Ces Mellon Pre-Dissertation

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies

 The Council for European Studies (CES) invites eligible graduate students in the humanities to apply for the 2018-19 Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies. Each fellowship includes a $27,500 stipend, paid in six (6) bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees.  

Winners of the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships will also be expected to participate in a number of activities organized by the Council for European Studies, which are designed to support early career development. These activities include: presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists, hosted by the Council for European Studies; publishing in and producing a feature for CES’ online journal; and participating in several digital and in-person career development seminars and/or workshops.


The Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  

Click the buttons above for the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship Application and corresponding faculty recommendation forms. A complete application requires one (1) application form and three (3) faculty recommendations.



Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are intended to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage graduate students in the humanities. Applicants must:

  • be ABD (year 5 and above);
  • be a US citizen or green card holder;
  • have no more than one full year of dissertation work remaining at the start of the fellowship year as certified by his or her dissertation advisor;
  • be enrolled at a higher education institution in the US that is a member of the Council for European Studies Academic Consortium. Students whose universities are not currently members of the CES consortium may apply, but they are encouraged to apply early in the application season so that every effort may be made to enroll the institution in the CES member consortium and, thus, establish the student's eligibility by the application deadline.

The applicant must also have exhausted the dissertation completion funding normally provided by his or her academic department or university, and he or she must be working on a topic within or substantially overlapping European Studies. 



The annual application period opens October 1. Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 15.  

Have questions about the fellowship or application process? Check out our FAQs!

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AAUW Dissertation Fellowship Edit

