Nyu Gsas Dissertation Fellowships For History

The GSAS Dissertation Fellowships fall 2017 (AY 2018-19) competition is open. The deadline for departments to submit nominations is Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Please note that the Global Dissertation Fellowships to NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai are part of a separate process. If you are interested in applying for a Global Dissertation Fellowship, please find a link to that page here. 

Fellowship Types

There are two types of GSAS Dissertation Fellowships available: 1) research and 2) writing. 

1. Dissertation Research Fellowships are for students who are in a research stage of their dissertation. Recipients of research fellowships are not obligated to complete their degree at the end of the fellowship term. Dissertation research fellowships include a stipend that reflects the GSAS minimum stipend for 2018-2019. In 2017-2018 the minimum stipend was $27,526. For students still within their MacCracken award term, the waiver of maintenance of matriculation fees, and 100% coverage in the NYU comprehensive health insurance plan for an individual will be covered under the terms of the MacCracken award. For non-MacCracken students as well as students beyond the term of their MacCracken award but still financial aid eligible, a waiver of maintenance of matriculation fees, and 100% coverage in the NYU comprehensive health insurance plan for an individual will also be included in the award.

2.  Dissertation Writing Fellowships are for students who are in a writing stage of their dissertation and plan to complete their degree at the end of the fellowship term. Each dissertation writing fellowship includes a stipend that reflects the GSAS minimum stipend for 2018-2019. In 2017-2018 the minimum stipend was $27,526. The stipend for the Mellon Dissertation Fellowship and the Williamson Fellowship will reflect the GSAS minimum stipend for 2018-2019, with an additional $500.00 merit supplement. For students still within their MacCracken award term, the waiver of maintenance of matriculation fees, and 100% coverage in the NYU comprehensive health insurance plan for an individual will be covered under the terms of the MacCracken award. For non-MacCracken students as well as students beyond the term of their MacCracken award but still financial aid eligible, a waiver of maintenance of matriculation fees, and 100% coverage in the NYU comprehensive health insurance plan for an individual will also be included in the award. It is expected that these awards will enable students to complete their dissertation and graduate at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year. Dissertation Writing Fellowships are awarded only to students who have completed the full term of their MacCracken fellowship, including utilizing reserved funds. If you have questions about how to best coordinate reserved funds with a dissertation award, you should consult with your department. Exceptions will be considered for programs in which students typically complete the doctoral degree within five years. 

DISSERTATION RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

Lane Cooper Fellowship

One award is available to a GSAS student who intends to pursue a teaching career in history, literature, philosophy, or classical and medieval languages. Research may concern any period up to and including, but not later than, the Renaissance. Recipients must submit a final progress report before August 15 of the award year to the GSAS Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Download the Lane Cooper Fellowship Application

Elaine Brody Fellowship

*The Elaine Brody Fellowship is suspended for AY 2018-19. It is expected to be reinstated for AY 2019-2020. 

DISSERTATION WRITING FELLOWSHIPS

Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship

Thirty Dean's Dissertation Fellowships are available to eligible GSAS doctoral students in all departments who will be entering the final year of writing their dissertations. Students from the Departments of English, History, and Philosophy are not eligible to be nominated directly for the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. Students from these departments who are nominated but not selected for the Mellon Dissertation Fellowship will automatically be considered for the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. Recipients must submit a final progress report before August 15 of the award year to the GSAS Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Download the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship Application

Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in English; Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in History; and Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in Philosophy

Five Mellon Dissertation Fellowships are available in each of the Departments of English, History, and Philosophy. These fellowships are available to students in these departments who are entering the final year of writing their dissertations. Students who are nominated but not selected for the Mellon Dissertation Fellowships in English, History, and Philosophy will automatically be considered for the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. Recipients must submit a final progress report before August 15 of the award year to the GSAS Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Download the Mellon Dissertation Fellowship Application

Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities

Five Mellon Dissertation Fellowships in the Humanities are available to students in Arts and Science based humanities departments who are entering the final year of writing their dissertations. GSAS affiliate programs are not eligible to apply for this award. Students in English, History, and Philosophy are not eligible for this award and should apply to the department specific Mellon Fellowships listed above. Students who are nominated but not selected for the Mellon Dissertation Fellowships in the Humanities will automatically be considered for the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. Recipients must submit a final progress report before August 15 of the award year to the GSAS Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Download the Mellon Dissertation Fellowship Application

Samuel J. and Joan B. Williamson Fellowship

One award is available to a GSAS student in Neural Science or Physics with preference to students whose research relates to the physical foundations of biological function, and who actively engage in transmitting the results of such research to the general public. Students who are nominated but not selected for the Samuel J. and Joan B. Williamson Fellowship will automatically be considered for the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. Recipients must submit a final progress report before August 15 of the award year to the GSAS Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Download the Samuel J. and Joan B. Williamson Fellowship Application

James Arthur Fellowship

One award is available to a GSAS student whose dissertation concerns the measurement, meaning or conceptualizing of time. This could include current or past technologies, subjects like cosmology, relativity theory, carbon dating, anthropological, psychological, historical, linguistic or literary perspectives, or many other areas of inquiry. Students who are nominated but not selected for the James Arthur Fellowship will automatically be considered for the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. Recipients must submit a final progress report before August 15 of the award year to the GSAS Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Download the James Arthur Fellowship Application

