Ihr Mellon Dissertation Fellowship

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies

 The Council for European Studies (CES) invites eligible graduate students in the humanities to apply for the 2018-19 Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies. Each fellowship includes a $27,500 stipend, paid in six (6) bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees.  

Winners of the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships will also be expected to participate in a number of activities organized by the Council for European Studies, which are designed to support early career development. These activities include: presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists, hosted by the Council for European Studies; publishing in and producing a feature for CES’ online journal; and participating in several digital and in-person career development seminars and/or workshops.


The Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  

Click the buttons above for the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship Application and corresponding faculty recommendation forms. A complete application requires one (1) application form and three (3) faculty recommendations.



Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are intended to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage graduate students in the humanities. Applicants must:

  • be ABD (year 5 and above);
  • be a US citizen or green card holder;
  • have no more than one full year of dissertation work remaining at the start of the fellowship year as certified by his or her dissertation advisor;
  • be enrolled at a higher education institution in the US that is a member of the Council for European Studies Academic Consortium. Students whose universities are not currently members of the CES consortium may apply, but they are encouraged to apply early in the application season so that every effort may be made to enroll the institution in the CES member consortium and, thus, establish the student's eligibility by the application deadline.

The applicant must also have exhausted the dissertation completion funding normally provided by his or her academic department or university, and he or she must be working on a topic within or substantially overlapping European Studies. 



The annual application period opens October 1. Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 15.  

Have questions about the fellowship or application process? Check out our FAQs!

This page is for dissertation fellowships for 2017-2018 (including research fellowships, dissertation completion fellowships, and other predoctoral opportunities).

See also fellowship discussions at theGradCafe: The Bank

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AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship Edit

  • Applied (x16)
  • It says it has been announced and status of apps have been sent but I didn't receive anything? Did anyone else?
  • Same here.. no email. (x3)
  • Announced here http://www.aauw.org/article/fellowships-and-grant-awardees/ but likewise no e-mail yet. Hopefully sometime today! (4/14 at 6:47am PST)
  • I also haven't recieved an email.  The website says, " For questions about your status, please email aauw@applyists.com."  I sent them an email at 10:30 am EST. (x2) EDIT: Just recieved this email in reply: "Thank you so much for contacting us today about the AAUW Dissertation Fellowship.  Notifications should go out by tomorrow April 15th.  If you have not recieved any sort of notification by the end of the week, please email us back alterting us to the issue."
  • >Recieved a rejection email. (4/14 11:45 EST) (x4)
  • Received alternate email (4/14, 11:55 EST) (x4)
  • Alternate for dissertation writing grant (in Sociology)
  • I am an alternate for dissertation writing grant in Anthropology.
  • Received acceptance (4/14, 9:07 PST), will decline
  • Rejection email. (4/14 around 11:30). Best of luck to all the winners and alternates. Does anyone know when we can see who won?
  • I'm an alternate too. Got the email. But for the international fellowship at the doctoral level. Any more of us international fellowship applicants out there? Best of luck to all of us alternates!
  • To previous posters-any of you doc students?
  • Rejection email 4/14 11:45 EST. I recieved the standard reject letter, and I believe it also stated that we would not be able to obtain any feedback. I wish they'd atleast give us feedback......
  • Rejection email 4/14 at 12:45 EST. Drats. Best of luck to everyone else! 
  • Alright alternates, I guess the "real" wait begins now! Fingers crossed. (5/15)
  • I am wondering when we will hear any news. I was looking through past years' forums, and it looks like alternates do not get a formal rejection email once September 30th has passed. Also, the range of dates that alternates are informed is quite wide. Ranging from 5/15 to 9/30. Did they provide a breakdown of how many fellowships they have issued for each award/fellowship? All I found was, "AAUW is excited to announce 250 awards and more than $3.7 million in funding for fellows and grantees in the 2017–18 award year! "
  • Yes, all we can do is wait I guess. Not getting an e-mail doesn't mean anything, I guess, until September. Arg. I'm trying hard to not think about it!
  • It is a terribly long wait. But at least we have one! And you never know! Let's try and stay positive!
  • Any news fellow waitlisters?
  • I got accepted off the waitlist on May 24th and am taking it
  • To the poster above-Congratulations!!! How long did you have to notify them? 
  • Congratulations! Any other alternates hear any news? Still no news on my end. (7/24)
  • I am waitlisted for the International Fellowship. Still waiting for any news :(
  • Any news from any other waitlisted candidates?
  • Still nothing here. (9/2) :(
  • dıd you heard anything?
  • I lost my hope:( there is no news for international fellowship. 
  • I've lost hope, too. The 30th is getting closer and closer. Still no news. 
  • Unfortunate, but the wait is over. I did not get any news so I know that I did not make it off the waitlist. Did anyone else hear anything? 
  • I did not hear any news either. Oh well. Our work was too good for them to fund anyways. ;P 

AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research Edit

  • Any news on this? (3/14/17)

Has anyone heard back? (6/1/17)

ACLS / Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowships Edit

Deadline: October 26, 2016

LINK: https://www.acls.org/programs/dcf/

Who's applying this year? 