  • application is the bane of my existence
  • I concur with this sentiment. All of the dislikes x5
  • I was not allowed to apply because I received a small, one semester fellowship already.  This is lame.  The decision of banning people with previous fellowships should be based on the amount and/or the length of time for those fellowships.
  • Is anyone else having issues with the online application form for the AAUW International Fellowship? I have had several - starting from the registering process, and now some fields are not allowing the content I enter to be saved. It keeps giving "an error occurred" message. And I have been at it all day! I could have submitted my application long back, if things were working properly! Anyone else having similar issues? Please let me know. Thanks!
  • I was also having issues before the deadline, and actually was unable to submit in time because of issues on their website. I also called them to try and figure out if there was anything they could do. I would just like to say that the people I spoke with in the tech department were extremely rude and mean. I spent hours working on the application and was unable to submit because of their technical problems. However, the people working there told me there was nothing they could do and that it was basically my fault. They were extremely rude. Honestly, they sounded like uneducated rednecks. I have lost all respect for AAUW.
  • 1/18/15 -I didn't have any issues... I was actaully EXTREMELY grateful they extended the deadline 2 days. My advisor was dragging his heels to review my application for me before submitting it. Those 2 days were perfect. Now this waiting game is just torture. 2 months down.... 3 months to go :(
  • 1/18: I agree; AAUW was really generous. I'm abroad this year, but I managed to submit all materials (including to arrange for my department administrator to receive and scan an official transcript) by the deadline.
  • Has anyone's status been updated in the portal?  On last year's wiki someone wrote: " My application status still says 'recommended.'" Curious to know when in the process those updates were made last year or if anyone has seen a similar update this year.
  • 3/16: no change here. Judging from the dates on last year's comments we might not see anything until April.
  • 3/19: My status says "submitted"... is that what everyone's say? x2
  • 3/19: 26 days left according to the count down on my phone... I dont know why I keep checking.
  • Applied (Dissertation Completion) - x8
  • 4/4: Does anyone else's status say something beyond "submitted"? And, also, do they just notify by putting up a list of winner's? No emails or anything?
  • Mine also still says "Submitted."
  • 4/6 - NINE MORE DAYSSSS! My status says "Submitted" as well. And my understanding is they post it online and send the notifications in the mail. The website says: "On April 15, 2015, notification of awards mailed to all applicants. Fellows and Grantees posted on AAUW's website." This wait is killing me!
  • 4/7 - Ladies - just wanted to say, this is one of the few (actually probably only) fellowship(s) that I have applied for in which I won't be disappointed if I am not a winner because, regardless, it is nice to see women supported in this man's world!! I wish you all lots of luck! x3
  • 4/9 - SIX MORE DAYS! Less than a week now :)
  • 4/14 - One day moooore! Good luck to everyone. X2
    • EEEEK! Tomorrow!!! The 5 month suspense has been killing me!!! Good luck to everyone as well!!! X2
    • At the risk of getting a little too crazy...does anyone know around what time the list is posted? 
    • No idea unfortunately. But that's not crazy at all. I feel the same way. I will probably start trolling the AAUW website around noon (EST time). They are based out of Washington D.C. so 12:00pm EST sounds like a reasonable time to keep refreshing the AAUW site right? or maybe I am just as crazy too :)
  • The list is up! 
  • And I am not on it!
  • ^^ Ha! Me either! Sigh... only one person from my state too, STEM, naturally. I'm history - not sure why I bothered!
    ( not on it either.... oh well. Tried not to get my hopes up, but I am disappointed!
  • http://www.aauw.org/article/aauws-2015-16-fellowships-and-grants-awardees/
