The Department of History is very pleased to announced the establishment of two new dissertation write-up fellowships for History doctoral students, made possible by a generous bequest from the estate of T. Bentley Duncan, PhD'67, associate professor emeritus of history.

Of the two fellowships, one will give preference, but is not restricted to, dissertation research in fields related to Prof. Duncan's scholarly interests: Latin America, Iberia, and the early modern Atlantic world; the second will support dissertation work in any field of historical inquiry. The department will award the Duncan Fellowships yearly; students in their seventh year of study or earlier during the award year are eligible to apply.

Duncan was a history faculty member from 1965 to 1996. In 1968 he became the first director of the Center for Latin American Studies and directed the master's program in Latin American studies for many years. He helped build the fields of Latin American, Atlantic, and Luso-Brazilian studies and authored Atlantic Islands: Madeira, the Azores, and the Cape Verdes in Seventeenth-century Commerce and Navigation (University of Chicago, 1972) and Uneasy Allies: Anglo-Portugese Relations (Vantage, 2001).


T. Bentley Duncan (right) examines Spanish manuscripts with Robert Rosenthal (left), curator of Special Collections at the University of Chicago Library, 1967 (apf1-07256).


By Joanne M. Berens, MFA'93, jberens[at]uchicago[dot]edu.

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