Project statement: anyone know whether page numbers in the header need to be adjusted to give a full 1" margin at the top, or whether the page numbers can be in the margin space (as headers typically are)?

Let the waiting commence! 

  • This wiki is so quiet this season. Glad there are at least a few of us here!
  • I felt ok about this application until I read that they got over 1,000 applications last year... Arghhh!!!!!
  • It's a total crapshoot, of course, but yay to all of us for even trying!
  • Already counting down the days to March. 

Already thinking about this!!!  I think my chapter draft was a little lame (really not done by October...) but the rest of the app was pretty ok...?  ARGHHH !@)*$&!@)(%*)!( 

>No real use in fretting about that at this point. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ We're at the wily whim of the committee now. 

  • You got that right! :-)

"Notifications will be sent via email in late March 2017," so says the website... 

  • Has anyone heard anything yet? (3/10/17)
  • Nope... I think they're going later this year (today was the notification day last year)
  • Heart attacks for every email notification.
  • Provisional award received 3/13 at 10:15am. Area: Philosophy
  • Provisional award received 3/13 at 10:19am. Area: History. Good luck everyone!
  • Provisional award received 3/13 at 10:07am. Area: Anthropology. Good luck to all waiting to hear!!
  • Provisional award received 3/13 at 10:17am. Area: History. Good luck to everyone!
  • Provisional award received 3/13 at 10:38 am. Area: Art History. Good luck!!

Acceptance emails are out. No idea about rejections or alternate notifications.

  • Anybody know how many applications they got this year?

Has anyone received a rejection? Or anyone waitlested? idk what this silence means... No rejection yet (x7)

  • I wish they'd just send everything out at once!  What do they get out of leaving rejection emails til the very end? (Also, :-(  )
  • I heard from a professor friend at Santa Cruz that one of their students got an acceptance email this morning... its 12:05 on the west coast and I've heard nothing so I'm beginning to think acceptance emails are out :(
  • Has anyone been notified of being an alternate yet? I am hopeful that despite acceptances already going out waitlists might still be on their way....

Still no waitlist or rejection email yet... 2:20pm PST March 14 (x7)

  • They're probably waiting to see how many people accept?
  • Yeah maybe no alternate emails this year, they'll just go down their list after people say no?  More likely though is that there are just so few alternates none of them check this site.
  • Rejection email received 3/15 at 9:31am EST x8
  • Do the rejection emails mention how many applicants there were?
  • Rejection. Happy birthday to me.
  • "nearly 1,100 applications for 65 awards"
  • Rejection. Seriously, fuck academia. What an absolute load of bullshit.
  • Are we allowed to ask for application feedback this year?
  • I would like to second this question. Has anybody asked for and received feedback on their application?
  • I did. This was their response: "ACLS’s reviewing system allows evaluators to provide comments to applicants at their discretion, but providing such feedback is not a required element of the review process for this program. In your case, unfortunately, no reviewers who participated in the assessment of your application designated any comments for release to the applicant." (03/22)
  • Can I just say....the email rejection letter was a little terse. Not even a "thanks for your interest in our program," nothing about how "the competition was strong and we regret that we have only 65 awards to give." C'mon ACLS, you guys need to work on your bedside manner. (3/16, but stil stinging)
  • Still no waitlist or rejection email yet... 16:00 PST March 20
  • Nevermind, the e-mail sent on March 15th "went awry"...rejection lol.

American Academy in Rome, Rome Prize Edit

Who's applying this year? 

  • Applying (x4)
  • Any news of interviews yet?

American Philosophical Society Predoctoral Fellowship Edit

Boston College AADS (African and African Diaspora Studies) Dissertation FellowshipEdit

  • I received a phone call from the director on 3/1 but later declined the offer for another fellowship. (3/20)

CAA Professional Development Fellowship Edit

CAORC Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship Edit

  • Applied (x2)
  • Received rejection (04/07). Only 7 awards granted.

