Fellowships & Financial Support
The department makes every effort to help our graduate students identify potential internal and external sources of funding based on their area of specialization and stage in the program.
Various sources of funding are available through the department, the University, and externally to assist students at all levels of graduate study. Fellowships are available for full-time study in the form of non-teaching, teaching, and tuition-remission scholarships. Others provide assistance with language training, research, and travel associated with conference participation. Still others provide awards to dissertators.
The following common sources of funding available to religious studies graduate students are listed here:
- Department Awards
- University Fellowships for Full-time Study
- University Awards for Language Study
- University Grants for Graduate Research
- University Travel for Conference Participation Grants
- External Fellowships for Full-time Study and Pre-dissertation Research
- External Awards for Language Study
- External Fellowships for Dissertators
- Postdoctoral Fellowships
Awards, conditions, and application deadlines may change. Students should check with the director of graduate studies or pertinent Web sites for updates.
Teaching assistantships (TA) for MA/PhD students and teaching fellowships (TF) for PhD students are awarded on one-year and multiple-year competitive bases and may be renewed. As of 2010-2011, the TA provides a stipend of $15,520 plus full-time tuition remission (9-12 credits); the TF provides a $16,140 stipend plus full-tuition remission. Students are typically assigned to assist in undergraduate lecture courses under the mentorship of a faculty member and are expected to devoted 20 hours a week to assigned duties. Typical duties include assisting with course preparation, attending all class sessions, grading papers and/or exams, leading review sessions, and holding weekly office hours. Some teaching, leading of recitation sessions, and/or paper topic or exam designing is required in some classes. Teaching fellowships may also be awarded to PhD candidates (ABDs) to design and teach their own courses during the academic year. Three-quarter TFs may be awarded to ABDs to teach one of the department's core undergraduate survey courses during the summer session. The department may on occasion offer partial TA/TF awards with corresponding stipends, tuition remission, and duties. The department also offers a limited number of tuition remission (TR) awards, typically on a one-year base. These are non-teaching awards and carry no stipend with them. Decisions are made at the end of the admissions process in March. Entering students should indicate their desire to be considered for financial assistance on the application form. Continuing students should submit an online application to the director of graduate studies, along with a letter of support from their advisor, with their annual report or by February 15 for ABDs. To be considered for an award, continuing students must be in good standing, be making satisfactory progress through the program, and have no incompletes (save for qualifying exam or thesis/dissertation related courses). University regulations stipulate that non-native English speakers pass an oral examination approved by the Office of the Provost and administered by the English Language Institute (ELI) prior to holding a TA/TF. Graduate students designing and teaching their own courses for the first time must take Practicum on Teaching taught by the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE). See Current Stipend Rates.
Graduate Student Travel Grants for Conference Participation
Conference Participation Grants are available to students who are presenting paper at academic conferences outside of Pittsburgh. Students are eligible for a maximum of $250; priority is given to first-time applicants. Along with an online letter of support from the student’s advisor, an online application should be submitted to the director of graduate studies and include a cover letter that briefly describes (a) the name of the conference, (b) paper title, panel title and a brief abstract of the paper, (c) evidence of conference paper acceptance, and (d) an estimated budget (travel, hotel, conference registration, meals). Students should also apply for other sources of conference participation funds available through the University. Applications should be submitted before the conference takes place. Deadlines for application are October 30, January 31, and April 1.
This fund honors Dr. Fred W. Clothey, professor emeritus in the Department of Religious Studies and a pioneer in the ethnographic study of South Asian religion and ritual studies. Small grants are available to students to help defray costs involved in conference participation or research-related travel. Selection priority is given to clear and well-drafted projects in the following order:
- Graduate students in religious studies whose projects involve India
- Graduate students in religious studies whose projects involve South Asia
- Graduate students in religious studies whose projects involve ritual studies
- Undergraduate students in religious studies whose projects involve South Asia
- Graduate students in departments outside of religious studies whose projects involve India or South Asia
- Graduate students in departments outside of religious studies whose projects involve ritual studies
- Graduate students in religious studies whose projects go beyond South Asia or ritual studies
Along with an online letter of support from the student's project advisor, an online application should be submitted to the director of graduate studies. For applications for conference funds, the cover letter should include the title of the conference paper, a brief abstract of the paper, the conference and panel names, and the location and date(s) of the conference. Evidence of conference paper acceptance should also be attached. When applying for research funding, the cover letter should include the title of the project and a two-to-three-page research proposal addressing the topic of research, specific goals and time frame of the trip, pre-trip preparation, evidence of research feasibility and/or other justification for the trip, and the location(s) of the proposed research. Applications for both conference and research travel should also include an estimated budget (travel, hotel, meals, conference registration, or library or institutional fees). Applications must be made in advance of travel to conferences or research sites. Priority is given to first-time applicants. Application deadlines are October 30, January 31, and April 1.
University Fellowships for Full-time Study
Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowships
Mellon Fellowships are research awards for advanced students undertaking dissertation research or writing the thesis and require no teaching. Entering graduate students of exceptional promise also may be considered for a Mellon for their first year in the program. A Mellon Fellowship provides a stipend of $17,162 plus tuition remission. The department nominates students in ranked order to the associate dean of graduate studies. Research Mellon Fellowships are renewable for up to two years, although awards are not guaranteed and students must be nominated by the department in each cycle. Students nominated by the department for a research Mellon are asked to write an application statement. The department considers the coherence of the proposal, progress through the program, and the student's total academic, publishing, and teaching record. The deadline for applying is January 15.
Chancellor’s Fellowships support PhD students in any field of Chinese studies and are non-teaching awards. Each fellowship provides tuition, fees, and a stipend of approximately $17,000 covering two terms of graduate study, and may be renewable for up to two additional years. Applicants should have completed at least two years of Chinese language study or the equivalent by the inception of the award period. The application deadline is January 29.
Chinese Studies Tuition Remission Scholarships cover tuition expenses for all or part of one or two terms of full-time study at the University of Pittsburgh for graduate students of any nationality, in any field of Chinese studies, or for graduate students in any field from Greater China, which includes the People's Republic of China, the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The deadline for application is January 29.
See University Center for International Studies, FLAS Fellowships in this section (below) for academic year fellowships and Asian Studies Center awards under University Awards for Language Study for summer fellowships. Application deadlines are January 29 and February 26, respectively.
Funded through the Japan Iron and Steel Federation and Mitsubishi Endowment Funds and by Pitt graduate and professional schools, these awards provide tuition, fees, and a stipend of approximately $17,000 for the academic year to support the study of Japan by graduate students in the social sciences or humanities. Applicants must have completed at least two years of Japanese language study or the equivalent by the inception of the award period. Applications are due January 29.
A limited number of Book Center Scholarships are available to Arts and Sciences graduate students each year in the fall and spring terms. Awards are generally $100 per student and are determined by financial need. Application forms can be downloaded from the Web page, obtained from the department administrator or from the Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies Office in 5141 Sennott Square. Completed applications should be sent to the Graduate Studies Office. Application deadlines are approximately two months prior to the start of the fall and spring terms.
See University Center for International Studies, FLAS Fellowships in this section (below) for academic year fellowships and Center for Latin American Studies awards under University Awards for Language Study for summer fellowships. Application deadline for academic year FLAS is February 12.
CLAS has a limited number of Tuition Remission Fellowships for students specializing in Latin American Studies. Priority is given to non-U.S. students from Latin America, but all CLAS graduate students are welcome to apply. The deadline for application is early February.
See University Center for International Studies, FLAS Fellowships in this section (below) for academic year fellowships and Center for Russian and East European Studies awards under University Awards for Language Study for summer fellowships. Application deadline for academic year FLAS is February 12.
Graduate assistantships are periodically available in the REES office and provide tuition remission and a stipend.
This grant is awarded by REES on a competitive basis.
College of General Studies Teaching
CGS offers graduate students the opportunity to teach their own course at one of the local University campuses, including the Pittsburgh campus. Awards vary with experience. Students are nominated by the department and normally have been admitted to candidacy (ABD status). The department may have some, but limited, control over courses offered. Interested students should contact the director of graduate studies early in the term preceding the term in which they would like to be considered to teach. We periodically also receive requests from other area institutions for graduate students to cover religious studies courses.
The Program in Cultural Studies offers fellowships to students in Arts and Sciences graduate programs who are working toward PhD certification in cultural studies. The program's two fellowships are typically awarded to advanced PhD students at or past the stage of comprehensive examinations. The stipend is based on the same scale as TA/TF allocations. Application deadline is January 8.
Dean’s Office, Tuition Remission in Term of Graduation
PhD students as well as MA students who are not continuing in the PhD program may apply to the associate dean of graduate studies through the director of graduate studies for one credit of tuition remission for the term in which they deposit the thesis/dissertation and graduate. Awards are made based on merit and need. This process should begin as early in the term in which students feel confident they will defend and deposit the thesis/dissertation. A statement of intent to graduate, along with a letter of support by the thesis or doctoral advisor, should be submitted to the director of graduate studies.
