Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships (deadline 10/21)

Fellowship Details

  • Stipend: $30,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000
  • Tenure: one year beginning summer 2016
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, October 21, 2015.
  • Notifications will be sent via email in late March 2016.

ACLS invites applications for the tenth annual competition for theMellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2017. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.

ACLS will award 65 fellowships in this competition for a one-year term beginning between June and September 2016 for the 2016-17 academic year. The fellowship tenure may be carried out in residence at the fellow’s home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. These fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.

The total award of up to $38,000 includes a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. In addition to the monetary support that the fellowship offers, Dissertation Completion Fellows are able to apply to participate in a seminar on preparing for the academic job market.  The seminar takes place over three days in the fall of the fellowship year.


  • The program is open to PhD candidates in a humanities or social science department in the United States. (1)
  • Applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation (obtained ABD status) by the application deadline.
  • The program is restricted to graduate students who, at the time of application, have progressed no further than the sixth year of the degree program.  (This includes time for a master’s degree obtained en route to the PhD.) (2)
  • Graduate students who currently hold or have previously held a dissertation completion fellowship are not eligible for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
  • Unsuccessful applicants may reapply to this program only once.

Application Requirements

Applications must be submitted online and must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Proposal (no more than five pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font
  • One-page timeline for the expected completion of dissertation writing and defense
  • Up to three additional pages of images, musical scores, or other similar supporting non-text materials [optional]
  • Bibliography (no more than two pages)
  • Completed chapter of the dissertation (that is neither the introduction, nor the conclusion, nor the literature review) of not more than 25 double-spaced pages, in Times New Roman 11-point font, or a representative 25-page excerpt from a longer chapter. The chapter must be in English, though citations may be in other languages (with translations provided).
  • Two reference letters
  • A statement from the applicant’s institution (preferably from the applicant’s department chair or dean). The provided form asks the institutional representative to (1) attest to the viability of the proposed timeline for completion; (2) stipulate that, in the event of an award, the university will not charge the student tuition or fees beyond a limit of $5,000 and will provide for any additional costs; and (3) pledge that if an ACLS award is made, the university will not provide the applicant with any subsequent aid. The person submitting the statement cannot be one of the reference letter writers.

Note that transcripts are not required.

Evalutation Criteria

Scholars asked to review applications in this program are instructed to use the following four criteria:

  1. The potential of the project to advance the field of study in which it is proposed and make an original and significant contribution to knowledge.
  2. The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.
  3. The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed timeframe.
  4. The scholarly record and career trajectory of the applicant.
  1. The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship program does not accept applications from students receiving a PhD in the following disciplines: business, library and information sciences, public administration, public policy, education, clinical or counseling psychology, law, social work, social welfare, public health, filmmaking, or creative or performing arts. Students completing master’s degrees are not eligible, even if they are the terminal degree in the field. Back to text.
  2. In special circumstances an applicant and his or her advisor may petition to have seventh-year application considered. Such applicants must present a compelling case for eligibility. Back to text.

More info here.

IU Job Openings

Looking for a part-time job? Check out the IU Jobs page for an up-to-date list of open positions around IU. Jobs run the gamut and include everything from research assistantships to landscaping.


While we encourage grad students to seek Student Academic Appointments (SAA) which include fee remissions, hourly jobs can help you make ends meet. See our SAA Vacancies page for SAA vacancies.

Welcome Week Grad Student Resources Roundtable: Aug 17, 19, 21 (12-4pm)

Welcome Graduate Students!

Come Discover the Resources Available to You

When: August 17th, 19th, 21st, Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Social Science Research Commons (Woodburn Hall 200)

The following groups provide programs and services that can make your graduate journey at IU a little easier, and will present about their services:

  • Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL)
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Grad Grants Center (GGC)
  • Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG)
  • Indiana Statistical Consulting Center (ISCC)
  • IU Health Center (IUHC)
  • Office of Research Integrity (ORI)
  • Social Science Research Commons (SSRC)
  • The Graduate Mentoring Center (GMC)
  • Writing Tutorial Services (WTS)

They will be available to present information and answer questions, and there will be snacks! Come for one presentation or come for all. Get what you need now, use it later.