  • I applied for the international fellowship. It looks like the list of international and american fellows are identical. Possibly an error? (Clinging to last straws of hope..) X 2
    • I concur, same boat. And in all previous years the lists for national and international have been different. Anyone contact AAUW about this? I'm now preparing to be not on "the list" for the second time this morning!
      • UPDATE: looks like they've fixed it, though it didn't help me! Congrats to all awardees!
  • I guess there is still some small hope that those of us not on the list might be selected as alternates? 
  • How can you tell what field they are in? for the person that said "only one person from my state too..." just curious how you know or are you guessing based on the school they are attending?
  • ^^ Google.. Most people have a CV up on the web.
  • Yep, I googled - creepy I know, but it made me feel better!
  • Received my "Welcome Letter" email today (4/15/15) at 8:09AM PST this morning. 
  • Did anyone get the being-an-alternate email?
  • I was selected for the award but will have to decline (x2)
  • I think last year people got the "alternative" notice via snailmail, which arrived around April 19th. So, not all is lost, right?
    • I got a snailmail letter today (4/18) letting me know I'm an alternate. They don't let you know where on the list you are, so... back to the holding pen to wait with bated breath.
    • Its me who received the email (04/15) again.. do you know how many alternates there are every year? Also, are you an alternate for the American or International fellowship? I am an alternate for the international fellowship.
    • Hi! I have no idea how many alternates. The letter I got said that they can't let you know how many alternates or where you are on the list (so, as helpful as you can get, basically!). I'm up for the American. Congrats on being an alternate, though! It's something.
    • Hey.. thanks for this. Ya, I guess there is no way of estimating our chances. Will just have to wait and find out. Good luck to us!
    • Also got a snail mail letter (4/18) informing me that I'm an alternate for the American fellowship.
  • I got an email saying that I have been selected as an alternate (04/15)
  • Snail mail rejection letter received on 4/18. (posted 4/19)
  • 4/20 - Recieved my welcome packet in the mail today. It wasnt as informative as I had hoped. Curious about more logistics. Still exciting!
  • Still waiting for my rejection... Since they charged an application fee, I am hoping they will at least bother with sending me one :-(
  • Still waiting for my rejection x2 (04/25/2015). I applied for international.
  • To those who won - are your stipends above $20,000? If you have a stipend above 20K does this make you ineligible??
    • I'm assuming you won the award?  The contract stipulates you cannot take another award that is more than $20K (AAUW must be the largest source of your financial awards).  However, you can accept other awards as long as it is under $20K (by how much less, I don't know).  Tuition remission and health insurance do not count.  
  • Have any alternates heard anything? (5/6)
    • Not yet! (5/7)
    • How about now? Anything either way? (5/22)
      • I haven't heard anything, no. From the wiki for past years, it looks like they don't send rejection notices to the alternates... (5/22) x 2 (also UGH) (UGH x2)
      • I just heard yesterday that I have been selected to receive support next year. I hope a couple of you hear the same! (5/28) x2
      • For the person who heard, how did AAUW notify? Email or mail?
      • I'm not the person above, but also got the good news - it was via emailLikewise, via e-mail. I'm still waiting on the physical acceptance packet. 
  • Received an email yesterday saying that I had been moved from "Alternate" to "Accepted."  (I thought that we were supposed to email them if we wanted to stay on the Alternate list?  I didn't, but I guess that they just keep you on the list anyway?  Also: WOW this is late in the game.)  In any case, I accepted something else back in March, and so will have to decline/release the award back into the wild.  As another poster said earlier, I'm very pleased to be in the company of the AAUW applicants, and am psyched that someone else gets to enjoy the award.  (6/12)
  • I just got an offer, which I'm going to accept - thanks so much to everyone who declined it!! (7/2)

