Dissertation Research and Write-Up Funding

University Funding for Proposal & Dissertation Research

This section addresses fellowships administered directly by the Department of History or the Social Sciences Division. Additional fellowship opportunities are announced to current students through our email list serves. Additional funding is also available through the University's area centers which often provide funding for dissertation research and writing, such as the Center for Gender Studies, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, East Asian and Latin American Studies, Cinema and Media Studies, and the French and British Centers. 


Research and Travel Grants

Departmental travel grants are given in addition to Summer funding granted through the Admissions funding packages. Grants are given to students at the dissertation research stage. The competition is semi-annual with a cycle for Summer and Autumn travel and another cycle for Winter and Spring travel. Grants are for up to $2,000 at a time (with the exception of the Cochrane, which is $3,000) Students are limited to $6,000 in departmental funds during their graduate career. Preference is given to students who have not yet received support for research travel.

Freehling, Kunstadter, Sinkler and John Hope Franklin Research Travel Grants

Department grants for archival research. The autumn quarter competition funds travel in the winter and spring months; the spring quarter competition funds travel in the summer and early autumn months.
Amount of award: Up to $2,000/funding cycle
Number of awards: Varies
Deadlines: mid-November and late-April/early-May
Award Committee: History Fellowship Committee

Eric Cochrane Traveling Fellowship

A Departmental grant for summer research to Western Europe in connection with work on the dissertation. The research can be preparatory to formal presentation of the dissertation, or it can be part of the dissertation project. Students of western European history who have passed the orals examination before commencing travel are eligible. Students usually only receive at most one Cochrane during their graduate career, and the amount is applied to the $6,000 limit.
Amount of award: Up to $3,000
Number of awards: Generally two
Deadline: Late-April/early-May 
Award Committee: History Fellowship Committee

Arthur Mann Traveling Fellowship

A Departmental grant to assist travel by United States history students doing preliminary dissertation research, as well as third-year concentrators who will be writing a B.A. paper on U.S. history. Graduate travel applications through regular travel competition are considered for this award if other funds cannot cover demand for US travel.
Amount of award: $500
Number of awards: Two for graduates (only awarded if other funding does not cover demand for US travel); two for undergraduates.
Deadline: Late-April/Early-May
Award Committee: History Fellowship Committee for graduate awards. Collegiate Affairs Committee for undergraduate awards.

The Joseph Atanda Research Award

This award is aimed at graduate students in the fields of African history or African diaspora history.  This award may be won by a graduate student at any stage of the program, and funds can be used to support language training, field work, and archival research. The award is named after Prof. Joseph Atanda (BA, University of London; PhD, University of Ibadan, Nigeria), who took part in a number of faculty exchanges, including one in 1969-70 with Professor Ralph Austen here at the University of Chicago.  
Amount of award: $2000
Number of awards: One
Deadline: Late April/Early May
Award Committee: History Fellowship Committee

Hanna Holborn Gray Advanced Fellowship

To support students in both the penultimate and final phrases of graduate study, beginning in the period when the dissertation proposal is being developed and carrying through the time of write-up and final completion of the dissertation.
Amount of Award: $30,000 stipend and tuition, basic fees, and basic health insurance.
Deadline: mid-April
Eligibility: Applicant Currently in 4th year of study. Successful Admission to Candidacy by end of 4th year is required to take up the fellowship.
Award Committee: History’s Fellowship Committee generally nominates one student


Dissertation Write-up Fellowships

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Foundation Fellowship

To support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.
Amount of award: stipend and a tuition waiver; renewable for up to three years
Nominations: The Humanities and Social Sciences select up to three to represent the University.
Deadline: December
Award's Committee: History’s Fellowship Committee recommends one student for nomination
Contact Person: Associate Dean Kelly Therese Pollock (795-3238)

Dwight D. Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowship

To support study and education dealing with the role of government in a free society, the relationship between international and domestic issues, and improved understanding of world affairs. Applicants need to be advanced to candidacy (ABD) and United States citizens or permanent U.S. residents.
Amount of award: $10,000 stipend and a tuition waiver.
Nominations: The Social Science Division selects two nominees.
Deadline: early March (see department calendar for exact date each year; Deadline based on Dean of Students announcement, which usually comes in early Feb)
Award's Committee: History’s Fellowship Committee recommends one student for nomination