A light lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Snacks will also be available. Time

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SSRC’s Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship

Supporting the next generation of African researchers working on peace, security and development issues

Open for applications, next deadline is November 13th 2015.

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The Social Science Research Council offers fellowships to support the completion of doctoral degrees and to promote next generation social science research in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The fellowships support dissertation research on peace, security, and development topics.

Proposal development fellowships are intended to support doctoral students working on developing a doctoral dissertation research proposal as well as students who recently completed a master’s degree and seek to enroll in a PhD program.

The doctoral dissertation proposal fellowship supports short-term research costs of up to US$3,000 to develop a doctoral dissertation proposal.


All applicants must:

be citizens of a sub-Saharan African country
residents of Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
hold a master’s degree
be either enrolled in a PhD program, or intend to enroll in a PhD program
As of May 2015, the program prioritizes applicants holding a faculty position or demonstrating a durable commitment to higher education, but does not restrict eligibility to such individuals.

The program seeks to promote diversity and encourages women to apply.

Thematic Priorities:

The project features a thematic focus in order to renew basic research agendas addressing peace, security, and development topics as well as strengthen interdisciplinary social science research capacity on these issues. This program also offers two workshops each year to help fellows develop and strengthen research questions, match research methods to questions, engage key literature in their fields, and produce research publications.

The program encourages innovative research on peace, security, and development topics, moving the boundaries of scholarship and research by exploring concrete linkages between these themes. We envision supporting a diverse set of projects seeking to shed light on a range of economic, political, and social processes using evidence-based research.

Some projects, we hope, will examine large-scale phenomena and others small-scale social processes. The strongest projects typically will explore connections across these scales. Some research projects will rigorously explore elements of civil society, human rights, peacebuilding mechanisms, and rule of law. Others will explore root causes of conflict, human insecurity, and violence. Above all projects should advance important fields of study and social science knowledge.

Application Process

All applications must be submitted using the online application portal.

Strong proposals will offer clear and concise descriptions of the project and its significance. Proposals should display thorough knowledge of the relevant social science literature that applicants will engage and the methodologies relevant to the project. In addition, applicants must demonstrate that all proposed activities are feasible and can be completed in a timely manner. All proposals will be evaluated for these criteria by an independent, international committee of leading scholars from a range of social science disciplines.

Fellows must be willing to attend two workshops sponsored by the SSRC each year that are intended to help early-career faculty produce scholarly publications. We anticipate awarding approximately 45 fellowships in total across all categories each year.


The next application deadline is 13 November, 2015.

For inquiries or technical questions pertaining to the online application portal, please contact SSRC staff from the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program:

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VAP Syriac Studies & Digital Humanities (review begins 22 MAY 2015)

Vanderbilt University and invite applications for the open position of Visiting Research Assistant Professor in Syriac Studies and Digital Humanities. The term of appointment is one full year, beginning in fall 2015, with the possibility of renewal for one further year.

The Visiting Research Assistant Professor will work full time under the direction of Prof. David Michelson on the publications of The Syriac Reference Portal (, a digital reference project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The researcher will be affiliated with an academic unit at Vanderbilt University depending on expertise (Classics,DivinityHistoryIslamic StudiesJewish StudiesReligion, etc.). The scholar will also be invited to take an active role in the life of Vanderbilt’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, including its Digital Humanities seminar.

The person hired for this position will be a specialist in Syriac studies with strong linguistic skills (ancient and modern) and considerable experience working with Syriac texts, both editions and manuscripts. There will be a strong preference for a candidate who has experience with digital humanities, especially TEI XML, but additional training in digital technology specific to the project will be provided as needed.

The researcher will be a contributing author to SPEAR (Syriac Persons, Events, and Relations), the New Handbook of Syriac LiteratureGateway to the Syriac Saints, and other publications as needed. The researcher will collect and interpret data in Syriac and other languages, contribute to evolving data models, test user interfaces and XForms, collaborate with other project researchers, and perform additional project duties as needed.

Term of Appointment
The term of appointment is one full year, beginning in fall 2015, with the possibility of renewal for one further year. Applicants are expected to be in residence for the duration of the appointment.

How to Apply
Applications should be submitted online at:

Please contact Prof. David A. Michelson ( with any questions about the position or about the online application system.