ACLS / Luce Dissertation Fellowships in American Art Edit

Applied x1

Does anyone know when we should be hearing news?

  • Any time between now and the end of the month, according to past years (3/10).
  • Received rejection via email (3/16).
  • Received acceptance via email (3.16), accepted 3.19.

ACLS / Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowships Edit

  • applied x30
  • Is it correct that there is no place to submit a CV? Just publications and funding.
  • Informed about a week after the deadline that my application was being withdrawn because I wasn't humanities/social sciences enough.  The decision is based solely on the department that you belong to and not the work that you do.  :-(
  • Anyone know when the various cuts and/or final award announcements are made?
  • Last year it was mid-to-late March that award announcements started going out. According to the Wiki, it was on a rolling basis, with some rejections coming rather later, but awards coming earlier. (26 January 2015)
  • Thanks.  Good to know,
  • In reference to the mid-March announcements...that was true for last year, however, the year before many announcements began rolling in on the Friday of the first week of March. So, a week from today we can begin to frantically examine our in-box (and Spam folders) with purpose. (2/27)
  • Do they usually notify those who get accepted first? (2/28)
  • As I've read the earlier wiki, it seems that they let people know in order irrespective of whether of not they are accepted. (3/2)
  • Is this week the week? (3/2)
  • Could be. I emailed a few weeks back to inquire (I had a good reason) and the office replied, "Notifications will be sent via email in early March." Though how the office will define early March is anyone's guess. (3/4)
  • Oh, good. Now I can check my email every five minutes for the rest of the week. (x3)
  • My guess is that it's a bit early, but it's certainly possible according to the experience of past years. I think if any awards are announced this week it won't be until Friday. I still think we'll be waiting until next week, or the following. Patience is a virtue, right? (3/2)
  • Does anyone know if the notifications come in the mail or via email? (3/3)
  • Last year it looks like the majority were notified on or by 3/19. Even though I know it probably isn't going to be this week, I can't stop hoping I will have a notification waiting in my inbox (or spam).  (3/5)
  • Ugh, I really thought today would be the day. (3/5)
  • Is anyone here in a situation where you can finish a poor dissertation without the funding this year? (3/5)
  • I am. Currently drafting my final chapter - can get revisions in for an August graduation. Would still greatly appreciate this fellowship so I can focus on publishing stuff, and padding the CV in the off chance I could actually land a job for 2016/17. (3/5) x3
  • This may be a panicking question (because all my fellowship questions right now are tinged with panic), but does this award also include tuition remission? I assumed it does when I applied, but I'm unable to find anything that actually articulates that on their website. Anyone who has won this award in years past or knows anyone who has one it in years past know how this works? I haven't heard anything from the ACLS/Mellon people, but I was just curious. (3/6)
  • The fellowship is awarded with a token 5k tuition payment to your university, with the understanding that your university will cover the rest of your fees. I have never heard of a university not covering the difference, but I suppose it could happen. But for most intents and purposes, yes: this fellowship includes tuition remission.
  • Thanks so much! I thought that was probably the case, but I wasn't certain.
  • This is really splitting hairs, but does anyone know whether they typically announce in the afternoon or morning? Or is there no pattern?
  • If my neurotic memory is remotely accurate, I think most notifications for this fellowship in the past have been between about noon and 3pm....
  • Two distinct upshots of not getting notified this afternoon. First, it saves me from being depressed all weekend in the statistically probable event that my application is rejected. And, second, it gives us obsessive types (maybe that's all of us) two days off when we know for a fact no one at ACLS is going to notify us of an award. Silver linings everywhere...
  • Do you think at this point it's late enough we won't hear today?
  • ACLS is in NYC, so another hour till 3pm (assuming they won't notify between 3 and end of business). Will take the silver lining for the weekend though. Do we know if they always notify on Fridays?
  • No they do not always notify on Fridays. A couple years ago was a Tuesday, another year it was a Thursday. I'd tend to think at this point  (2:10 EST) we're not going to hear anything today. Happy weekend!
  • Has anyone received any notification of any sort by today? (6 March 2015)
  • No notification yet (3/6) x4
  • Just called ACLS (3/6).  The committee will meet this weekend to review applications, and we should receive letters "within two weeks at most."
  • Phew. Thanks for calling! I see from previous years that all applicants are notified together, albeit on a rolling basis. So I suspect they will start notifying earlier and continue for more than a couple of days.
  • Same news was just confirmed by a faculty member in my department who is on the committee. (3/6)
  • Is the faculty member in your department in the committee on the subject area or the more general level? (3/7)
  • I don't know if I can wait two more weeks without my head/heart exploding. lol. Thanks for calling and finding out more than speculative information. 
  • It's weird that the committee has not reviewed the applications yet. So from October to March, were our applications just with the program officers? (3/6)
  • I think the applications go through more than one committee (first in your subject area, and then at a more general level)
  • Thanks for sharing this. Any news on whether "meeting this weekend to review applications" means making final decisions or whether there are more rounds of meetings (more waiting) ahead?
  • ^^Thanks for providing some Sunday evening entertainment, folks. Not to be a buzzkill, but you do realize that these fellowships are going to be awarded to people who have already published articles and secured prior Mellon/Fulbright fellowships?
  • ^What, like it's hard?
  • Your cynicism tastes pretty stale and is so uninspired. Not to mention that you're wrong. Sure, some awards will go to those who won awards before, attend the Ivy-top 10, or have published a bunch. But many do not. A colleague at a non-Ivy R1 institution who had never published and never received Mellon money won this award two years ago. The problem isn't that all the awards go to people who published and already had fellowship money -- the problem is there are 1200 applicants a year, a majority of whom present strong proposals, and only ~60-70 awards to give out. (x2)
  • Come on - we've got to be kind to each other. I would guess that most of us think you're both right. The cynicism is well placed - most of the 60-70 awards DO go to Ivys/former Mellon grantees /publishing powerhouses. But at the same time, "you can't get a grant you haven't applied for," so yes, sometimes it goes to someone deserving who didn't do the above. In the end, MOST of us are probably deserving (and considering the length of the application, self-selected) but the money isn't there for more of us to get the necessary support, so why cut each other down (either as cynics, dreamers or a combo thereof)? 
  • How would they even know if we published papers or not? It's not like we gave them a CV. They are definitely not going to Google us. Also, if it is true that they pre-screen the submissions based on previous achievements rather than the content and the execution, I would be disappointed at the organization as a whole.
  • Wasn't there a spot to list publications and fellowships on the app? (I thought there was). If not, I did include them in the 'scholarly trajectory' section of the application. Also, have you looked at the CVs of past winners? They do suggest that prior fellowships and publications matter.  
  • oh maybe there was... it's too long ago now and I have my first publication since. I still hope it's not a large factor for the consideration for the fellowship.
  • Yes, there was a spot to list publications and previous awards around page 3 of the application. (Can still see my submitted application. This was after educational info and before the diss title and abstract - could list up to ten awards and up to eight publications.) 
  • How exactly do they evaluate applications? Is it just publications and fellowships?