CASVA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship of the National Gallery of Art Edit

Applied x8

  • All quiet over here... has anyone received a call yet? (1/19)
  • Nope, nothing yet. Someone suggested to me that the inauguration might be obstructing schedules all over DC, but who knows. (1/19)
  • Has anyone heard anything either way? It seems late to be expecting a call by this point... (1/25)
  • No news on my end or for anyone I know... it does seem late...(1/25)
  • Still crickets over here... anybody have better luck? (1/28)
  • Nope, no news good or bad here either (1/30).
  • Still nothing here (my first time to update.... with no news)... (2/1). 
  • Still nothing here either (first time posting) (2/2).
  • I've asked around to friends in several departments (Princeton, Harvard, IFA, Hopkins, etc) and no one has heard anything to my knowledge. It's a weird year for CASVA I guess. (2/2).
  • Notified of interview received on 1/28 (posting on 2/3)
  • Got my rejection via email just now (2/3) -- had an interview call last year so this especially sucks. Sigh.
  • Rejection received via email (2/3) - specifies my application made it to the final deliberations but was not chosen for interview
  • Rejected as well (2/3), congrats and best of luck to those interviewing!

Center for Jewish History Dissertation Fellowship Edit

  • The Center for Jewish History offers ten-month fellowships to doctoral candidates to support original research using the collections of the Center’s partners – American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
  • Application deadline: February 2, 2017
  • Any news about this? (April 13) still waiting to hear. 
  • also still waiting. I heard that no letters have gone out as of Tuesday this week, but wondering if that has changed... (April 28)

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Edit

Last year, Finalists and Non-finalists were notified on February 16, 2016. The website says that for this round, they will notify finalists and non-finalists by March 15th.

  • Feb 21 - Rejection email, was notified that not a finalist. Says that there were 500 applications this year. I didn't want your money anyway! JK tho. x8
  • Feb 21 - Received email notification that I am a finalist. More than 500 apps. Top 10% (~50) were selected as finalists, and 20 of those will be chosen as fellows. Finalists have to send in official transcripts at this stage. x2
  • March 22 - Email asking finalists to fill out a survey with their current contact information. Results to be delivered next week.
  • March 28 - Rejection email. "Please note that it is our policy not to share reviewers’ comments with applicants, and that reapplications are not permitted." x5
  • March 29 - Anyone else still waiting to hear? Yes.
  • April 5 -- Received Acceptance Letter. I was an alternate. 21 fellowships awarded according to email
  • How many alternates got bumped up to acceptances? I don't know. That information wasn't provided. I didn't get the impression it was a long list, however
  • Is anyone choosing between the Newcombe and the ACLS/Mellon? If so which one did you pick and why? Based on the numbers, Newcombe seems more competitive and is more flexible, but ACLS provides a bit more money. Thoughts? Is there an obvious answer here? The people that I've known that had to choose between the two went with Newcombe and I'd be interested in knowing why this is the case. 


  • Applied x4
  • Any idea when notifications will begin?
  • has anyone got a notification? - 5/15
  • I haven't heard anything yet 
  • I emailed them and they said that the results will be announced by mid-June. I wonder why it is so late for this year...
  • Is that for STEM? I looked at the website today and it said that results would be announced mid-June for HSS and mid-May for STEM. 
  • Sorry, it is for HSS. 
  • Any updates? (6/2)
  • I emailed them and I got a reply that there has been a delay in the evaluations and hopefully results will be announced this week. 
  • Thanks for the update. This is for HSS, right? I wonder if any of you have already accepted a fellowship.
  • Just got a waitlist notification for HSS (Email at 5:32pm, June 5) [Applied for an 8 month fellowship.]
  • wait list notification as well for HSS -- any idea what the chances are to be moved from waitlist to recipient? [did you get waitlisted for a 4 month fellowship or an 8 month fellowship?]
  • ^*Mine didn't specify -- did yours? [ same here but I assumed, maybe mistakenly, that they generally honor our requests] -- ahh, ok. Yes, i applied for 8 months (though am hoping for 4 months so I can pair with another short-term fellowship I received already
  • Received HSS -- 18 recipients were chosen and are to respond by June 12th to give time for those on the waitlist
  • Recejection email (for 4 months) 6/6
  • Updates? (6/19) HSS
  • Offered a Spring Fellowship (HSS) (6/20)
  • ^congrats!  Any revealing details in the offer letter for those of us still waiting? 
  • ^ Thank you! the email I received did not have any details about the process but I asked about my rank on the waitlist (to guage how large it was) when I first heard back and the administrator was happy to share that information.  I'm 90% sure that I'm not the first person to recieve an offer from the waitlist.  
  • ^thanks! possible for you to let me know what "rank" on the waitlist you were? 
  • ^2nd
  • ^thank you!  Did you get a "accept by" date? I'm still waiting for an update!
  • ^They said to respond as soon as possible (I replied immediately).  The fellowship agreement is supposed to come this month (July).  Good luck!  

