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Society for the Humanities: Dissertation Writing Groups and Travel Grants

The Society for the Humanities conducts annual grant competitions for research, writing, and travel. These grants are intended to foster the excellence in humanities research and writing for which Cornell faculty and graduate students are known. The Society places particular emphasis on innovative, interdisciplinary projects that involve Cornell colleagues from across the various disciplines of the humanities.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2017

Apply at: Please direct any questions to Mary Ahl at 255-4086.


Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

The Newcombe Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at American institutions located in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2016, 11:59pm ET

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The Social Science Research Council - Dissertation Research Funding

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2016

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources.

The program offers about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships a year in amounts up to $25,000. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for periods ranging from 9-12 months. Each fellow receives an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting a report acceptable to CLIR on the research experience.

The purposes of this fellowship program are to:

  • help junior scholars in the humanities and related social science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources;
  • enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available;
  • encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the U.S. and abroad; and
  • provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.


  • August 2016: application cycle opens
  • December 2, 2016, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time: final application deadline
  • April 3, 2017: fellowship awards announced
  • June 1 - September 1, 2017: 2017 fellowships begin 

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