Ihr Mellon Pre-Dissertation Fellowships In Education

The University of Chicago offers generous fellowship support to applicants admitted to our doctoral program. Please refer to the Financial Aid page for Prospective Students on the divisional web site for more information on financial aid and see the list below for notable fellowship programs during the academic year.

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2014-15 Notable Fellowship Programs for Classics Ph.D. Students


  • American Academy in Rome Annual Rome Prize (ABD, Abroad)
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowship (ABD, DW)
  • Arts | Science Graduate Collaboration Grants (INTL) +
  • Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship (ABD, DW)
  • CIC/Smithsonian Institution Fellowships (INTL)
  • Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources (Abroad, INTL)
  • Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship (N, MY)
  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (MY)
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (ABD, DW)
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship (Abroad)
  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (ABD, Abroad, DW, INTL)
  • SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship (ABD, Abroad, INTL)
  • Nicholson Center for British Studies Fellowship (Abroad, INTL + Spring Deadline) +
  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans (MY)


  • Graduate Student Innovation Grant +
  • Five Colleges Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship (ABD, DW, RES)
  • Josephine de Karman Fellowship (DW, ABD, INTL)
  • Mary Isabel Sibley Greek/French Studies Fellowship (INTL, Abroad)
  • Onassis Foundation Scholarship for Greek Studies (ABD, Abroad, INTL)
  • University of London IHR Mellon Dissertation Fellowships (ABD, Abroad, DW, INTL)
  • University of London IHR Mellon Pre-Dissertation Fellowships (ABD, Abroad, INTL)



+ = Internal opportunity
ABD = Required by start of grant
DW = Dissertation write-up
INTL = Open to International students
Abroad = International research
N = Must be nominated to apply
RES = Residency
MY = Multi-year or renewable

Dissertation Fellowships and Doctoral Study Fellowships for MA students applying for external study and for current MA/PhD NSSR students:

AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship

AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research

The Council of the AERA established the fellowship program to provide support for doctoral dissertation research, to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students, and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties. This fellowship is targeted for members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders). 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.

American Academy in Rome, Rome Prize

For over a century, the AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Rome Prize Fellowships include a stipend, room and board, and individual work space at AAR’s eleven-acre campus in Rome.

American Philosophical Society Predoctoral Fellowship

The American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia seeks applicants for one-year residential fellowships to assist in the completion of doctoral dissertation research. One fellowship will be awarded in each of three areas of study: Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) Fellowship, Friends of the APS Fellowship in Early American History (to 1840), History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Fellowship.

CAA Professional Development Fellowship

CAA’s Professional-Development Fellowships program supports promising artists, designers, craftspersons, historians, curators, and critics who are enrolled in MFA, PhD, and other terminal-degree programs nationwide. Fellows are honored with $10,000 grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. CAA believes a grant of this kind, without contingencies, can best facilitate the transition between graduate studies and professional careers.

CAORC Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship

The Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship enables pre- and early post-doctoral scholars to carry out research in the humanities and related social sciences in countries bordering the Mediterranean and served by American overseas research centers. Funding for this program is generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

CASVA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship of the National Gallery of Art

Postdoctoral fellowships are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. One fellowship will be awarded biennially beginning in 2018 for two consecutive academic years to a postdoctoral fellow studying the history, theory, or criticism of the visual arts of any period or culture.  

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. 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.


The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Biology-Health (STEM) for doctoral students aims to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships or joint projects between French and American research teams. This fellowship is offered by the Office for Science & Technology (OST) of the Embassy of France in partnership with American universities and French research organizations such as Inserm and Inria. It is a partner of the National Science Foundation’s GROW program .

Consortium for Faculty Diversity (Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowship Fellowships)

Applications are invited in all disciplines. Fellowship recipients must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents committed to and willing to contribute to enhancing the diversity of Consortium colleges and their faculties.  

DAAD Graduate Research Fellowship

Research Grants are awarded to highly qualified candidates who have completed a Master’s degree or Diploma, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor’s degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research, or those who have already completed a PhD (postdocs), or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany,

Dolores Liebmann Fellowship

Graduate school fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training). Independent research or study projects which must be carried out entirely in the United States of America.

Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship

Fellowships are awarded to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian scholars on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including knowledge of requisite languages, interest and value of the study or project, and the project’s relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

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. Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.

Fulbright IIE Study/Research Grants

IIE®, an independent not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, is a world leader in the exchange of people and ideas. IIE administers over 200 programs serving more than 20,000 individuals each year. IIE provides a wide range of services to and manages or administers programs for many corporations, foundations, government partners, and international agencies.

Fulbright Hays DDRA 2016-2017

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.

Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship

Getty Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute’s annual research theme. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue research projects, complete their dissertations, or expand dissertation for publication. Fellows make use of the Getty collections, join in a weekly meeting devoted to the annual theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.