William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship

For students who have demonstrated academic excellence and unusual promise, the Harper is one of the highest honors awarded students at the University. Students entering their last twelve to eighteen months of dissertation work are eligible.
Amount of award: stipend, a tuition waiver, fees, and University Basic student health insurance for four quarters unless graduation occurs earlier.
Number of awards: 1 in Social Sciences Division
Deadline:late March/early April (see department calendar for exact date each year; Deadline based on Dean of Students announcement, which usually comes in early Feb)
Award Committee: History’s Fellowship Committee generally nominates one student

Mellon Dissertation Fellowship

For students who have demonstrated academic excellence and unusual promise.
Amount of award: stipend, a tuition waiver, fees, and health insurance
Number of awards: One to three to History
Deadline:late March/early April (see department calendar for exact date each year; Deadline based on Dean of Students announcement, which usually comes in early Feb)
Eligibility: Students in their 6th-year, or less, of graduate study in the fellowship year (in other words, you apply during your 4th or 5th year in the program). In tallying up relevant years of study, years in Pro Forma count toward time in the program. Please contact the Graduate Affairs Administrator before applying if in doubt about your eligibility.
Details: This is a twelve-month fellowship. Preference is given to students most likely to complete the dissertation during this period. To encourage completion, fellows cannot engage in any remunerative activity, such as teaching, either on or off campus, while holding this award.
Award Committee: History’s Fellowship Committee may nominate a ranked list of students.

Harry Barnard Dissertation-Year Fellowship in American History

A departmental fellowship to an outstanding graduate student, whose dissertation promises to make a significant contribution to understanding American culture, politics, and the pursuit of human values and social justice in American life. United States history students entering the final year of dissertation writing are eligible. Barnard fellows can teach one course or hold other fellowships during the award year, but cannot hold a preceptorship or other year-long teaching position.
Amount of award: $20,000 stipend, plus tuition waiver and basic health insurance.
Number of awards: One
Deadline:late March/early April(see department calendar for exact date each year; Deadline based on Dean of Students announcement, which usually comes in early Feb)
Award Committee: History Fellowship Committee

Benjamin Bloom Dissertation Fellowship

A Divisional fellowship for a dissertation which considers education, formal schooling, or informal education, broadly construed. Applicants will be considered based upon the appropriateness of the dissertation topic to the fellowship’s intent, an outstanding graduate record, and the prospect of completing the dissertation by the end of the fellowship tenure.
Amount of award: stipend, a tuition waiver, fees, and health insurance
Number of awards: One
Deadline:late March/early April(see department calendar for exact date each year; Deadline based on Dean of Students announcement, which usually comes in early Feb)
Award's Committee: History Fellowship Committee may nominate one student to the Dean of Students
Contact Person: Kelly Therese Pollock (795-3238)

Markovitz Dissertation Fellowship

A Divisional fellowship for a dissertation which considers some aspect of the connection between social and economic behavior. Ph.D. candidates in any of the Social Sciences programs are eligible; there is an inclination to share the fellowship over years across disciplines. 
Amount of award:  stipend, tuition, required fees, and basic health insurance
Number of awards: One
Deadline:late March/early April (see department calendar for exact date each year; Deadline based on Dean of Students announcement, which usually comes in early Feb)
Details: Fellows may not hold another significant financial award concurrently nor may they work, including teaching, during the tenure of their fellowship
Award Committee: History Fellowship Committee nominates one student to the Dean of Students
Contact Person: Kelly Therese Pollock (795-3238)

Quinn Foundation Fellowship

A departmental fellowship that seeks to support dissertation research in any field of historical inquiry.  Ph.D candidates in the Department of History are eligible. Employment, including teaching, is not permitted during the tenure of the award. Quinn fellows who do not complete their degrees within six months of completion of their fellowships are ineligible for further internal University funding from any source and/or teaching appointments.
Amount of award: $20,000 stipend, plus a tuition waiver, fees and basic insurance
Number of awards: One
Deadline: late March/early April (see department calendar for exact date each year)
Details: This is a twelve-month fellowship. Preference is given to students most likely to complete the dissertation during this period. To encourage completion, fellows cannot engage in any remunerative activity, such as teaching, either on or off campus, while holding this award.
Contact Person: Sonja Rusnak, Graduate Affairs Administrator