Dean's Tuition Scholarships are awarded by the Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies Office to returning graduate students who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need. TA/TFs, GSA/GSRs and students with provisional or special graduate status are not eligible for these funds. Application forms can be downloaded on the Web page, obtained from the department administrator, or from 5141 Sennott Square. Completed applications should be sent to the Graduate Studies Office in 5141 Sennott Square. Deadlines are three times a year, approximately two months prior to the start of each term (includes summer).
See University Center for International Studies, FLAS Fellowships in this section (below) for academic year fellowships and European Studies Center awards under University Awards for Language Study for summer fellowships. Application deadline is February 12 for both fellowships.
Federal Work Study
The TA/TF/GSA Federal Work Study Program provides funds enabling the University to recover part of the stipends paid to some TA/TF/GSAs who are “eligible” under the federal guidelines. “Eligibility” does not affect the student's current duties, future support, or financial status. The funds recovered for eligible students are used (a) to support Arts and Sciences programs that benefit graduate students generally and (b) to provide supplemental support directly to the eligible student. Students found eligible receive $500 for travel or research related expenses during the next fiscal year. Open to TA/TF/GSAs with U.S. citizenship or permanent alien residence. To apply, fill out the FAFSA and FAAS, which are available through the Office of Financial Aid Web site, and contact Ashley Nagy at 412.624.6094 to let her know you would like to apply. Students who apply (even if they are found ineligible) receive a $50 Book Center certificate.
See University Center for International Studies in this section (below) for academic year fellowships or individual area-study centers under University Awards for Language Study for summer fellowships. Application deadline is February 12.
George I. Carson Graduate Fellowships
This fellowship is awarded to graduate students who are or were affiliated with an athletics program at Pitt as undergraduates. Contact the Department of Athletics or the Graduate Studies Office. The deadline for submission is May 1.
K. Leroy Irvis Fellowships
Irvis Fellowships are available to African American students and require no teaching. An Irvis Fellowship generally provides a stipend of approximately $17,000 plus tuition remission. Irvis Fellowships are used primarily to recruit exceptionally promising graduate students to Pitt and are nominated in ranked order by the department. The fellowship is contingent upon the department providing full funding in the form of a TA/TF for an additional two years.
Owens Scholarships, administered by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, are available to graduate students and are based on need and merit. The award is $2,000. Deadline for application is usually in April.
Alumni Association Awards are open to graduate students who earned bachelor of arts degrees from Pitt and offer a partial stipend. Deadline for application is early in the spring term.
Provost’s Development Fund Fellowships are awarded to U.S. citizens on the basis of need and merit to provide development opportunities for women, members of other historically under-represented groups, and disadvantaged students pursuing the doctorate; they are non-teaching awards. Students must be able to demonstrate substantial financial need. Continuing students are eligible to apply. The fellowship generally carries a stipend and tuition for two terms. Currently priority is given to applicants in the natural sciences, applied sciences, and other quantitatively based disciplines; however, applications are welcome from all doctoral areas.
Provost’s Humanities Fellowships
Provost’s Humanities Fellowships are available to entering graduate students during their first year in the program and are non-teaching awards. The award provides a stipend of $17,000 plus tuition remission. The department nominates entering students of exceptional promise in ranked order.
FLAS Fellowships are available to American citizens specializing in any field of East Asia (ASC), East Europe and Russia (REES), Europe (ESC), or Latin America (CLAS) and are non-teaching awards. Asian Studies FLAS Fellowships cover China, Japan, and Korea only. FLAS Fellowships are authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and are administered by the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the FLASF program is to "assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area studies, to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency, and to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs." Awardees must be admitted for graduate study in the department/school in which they will register as full-time students at Pitt, enroll in one language course or language-intensive dissertation research during each term of the award, and enroll in at least one area studies course during each term of the award. The FLASF provides tuition and fees for two terms and a stipend of approximately $17,000. Applicants must be nominated through the department. Visit the specific area center Web site for details. Students should submit the FLASF application form and all documentation, including the letter of reference from their advisor, to the director of graduate studies at least one week prior to the February 12 deadline.
Global Studies has a limited amount of funds available for Tuition Remission Fellowships (TRFs), which pay a partial or full term's tuition. Student fellows are required to work a maximum of 10 hours per week, serving as student ambassadors for the Global Studies Program by supporting the assistant director in student recruiting, orientation, and other activities. The scholarship amount is credited to the student's PeopleSoft account. Check the Web site for deadline dates.
The Women’s Studies Program offers two teaching fellowships each year to qualified Arts and Sciences graduate students registered at Pitt, allowing them to gain experience teaching in an interdisciplinary context. The deadline for applications is February 25.
University Awards for Language Study
Chinese Studies Summer Language Abroad Scholarships provide partial support for Chinese language study in an approved program in China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong. They are intended primarily as summer awards for graduate students. Students must be able to demonstrate some competency in the Chinese language at the time of application. The application deadline is January 29.
The Pittsburgh Summer Intensive Language Study (SEALS) Program currently supports summer study in first-year Chinese at Pitt. Each out-of-state students who has been admitted to SEALS receives a scholarship that reduces the tuition fee to the in-state tuition rate for the 10-week, 10-credit course ($313/credit x 10 credits = $3,130). All applicants to SEALS are eligible to apply for additional financial support. Contact Paula Locante in the Department of East Asian Language and Literatures at 412.624.5568 for program details. Application deadline is March 15 (or until filled).
The Pittsburgh Summer Intensive Language Study (SEALS) Program supports summer study in first- and second-year Japanese at Pitt. All out-of-state students who have been admitted to SEALS receive scholarships that reduce the tuition fee to the in-state tuition rate for the 10-week, 10-credit course ($313/credit x 10 credits = $3,130). All applicants to SEALS are eligible to apply for additional financial support. Contact Paula Locante in the Department of East Asian Language and Literatures at 412.624.5568 for program details. Application deadline is March 15 (or until filled).
Japanese Summer Language Study Scholarships provide $2,000 tuition awards to undergraduate or graduate students for an approved program of study in the United States or Japan, including Summer Intensive Japanese at Pitt. Preference is given to applicants who will have completed at least one year of Japanese language study or the equivalent by the inception of the award period. The application deadline is January 29.
Korean Summer Language Study Scholarships cover tuition, room, and board for full-time study of Korean language at Konkuk University in Seoul. Contact Dr. Katherine Carlitz in the Asian Studies Center at 412.648.7371 for program details.
Summer FLAS Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in full-time graduate students during the period of the grant for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language study. Students receive stipends of $2,500 and up to $4,000 for tuition and fees. The application deadline is February 26.
MOE Scholarships, open to undergraduate and graduate students, provide approximately $2,500 toward the cost of Chinese language study at an approved program in Taiwan. To be eligible, applicants must have completed one year of Chinese language study by the inception of the award period. This scholarship requires a separate application from Taiwan MOE. To obtain application forms and further information, contact Dr. Katherine Carlitz in the Asian Studies Center at 412.648.7371 by February 16.
Pitt's Center for Latin American Studies offers an intensive program in Brazilian Portuguese on the Pittsburgh campus every three years. This six-week program provides beginning students with the equivalent of a full first year of Portuguese language training. Six credits are awarded upon successful completion. Classes are conversationally oriented; however, reading and writing skills also are developed. FLASF are applicable. Deadline for application is March 19.
Summer Language Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are CLAS graduate students for the study of Portuguese, an Amerindian language, or advanced Spanish. The fellowship provides full tuition and fees for the course and a stipend of $2,400. The deadline for application is February 23.
Summer Language Scholarships are open to REES graduate students who are U.S. citizens. Nominations are made through the department.
SLI offers six-week and eight-week programs in Pittsburgh, as well as a 5+5 program in intensive Russian language (five weeks in Pittsburgh; five weeks at Moscow State University in Russia – maximum 32 participants), a 6+4 program in intensive Polish language (six weeks in Pittsburgh; four weeks in Poland), a four-week program in Poland for students with prior Polish language study, a four-week program in Bulgaria for those who have completed beginning-level language, and a unique 1+5 program in advanced Mastery of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (one week in Pittsburgh; five weeks in Zagreb, Sarajevo, and Belgrade). Tuition for this program is largely covered for graduate students (pending notification of funding from an outside agency). The Moscow program includes a Fulbright-funded advanced course designed to address the unique educational needs of heritage speakers of Russian. All study-abroad programs include travel and cultural programming in the targeted country. All programs include extracurricular activities such as film viewing, singing, cooking classes and cultural lectures. The study abroad programs include pre-travel orientations. The application deadline is March 22.
Summer Language Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents for the study of modern European languages. The fellowship provides tuition and fees up to $4,000 for the course and a stipend of $2,400. The deadline for application is February 12.
For academic year FLAS Fellowships see University Center for International Studies under University Fellowships for Full-time Study.
Visit their Web site for a complete list of programs and funding opportunities.
University Grants for Graduate Research
Chinese Studies Pre-dissertation Grants provide partial support for travel related to pre-dissertation research in and about China. Priority is given to first-time applicants who are in the early stage of dissertation research. The maximum amount is $600 for international travel or travel to Hawaii and $300 for travel in North America. Deadlines for application are October 30 and January 31.
Funded through the Japan Iron and Steel Federation Endowment Fund, these grants are intended to support advanced PhD students in Japanese studies at Pitt. Awards are in the range of $1,000 to $2,000 and must be used in conjunction with a specific research project. The application deadline is January 29.
