IHR Mellon Pre-dissertation Fellowships

Seven Pre-dissertation Fellowships in the humanities are offered to candidates who wish to spend time in the UK for preliminary examinations of primary sources and archival material in order to draw up and refine a dissertation proposal. They are intended for the preliminary investigation of archives, and not for short-term research projects. These Fellowships are open to candidates registered for a doctoral degree in a graduate school in the United States or Canada. Candidates for these awards must have completed their coursework and oral examinations by the time the research visit is undertaken. Visits will be for a maximum of two months and must be made between the beginning of June and the end of September 2014. The total value of these Fellowships will be USD $5,000 each. Fellowships will not be renewable or extendable, and Fellows will be expected to devote full time to their dissertation research without undertaking paid work. Stipends may not be used to defray tuition costs.
Area of research: 
Humanities (broadly defined)
Eligibility requirements: 

To be eligible for these Fellowships, an applicant will:

  • be enrolled in a doctoral programme in the humanities in a graduate school in the United States or Canada (students doing master’s theses research are not eligible in this programme);
  • complete all doctoral-degree requirements except dissertation research and writing before the beginning of the Fellowship’s tenure;
  • propose research for the dissertation primarily in original source material in the holdings of one or more institutional repositories such as archives, libraries, historical societies, and museums of the United Kingdom.
Amount awarded: 
USD $5,000
Applications open: 
1 Nov 2013 to 17 Jan 2014