Consortium for Faculty Diversity (Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowship Fellowships) Edit

Applied x5

  • Has anyone heard anything? – 4/11

DAAD Graduate Research FellowshipEdit

Applied x1

  • Acceptance received via email/portal x1 (April 3rd)

Dartmouth College Eastman/Marshall Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Applied x2

  • Rejection received 4/5
  • Also rejected 4/5

Dolores Liebmann Fellowship Edit

Applied via my institution (1/5)

  • Notified as a finalist of my institution; to be forwarded to national pool (1/24)
  • Program officer told me they typically notify in May/June
  • Rejection received regular mail (6/19)

Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship Edit

Applied x1

  • Recieved invitation to interview (12/10)
  • Accepted via email (2/9)
  • Wait List via email (2/10). Any chance someone will turn down a position?
  • Rejection (2/10): G&L
  • Those who have heard back, which track did you apply to? Garden & Landscape, Pre-Colombian, or Byzantine?
  • I'm the 2/9 acceptance: Byzantine.
  • 2/10 wait list: Pre-Columbian

Emory University James Weldon Johnson Institute Visiting Fellowship for Pre-Doctoral Scholars Edit

Applied x3

  • 4/10- any idea when we'll hear about this one?
  • 4/10- received alternate notification right after I posted above x2
  • 4/17 - I haven't heard anything. How were others notified?
  • 4/18- I was notified via email
  • 4/26- any word on whether the offers have been accepted or if the alternates are advancing?
  • alternate here - haven't heard anything though the letter said we should know by early May, so hopefully we'll hear something in either direction in the next week or two. Good luck!
  • good luck to you too!
  • rejection after earlier alternate notification (5/5)

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Edit

Applied x8

Help! Is anyone getting the validation error "A Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree must be entered in your educational history" even though you've already entered that information into the education form?

  • I'm having the exact same issue! Right now I've got listed my institution twice, once as saying I've earned the PhD in 2018, and again as the proposed institution for the fellowship.
  • Did exactly the same as the person above
  • Did it let you submit the application with that format? I put in an e-mail to the helpline, but it was right around 5pm ET today. It would be nice to be able to submit tonight rather than waiting for their response (if one even comes) tomorrow. --> Submitted this morning. The help people did e-mail early this morning saying that my education materials were validated, but this was only after I had already implemented your workaround. Thanks for helping!!
  • 3/2 just want to know what's going to happen with this. From past years, it looks like we can expect updates at the very end of the month. gahhh
  • 3/11 Based on some old forums, we should here back around 3/20 if they are on the same schedule as 15/16. Does anyone know how many applicants this fellowship normally gets? Good luck everyone!
  • 3/15 well they give 36 awards and 200 honorable mentions or so. So I'd guess they get at least 400 applicants, probably more? I want this so bad.
  • 3/21 Now is when I start obsessively checking my email....
  • 3/21 Anyone hear anything yet?  For both Dissertation Fellowships and Predoc Fellowships?
  • 3/22 Still nothing. Fingers crossed for this weekend...
  • 3/22 nothing here for pre-doctoral
  • 3/22 Notifications Sent Out
  • 3/22 11:30AM eastern time : received and accepted offer for dissertation fellowship. Good luck everyone!
  • 3/22 alternate for dissertation - English. 600 applicants this year according to letter.
  • 3/22 12:07 Eastern: rejection
  • please, anyone reporting tell us your discipline, and if awarded, if you will accept or decline.
  • 3/22 alternate for dissertation-ecology.
  • Congrats and good luck everyone! Alternate notification rec'd for dissertation award (English) 9:11am PST. 600 applicants for 36 awards. Will let you all know if I hear anything else... (3/22)
  • 3/22, alternate for dissertation, History (Latin America). If the person from history who won is reading this, I would love to know if you plan on accepting :) x 2
  • Rejection for pre-doctoral; email says over 1700 apps, 65 awards.
  • honorable mention for dissertation fellowship - education. congrats to the recipients! (3/22)
  • 3/22 alternate for dissertation, Literature. Congrats to the recipients
  • IF you got it, when do you have to accept or decline? Has anyone called for more information for alternate status? 202.334.2000  please post updates.
  • Must accept/decline by April 12
  • 3/22 - contacted Ford they said that it is very rare for someone to decline at the diss levels. so alternates pretty much have been rejected with honors at this point. Bitter pillbox (not just the pill) so is life.
  • I Called and was told I cannot be told any information. Anyone get a different story?

Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies Pre-doctoral FellowshipEdit

  • >Applied x1
  • Rejection received 4/19. for future reference, the website said notifications would be sent early March but they went out over a month later

Fulbright IIE Study/Research Grants Edit

Applied x2

Fulbright Hays DDRA 2017-2018 Edit

  • Does anyone know whether the DDRA has first or second round cuts? Or do they announce all at the same time via our university?
  • I think they just announce it once sometime Aug/Sept? 
  • I heard they are aiming to announce end of July early Aug this year.
  • Applied x6
  • July 6- All applicants are asked to reaffirm that they are seeking the grant, and did not accept a Fulbright IIE or Nehru. Must inform by July 14.
  • No notice as of August 15.
  • No notice as of August 23.
  • No notice as of September 6.
  • according to the grad cafe folks, it might be late september
  • Got an informal email from our program officer that I didn't - or a few of us didnt get it. The email says official notices will go out once prospective fellows officially accept their award. .. good luck!
  • According to a Fulbright Commissioner, they haven't even recieved the applications for final approval in the host countries. Also recieved a notice from the Fulbright Association that reads as follows: 
"ADVOCACY ALERT: The Senate Appropriations Committee will meet this Thursday, September 7 to consider the future of the Fulbright Program. We are calling on members of our community to write to their senators immediately, urging them to support the Fulbright Program at $250 million and to restore full funding to the Fulbright-Hays Program, which faces elimination.
The Fulbright-Hays Program funds research and training experiences for university faculty, K-12 teachers, and others to strengthen instruction in foreign languages, cultural understanding, and international studies. The elimination of Fulbright-Hays would be a terrible loss to U.S. international education.
Learn more here — http://bit.ly/2w3HJG5 — and use our online advocacy platform to write directly to your senators in less than 5 minutes. The platform includes a pre-populated letter, so all you have to do is hit send! Please reach out to your senators and share widely as we work to reach every senator by Thursday's committee meeting.
We ask that you take this action even if you have already reached out to your representatives as part of our Stand For Fulbright campaign earlier this summer. Thank you for your continued support of Fulbright! #StandForFulbright"
  • Received notice of award from program officer, September 7.
  • Received notice from program officer of winning the grant, 9/8! X2
  • 9/12 Still no word from FH. Is this a guaranteed no?
    • I feel like this is hard to say because no one in my cohort was notified, so while it is possible we were all rejected, it coudl also be that our PO has yet to contact anyone who applied through our uni. 
  • Received rejection and comments 10/3 - scored average 89.5/105

Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Applied x4

  • Anyone have an interview?
  • Found out I was not a finalist today, 2/1. (History) 
  • Found out I was not a finalist today. (Africana Studies) x2

Are we supposed to get interview requests by now? It's a little unclear from past years. Nothing here. (History)

  • Found out I was not a finalist 2/1. (English) (x2)

For those that heard back today: Did the notification disclose the number of applicants?

How were people notified, email? 

Had an interview back in mid January. Have not heard anything yet. (Environmental Studies)

  • Interview in January, nothing since.
  • I wonder if the winners have already been notified (x2)
  • 02/17. Finalist rejection email. "Final decision had less to do with caliber of application than with the 'fit' of certain scholarly interests with our plans for staffing and the curriculum in the coming year." x4
  • I wonder how many finalists there were on the "short list".

Getty Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship Edit


  • Rejection received via email (2/7) x2
  • Also received rejection e-mail (2/7). Email said they got a record number of applications this year.
  • Any news on postdoc apps? I haven't heard anything yet (3/1)
  • Rejection from postdoc via email (3/23)

Getty Library Research Grant Edit

Applied x1

  • Received acceptance e-mail (1/11)

Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship Edit

  • Applied (x2)
  • Does anyone know older colleagues who applied and won this fellowship? Is this fellowship stackable with other opportuniites (ie teaching, other scholarships, etc)?
  • This one really drags out. Hopefully sometime soon...
  • anyone heard back from this one yet, whether accept or reject? I have not heard anything yet sofar and we are now really late in June.....i am wondering if I accidentally missed an email? (x2)
  • Nothing here. I emailed last week to ask if they had an idea of when notifications would be sent, but they haven't responded to that either. 
  • Rejection e-mail 6/20 (x2)

Henry Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American ArtEdit

Applied x2

  • Listed as an alternate. (3/6)
  • ^did you receive an email?
  • Yes, this morning.
  • Rejected via email (3/8) x2


  • If anyone has information regarding when the acceptance/decline responses are due from the accepted, this alternate would be very grateful to hear it. Congratulations to all that were accepted!

Horowitz Fellowship Edit

  • -Applied (x4)
  • Any update? (May 17)
  • Acceptance email on May 11. Deadline to decline/accept the award is May 20. 

