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2014 Mellon-ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships in Humanities or Social Science

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

ACLS and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provide PhD Fellowships in Humanities or Social Science. The program is restricted to graduate students who 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). 65 fellowships are offered. The fellowships will provide stipend: $25,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000. 

About Scholarship: ACLS invites applications for the eighth annual competition for the Mellon/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 Ph.D. dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the Ph.D. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2015. A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program. 

Study: Fellowships are provided in humanities or social science department in the United States.
Course Level: Fellowships 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.

Scholarship by: ACLS and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.
Location: USA or Abroad (The fellowship tenure may be carried out in residence at the fellow’s home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research.) 

Eligibility:-The program is open to Ph.D. candidates in a humanities or social science department in the United States.
-Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation (obtained ABD status) by the application deadline.
-The program is restricted to graduate students who 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 Ph.D.)
-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.

Scholarship Open for: All doctoral students who are completing PhDs at degree-granting institutions in the United States are eligible to apply. 

Number of awards: 65 

Duration: Fellowship is offered for one year beginning between June and September 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year. 

Value: The fellowship programme will provide stipend: $25,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000. 

Selection Criteria: Scholars asked to review applications in this program are instructed to use the following four criteria:
-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.
-The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.
-The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed time frame.
-The scholarly record and career trajectory of the applicant. 

Notification: Notifications will be sent in late March 2014. 

Apply: The mode of applying is online. 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, such as health insurance; 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. 

Deadline: October 23, 2013

Further Information: http://www.acls.org/programs/dcf/

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