This grant provides partial support for travel related to pre-dissertation research in and about Japan. Priority is given to first-time applicants who are in their early stage of dissertation research. The maximum amount is $600 for international travel or travel to Hawaii and $300 for travel within the continental United States and Canada. No deadline: applications may be submitted at any time during the year.
This grant provides partial support for travel related to pre-dissertation research in and about Korea. Priority is given to first-time applicants who are in the early stage of dissertation research. The maximum amount is $600 for international travel or travel to Hawaii and $300 for travel in North America. Deadlines for application are October 30 and January 31.
CLAS provides funds for graduate students in its programs to conduct field research in Latin America. Grants provide up to $1,800 to travel to Latin America to conduct research on a project designed by the student. The application deadline is January 9.
These grants, established in honor of University Professor Emeritus Cho-yun Hsu, are designed to enable PhD candidates to take exploratory trips to their research and/or field sites to help prepare their doctoral prospectuses and write up applications for nationally competitive fellowships to fund doctoral research. The fellowship is open to PhD students in the Department of History and PhD students in the Asian Studies program. Maximum awards are $2,000. The application deadline is February 15.
Fred W. Clothey Fund for the Study of South Asia and Ritual
See Department Awards. Deadlines for application are October 30, January 31, and April 1.
Since 2004, GPSA Travel Grants have begun supporting travel for research trips. See University Travel for Conference Participation Grants.
Nationality Room Scholarships for summer study abroad are available to graduate and undergraduate students and range from $1,000-$4,000. Applicants must be full-time students on the Pittsburgh campus, American citizens or permanent residents, and be on campus for two semesters prior to the study abroad and two semesters immediately following the summer experience. The minimum stay is five weeks, and students must be earning University of Pittsburgh credit while abroad. A variety of scholarships for research and language study are open to graduate students in the following countries and areas: Africa, Armenia, Austria, Chile, Czech or Slovak Republics, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Scandinavia, Syria or Lebanon, and Ukraine. Students may apply for two scholarships but accept only one. Check the Nationality Room homepage for details and conditions for each country/award. The deadline for picking up an application is January 14 but initial interviews are conducted between December 1-January 20. Completed applications are due on January 20.
ISF Grants are available to full-time graduate and undergraduate students and are intended to help students conduct research on international issues or in an international setting. “International” is defined as relating to another country or culture, comparative analysis covering more than one country or culture, studies of international relations or of transnational activities, or studies that examine topics related to global issues. The maximum grant amount is $1,000. Only one award per student per fiscal year (July 1-June 30) is allowed. The application deadline is March 15.
University Center for International Studies, Newman Award for International Intergenerational Project Initiatives
The Newman Award is intended to partially support the expenses of international travel incurred by Pitt graduate students involved in an academic project with an international intergenerational component. Intergenerational projects involve the participation of a community’s older and younger persons in planned, ongoing interactions designed to address a social issue confronting the community. These projects directly impact the health, education or overall quality of life of the community’s young and old. Applicants may propose participation in a new intergenerational initiative (supervised by a Pitt faculty member), or join an existing Pitt program or project with an intergenerational component. An applicant may propose continuing in a project in which the student participated the previous year. Field research projects and internships may be eligible for support. This award is $1,000. The award is competitive, and only one award is available in any academic year. See Web site for application deadlines.
Awards from $25 to $1,000 are given to graduate and undergraduate students demonstrating a need for funds to conduct research on issues relating to women and gender. Funds may be used for travel expenses, secretarial costs, research materials or other direct costs related to research. Priority is given to students who have not received Women's Studies funding in the past and also to those enrolled in a Women's Studies Certificate Program who have made significant progress toward their certificate. The deadlines for application are Febuary 1, May 1, and October 1 and are subject to available funds.
University Travel for Conference Participation Grants
Students are encouraged to apply simultaneously for as many travel grants as are applicable as long as, taken together, they do not accept awards that exceed actual travel expenses incurred. See pertinent Web sites for conditions and permissible budget items.
A&S-GSO Travel Grants are available to graduate students participating in conferences. Arts and Sciences graduate students are eligible for $150 every four years (starting January 2005) as counted from the semester you first applied. Award amounts are reviewed annually. Students who received an A&S-GSO grant prior to January 2005 are eligible to apply. Students are required to simultaneously apply for the GPSA Travel Grant and A&S PBC & Alumni Grant. Paperwork must be submitted within 60 days of the first day of the conference.
A&S-PBC and Alumni Travel Grants up to $300 are available to graduate students participating in conferences. Students who have completed 18 credits of course work are eligible. PhD candidates may receive a second grant after completing their comprehensive exam. Application forms can be downloaded on the webpage, obtained from the department administrator or at 5141 Sennott Square.
Chinese Studies Conference Participation grants provide partial support for graduate students to travel to a professional conference and present a Chinese studies-related paper. Priority is given to first-time applicants. The maximum amount is $600 for international travel and travel to Hawaii and $300 for travel in North America. Applications should be submitted online before the conference takes place. Application deadlines are October 30, January 31, and April 1.
Asian Studies Center, Graduate Student Conference Participation Grant in South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Island Studies
This grant provides partial support for graduate students to travel to a professional conference and present a paper on a topic in South Asian, Southeast Asian, or Pacific Island studies. Preference is given to first-time applicants. The maximum amount is $500 for international travel and $250 for domestic travel. Applications should be submitted online before the conference takes place. Application deadlines are January 31 and April 1.
This grant provides partial support for graduate students to travel to a professional conference and present a Japan-related paper. Priority is given to first-time applicants. The maximum amount is $600 for international travel or travel to Hawaii, and $300 for travel within North America. Applications should be submitted before the conference takes place. No deadline: Applications may be submitted online at any time during the year.
This grant provides partial support for graduate students to travel to a professional conference and present a Korean studies-related paper. Priority is given to first-time applicants. The maximum amount is $600 for international travel and travel to Hawaii and $300 for travel in North America. Applications should be submitted before the conference takes place. Application deadlines are October 30, January 31, and April 1.
A maximum of $350 per academic year is available for CLAS graduate students to participate in conferences on a first-come, first-served basis. The paper being presented or the session in which the individual is participating as organizer, discussant or moderator must deal with the Latin American/Caribbean region. Students are eligible for a maximum of three such grants during their course of study at the University.
Department of Religious Studies, Graduate Student Travel Grants for Conference Participation
See Department Awards. Deadlines for application are October 30, January 31, and April 1.
Fred W. Clothey Fund for the Study of South Asia & Ritual
See Department Awards. Deadlines for application are October 30, January 31, and April 1.
European Union Center of Excellence, European Studies Center Travel for Conference Participation Grants
The European Union Center of Excellence and the European Studies Center has funds available to graduate students to help defray costs involved in traveling to and participating in regional, national, or international scholarly conferences. In order to be eligible, graduate students must 1) be presenting a paper (i.e. not acting as discussant or chair) and be on the program of the conference; 2) Be presenting a paper that has some aspect of European life, historical or contemporary, domestic or international, or European integration as its main focus. (Topics in the humanities as well as in the social sciences and those dealing with the countries of Europe and/or the European Union are eligible. For contemporary East European countries, topics must deal with links to or impact of the European Union.) Find other requirements and application procedures HERE.
Students are eligible for one GSPA Travel Grant per fiscal year (July 1-June 30) based on the date of the conference. Applications must be submitted within 60 days of returning from the event for which funding is sought. Funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Application is made after returning from the conference and all supporting materials have been secured.
External Fellowships for Full-time Study and Pre-dissertation Research
AAUW International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women studying at accredited universities who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. MA/Professional Fellowship awards are $18,000; PhD fellowships are $20,000. Fellowship recipients may study in any country other than their own. Six of the awards are reserved for members of International Federation of University Women affiliate organizations. The application postmark deadline is December 1.
American Council for Learned Societies, Dissertation Developmental Fellowship in Southeast European Studies
See External Fellowships for Dissertators. The application deadline is November 15.
The American Jewish Historical Society awards the Ruth B. Fein Prize, a travel stipend established in honor of a past president of the society, to a graduate student to help undertake research at the American Jewish Historical Society. The award is up to $1,000. The submission date is December 15.
Open to U.S. and Canadian citizens and foreign nationals who have studied in the United States for at least two years with good command of German, DAAD Study Fellowships are available in all fields of academic study. Graduate study scholarships are granted for one academic year (10 months) at a German university. Monthly stipends range from approximately €715 to €795, depending on the level of academic advancement. In addition, DAAD covers health insurance and provides a flat rate subsidy for travel costs. Applications must be submitted to the DAAD coordinator at Pitt. The application deadline is November 15.
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Science (ScD) degree. Fellowships are open to all citizens or nationals of the United States regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation (must have become a U.S. citizen by the deadline date of the year of application) who show superior academic achievement and are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. Preference is given to students who are members of historically underrepresented groups. The annual stipend is $20,000 for three years of study. The award to the institution in lieu of tuition and fees is $5,000. The application deadline is November 27.