Getty Library Research Grant

Getty Library Research Grants provide partial, short-term support for costs relating to travel and living expenses for scholars whose research requires use of specific collections housed in the Getty Research Institute.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship

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. 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.

Horowitz Fellowship

Its general purpose is to support the advancement of research and understanding in the major fields of the social sciences. Its specific purpose is to provide small grants to aspiring PhD students at the dissertation level to support the research they are undertaking for their project.

Huntington Library Fellowship

Scholars come from around the world every year to conduct advanced humanities research using The Huntington’s collections. Through a rigorous peer-review program, the institution awards approximately 200 fellowships to scholars in the fields of history, literature, art, and the history of science. These scholarly pursuits lead to best-selling books, Pulitzer Prizes, acclaimed documentary films, and many of the history and social studies textbooks that educate the nation’s school children.

IHR Doctoral Fellowship (Scouloudi, Thornley, RHS)

The Institute of Historical Research administers up to six full-year and one half-year IHR Research Fellowships in History, which are drawn from several sources: The Royal Historical Society funds up to two Fellowships per year, the Centenary Fellowship and the Marshall Fellowship, the latter thanks to the generosity of Professor P. J. Marshall, former President of the RHS. Both are open to candidates without regard to nationality or academic affiliation; The Scouloudi Foundation offers up to three full-year Fellowships and one half-year Fellowship, which are all open to UK citizens or to candidates with a degree from a British university; The Isobel Thornley Bequest offers one Fellowship which is open to candidates regardless of nationality but only to those registered for a PhD at the University of London.

Ithaca College Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship

The fellowships support promising scholars who are committed to diversity in the academy in order to better prepare them for tenure track appointments within liberal arts or comprehensive colleges/universities. Applications are welcome in the following areas/departments: Art History, the Center for the Study of Race, Culture and Ethnicity, Communication Studies, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, along with Women’s and Gender Studies.

Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship

This program provides preeminent foreign scholars and researchers in the field of Japanese studies with opportunities to conduct research in Japan with the aim of supporting them and promoting Japanese studies overseas.

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program

USIP’s Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace awards 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. Between 1988 and 2016, USIP has awarded scholarships to some 265 pre-doctoral Peace Scholars, whose USIP scholarships supported writing and research for cutting-edge doctoral dissertations on international conflict and peacebuilding

Josephine de Karman Fellowship

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.

Koc Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations Residential Fellowship

Koç University invites applications for PhD, Post-Doctoral, and Senior Fellowships at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED). Opportunities include regular fellowships for support of residential and a few non-residential scholars for the full academic year. Several short-term fellowships for individual or group projects with durations between 2 weeks and 2 months are available for post-doc and senior applicants needing to study in Istanbul for shorter periods of time.

Kress Foundation History of Art Institutional Fellowships

Advanced training in European art history requires direct exposure to the object of study, prolonged access to key information resources such as libraries and photographic archives, the development of professional relationships with colleagues abroad, and sustained immersion in European cultures. These related needs are often best satisfied by extended engagement with a European art research center. The Kress History of Art: Institutional Fellowships are intended to provide promising young art historians with the opportunity to experience just this kind of immersion.

Lake Institute Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

This doctoral dissertation fellowship will be given to a graduate student whose research engages and intersects issues within religion and philanthropy or faith and giving. The fellowship is intended to support the final year of dissertation writing.

Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship

The Dissertation Fellowship (DF) programs offers up to twelve $22,000 grants to support the final year of Ph.D. or Th.D. dissertation writing. Preference given to students engaged in research pertaining to North American Christianity, especially projects related to Institute mission priorities. This program is also open to outstanding students who may not intend to teach in theological education, but whose dissertation projects have the potential to strengthen the religious life of North American Christians and their institutions.

Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund

The Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund provides grants directly to advanced doctoral candidates at Northern California universities and colleges for study and research in the humanistic disciplines. These dissertation grants are awarded to bring about the completion of a scholarly dissertation project at the end of the grant period. A principal purpose of the award is to permit the grantee to devote full-time to the completion of the dissertation.

Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship (Kenyon College)

In order to encourage such scholars to consider college rather than university teaching, Kenyon College offers the Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship. The program is for scholars in the final stages of their doctoral work who need only to finish the dissertation to complete requirements for the Ph.D. We hope the experience of living and working for a year at Kenyon will encourage these Fellows to consider a liberal arts college as a place to begin their careers as teachers and scholars.

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship in European Studies

The Council for European Studies (CES) invites eligible graduate students in the humanities to apply for the 2016 Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies. 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.  


