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Dissertation Fellowships and Post-Docs

Dissertation fellowships provide graduate students with time to complete their manuscripts. Post-doctoral fellowships provide a similar opportunity for people who have recently earned their PhD. In some cases, however, postdoctoral fellowships entail teaching or other duties.

Because some of these fellowships are open to students in both the humanities and the arts, we list the awards without differentiating between humanists and artists.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Submit an application if you are a researcher from abroad with above average qualifications, at the beginning of your academic career and only completed your doctorate in the last four years. A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows you to carry out a long-term research project (6-24 months) you have selected yourself in cooperation with an academic host you have selected yourself at a research institution in Germany.

College Art Association -- Professional Art Development Program
CAA initiated the Professional Development Fellowship Program in 1993 to help MFA and PhD candidates in art and art history bridge the gap between their graduate study and professional careers. The program's purpose is to support outstanding students from socially and economically diverse backgrounds who may have been underrepresented in their fields. By nurturing promising artists and art historians at the beginning of their careers, CAA aims to strengthen and diversify the profession as a whole.

Cornell University, Society for the Humanities, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships
Fellows include scholars from other universities and members of the Cornell faculty released from regular duties.  The fellowships are held for one academic year.  Each Society Fellow will receive $45,000.  Applicants living outside North America are eligible for an additional $2000 to assist with travel costs.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers
The Council of American Overseas Research Centers Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program for Advanced Multi-Country Research. The program is open to U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. in fields in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences and wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance.

Dartmouth Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences
With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dartmouth is pleased to accept applications for one  postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities and humanistic social sciences for the 2011-2013 academic years. These fellowships foster the academic careers of scholars who have recently received their Ph.D. degrees, by permitting them to pursue their research while gaining mentored experience as teachers and members of the departments and/or programs in which they are housed. The program also benefits Dartmouth by complementing existing curricula with underrepresented fields.

Deutscher Akademischer Austausach Dienst (DAAD)
See DAAD’s great list of research funding opportunities in Germany and Europe:

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

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, at the University of Edinburgh Postdoctoral Bursaries
Applications are invited for postdoctoral bursaries from candidates in any area of the Humanities and Social Sciences, whose work falls within the scope of one of the Institute for Advanced Studies' current research themes and/or across disciplinary boundaries in the Humanities.

The John W. Kluge Center Fellowships, Library of Congress
The John W. Kluge Center accommodates up to two dozen post-doctoral Fellows pursuing resident research, usually for periods from six to twelve months. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural topics of a kind normally not encouraged in specialized departmental settings are welcome. Selection of a diverse group of Fellows is by various competitions. Post-doctoral Fellows have an opportunity to discuss their research with the Kluge Scholars and to explore possibilities for intellectual collaboration with other Fellows.

The John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship
The John Hope Franklin Dissertation Fellowship, named in honor of a distinguished member of the American Philosophical Society, is designed to support an outstanding doctoral student at an American university who is conducting dissertation research.

National Institute of Justice
See “Topical Index” for vast array of research issues.

National Gallery of Art -- Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program
The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts announces its annual program of support for advanced graduate research in the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, urbanism, and photographic media. Each of the following nine fellowships has specific requirements and intents, including support for the advancement and completion of a doctoral dissertation, and for residency and travel during the period of dissertation research.

Princeton University, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts
Postdoctoral (Cotsen) Fellows are appointed for three-year terms to pursue research and teach half-time in their academic department, in the Program in Humanistic Studies, or in other university programs.

Resources in Art History for Graduate Students
A Newsletter of Fellowships and other Opportunities for Art History Graduate Students
This continuously updated online newsletter lists grants, fellowships, internships and study abroad opportunities for graduate students in art history and closely related areas such as humanities and visual art studies. "Resources" also carries the largest number of listings of art history conference and publication opportunities listed online of particular interest to graduate students but usually open to all.

Smithsonian Opportunity for Research and Study (SORS)
Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships
Graduate Student Fellowships -- 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.
Predoctoral Fellowships -- These fellowships allow students to conduct research for periods of three to twelve months. Applicants must have completed coursework 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.
Postdoctoral and Senior Fellowships -- Postdoctoral Fellowships of three to twelve months are available for scholars who have held the doctoral degree or equivalent for fewer than seven years as of the application deadline. Senior Fellowships of three to twelve months are available for scholars who have held the doctoral degree or equivalent for more than seven years as of the application deadline. Applications for senior fellowships may be made up to eighteen months in advance. Stipends for senior fellowships are the same as for the postdoctoral program, but the Smithsonian's stipend may be matched by other sources of funding such as a sabbatical salary.

Social Science Research Council, includes opportunities in humanities
The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research outside of the United States.

Terra Foundation for American Art
Resident pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. These are awarded and administered by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Wesleyan University, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
Fellowship Program
Scholars who have received their Ph.D. degree after June 2007 in any field of inquiry in the humanities or humanistic social sciences - broadly conceived - are invited to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship, made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Wesleyan University.  The purpose of this Fellowship is to provide scholars who have recently completed their Ph.D.'s with free time to further their own work in a cross-disciplinary setting, and to associate them with a distinguished faculty.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Doctoral/Dissertation Fellowships
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
Woodrow Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies
The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Previous Fellows have explored such topics as transnational religious education for Muslim women, the complex gender dynamics of voluntary marriage migration, women’s role in African-American adult literacy, women’s sports, militarism and the education of American women, and the relationship between family commitments and women’s work mobility.
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.