FTE Doctoral Fellowships are open to U.S. and Canadian ethnic or racial minority doctoral students traditionally underrepresented in the fields of religion who already are enrolled in programs leading to a PhD and nearing the end of their studies. Fellowships provide assistance to students who otherwise might not have the financial resources to complete their degree programs. Stipends range from $5,000 to $10,000. The deadline for application is March 1.
Open to U.S. citizens in all fields of study, the IIE/U.S. Student Fulbright Program offers one year of academic study, research or teaching assistantship experience to recent BA/BS graduates and master’s and doctoral degree candidates in 140 countries. Projects may include university course work, independent library or field research, or professional training in the arts. The fellowship provides round-trip airfare, living stipend, insurance, and book allowances. Award amounts vary by country and are for one academic year. Students must apply through the University and undergo a campus interview. The deadline for submission of the application to the University is between mid-September and early October. Area language programs are also available. Contact Dr. Annagene Yucas at 412.648.7419.
The Javits Fellowship is available to U.S. citizens or nationals, permanent residents of the United States, or citizens of any one of the Freely Associated States who are undergraduate students about to enter graduate school and graduate students who have not yet completed their first year of graduate study and who intend to pursue a doctoral or master's degree, if the master's degree is the terminal or highest degree awarded in an approved field. The Javits is a non-teaching fellowship. The fellowship consists of an institutional payment (accepted by the institution in lieu of all tuition and fees) and a stipend to the fellow based on financial need (as determined by the measurements of the Federal Student Assistance Processing System). The institutional payment is $12,224 and the maximum stipend is $30,000. Subject to the availability of funds, fellows receive the Javits Fellowship annually for up to the lesser of 48 months or the completion of the degree. The deadline for application is October 6.
The KF Tuition Scholarship Program provides funding in the range of $1,000 to $7,000 to U.S. citizens and permanent residents of Polish descent for full-time graduate studies in the United States. U.S. citizens of non-Polish descent are considered when their studies are primarily focused on Polish studies. Beginning and continuing students are eligible and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The scholarship is renewal twice. Application forms are available between October 1-December 30; there is a $35 application fee. The application deadline is January 16.
Japanese Government Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture Fellowships are open to graduate students (under 35 years of age) to conduct graduate-level research at Japanese universities. Applicants may elect to study in Japan for either two years or 1.5 years and must be willing to study the Japanese language and receive instruction in Japanese. Applicants are requested to contact a professor of the Japanese university where they wish to study and obtain a letter of acceptance. The stipend is ¥175,000 per month. Also provided are a round-trip tourist class air ticket and an allowance for fieldwork in Japan. Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation and tuition at universities are exempted. Students may receive subvention for part of the medical expenses in Japan. The deadline for submission is May 19.
NSEP Boren Fellowships support students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Awards range from a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 2 academic years. Study of the countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand is excluded. Applicants design their own programs and may combine domestic language and cultural study with overseas study. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country or region must be an integral part of each application proposal. The maximum level of support for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000. A maximum of $12,000 per semester for up to two semesters ($24,000 total) is available for overseas study. A maximum of $12,000 is available for a program of domestic only study. Support for domestic study is limited to language or area studies that enhance a degree program. Funding from other sources may be combined with the fellowship, but Fellows must inform IIE/NSEP of any additional funding they receive for their program. Funding benefits cannot be duplicated. There is a service requirement. Application deadline is January 30.
NFLP was developed to address the urgent and growing need for Americans with professional levels of competency in languages critical to national security. NFLP offers advanced language training in Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, and Russian. NFLP is designed to train participants to reach professional working proficiency in a target language, as measured by the federal Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 3 and/or the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) superior level. Open to U.S. citizens, NFLP Fellowships are two-year awards that provide support for all academic expenses directly associated with participation in the National Flagship Language Program, including tuition, a stipend for living expenses, and support for travel costs and health insurance coverage. There is a service requirement. The application deadline is January 17.
The Pasona Internship Program (formerly Nambu Foundation) is a non-profit organization which allows outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a two month internship at a Japanese company. Interns are provided with JPY 160,000/month, round-trip airfare up to $1,000, company-sponsored housing, and work-related travel expenses. Candidates must have conversational Japanese. The program begins in early June and ends in mid-August. The application deadline is January 31.
IPS Scholarships are open to women graduate students who are citizens of a country other than the U.S. or Canada. Awards are up to $6,000 based on need and may be renewed one time. Upon completion of a degree program, students will return to their own country to pursue a professional career. Applicants must have a non-academic sponsor who is a U.S. or Canadian citizen. The scholarship is renewal for a second year. Eligibility application is due between August 15 and December 15. Application material is due on January 31. Final date for receipt of confirmation of admission from the University and other verification is April 1.
Rock Foundation Pre-dissertation Fellowships
The Rock Foundation offers several fellowships for PhD students and dissertators majoring in Buddhist Studies. The Foundation is dedicated to the study of Buddhism in general and Chinese Buddhism in particular in the U.S. It supports three dissertators and seven PhD students. The Pre-dissertation research fellowship comes with a stipend of $5,000. The fellowship is renewable. Selection is based on scholastic standing, a recent scholarly paper (Buddhism related), religious commitment and financial need. The fellowship administrator is Henry Chang. Address: 2905 Springhurst Street; Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; telephone: 914.962.4208; fax: 914.962.0038.
Fellowships are granted for one year to graduate students who wish to pursue studies at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. Fellows may also choose to enroll in undergraduate courses, which are conducted in Hebrew. Shalem Graduate Fellowships are awarded to students wishing to pursue a full-time program of advanced studies in residence at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. Fellowships are awarded to individuals who will have completed their B.A. degree no later than July 1 of the year the grant is taken up and are enrolled in, or planning to enroll in, a graduate program in a relevant discipline. Fellows are expected to participate actively in the intellectual life of the Center, including attending three courses per semester and writing a significant independent research paper, guided by a Shalem advisor, over the course of the year. Fellows may choose to participate in a fourth course each semester in lieu of completion of a significant research paper. Fellows also attend a weekly works-in-progress colloquium in which they present their own work once each semester, as well as occasional lectures delivered by visiting scholars and other relevant activities. There are three types of funding opportunities: $14,000 stipend; $5,000 tuition waiver, and $1,000 Hebrew language study fee waiver (for two months at Hebrew University). The application deadline is March 1.
Sheng Yen Education Foundation Grants are open to PhD candidates in religious studies, East Asian studies, or equivalent departments in the U.S. and Europe and support research on modern Chinese Buddhism. The Foundation supports pre-generals reconnaissance research. See External Fellowships for Dissertators. The stipend is $4,000. Postmark deadline is January 15.
This fellowship is designed to encourage graduate students (under 35 years of age) to pursue scholarly careers in fields related to Pure Land Buddhism, especially Jōdo Shinshū. The applicant must be enrolled (or officially admitted at the time of application) as a full-time student in an accredited graduate program, and must be pursuing the PhD. Recipients of the fellowship must take Japanese language or seminars using original Japanese sources every semester. Awards are made for one year, and are renewable to a maximum of five years contingent upon the students making satisfactory progress toward the degree. The award consists of two parts: an institutional payment to the institution at which a fellow is in attendance to cover tuition and fees, and a stipend to the fellow for personal expenses. The amount is based on the standards set by such major fellowships as The National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships. The deadline for application is April 25.
These fellowships allow students to conduct research for ten-week periods in association with Smithsonian research staff members. Applicants must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study, must have completed at least one semester, and must not yet have been advanced to candidacy in a doctoral program. The stipend is $5,500. Postmark deadline for applications is January 15.
The DPDF program is designed to intervene at a critical moment in the career development of graduate students in the humanities and social sciences by aiding their transition from students to researchers. This is the moment, when, having chosen a research topic, they must design and write their dissertation proposals. DPDF is open to early-stage graduate students in all disciplines of the social sciences and humanities who are currently enrolled in PhD programs at accredited universities in the United States. Fellowships include support for sustained research and/or training, as well as participation in two sets of workshops. These workshops include seminar discussions, collective and constructive critiques by faculty and fellow students, and presentations about securing research funding. They are structured to assist students in writing dissertation proposals that are intellectually pointed, amenable to completion in a reasonable time frame, and fundable. Each year, the DPDF advisory committee selects 10-12 senior scholars from a range of disciplines, who organize five groups of students around five different research fields. These faculty mentors meet with their research cohorts in workshops in late spring and early fall. Fellows are selected by the core faculty in each of the research fields. No more than two fellows may be chosen from the home campus of the core faculty in charge. The announcement of research fields for fellowship competition is December 15; the online application is available January 15. Applications are due March 1.
Wexner Graduate Fellows and Davidson Scholars pursuing careers in Jewish Studies will be expected to secure funding through their graduate programs (generally from the University itself) and will, in addition, receive $5,000 annually from the Foundation to be used for enrichment studies or summer coursework. Fellowships are granted for full-time graduate study in qualifying academic programs. They are granted for a three-year term. Each year of funding is contingent upon evidence of satisfactory academic achievement. Application deadline is February 1.
American Council for Learned Societies, Dissertation Developmental Fellowship in Southeast European Studies
See External Fellowships for Dissertators. The application deadline is November 15.