A complete application will include the following materials:
1. A cover letter indicating applicant’s qualifications in Syriac studies and, if applicable, digital humanities;
2. A current curriculum vitae;
3. A scholarly publication, dissertation chapter, or digital project representing the applicant’s scholarly achievement or potential (these should be uploaded as attachments in the section marked “Resume and Cover Letter”);
4. Contact information for three referees.

The committee will begin review of applications immediately, with priority given to those applications received by May 22. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Required Qualifications:  
The Candidate must have previous research experience in Syriac studies, particularly Syriac literature. Reading ability in classical Syriac and at least one other ancient or medieval language as well as relevant modern languages is required. Candidate must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent by January 1, 2016.

Preferred Qualifications:  
We welcome candidates with an interest in digital research methods, such as the use of TEI XML. Ideal candidates should have additional expertise in one or more fields contiguous to Syriac studies, such as Jewish studies, Islamic studies, Middle Eastern or Mediterranean history, Byzantine studies, history of Christianity, Classics, or medieval history.

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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Visiting Position Gettysburg College German (review ASAP)

Greetings! If you know of someone looking for a part-time position in the PA/MD/DC area, please pass along our ad. Thanks!

The Department of German Studies at Gettysburg College seeks an adjunct
language instructor for the academic year 2015-2016. The instructor will
teach two German language courses in the fall and two German language
courses in the spring. The candidate must have native or near-native
command of German and English, successful teaching experience, and at
least a Masters degree (ABD or PhD preferred). The department has an
ongoing need for a qualified adjunct.

Gettysburg College, an equal opportunity employer, complies with all
applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations regarding
nondiscrimination. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment and admission. The College prohibits discrimination and
harassment, and provides equal opportunity without regard to race,
ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status,
marital/familial status, possession of a General Education Development
Certificate (GED) as compared to a high school diploma,  sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, age, or genetic
information in all aspects of employment, educational programs,
activities, and admissions. Pursuant to Title IX of the Education
Amendment of 1972, Gettysburg College prohibits discrimination on the
basis of sex (i.e., sexual misconduct and relationship violence, including
sexual assault and harassment) in all of its educational programs and

Please submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters
of recommendation to Laurel Cohen, Chair; Department of German Studies at<>.

GEAS Berlin: Doctoral Fellowship in East Asian Security (deadline 31 MAY 2015)

Freie Universität Berlin, GEAS, Berlin, 01.07.2015-31.12.2017
Bewerbungsschluss: 31.05.2015

The GEAS will admit 1 doctoral candidate (fellowships) beginning
July/August 2015,
whose dissertation project focuses on East Asian Security

The doctoral candidates will work closely with GEAS Einstein Visiting
Fellow Professor Richard Samuels (MIT), the Working Group and GEAS

We offer PhD stipends of EUR 1365 EUR/month (plus 103 EUR/m research
allowance). Fellowships will initially be granted for one year, and
contingent upon a positive evaluation after each year of study,
fellowships will be extended for another year. The fellowship may be
granted for a maximum of three years.

Doctoral dissertations at GEAS (EVF Working Group) are expected to
analyze the institutional environment of security in the East Asian
region (China, Japan and/or Korea). 

Successful applicants will have an above average master's degree in
either area studies (Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies)
or a relevant discipline (Political Science, International Relations,
Security Studies, Economics, Law, History, Environmental Policy) with a
focus on East Asia. The language of instruction is English. Successful
candidates will also show proof of language skills in an East Asian
Language (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) at a level of B2 (CEFR) or

The list of necessary documents for applications includes:

- CV/Resume
- Letter of academic interest
- brief outline of the prospective dissertation topic (maximum 6 pages)
- time schedule for the dissertation
- High School diploma
- BA transcripts and official BA diploma/certificate
- MA transcripts and official MA diploma/certificate (MA degree must be
in hand by July 1st, 2015)
- Certificate of English language proficiency (C1)
- Certificate of East Asian language proficiency (B2)
- names and contact details of two references who can speak for
candidates' qualifications

Applications should be sent in one pdf file to

Application deadline is 31 May 2015. Screening will begin soon
afterwards. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (via Skype) in
early March.