Huntington Library Fellowship Edit

Short-term fellowship:

  • Applied x2
  • Rejected 3/1
  • Awarded (3/2/17)

Travel fellowship:

  • Applied x1
  • Awarded (2/23/17)

IHR Doctoral Fellowship (Scouloudi, Thornley, RHS) Edit

Ithaca College Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship Edit

  • Applied X2
  • Any updates on this? (03/16) (03/22)
  • A professor at IC told me that they had made an offer (3/25, told to me a few weeks ago).
  • Was a finalist and did a campus visit (was pretty intense/similar to TT visits done by friends on job market). Did not get the position though. Notified by dept chair after I wrote a follow up email and he checked with Dean's Office; no official rejection yet but I know the other candidate accepted so it's just a matter of time. For next year's applicants, here is the timeline:
  •  Feb 16: finalist notification from chair of department (asked for a writing sample, 40 min talk tailored for both faculty and students, and 3 LoRs at this point)
  • Feb 28: campus visit (they were trying to do them all before Mar 3)
  • included 2 dinners with faculty, numerous faculty meetings throughout the day, meeting with students, and dean/assistant dean, job talk with q&a (audience was half students, half faculty)
  • Mar 27: I wrote to ask if decisions had been made. Found out on 3/29 that another candidate/dept got the offer and accepted. 
  • FYI Departments have finalists who are invited to visit; after visits, the departments make their case to the Dean's Office. Ultimately, it's the Dean who decides. There seems to be some tensions about how the hire happens/final decision is made.

Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship Edit

  • Received request for address (Tokyo headquarters) 3/8

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program Edit

Anyone apply or hear anything yet?

  • Applied. Does no news mean rejection at this point?
  • I'm not sure? But their website says we should have news this week. I think it's a bit early to definitively say that silence is rejection. That's what I'm hoping anyways...
  • 12/115 accepted.

Josephine de Karman Fellowship Edit

Applied x6

  • Anybody know when they notify?
  • Not yet (4/15)
  • Not yet. (4/15)
  • Not yet (4/18). Anybody hear from them?
  • Their website says approx. April 15 (2/20)
  • Previous years' wikis show that the committee meets a final time on a Saturday (and April 15 is a Saturday this year...), and that winners are notified by both phone and e-mail on that day.
  • I called recently (trying to get confirmation of receipt of application) and the recording said they'll be meeting on the 22nd.
  • Good to know. Thanks for the update! (3/24)
Any news?
  • Anyone heard anything?
  • silence... (4/22; 4pm PDT) -- nothing here too (4/22, 7.30pm EST)
  • probably those who are accepted do not follow here. this one is over, i guess.
  • Still nothing (4/23, 12pm PDT)
  • Haven't heard anything 4/24 9:20 EST. I doubt they sent out notifications on a weekend.- based on previous years' wiki, they send out notificatjons on saturdays.
  • Yeah nothing here yet, 4/24
  • idk why my comment above is deleted but here it is again: i called and the recording said that the foundation would meet on april 22nd and successful applicants would receive a phone call on that day and if you did not get a phone call or email on april 22nd, you should assume that you application was not selected. hope this helps.
  • Still nothing over here, 5/4. Anybody?
  • Rejection, (5/1), in reply to email inquiry about status of application.
  • An update: Rejection (5/16). I called to ask for any updates, and she told me that they're still trying to get emails out, but that if I hadn't received any acceptance email so far, it meant I had NOT been selected. Very polite.


Kress Foundation History of Art Institutional Fellowships Edit

Lake Institute Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Edit

Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship Edit

Applied x2

  • Committee meets around beginning of April. Winners will be notified via email, rejections sent out via snail mail.
  • Has anyone heard anything at this point? (4/7)
  • Denial received snail mail, 103 applicants (4/8) congrats to those who are awarded it

Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund Edit

Applied (x1)

  • Received acceptance e-mail 4/10. E-mail says that official offer letter will be mailed next week. 
  • Same here. To poster above, have you received said letter yet? 
  • No, I've received nothing yet, despite having sent two e-mails and left a voicemail for the contact person. I have a friend who also applied who didn't get a rejection e-mail from them until May 10th, so it seems like they are moving very slowly. I will post here if I hear anything back from the contact person, and I'd appreciate it if you would also post if you find out anything or if your letter arrives. 
  • Thanks for the response! I have also sent multiple emails and left multiple voicemails, and was beginning to get worried. I suppose there is nothing more we can do for the moment, but I will post on here as soon as I hear anything at all from them.
  • Chiming in here as a 3rd person who received an acceptance email on 4/10. Have had some intermittent communication with the contact person, who most recently wrote on 6/15 to say that Wells Fargo was preparing the offer letters. 10 days later, still no news...
  • 8/2 Now a month and a half has passed since the offer letters were supposedly being prepared. I assume that neither of you has heard anything either? 
  • 8/16 Received an e-mail from the contact person letting me know that she had received my offer letter from Wells Fargo on Friday 8/11, but they made a mistake in the letter (listing my university as UC Berkeley instead of UC Davis), so it would need to be rewritten. She said that she had already informed Wells Fargo and that "a revised letter will be sent soon." Have either of you received your letters? 
  • 8/18 Received award letter and other documents via e-mail. Award must be accepted by August 31st. 

Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship (Kenyon College) Edit

Applied x6

Has anyone gotten an interview or offer?