American Council for Learned Societies, Southeast European Language Grants to Individuals for Summer
Pending confirmation of funding, ACLS offers grants of up to $2,500 for summer study of Albanian, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, or Romanian. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States, and must have completed, at minimum, a four-year college degree. Applicants may request support for elementary, intermediate, or advanced language study, or for attendance at advanced-mastery language courses sponsored by ACLS. The application should specify the name of the institution to attend, along with a statement of the significance of this training for career plans. In most cases, proposals for beginning or intermediate level should be for attendance at intensive courses offered by institutions of higher education in the US, although, in exceptional cases, proposals for study in Southeast Europe will be considered. Proposals for study at the advanced level are ordinarily for courses in Southeastern Europe. Proposals for advanced-mastery language courses are for courses sponsored by ACLS at U.S. institutions. These courses provide training in skills required for advanced fieldwork or archival research, or professional work in government agencies and non-governmental organizations. The skills may include, but are not limited to, translation, editing/copyediting, and advanced reading/sorting for relevance of specialized materials. The application deadline is January 16.
The Advanced Language Program in India is open to graduate, junior or senior level students at an institution of higher education in the U.S. Two years or 240 class hours of classroom instruction in the target language are required before starting the program. Languages of instruction are Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, and Urdu. Applicants need to have a minimum of two years or 240 class hours of classroom instruction in the target language before starting the program. Applicants for other Indian languages not listed above may be considered. Applicants who have one year of language preparation at the time of application may be considered, provided they successfully complete an intensive second-year summer language program before their departure for India. Programs run from September to April. A number of fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis and include round-trip airfare to India and a maintenance allowance sufficient to cover living expenses. Language fellows may also ask for an additional $500 to support pre-dissertation research in India upon completion of the language program. A $25 processing fee must accompany the application. Deadline for application is January 31.
The AIIS offers an intensive immersion-type language program for graduate and highly motivated undergraduate students at U.S. colleges and universities. In addition to the languages listed in the academic-year program above, Malayalam, Sanskrit, and Pali/Prakrit are offered. Students applying for Hindi and Sanskrit should have the equivalent of at least two years of prior classroom instruction; one year is required for applicants in Bengali and Tamil. Applicants for Urdu should have one year of prior Hindi or Urdu. Applicants for Telugu, Marathi, and Malayalam may apply at all levels, including beginning. Applications for other languages will be considered. The AIIS supports a limited number of admitted students with no FLAS fellowship. A $25 processing fee must accompany the application. Application deadline is January 31.
Blakemore Foundation Grants are open to American citizens or permanent residents who hold BA degrees and are at or near an advanced level on the language of application (a minimum of three regular academic years or one intensive academic year of training). Blakemore Foundation Grants support one academic year or an academic year plus summer of modern language training in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer, Malaysian, Tibetan, Thai, and Burmese at approved programs in the host country. Tutorials may be considered for languages with no approved program. The foundation is open to reasonable requests for an extension of the grant. Blakemore Grants are of a variable amount for tuition, travel and living expenses. Postmark deadline for application is December 30.
Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), the Critical Language Scholarships Program offers intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdo. The scholarship is open to U.S. citizen undergraduates, MA and PhD students, and recent graduates for participation in beginning through advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners. Recipients are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. All program costs are covered for participants. This includes travel between the student's home city and program location, pre-departure orientation costs, applicable visa fees, room, board, travel within country and all entrance fees for program activities. The application deadline is January 25.
Cultural Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, Chinese Language Scholarships
Chinese Language Scholarships are available to American students with a minimum 3.0 QPA and some Chinese language proficiency for one year of study at the Mandarin Training Center of National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. The scholarship covers a monthly stipend of NT$25,000. Awardees are responsible for all housing, tuition fees, health insurance and travel costs. Contact the Asian Studies Center or Gale Holden or Demetria Glasco of the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program/Bilateral Projects at 202.502.7691, 202.502.7622, or 202.502.7700.
Foreign Language Area Study Center Fellowships for Summer Language Study
A limited number of National Resource Centers provide graduate students with FLAS Fellowships for summer language study at their respective universities. As examples, the Center for South Asian Studies of University of Virginia offers FLAS summer awards in Tibetan; the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington offers summer awards in Bengali; the South Asia Program at Cornell University offered summer awards for Nepali; Cornell’s FALCON Program offers summer awards in Chinese and Japanese. Interested students should check individual websites for program details and application procedures and deadlines.
Government of the People's Republic of China, Chinese Cultural Scholarships
Chinese Cultural Scholarships are available to American students with a minimum 3.0 QPA and some Chinese language training for one year of Chinese language study at a Chinese university in the PRC. The scholarship covers tuition, books and instructional materials, housing and medical care and a monthly stipend. Awardees are responsible for travel costs. Contact the Asian Studies Center or Gale Holden or Demetria Glasco of the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program/Bilateral Projects at 202.502.7691, 202.502.7622, or 202.502.7700. The deadline for application is December 20.
The Center offers ten-month and summer programs. The Center offers a limited number of partial scholarships for the academic year program. No support is offered for the summer program. Students are encouraged to apply for funding through Pitt or an outside grant organization. Deadline for the academic year program is January 15; deadline for summer is March 15.
IUP offers academic term, year and summer intensive programs. Some tuition waivers are awarded for the Academic Year and Semester Option programs. Students are encouraged to apply for funding through Pitt or an outside grant organization. The deadline for the Academic Year and Term Option programs is January 10. The summer program has rolling admissions through January 31.
The Japan Foundation offers fellowships for intensive Japanese language training at the Japanese Language Institute, Kansai, in Japan, to scholars or researchers and postgraduate students who major in the fields of the social sciences or the humanities. Participants should be aiming to be engaged in work related to Japanese studies in the future, and be needing to learn Japanese for their academic research activities. Courses are offered for two months (June-August), four months (September-December), and eight months (October-May). Open to registered, full-time graduate students (under 40 years of age) in the humanities or social sciences in institutions outside of Japan. Applicants must have a certain level of Japanese language competency to apply and be working in a Japan-related field or be willing to extend their research to Japan-related themes. The grant covers curriculum-related expenses, meals, housing, and travel insurance. Applications must be received by December 1.
Middlebury has created a unique linguistic environment, one that provides students with unlimited opportunities to speak their target language. Students in Middlebury's summer Language Schools use their target language exclusively—Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish—in classes, dining halls, dormitories, and co-curricular activities. Middlebury College awards financial aid based on need to qualified applicants to the Language Schools. During the summer of 2006, 47 percent of Language Schools students received grants. The average award was $3,700. Middlebury College is pleased to announce the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Scholarships in Critical Language Study. These merit-based scholarships cover the full cost of a summer of language study from beginner to graduate level in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, or Portuguese at the Middlebury College Language Schools beginning summer 2007. Applications are accepted beginning January 1.
The Huayu Enrichment Scholarship provides study opportunities for Mandarin language and Taiwan’s culture at university- or college-affiliated Mandarin training centers. Scholarships are awarded for periods of 1 year, 9 months, 6 months, and 3 months. Recipients may select an award period of 2 months, if the intended Mandarin training center offers a session for a term of 2 months. The stipend is NT$25,000 (approximately US$790), distributed monthly. Applications are made through the Taiwan representative office closest to the applicant’s home country’s permanent residence. In principle, the application period is from February 1 through March 31 of each year, unless individual representative offices specify otherwise.
See External Fellowships for Full-time Study and Pre-dissertation Research. Application deadline is January 30.
Princeton in Beijing is an intensive, total immersion summer program in intermediate and advanced Chinese language study. Hosted at Beijing Normal University, the faculty includes instructors from Princeton University and other American universities. The American faculty teaches together with faculty from universities in Beijing, producing an overall student-teacher ratio of about 2.5:1. The program runs for 8 weeks, divided equally into 2 semesters and is equivalent to one academic year of Chinese language study. The program costs $5,000, exclusive of airfare and living expenses. All admitted students receive a $500 subsidy and are encouraged to seek additional funding from other sources. The deadline for application is January 15.
External Fellowships for Dissertators
The American Antiquarian Society offers short-term visiting academic research fellowships tenable for one to three months. The following short-term fellowships are available to dissertators. The application deadline is January 15.
Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowships, for research on any topic supported by the collections
Legacy Fellowship, for research on any topic supported by the collections
Stephen Botein Fellowships, for research in the history of the book in American culture
Joyce Tracy Fellowship, for research on newspapers and magazines or for projects using these resources as primary documentation
AAS-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowships, for research on projects related to the American 18th century
Reese Fellowships, for research in American bibliography and projects in the history of the book in America
AAUW American Dissertation Fellowships are available to women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who will complete their dissertation writing between July 1 and June 30 of the year in which the award is held. To qualify, applicants must have completed all course work, passed all required preliminary examinations and received approval for their research proposal or plan by November 15 of the year of application. Students holding any fellowship for writing a dissertation in the year prior to the AAUW Educational Foundation Fellowship year are not eligible. Open to applicants in all fields of study, except engineering. Scholars engaged in researching gender issues are encouraged to apply. The award is $20,000. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence, teaching experience, and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research. The application postmark deadline is November 15.
See External Fellowships for Full-time Study and Pre-dissertation Research. The application postmark deadline is December 1.