For questions on admission and additional information, please check our
website at or the general Admission FAQ and
feel free to contact us at

No legal entitlement shall be constituted by applying to the program.
Reasons for rejections will not be disclosed.


GEAS, Hittorfstr. 18, 14195 Berlin

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Society of Indiana Pioneers MA & PhD Research Fellowship (deadline 15 MAY 2015)

The Society of Indiana Pioneers annually awards Society of Indiana Pioneers Fellowships to support research in the field of pioneer Indiana history for the master’s thesis and the doctoral dissertation. The Society of Indiana Pioneers was founded in 1916, during the centennial celebration of Indiana’s statehood, “to honor the memory and the work of the pioneers of Indiana.” Membership includes individuals who have an ancestor who settled in an Indiana county during the pioneer period (generally defined as before 1840, with some exceptions) and people who have an interest in this period of Hoosier history. To fulfill its mission, the Society maintains a significant genealogical database culled from its membership records, sponsors annual spring and fall “pilgrimages” to historical sites within the state, and partners with other history-related organizations.

There will be two $1,000 fellowships awarded annually, one to support research for a master’s thesis in the pioneer period of Indiana history and another for doctoral dissertation research. For the purposes of the fellowship program, the pioneer period of Indiana is defined as pre-1850. Only students at graduate institutions in Indiana are eligible for these fellowships.






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Indiana pilincer histury (prc-1850). one lo support” mastet·’s thesis and th~ other to support the

d(Jctonrl di.w:rtalitm.

There is no application form . .i\.pplicatlons consisting of the following materials

should be mailed by May 1_5. 2015, ro:

William A. Rhodchaml., Chair

S<Jciety of lndfana Pioneers Fellowship Committee

Society of lndfana Pioneers

140 North Senate Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46204-2207

1. Cover ~heet. with the following infonn..’tl:ion: name, mailing addre~s, telephone

an<l fa~ uumber.s, e-mail address, present rank an<l i.t1slitution name, and title

of master’s thesis or doctoral dissettation.

2. Please send a description of your 1ru~~tcr’s thesis or doctoral dissertllrion (no

longer than two single-spaced pages)

3. A resume of no more than three pages.

4. ‘lluce lcners of recommendation from people familiar “‘;;h your w()rk. ‘lhc

rcconunc.mhuio.os must include the profrssor. directing your resc11rch aad the cb!lir. ;\ pplicants are re;;ponsil>lc for contacting all persons

providing recommendations

5. Expectations of the recipieat a.) research supported by the fcllo-wship should

be donC’. between summer 2013 and summer 2016; b.) a one-page <lcscripLion

of the specific research supponed by the fellowship should be senr tt> the

Society at the end of rhe fellowship period (this will he included in the

Society’s 11naual Yearbook as information for the membership); c.) a copy of

the final m:tstcr’s thesis or doctoral dissertJttion should be deposited with the

Society; and d.) attend the a.iuiual meeting of the Society of Jndiana Pioneers

in Indianapolis in Novemh~r m ;;pe11k briefly about your rcseru:ch.

Jewish Life & Culture Taube/Koret Early Career Scholars Program (FALL deadline 30 APR 2015, SPRING deadline 3 AUG 2015)