  • I had a Skype interview yesterday. There will also be flyouts. [2]
  • Does anyone know if they send all of the rejections at the same time? I haven't received one yet and no interview request on my end either, which I assume would've happened by now (2/8) 
  • Flyouts scheduled. (2/13)
  • To the person above. Do you know if all of them have been scheduled? (2/13)
  • I suspect so, but don't know.
  • Had Skype interview, but did not receive campus visit, and was rejected today 3/6/17. "I regret to inform you, however, that we have made a job offer and it has been accepted." Congrats to the recipient!
  • Invited for skype interview on 1/27/2017. Skype interview 2/7. Campus visits scheduled 3/13. Visited campus 3/1/17 (final canddiate flyout). Job offered on 3/10/17.

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship in European Studies Edit

Applied x8

  • Last year, decisions were email between 4/25-29. This year, the website indicates applicants will be notified "no later than the end of April."
  • In the couple years prior to last year, looks like acceptances went out as early as between 3/28 and 4/3. So it might not be that much longer after all. (3/22)
  • Any news? (4/12) <--- silence so far, for me... x3
  • In other years, people didn't begin to hear anything until 4/25 (4/12)
  • I hate the waiting. But on the other hand, the application deadline for this grant is so much later than many others, that its waiting time is relatively short. Gotta give 'em credit for something! :-) (4/12)
  • Acceptance email received (4/19). Will be accepting the grant.
  • Congratulations! In previous years, it looks like acceptances have gone out on (at least) two different days, so hopefully there will be another round shortly. (4/19)
  • Yes received. Will likely be declining because luckily got something else. (4/19) Update: declined fellowship and they told me they will be selecting an alternate. (4/26)
  • No news here yet; congrats to those who were offered awards! Hoping for the next round(s) soon. (4/24)
  • Has anyone heard anything, rejections or alternates? (5/1)
  • Just got the rejection email. (5/1) x4
  • 5/10. No news for me, still. Am I the only one still waiting to hear from them? Has anybody emailed them and gotten a response? I emailed last week but haven't heard back, so I'm reluctant to bother them again, but I'm puzzled by the silence.

CLIR-Mellon Edit

Applied x8

Any news yet?

  • Last year it seems that applicants heard back at the end of March/beginning of April. The wait is really long...
  • It is indeed:( In last years' posts, I saw that they announce the offers sometime during early March and the rejections later before April 1, and wanted to see if any notifications are out yet.
  • It said in the e-mail I recieved when I submitted my application that we would hear "on April 3." That seemed oddly specific, but I'm not really holding out hope that news will come before then.
  • A friend who applied last year got her rejection on March 31.
  • Waiting...waiting...waiting...waiting (3/14)
  • Since April 3 is Monday, I think they can announce it in the last week of March. Also, offers generally come earlier, so I guess the critical time is between March 20 - 31. (3/14)
  • Anyone know how many applicants applied last year and how many awards were given out? 
  • around 450 applicants and 15 recepients 
  • Any new news yet? (3/21)
  • No... Waiting is so brutal. I hope acceptance emails have not been sent yet (3/21)
  • Everytime I see someone has posted I freak out and think that the news has finally arrived. But nay, nay. (3/21)
  • me too! but the thing is that if the awards have been sent we can never know it because of the policy. Is March 21 too late for any good news?
  • At least one successful applicant in a previous wiki (2015/16???) told the group when they received their acceptance. We can hope for the same. That was on 3/25 I think. Maybe there's a bit of hope left? (3/21)
  • Acceptance email received (March 22).  Offers to be announced over the coming week. X2
  • what time did they send the acceptance emails? 
  • Why are offers to be announced over the coming week? Is that to hedge for those who decline (unlikely)? Sob. Is it over? 
  • I think it is public announcement. Yes, it is over :( 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art History Fellowships Edit

Applied x4

  • Rejection received via email (2/10) x 3
  • Accepted via email (2/10) x 1
  • As of 2/8/2018 - "2/10" has not passed and this information must be from last year?

Miller Center for Politics and History (UVA) Edit

This has moved to a center at UVA and is now called the National Fellowship Program at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation (see here )

  • - Does anyone know what the letter of rec instructions are? I can't imagine submitting this very far ahead of the deadline and instructions for letters of rec aren't E-mailed to recommenders until the student submits their whole application. I saw this on the website, "The letter of recommendation should be sent as a PDF attachment to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at jsf-fellows@virginia.edu<" but am wondering if there are other specifics. Thanks!
  • Rejection, 3/27.