Eligibilty

  1.  Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.3 and must have earned 100 percent of credits required for the degree by date of award (courses with I, NR, W, and F grades are not considered successfully completed).
  2.  During the award year 2018-2019, applicants must be within seven years of their first term of enrollment in the doctoral program. Eligibility beyond seven years may be extended on an exception basis, consistent with the Graduate School's normal review of financial aid eligibility. The common reasons for extension are (a) time off for an official leave of absence; (b) up to four semesters of fieldwork, if the field work occurred within the first seven years of enrollment and the student did not receive a GSAS or other institutional stipend for the semester(s); and (c) exceptional academic circumstances that are beyond the student's control (e.g., the academic advisor left; serious illness).
  3.  No student is eligible to receive more than one GSAS dissertation fellowship either in the same year or in different years. No student is eligible to receive both a GSAS based fellowship and a Global Dissertation Research and Writing Fellowship in the same year.

How to Apply

Students must apply for GSAS Dissertation Fellowships through their departments. Departments may devise their own internal nomination procedures, which may or may not require the completion of the full GSAS application; however, each student that is ultimately being nominated by the department to GSAS must submit the full application by the October 11 deadline. Please contact your department about its own internal nomination process and deadline. Given the limited numbers of fellowships available, departments may not be able to nominate all students who are interested in these awards. 

Fellowship application components vary depending on the award. Be sure to use the application packet that corresponds to the award for which you are applying. If you are applying for more than one award, please complete each GSAS application packet separately. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

 

 

Eligibility

Doctoral student applicants must be nominated by their department. Departments may submit not more than three nominations (unranked).

All Ph.D. candidates who have completed all degree requirements except for the dissertation and are maintaining matriculation with full-time status in the humanities and arts disciplines in the Graduate School of Arts and Science (including IFA, Performance Studies, and Cinema Studies) or the Steinhardt School are eligible to apply. Candidates must already have made significant progress on their dissertations.

Strong priority will be given to students in their final year. Doctoral Fellows who are fully funded by the Center are expected not to teach during the fellowship year. GSAS students may apply for a fellowship for post-MacCracken support.

Program Requirements

There are two main requirements expected of students participating in this program.

Department Nomination

Students must be nominated by their department chair in consultation with their director of graduate studies. A department may nominate up to three applicants.

Weekly Meetings

Fellows are required to attend weekly meetings with the entire cohort of research fellows. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss projects and emerging humanities trends.

Funding

Doctoral Student Fellows receive a nine-month stipend of approximately $27,526, comprehensive health insurance, maintenance of matriculation and registration fees, and a research award of $2,000. If awarded a NYU Center for the Humanities Research Fellowship, the student must turn down any other full-year grant/fellowship from another funding source.

Dissertation Fellowship Research Stipends

In addition to the three Doctoral Fellows to be funded through the Center, two winners of the GSAS Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship or Mellon Fellowship will be selected as Honorary Fellows to participate in the year’s weekly meetings and events. Each Honorary Fellow will receive a research award of $2,000 and will take part fully in the Center’s programming. No separate application is necessary to be considered for the Honorary Fellowship.

Application Instructions

Applications for the Graduate Student Research Fellowship competition may be submitted only by the student’s department. Applicants should therefore check on internal departmental deadlines.

Graduate Students: Please contact your department administrator directly to confirm their preferred contact and method of submission. It is the graduate student’s responsibility to ensure that their department administrator is supplied with all required materials and information from sections 1 & 2 below.

Department Administrators: You are responsible for submitting all materials electronically through the online application. Please complete one application form per student.

1. Applicant Information

Department administrators will be asked to include the student’s following information: department, school, address and phone number, e-mail address, Net ID, NYU ID Number (N#), and expected date of PhD. They will also need to provide the name, title, phone number, and e-mail address of the student’s dissertation advisor, director of graduate studies, and department chair.

Full Curriculum Vitae (Word Document or PDF)

Students must provide their department administrator with a full CV to submit via the application form.

2. Research Experience & Project

Department administrators will be asked to include the title of the student’s dissertation in addition to uploading the documents listed below.

Proposal (Word Document or PDF)

The proposal, consisting of no more than 1000 words, should describe the dissertation, its importance for the field in particular and the humanities more generally, and the progress expected to be made during the Fellowship year.

Unofficial Graduate Transcript (PDF)

The student’s transcript can be obtained by either the student or department administrator from albert.nyu.edu.

3. Letters of Support

Department administrators are responsible for collecting and uploading two letters of support for the student: one from the dissertation advisor, and one from the department chair.

Dissertation Advisor

This letter should assess the student’s expected contribution to his/her field and his/her ability to engage productively with an interdisciplinary group of scholars. Letters should be submitted directly to the department administrator to be included in the student’s application.

Department Chair

In the case of multiple applications from the same department, a single letter is acceptable as long as it addresses each candidate.

Selection Criteria & Review Process

Fellows will be selected by the NYU Center for the Humanities Fellowship Review Committee. The proposal and the department nomination will form the basis for the Committee’s decision making. Criteria for selection will be the strength and promise of the research project, the student’s academic record, and the potential for the student to contribute to and benefit from broad-based interdisciplinary discussions and activities.

Questions regarding applications should be addressed to info@nyuhumanities.org.

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