The Dissertation Fellowship (DF) programs offers up to twelve $22,000 grants to support the final year of Ph.D. or Th.D. dissertation writing. Preference given to students engaged in research pertaining to North American Christianity, especially projects related to Institute mission priorities. This program is also open to outstanding students who may not intend to teach in theological education, but whose dissertation projects have the potential to strengthen the religious life of North American Christians and their institutions.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art History Fellowships

Art History Fellowships at The Met are an opportunity for scholars from around the world to use the Museum as a place for exchange, research, and professional advancement. The Fellows are fully integrated into the life of The Met and, through weekly gatherings and discussions, take part in research sharing and workshops that explore the inner workings of The Met. Fellows are given a workspace and access to libraries, collections, research facilities, labs, and the time and space to think.

Miller Center for Politics and History (UVA)

The Miller Center Fellowship program funds scholars completing dissertations that employ history to shed light on American politics and public policy, foreign relations and the impact of global affairs on the United States, media and politics, and the role of the presidency in shaping American political development.

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, analysis, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant

Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement proposals will no longer be submitted via the SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG) solicitation (NSF 11-547).  For all future SBE DDRIG competitions, each SBE program that currently participates in this funding opportunity will either include DDRIGs in their current program’s funding vehicle or will create a new solicitation for them. Please check NSF site for status.

Penn Predoctoral Fellowships for Excellence through Diversity

These awards are designed to provide mentorship and access to Penn’s resources for doctoral students in the humanities or social sciences, enrolled in graduate or professional programs at universities other than Penn, as they complete their dissertations. The Fellowships are intended to support scholars from a wide range of backgrounds, who can contribute to the diversity of Penn and the higher education community.

Robert N. Ho Family Foundation for Buddhism Studies/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship

ACLS continues to be the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. Fellows and grantees in all programs are selected by committees of scholars appointed for this purpose.

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Dissertation Completion Grant

SHAFR invites applications for its dissertation completion fellowship. SHAFR will make two, year-long awards, in the amount of $25,000 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.


The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-US cultures and societies. Since its inception in 1997, the IDRF program has funded more than eleven hundred projects, with research spanning the globe. The IDRF program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Smith Richardson Foundation, World Politics & Statecraft Fellowship

The fellowship’s objective is to support the research and writing of policy-relevant dissertations through funding of fieldwork, archival research, and language training.  In evaluating applications, the Foundation will accord preference to those projects that could directly inform U.S. policy debates and thinking, rather than dissertations that are principally focused on abstract theory or debates within a scholarly discipline.

Soroptimist [Founder Region Fellowship]

Fellowship is the identifying project of Founder Region. FRF’s mission is to advance the status of women through financial support to women in the final phase of their doctoral degree. This project gives grants to selected women attending universities within the bounds of Founder Region. A byproduct of this support is affirmation of the importance of the recipients’ work and value as an individual.

Tufts University Mellon Comparative Global Humanities Dissertation Fellowship

We seek doctoral candidates whose research investigates the impact and transformation of colonialism, racial capitalism, migration, and violence, in relation to cultural practices and communities. We are interested in work that crosses national and disciplinary boundaries to reconceive the objects, methods, material culture and archives for research. The area of specialization is open and may involve one or more of the following disciplines: anthropology, history, comparative literature, religion, material and visual culture, critical theory, however, the Comparative Global Humanities project is particularly interested in an interdisciplinary doctoral student with a project that crosses conventional geographic, thematic or temporal norms.

Tobin Project Graduate Fellowship and Workshop

As part of our effort to support aspiring scholars interested in conducting innovative, problem-centered research, the Tobin Project facilitates a semi-annual fellowship and workshop program exclusively for graduate students.

Tobin Project Prospectus Development Workshop

The Tobin Project hosts a an annual dissertation prospectus workshop to help a number of very promising graduate students to refine their research questions and, we hope, amplify the impact of their research over the long run. Each year, we bring together a small group of graduate students in the early stages of research development as well as Tobin staff and discussants from the Tobin network for a weekend of critical and creative discussion.

Wenner-Gren dissertation fieldwork grant

The program contributes to the Foundation’s overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity’s cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas.

Winterthur Dissertation Fellowship

Academic, independent, and museum scholars as well as advanced graduate students are invited to apply for short- and long-term residential research fellowships. Fellows conduct research in a broad range of scholarly topics and academic disciplines, including: material culture studies, social and cultural history, art history. literary studies, American studies, design history, the decorative arts, landscape architecture and design, consumer culture, and conservation studies covering global topics from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship 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. Previous Fellows have explored such topics as transnational religious education for Muslim women, the complex gender dynamics of transidentity management, women’s electoral success across racial and institutional contexts, women’s sports, militarism and the education of American women, and the relationship between family commitments and women’s work mobility.

Yale ISS Smith Richardson Predoctoral Fellowship

The Smith Richardson Predoctoral Fellowships bring outstanding advanced doctoral candidates at other universities to New Haven for a year in residence at ISS. They receive a $25,000 living stipend, an additional $3,000 of research support to facilitate travel to archives across the globe, and office space at ISS. We seek candidates in the fields of international history, security and strategic studies; if a suitable candidate is available, one of the fellowships is designated for naval and maritime studies.


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