MIT SHASS Diversity Predoctoral FellowshipEdit

Applied x4

  • 3/27 any updates?
  • 3/27 No updates yet. Since the deadline was originally Feb. 15 and got extended to March 1, I think it will take at least another month until we hear from them
  • 3/29 - it seems odd to me that the deadline got pushed. Wonder why? Anyone know how many got it last year? Also, it is very late in the game to find out in May, that seems odd. I wonder if people pull their apps if they get other things.
  • 3/29- their application requirements weren't posted until early/mid January, so I think they pushed the deadline because they didn't receive enough applications by February 15
  • 4/6 -- Still no news here, anyone get anything? What can be done to not go crazy waiting? I am asking for a friend. =)
  • 4/7- haven't heard anything yet either. also trying not to go crazy, you're not alone!
  • 4/14 - Still no news! We will get through this!!
  • 4/19- news, anyone?
  • 4/19- nothing here. Well if only the people here applied, we all got it. Congratulations!
  • do we know how they will notify? emails or phone calls like josephine de karman does?
  • 4/19- last year they emailed

Acceptances sent out -- 4/20/2017

  • 4/20- acceptance received via email
  • yes, I've already accepted
  • 4/20 Congratulations. When did you receive acceptance email? Anyone who received a rejection or a waitlist?
  • My guess is that those that did not get accepted today, will probably be rejected or waitlist tomorrow if not later today.
  • thanks. 9:45 AM EST
  • 4/20 received my acceptance via email at 9:47 AM EST. I've already accepted another fellowship and will decline, fyi.
  • What is your deadline to accept? I wonder if they will take less than 7 people, or if they will have a waitlist to draw from?
  • they didn't give us a strict deadline to accept but the letter said to let them know "at our earliest convenience" or something along those lines
  • Has anyone received a rejection? I have not heard anything yet, I wonder if this means I am on a waitlist. And I second the question above, what is the deadline to accept?
  • what should we assume if we have not received a rejection yet?
  • It doesn't seem like anyone has been rejected yet. So I am not sure. I was hoping it meant we were waitlisted, but it might just mean that we are waiting to be rejected. They might not have an outright waitlist. They might just test the waters and see who accepts, and based on that reach out to people. After a few weeks they might finally reject everyone else. Not sure.
  • 5/12- still no news here. Not sure what MIT is up to.
  • 5/17- no news so far. Did it take this long last year?
  • 5/16- last year the deadline was on may 1st.
  • 5/17- well the weird thing is that two people above claim they got accepted, about a month ago. Everyone else hasn't gotten any word.
  • 5/17- the dean's office sent acceptances but HR hasn't sent recipients the paperwork, so they might be waiting to get everything officially signed before sending rejections
  • 5/17- anyone tried contacting them? i'm afraid of what i might receive as an answer so i havent :)
  • I think it is safe to assume that if we didn't get notified by now, we didn't get it. I wish MIT would notify a wait list, because you can put that on your cv. Making everyone wait is painful, and we can't record it as an achievement.
  • 5/18- rejection email received. 
  • 5/18- same here, to those who get it, congrats!

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program Edit

  • Deadline October 6, 2016 at 5 pm EST.
  • Applied x3
  • Q: there are first and second round notifications for the Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, correct? can anyone shed light on when first round cuts might be made?
  • I believe they cut the total group down to a smaller group in March, and notify people then. In the past they have made their final notifications after AERA. FWIW, I just noticed a bad typo in my application, so that's one less person you'll have to compete with!
  • Thanks for the reply! Jeez 6-8 months is a LONG review period. And I feel your pain on the typos, let's hope overall package > individual typos.
  • Was able to sign into my application portal, status is listed as "Drafting." (2/7) 
  • Update -- I'm the same person as above -- my status in my application portal has shifted to "Submitted." No clue what this means, if anything! (2/10)
  • I'm unable to log into my portal. Looks like all the links to apply have been removed. (2/13)
  • This is what I've been told regarding the review process: all apps are read by a single reviewer and given a yes/no, and making it past that first screening seems to be a bit of a wildcard. I was told by faculty that great proposals get reject off the bat, and very mediocre ones can get through, simply based on the single reviewer. However, once the field is narrowed, the entire committee looks and the process is much more stringent. Seems like the winenrs are definitely the best of that narrowed group, but great proposlas don't always get to the full review  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Whaat?! Thanks for sharing, but UGH. If this is indeed the process, I have very little confidence! Most major fellowship applications at least have 2-3 faculty reading each application so they can check one another. Do you know how many finalists they choose? 
  • Got an email at 9:54am CST that I am one of 65 semi-finalists! (2/22/17)
  • Semi-finalist notifications went out this morning! (2/22/17) They narrowed about 350 applications down to 65. 35 will receive awards -- final decisions coming in May!
  • Rejection email (2/22/17)
  • I am a semi-finalist! Any tips for the final round? (2/22/17)
  • Me too! Not sure I have much to share in terms of tips. Submit the budget & timeline revisions, and hope for the best at the full committee meeting in May! A little over half of semi-finalists will receive awards, so the odds are good.
  • how should the budget be formatted? (3/04/17)

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