recipient meets eligibility requirements.

External PhD Dissertation Fellowships and Awards

    OUP: Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant: The Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (DDRG) program empowers a new generation of scholars to develop and conduct applied research on policy-relevant housing and urban development issues.
    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.
    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.
    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.

Research Travel Fellowships

    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.

PhD Dissertation Fellowships and Awards for Research or Writing Stages

    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. Recipients will be based in one of the .
    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.
    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.
    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 Margaret Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize: The AJHA Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize, given for the first time in 1997, is awarded annually for the best doctoral dissertation dealing with mass communication history. An honorarium of $500 accompanies the prize, and a $200 honorarium is awarded to each honorable mention.
    C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize: Each year the Southern Historical Association offers a prize for the best dissertation in southern history completed and defended in the previous year. The prize consists of a $3,000 stipend.


    Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden: The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum offers two summer fellowships for undergraduate or graduate students interested in U.S. history, museum studies, museum education, material culture, or historic preservation.
    Library of Congress: There are many internship, fellowship, and volunteer program opportunities throughout the Library. Select your interests and qualifications from the options, select the "Search" button, and view the programs at the bottom of the screen.
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