Taube/Koret Early Career Scholars Program
The application deadline for the fall semester fellowship is April 30, 2015.
The application deadline for the spring semester fellowship is August 3, 2015.
The Center for Jewish History offers a fellowship to early career scholars through a grant from the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture. The award supports original research at the Center in the humanities, including but not limited to Jewish studies, Russian and East European studies, American studies and Germanic studies, as well as musicology, linguistics, anthropology, sociology and history. Applications are welcome from scholars in any field who have completed a PhD within the six years prior to the start of the fellowship and whose research will benefit considerably from consultation with materials in 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. Fellowships carry a stipend of $23,500 for a period of five months, and Fellows may apply to be in residence during either the fall or spring semester. 
Responsibilities of Taube/Koret Early Career Scholar
  • Conduct original research at the Center for Jewish History on a full-time basis; Fellows are required to spend a minimum of three days per week in residence.
  • Deliver at least one public lecture at the Center based on the research conducted.
  • Actively participate in the scholarly community at the Center. Each year the Center welcomes numerous Fellows to work in Center partner collections including graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Taube/Koret Early Career Scholars are expected to take part in the Fellowship Program’s regular meetings at the Center.
  • Acknowledge the Center for Jewish History and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture in all publications resulting from the fellowship.
  • Submit a detailed report upon completion of the fellowship describing the experience as a Center Fellow.
  • Open to all scholars – including college and university faculty – who have received a PhD within the six years prior to the start of the fellowship
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to have the appropriate visa for acceptance of the stipend for the duration of the award. The Center for Jewish History is not a visa-granting institution but will help facilitate the visa application process.
Requirements for application
  1. Cover letter stating area of interest, knowledge of relevant languages, and how the project relates to the mission of the Center for Jewish History, and preferred fellowship start date
  2. Curriculum Vitae, including contact information, education, publications, scholarly and/or museum activities, teaching experience, and any other relevant work experience
  3. Research proposal of no more than five pages double-spaced, including specific reference to the collections at the Center and clearly stated goals for research during the period of the fellowship
  4. A one-page bibliography of important secondary sources for the project
  5. Three letters of recommendation, which address the significance of the candidate’s work for his or her field as well as the candidate’s ability to fulfill the proposed research project. Letters of recommendation should be submitted under separate cover – preferably by email or dossier service – to the address below; please list the names and email addresses of referees in your CV. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that letters of recommendation are submitted by the deadline.
  6. Please submit application materials 1-4 by email as one continuous PDF file.
Application schedule
  • Applications for the fall 2015 semester are due April 30, 2015; applications for the spring 2016 fellowship are due August 3, 2015.  All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by the deadline for consideration.
  • Announcement of grant recipients: May 2015 for the fall semester; September 2015 for the spring semester
  • Commencement of grant period: August or September for the fall semester; January or February for the spring semester
Applications are to be submitted to:
Christopher Barthel, PhD
Senior Manager for Academic and Public Programs
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States of America

Adjunct Positions Available in World History IUPU-Columbus

The History Program in the Indiana University Division of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) anticipates vacancies for adjunct instructor(s) in a survey class in World History before 1800 (History H108), and in a survey class in World History after 1800 (History H109) during the fall semester of 2015. The classes often are taught as breaking nearer 1500, depending on instructor preference. The section of History H108 will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon until 1:15. The section of History H109 will on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-4:15. Class size for each will probably be in the vicinity of 25-30.


Alternatively, the Program may be open to hiring staff to teach either one or both of the following: H105, American History I; and H106, American History II. The section of H105 will meet at 3:00-4:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the section of H106 will meet at 1:30-2:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Class size for each will probably be in the vicinity of 20-25.


IUPUC is a nonresidential campus serving traditional and nontraditional students in the south-east-central region of Indiana. About half of all IUPUC students are of non-traditional age, and most IUPUC students are first-generation college students.


Minimum requirements are an active ABD in an appropriate field of History, or a PhD, and some teaching experience. It is understood that not all plausible applicants will have taught a class as instructor of record, and all instructors will find some part of a world history survey a stretch. Pay for an ABD with teaching experience in the IU system will probably be in the vicinity of $2208; in addition there is a modest travel stipend (NOT mileage) for those coming from Bloomington, Indianapolis, or a similar distance. Those with a PhD will receive a slightly higher pay rate.


Those who have previously taught at Columbus, been interviewed at Columbus, or submitted materials at Columbus, are encouraged to apply for this opportunity, as are those who have not had previous contact with IUPUC.


Those holding appointments elsewhere in the IU system will need to be able to fit this appointment within applicable load limits (those unsure of their status should apply). Graduate students will probably require the permission of their adviser and \ or program.


Opportunities for future terms are possible, dependent on campus needs and resources.


Those interested should contact Dr. Doug Gardner, Coordinator of the History Program, at, as soon as possible. An emailed statement of interest and a brief CV, showing at the minimum education, teaching experience, and a dissertation title will suffice for initial screening. Dr. Gardner’s phone number is 812-348-7206, and his postal address is IUPUC, 4601 Central Avenue, Columbus, Indiana 47203.