History graduate students succeed in several competitions for prestigious fellowships to complete their doctoral dissertation. Congratulations!

CIC Smithsonian Institute Fellowship—Supports research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities.

Sarah Jones Weicksel for "The Fabric of War: Clothing, Culture and Violence in the American Civil War Era," directed by Kathleen Neils Conzen and Leora Auslander.

Mellon/ACLS Mellon Completion Fellowship—Supports a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and social sciences in the last year of dissertation writing.

Maura Capps for "'All Flesh Is Grass': A Political Ecology of Agrarian Improvement in Britain’s Settler Empire, 1780–1850," directed by Fredrik Albritton Jonsson.

José Juan Pérez Meléndez for "The Business of Peopling: Colonization Companies and the Making of Imperial Brazil, 1815–1878," directed by Dain Borges.

Quinn Dissertation Fellowship—A prestigious honor given to only one or two PhD students a year at thirteen top universities throughout the United States.

Diana Schwartz for "Transforming the Tropics: Development, Displacement, and Anthropology in the Papaloapan, Mexico, 1940s–1970s," directed by Emilio Kourí.

University of Chicago, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture Dissertation Fellowship—Enables an outstanding doctoral student interested in the study of race and ethnicity to devote full energy to the completion of the dissertation.

Emily Marker for "France between Europe and Africa: Youth, Education, and the Cultural Politics of Postwar Colonialism and European Unity, 1940–1960," directed by Leora Auslander.

University of Chicago Social Sciences Mellon Advanced Studies Fellowship

Emilio de Antuñano for "Containing a Mass City: Urban Planning, People, and Space in the Valley of Mexico, c. 1930–1950," directed by Mauricio Tenorio.

The Urban Network also named Emilio a 2015–16 doctoral fellow.

University of Chicago William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship—The Harper is one of the highest honors awarded students at the university.

Carlos Grenier for "The Yazicizades: Religion, History, and Sacred Knowledge on the Early Modern Frontier," directed by Cornell Fleischer.

Nathan Leidholm for "Political Families in Byzantium: The Social and Cultural Significance of the Byzantine Genos as Kin Group, ca. 900–1150," directed by Walter Kaegi.

Aiala Levy for "Forging an Urban Public: Theaters, Audiences, and the City in São Paulo, Brazil, 1854–1930," directed by Dain Borges.

By Joanne M. Berens, MFA'93, jberens@uchicago.edu