Pending confirmation of funding, the ACLS offers support to U.S. citizen or permanent residents for writing dissertations in Southeast European studies in all disciplines of the humanities and the social sciences. Applications should be for work on Southeast Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. Applicants may propose comparative work considering more than one country of Southeastern Europe or relating Southeast European societies to those of other parts of the world. Stipends are up to $17,000 for one year of support beginning between June 1 and September 1. As a condition of the award, the applicant's home university is required (consistent with its policies and regulations) to provide or to waive normal academic year tuition payments or to provide alternative cost-sharing support. The application deadline is November 15.
Applicants choose one of three types of support. These fellowships are intended as sequenced support for completion of a dissertation. Recipients are therefore invited to apply the following year for the next level of funding.
Developmental Fellowships are for use at a location in the United States other than the home university in preparation for fieldwork or archival research in Southeastern Europe. Applicants may propose intensive language training, acquisition of methodological or other specialized skills, or preliminary work in archives located in the United States.
Research Fellowships for use in Southeastern Europe to conduct fieldwork or archival investigations.
Writing Fellowships for use in the United States, after all research is complete, to write the dissertation.
AIIS Junior Fellowships are awarded to graduate students specializing in Indian aspects of academic disciplines for PhD dissertation research. Junior Fellows are formally affiliated with Indian universities and research supervisors. Awards are for a period of up to 11 months. Selected scholars are granted fellowships upon receipt of project approval by the Government of India. Under exceptional circumstances, an applicant for a junior fellowship who is a U.S. citizen may request up to five months of language instruction prior to commencing dissertation research. The request for language training should be integrated into the project proposal. Awards are Rs 30,000 maintenance/month plus research stipend of Rs 13,200/month and US $70/month and round-trip airfare (15 percent cost of living supplement for fellows based in certain cities). Dependents allowance will be given for up to two dependents (Rs 8,800/month per dependent) as long as they remain with the fellow in India at least six months. The postmark deadline is July 1.
The Fellowship Program of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives enables scholars to conduct in-depth research at the American Jewish Archives. Applicants for the Marcus Center Fellowship program must be conducting serious research in some area relating to the history of North American Jewry. The Marcus Center's Fellowship Program provides recipients with month long fellowships for research and writing at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, located on the Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Fellowship stipends will be sufficient to cover transportation and living expenses while in residence in Cincinnati. The submission deadline is March 18.
See External Fellowships for Full-time Study and Pre-dissertation Research. The submission date is December 15.
CCS Research Fellowships are available to foreign scholars conducting research in Taiwan, the Republic of China. Research projects should be within the field of Chinese or Taiwanese studies. Assistance includes a monthly stipend of NT $30,000, assistance with research materials, liaison with scholars and institutions in Taiwan, use of CCS facilities and a direct round-trip, round-trip economy-class ticket. Health and accident death insurance is provided. Research tenure is 3-12 months. The postmark deadline is May 31.
Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, Dissertation Fellowships for ROC Students Abroad
The CCK Foundation provides grants for ROC students abroad to help finance the completion of dissertations in the humanities and social sciences. Only students who have graduated from accredited universities or colleges in the Republic of China and who do not have foreign permanent residence status or citizenship are eligible to apply. A dissertation fellowship is limited to $15,000. The application deadline is February 15.
These grants are intended to provide support for research in the field of Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences. Doctoral candidates may apply for financial support for writing their dissertations. Applicants should have completed all other requirements for their PhD degree except the dissertation and must be legal permanent residents or citizens of the U.S. or Canada. In addition, eligible applicants should not be employed or receive grants from other sources. The maximum award is $15,000. The application deadline is February 1.
College of Saint Rose, Center for Citizenship, Race, and Ethnicity Studies, Diversity Dissertation Fellowships
CREST offers two one-year diversity dissertation fellowships for doctoral candidates engaged in completing their dissertations. CREST seeks applicants whose research addresses issues of diversity central to the Center’s interdisciplinary mission. Potential fellows’ dissertations should be influenced by some of the following research agendas: race, racial identity, race relations, ethnicity, colonialism, state formation, Diaspora societies, borderlands, and citizenship in regional, national, trans-national, littoral, or comparative contexts. The fellowship carries a $20,000 stipend, on-campus housing, $5,000 in research expenses, courtesy access to local libraries, and office space. Fellows are expected to complete their dissertations by the end of their fellowship year and teach one course in their respective discipline during the spring semester. During their residency, Fellows present their research and are active participants in CREST’s intellectual life. The application deadline is February 15.
China Times Cultural Foundation Scholarships are available to graduate students conducting dissertation research in Chinese humanities or social sciences. Applicants must be doctoral candidates with an approved dissertation prospectus. Scholarships are in the amount of $5,000. A special award to the top applicant is made, in the total amount of $10,000. Awards are on a basis of scholarly merit, irrespective of academic discipline, race, or nationality. Application forms may also be obtained from: China Times Cultural Foundation, P.O. Box 521234, Flushing, NY 11355; tel/fax: 718.460.4900. The application deadline is June 30.
The program is open to doctoral candidates who are U.S. citizens and have completed all requirements except the dissertation in fields in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences and wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance. Fellowships require scholars to conduct research in more than one country, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. CAORC member centers to which fellows may affiliate include the American Academy in Rome; the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman; the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (Tunisia and Morocco); the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies; the American Institute for Yemeni Studies; the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies; the American Institute of Indian Studies; the American Institute of Iranian Studies; the American Institute of Pakistan Studies; the American Research Center in Egypt; the American Research Institute in Turkey; the American School of Classical Studies at Athens; the Center for Khmer Studies, the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute; the Mexico-North Research Network, the Palestinian American Research Center; the West African Research Association (West African Region); and the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. Awards are up to $9,000 and are given to scholars who wish to carry out research on broad questions of multi-country significance in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and related natural sciences. Scholars must carry out research in at least one of the countries which host overseas research centers: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Senegal/West Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, West Bank/Gaza Strip and Yemen, as well as in other countries unless subject to official security and/or travel restrictions or warnings. Research in Nepal is possible via the Center for South Asia Libraries; please contact CAORC for more information. Fellows are required to obtain their own research permissions in countries that do not host centers. Preference is given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional questions requiring research in two or more countries. The deadline for application is January 12.
The Leo Baeck Institute is a research, study, and lecture center whose library and archives offer comprehensive documentation for the study of the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry. Fellowships are awarded to U.S. and Canadian doctoral students for dissertation research at the Baeck Institute in New York or for research in Germany on the social, communal, and intellectual history of German-speaking Jewry. The New York fellowship consists of a stipend of $2,000, paid in two installments of $1,000 each. The fellowship for Germany follows the terms of award for the DAAD graduate scholarships (above). For application forms contact the Leo Baeck Institute, 212.744.6400; fax: 212.988.1305. The application deadline is November 1.
Open to U.S. and Canadian citizens and foreign nationals who intend to return to Pitt after studying in Germany, DAAD Research Grants support dissertation research in all fields of academic study. Graduate research scholarships are granted from one to 10 months, with the possibility of a one-year extension. 10-month scholarships must take place during the German academic year (October 1-July 31). Short-term scholarships (1-6 months) must take place within a single calendar year. A very limited number of scholarship holders who receive grants for seven months or longer may be awarded a two-month language course grant. Monthly stipends range from approximately €715 to €975, depending on the level of academic advancement. In addition, DAAD pays for health insurance and provides a flat rate subsidy for travel costs. Application deadline for visits between January 1 and June 30 is August 1; the deadline for 10-month scholarships and visits between July 1 and December 31 is November 15.
The Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History normally provides for an annual summer fellowship to support research in American Jewish History. The grant of $2,500 is available to graduate students and untenured faculty members at any American or Canadian university. The Feinstein Center has a special interest in research that focuses on Philadelphia Jewish history, but considers all appropriate subjects in making its awards. The application deadline is April 15.
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships are open to all ABD students who are U.S. citizens or nationals regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation (must have become a U.S. citizen by application deadline date of the year of application) and who show considerable promise and are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. Preference is given to students who are members of historically under-represented groups. A one-year stipend is $21,000. The application deadline is November 30.
The HFG welcomes proposals from doctoral candidates who will complete the writing of the dissertation within the award year (final year of PhD work) and is open to any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence, aggression, and dominance in the modern world. The fellowship amount is $15,000. Particular questions that interest the foundation concern violence, aggression, and dominance in relation to social change, the socialization of children, inter-group conflict, interstate warfare, crime, family relationships, and investigations of the control of aggression and violence. Research with no useful relevance to understanding and attempting to cope with problems of human violence and aggression are not supported, nor are proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority is also given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources. The deadline for application is February 1.
The Haverford College Quaker Collection offers one-month fellowships to researchers interested in exploring the connections and relationships between various ways of expressing religious belief in the world. The center anticipates that the most competitive applications will involve creative explorations of the many concerns to which Friends have turned their attention, including literature, mysticism, women's issues, family history, race relations, and American Indian affairs, as well as religious doctrine and controversies, and many other issues. Period of fellowship: July 1-January 31, unless circumstances require special scheduling. Fellowships are $2,000. The application deadline is February 1.
See External Fellowships for Full-time Study and Pre-dissertation Research. Students must apply through the University. Submission deadline to Pitt is mid-September or early October.
IREX's IARO program seeks to attract, select, and support in-depth field research by U.S. students, scholars and experts in policy-relevant subject areas related to Southeast Europe and Eurasia, as well as to disseminate knowledge about these regions to a wide network of constituents in the United States and abroad. The IARO Program provides fellows with the means and support necessary to conduct in-country research on contemporary political, economic, historical, or cultural developments relevant to US foreign policy. The IARO Program plays a vital role in supporting the emergence of a dedicated and knowledgeable cadre of U.S. scholars and experts who can enrich the U.S. understanding of developments in Southeast Europe and Eurasia. Limited funding is also available for non-policy-relevant topics. Eligible countries of research focus are: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The grant provides round-trip airfare, a monthly stipend and housing allowance, travel visas and emergency evacuation insurance. Open to MA students (1-3 months) and predoctoral students (2-9 months). The application deadline is November 15.
Japan Foundation Fellowships are available to American citizens or permanent residents who have completed all requirements except for the dissertation at the time the fellowship begins and who have sufficient Japanese proficiency to pursue research in Japan. Fellowships give doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences, including comparative research projects (related in substantial part to Japan), the opportunity to conduct research in Japan for periods ranging from four to 14 months. The cooperation of a Japanese affiliated institution, advisor or research associate is required and must be secured in writing. Benefits include round-trip airfare, a monthly stipend of JPY 430,000 or 370,000, settling-in, departure and dependents allowances. See Web site for stipend and enrollment fees. The deadline for application is November 1.
This program is for U.S. citizens or nationals in the final stages of their doctoral work who need only to finish the dissertation to complete requirements for the PhD. The Fellow is expected to write the dissertation and to teach one course each semester, usually in the fellow's general research area. Fellows are also expected to offer a college lecture or departmental seminar on the dissertation topic at some point during the academic year in residence. Kenyon provides a stipend of $32,500, plus health benefits, housing, and a small moving allowance. The college also provides an allowance to cover travel to conferences or for consultation with the dissertation director. The fellow is provided an office, a networked computer, and secretarial support services. Eligibility (applicants must be all four criteria): members of underrepresented groups (e.g., ethnic minorities; women in fields that attract mostly men, or men in fields that attract mostly women; and persons who are first-generation college attendees); individuals who are enrolled in a research-based PhD program in one of the following fields: African and African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Classics, Dance, Drama, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, History, Humanities, International Studies, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Modern Languages and Literature, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Public Policy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Scientific Computing, Sociology, and Women's and Gender Studies; individuals who aspire to a teaching and research career; and persons who have not yet earned a doctoral degree at any time and in any field. The application deadline is January 7.
Kobe College Corporation/Japan Education Exchange, Graduate Fellowships for Advanced, Specialized Studies
KCC-JEE awards fellowships to graduate students who are American citizens and who have a record of teaching effectively about Japan, or who show promise to do so in the future. There are no restrictions as to place of study or research in Japan, field of study, or age of applicant. Preference is given to applicants who have documented interest in Japanese studies, such as the arts, culture, education, language, history, journalism, or business. Preference is given to those advanced graduate applicants who provide written confirmation of the research or study site in Japan. The fellowship includes a $24,000 stipend for one research year. The deadline for application is January 12.
Graduate Studies and Research in Poland Scholarships are open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with Polish language proficiency to conduct research at universities in Poland with financial support from the Polish Ministry of Education and Sport and the Kosciuszko Foundation. Research projects may be conducted from October through June. The grant includes a stipend for dormitory housing and living expenses from the Polish Ministry but no transportation allowance. There is a $50 application fee. The deadline for application is January 14.
These fellowships provide individuals with the opportunity to pursue research on East, Southeast, and/or South Asia (including the overseas Asian communities), using the collections of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The grants are for a minimum of five business days of research and are to be used to cover travel to and from Washington, overnight accommodations, and photocopying; or, to cover expenses incurred while traveling to the Library of Congress to engage in scholastic research in the area of Asian studies. Awards are available from $300 to $2,500. Graduate students, independent scholars, community college teachers, researchers without regular teaching appointments, and librarians with a need for fellowship support are especially encouraged to apply. The application deadline is September 30.
Applicants must be candidates for the PhD or ThD degree who have fulfilled all pre-dissertation requirements, including approval of the dissertation proposal, by January 15 of the award year and expect to complete the dissertation by the end of the following academic year. The fellowships are intended to support the final year of dissertation writing. Eligible proposals should promise a significant contribution to the study of American religion. Preference is given to proposals that attempt: (a) to describe more fully how the Christian faith is actually lived by contemporary persons and to bring the resources of the Christian faith into closer relation to their daily lives and (b) to help us understand more adequately the institutional reconfiguration of American religion. Proposed projects may employ a variety of methodological perspectives, including, but not limited to, history, ethics, the social sciences, biblical studies, and historical, systematic, and practical theology. They may also be interdisciplinary in nature. The Louisville Institute is interested in funding projects that contribute in significant ways to our understanding of contemporary religious communities. Consequently, very few dissertation projects funded in recent years have dealt with American religion prior to the mid-19th century. Fellowships of $18,000 each are awarded. The application postmark deadline is January 15.
Dissertation Completion Fellowships assist graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. This program aims to encourage timely completion of the PhD. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure or shortly thereafter. Applicants must be no more than six years in the degree program; awardees can hold this Fellowship no later than their seventh year. The tenure of the grant is one year, beginning in summer and carries a stipend of $25,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000. This fellowship is part of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowship Program; see next entry. The application deadline is November 15.
Fellowships for Recent Doctoral Recipients are open to scholars who held Dissertation Completion Fellowships (or were ranked as Alternates in that fellowship competition) and who completed their dissertations within the period specified in their first fellowship application. Also eligible are scholars who held other national dissertation fellowships—such as the Whiting Fellowships—and who completed their dissertations within the period specified in their first application. Only PhD students holding such a dissertation completion fellowship during the academic year immediately preceding the year they would begin a fellowship for recent doctoral recipients are eligible to apply. Those who will have already completed the doctorate prior to the academic year of the tenure of the fellowship are not eligible. The fellowship carries a stipend of $30,000 to allow the fellow to devote an academic year to research. Awardees have up to two years from the date of the award to take up fellowship tenure. Awardees may use their fellowship to take leave from a faculty position; those without a full-time position may choose to affiliate with a humanities research center or conduct research independently. The application deadline is November 15.
International Doctoral Scholarships are open to graduate students specializing in a Jewish field and is officially enrolled or registered in a doctoral program at a recognized university is eligible to apply. Only applicants who have had their dissertation approved can apply. The applicant must submit documentation of the University’s approval no later than December 15. Grants are for one academic year and can be renewed, upon submission of a new application and supporting documents, up to a maximum of four years. The amount of the scholarship varies in accordance with the cost of living in the country where the student is studying. Grants range up to $7,500 a year. The application deadline, including renewals, is October 31.
National Foundation for Jewish Culture, Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Fund for Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Jewish Studies
Open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have completed all requirements for the PhD degree except the dissertation and who are proficient in a Jewish language adequate for pursuing an academic career. Grants are typically between $8,000 and $10,000. Fellowships are granted for one academic year and are normally given for the final stages of completing the dissertation. The application deadline is February 1.
See External Fellowships for Full-time Study and Pre-dissertation Research. Application deadline is January 30.
At Andover on a one-year teaching fellowship, the recent college graduate, graduate student, or graduate school degree recipient is introduced to teaching in a program of guided work in the classroom, professional seminars, and exposure to theories and methods of experienced faculty. Depending on the year, appointments are available in religion. A teaching fellow receives a stipend of $20,000 plus medical insurance, life insurance, and a 50 percent contribution to dental insurance. Apartments in a school dormitory or house and meals in the school dining hall also are provided. The postmark application deadline is January 5.
Rock Foundation, Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
See External Fellowships for Full-time Study and Pre-dissertation Research. Dissertation Research Fellowships come with a stipend of $10,000.
Salam Institute for Peace and Justice Fellowships
This fellowship supports Muslim doctoral students (or advanced graduate students demonstrating exceptional research skills) up to $10,000 for research related to Islamic and interfaith conflict resolution, nonviolence, and community-building in the United States, as well as Muslim peace-building and development. Salam Fellowships run for a year and are designed to support outstanding research that supports the core mission of the Salam Institute in the areas of Muslim peace-building and interfaith coexistence work. To apply, submit a cover letter detailing where you are in your research, as well as contact information; an abstract or overview of your research proposal (no more than three pages) and significance of the research; curriculum vitae; any related publication material; and two names of reference and their contact information. Mail to: Salam Institute for Peace and Justice, 4000 Cathedral Ave, NW, Suite 3B, Washington, DC 20016. Further information can be obtained by emailing the Salam Fellowships or Salam Institute with questions. The deadline for submission is February 15.
These grants are open to PhD candidates in religious studies, East Asian studies, or equivalent departments in the U.S. and Europe and support research on modern Chinese Buddhism. The Foundation especially welcomes research projects on topics closely related to Dharma Drum Mountain and Master Sheng Yen. Applicants must be no more than six years in the degree program and grantees may hold this grant no later than their seventh year in the program. If the grantee decides to live at Dharma Drum and conduct research in Taiwan, s/he should pay $300/month for room and board and use of the library facilities at the Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies. Postmark deadline is January 15.
The Foundation supports three levels of research.
Pre-generals Reconnaissance Research ($4,000)
Post-generals Dissertation Research ($10,000)
Dissertation Completion Research ($10,000)
These fellowships allow students to conduct research for periods of three to 12 months. Applicants must have completed course work and preliminary examinations for the doctoral degree, and must be engaged in dissertation research. In addition, candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct their doctoral research at the Smithsonian. Grants of $25,000 are available for one year. Postmark deadline is January 15.
Social Science Research Council, Eurasia Program Pre-dissertation Training and Dissertation Write-up Fellowships
Eurasia Program Fellowships are open to graduate students enrolled in doctoral programs in the social sciences and humanities who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents for research on the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and the New States of Eurasia. Research related to the non-Russian states, regions and peoples are particularly encouraged. Regions and countries currently supported by the program include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Funding is not presently available for research on the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania). Regardless of discipline or the historical time period under examination, each applicant is expected to clearly express the relevance of his/her training and research to the contemporary world. The student’s home institution must make a direct contribution to the costs of the student’s education of no less than 10 percent of the fellowship award. The deadline for application is November 14.
The Eurasia Program Dissertation Development Workshops bring together 10-12 doctoral students and 5-6 faculty participants for 2-3 days of intensive critical discussion of the students' dissertation projects, as well as larger theoretical and methodological issues. Graduate students in the social sciences and related humanities, at any stage in their dissertation projects, are eligible to apply. Typically, two thematic workshops are conducted each year. The deadline for the spring workshop is November 30.
The IDRF program supports distinguished graduate students in the humanities and social sciences conducting dissertation research outside the United States, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The IDRF program is committed to scholarship that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies grounded in empirical and site-specific research (involving fieldwork, research in archival or manuscript collections, or quantitative data collection). The program promotes research that is at once located in a specific discipline and geographical region and engaged with interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives. Fellowships provide support for 9-12 months of dissertation research. No awards are made for proposals requiring less than 9 months of on-site research. The IDRF fellowship must be held for a single continuous period within the 18 months between July and December of the following year. Awards are approximately $20,000. The application deadline is November 1.
See External Fellowships for Full-time Study and Pre-dissertation Research. Deadlines: announcement of research fields for fellowship competition—December 15; online application available—January 15; application due—March 1.
The annual SSRC Japan Studies Dissertation Workshop seeks to create a sustained network of advanced graduate students and faculty by providing the opportunity to give and receive critical feedback on dissertations in progress. The workshop is open to graduate students in Japanese studies who have advanced to candidacy and gives priority to candidates in the early-fieldwork through the middle stages of dissertation writing, but applications are welcome from students at any stage of the dissertation process. The workshop usually takes place in Monterey, Calif., in December or January for five days. In most cases, the SSRC bears the costs of travel, lodging, and meals for the duration of the workshop. The application deadline is October 1.
The Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program supports graduate students whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. Although the dissertation topic must concern education, graduate study may be in any academic discipline or professional field. Applicants need not be U.S. citizens. Fellowships support the final analysis of the research topic and the writing of the dissertation. All applicants must document that they will have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1 of the year in which they take up the grant and must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one- or two-year time frame. The application deadline is November 1.
USIP invites applications for Peace Scholar awards offered by the Jennings Randolph program. These fellowships are intended to support the research and writing of doctoral dissertations addressing the sources and nature of international conflict and ways of preventing or ending conflict and sustaining peace. Dissertation projects from all disciplines are welcome. Priority is given to projects that contribute knowledge relevant to the formulation of policy on international peace and conflict issues. Awards are $17,000 for a 12-month period beginning September 1. The application deadline is January 10.
Doctoral candidates from any PhD-granting institution who are in the research or writing stage of the dissertation are eligible to compete for these fellowships. Any project dealing with the histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world before 1850 will be considered. Proposals dependent on the use of Philadelphia-area archives and libraries are particularly welcome. Applications are encouraged from students of all relevant disciplines, including African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, Law, Literature, Music, Political Science, Religion, Urban Studies, and Women’s Studies. Fellows are appointed for a nine-month period, with a stipend of $18,000 payable in monthly installments. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the center on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania and to participate regularly in the center’s program of seminars and other activities. Awards are made to various fellowships depending on the applicant’s qualifications, including the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Fellowship in Early American Religious Studies, which is open to PhD candidates in any discipline who are in the research or writing phase of a dissertation on any aspect of religion in North America in the Atlantic world before 1850. The application deadline is March 1.
U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Training Grants Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grants are available to U.S. citizens who have been admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program in foreign languages [or use foreign languages of research], are preparing to teach at the college level and who possess adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project. The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students in the fields of humanities and social sciences to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of 6-12 months. Proposals focusing on Western Europe are not eligible. Candidates must apply through the University. Support is provided for 6-12 months abroad with awards of up to $70,000 for travel, living, and research expenses. Contact Dr. Annagene Yucas at 412.648.7419. The deadline for submission of the application to the University is usually in late September-early October.
U.S. Department of State-Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, American Research Center in Egypt Fellowship
ARCE offers fellowships for research in Egypt in the areas of archaeology, architecture, art, economics, history, the humanities, Islamic studies, literature, Near Eastern studies, politics, religious studies, and the humanistic sciences. Applicants should consult the ARCE office for general guidelines on proposal topics that may be deemed sensitive by the Egyptian government. Fieldwork and the distribution of questionnaires in Egypt are not allowed. Awards are for 3-12 months beginning on October 1. Monthly stipends range form $1,530-$3,369 commensurate academic standing and number of dependents. Round-trip airfare from the United States to Cairo is awarded to the individual fellow only. The deadline for receipt of application is January 5.
Dissertation Fieldwork Grants are awarded to aid doctoral or thesis research in all subfields of anthropology. 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. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields. There is no time limit on the duration of the grant, and funding may be requested to cover distinct research phases (for example, two summers) if this is part of the research design. Awards are contingent upon the applicant's successful completion of all requirements for the degree other than the dissertation by the acceptance of the award. Awards are up to $25,000. Application deadlines are May 1 and November 1.
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
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 PhD 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. Fellowships are provided to PhD candidates who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year. Fellows may not have held a similar national award for the final dissertation year, nor may they have previously applied for the Newcombe Fellowship. Awards are $19,000 for 12 months. The application deadline is November 6.
Women’s Studies Fellowships encourage original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Fellowships are provided to PhD candidates who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year. The most competitive applications include not only a clear, thorough, and compelling description of the candidate’s work, but also evidence of an enduring interest in and commitment to women’s issues. Fellows receive $3,000 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 deadline for application is October 10.
These grants support former Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows who are at the dissertation write-up stage of a PhD program. The application deadline is December 22.
These grants help defray costs of dissertation fieldwork for former Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows. The application deadline is March 23.
Yivo supports a number of fellowships for dissertation research. The postmark deadline is December 31.
Abram and Fannie Gottlieb Immerman and Abraham Nathan and Bertha Daskal Weinstein Memorial Fellowships are designed to support travel for PhD dissertation research in archives and libraries of the Baltic states, with preference given to research on the Jews of Courland and Latvia. This fellowship carries a stipend of $2,000 with the possibility of renewal.
Aleksander and Alicja Hertz Memorial Fellowships support doctoral or post-doctoral research on Polish-Jewish history in the modern period, particularly Jewish-Polish relations and Jewish contributions to Polish literature and culture. This fellowship, which carries a stipend of $1,500, is for a period of 1-3 months.
Dora and Meyer Tendler Fellowships in Jewish Studies are designed to support graduate research in Jewish Studies. This fellowship carries a stipend of $3,000.
Maria Salit-Gitelson Tell Memorial Fellowships support original doctoral or post-doctoral research in the field of Lithuanian Jewish history, the city of Vilnius in particular. This fellowship, which carries a stipend of $1,500, is for 1-3 months of research at the YIVO Library and Archives and a public lecture by the holder.
Natalie and Mendel Racolin Memorial Fellowships supports original doctoral or post-doctoral research in the field of East European Jewish history. This fellowship, which carries a stipend of $1,500, is for 1-3 months of research at the YIVO Library and Archives and a public lecture by the holder.
Professor Bernard Choseed Memorial Fellowships support original doctoral or post-doctoral research in the field of East European Jewish studies. This fellowship, which carries a stipend of $7,500, is for a period of 1-3 months of research at the YIVO Library and Archives and a public lecture by the holder.
A number of university departments and programs offer postdoctoral fellowships to recent PhDs designed to offer the fellow time to turn the dissertation into a publishable manuscript. Some of these fellowships are non-teaching; others include a small amount of teaching. PhD candidates approaching their final year of dissertation write-up should consult with their advisor about postdoctoral fellowships available in their subfields and check professional organization newsletters and academic Internet forums.
Note: Information and forms pertaining to the tax situation of graduate students receiving stipends and fellowships may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Studies or local and state tax offices and the federal Internal Revenue Service.