  • (x7) Acceptance received 4pm, 09 March via email
  • Congrats! Anyone else heard anything? Nothing in my inbox or spam.
  • Congratulations. Do you know if all the acceptances go out at the same day/time? 
  • Congrats! Which discipline are you? Music. Women's Studies. 
  • Acceptance rec'd 4:04pm, 09 March via email - American Studies
  • Were you the one who posted above?
  • No, I just modeled my post after the first and included my discipline.
  • Thanks! And congrats!
  • Of course! And thank you!
  • Gah - nothing here. Looks like the winners are being notified today! Congrats to you all.
  • Don't forget--in the past, they've notified on a rolling basis, so all hope is not lost.
  • He :) - I hope you are right! (I just can't help but be pessimistic on this one despite submitting what I think was a pretty strong application and strong professional record. Damn them! My name is at the end of the alphabet though. 
  • I've looked at the past years of this wiki, and I didn't see anyone get an acceptance that came after the initial wave. (Some people got alternate notifications.) Looks like I have a date with some booze tonight!
  • Acceptance here too - provisional on professor saying I'm still on track (thankfully am) - in history.
  • Congratulations! Did you receive your notification at around 4pm, too?
  • Yep, it seems like there was a batch that went out around the same time. Thanks! 
  • Any sociologists receiving emails of acceptance?
  • Yep-- received mine around 1pm PST/4pm EST.
  • I guess it's time to accept defeat then. 
  • To the sociologist who got accepted, are you from an Ivy or any of the top sociology schools--Berkeley, Michigan, Wisconsin, NYU?
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSKyaXkzVvc
  • ^ Thank you for that. Congrats to all!
  • Acceptance received 3pm (CST), but it got caught in my "social" folder in Gmail for some reason, so make sure to check there.  I'm in History (non-Ivy). 
  • Congrats everyone! Looks like the rest of us will receive rejection letters tomorrow? Good times!
  • Out of curiosity (win, lose, waitlist, whatever you are): is ACLS/Mellon the biggest humanities completion fellowship (in terms of numbers who apply) in the US? And if so, do any of you have an idea as to why? I applied because, while I already have funding, it always looks nice to have an external award on your CV - plus the stipend is generous as far as stipends go. Was just curious as to why it is this fellowship that elicits such a discussion every year...
  • I think you've answered your own question. I'd always heard that Mellon/ACLS is the most prestigious and selective humanities completion fellowship in the US.
  • Anyone in Modern Languages with an acceptance? Congrats to all
  • Anyone in Art History? Congratulations!
  • Any anthropologists?  Congrats to all of the recipients!
  • Any news today? (3/10)
  • I'm assuming there won't be until around 4pm on the east coast. 
  • Acceptance -- email 3/14 at 12pm. (Anthropology) But I am declining because I've taken another offer. Also assume I was wait-listed, because first round of acceptances went out on 3/9? If that is consolation to folks.
  • Alternate Notification Section
  • Notification of alternate status, 12:21pm EST (I imagine the chances of this turning into a fellowship are slim, right?)
  • Any other alternates on here? Does anyone know how many alternates there typically are? And when do awardees have to accept? Congrats to all who won!
  • Alternate (3/10), Anthropology. (R1 Public U, national fellowships but no publications). Condolences to all the rejections after that brutal application--I fully expect to join the ranks soon enough.
  • I was lurking here and can speak to the alternate list; I was an alternate in 2012 and did evetually get the fellowship. I got the alt-list notification on 3/9/12 - the list wasn't ranked but I was told it was 'very short' or some such thing. I got the notice that I would, in fact, get the fellowship on 4/3/12. I am not certain exaclty what happened, but you have to assume that with ALCS being so competitive, at least some of the winners will also get job offers. Of course this may not happen for you, but I wanted to chime in to let you know that moving from the alternate list to the funded list can happen.
  • Thanks so much for weighing in! It's mind blowing that the list isn't ranked.
  • You're welcome. I misspoke - what I meant to say was that they did not indicate rank on the alternate list in their email to me, and I never asked, either. However, it's probable that the list is ranked, but that they don't make the rank order public.
  • Makes sense. Thank you again! I really, really appreciate it.
  • 3/18: Still no word here on alternate status (anthropologist above). Anyone hear anything? Another thanks to the poster above for further info. <-- I did get bumped up, so there's hope guys.
  • Thanks for the news. Fingers crossed, but expectations low.
  • To the awardees: would someone mind posting the accept by/reject by date indicated in the acceptance email? Antsy alternate here trying to figure out what to do for next fall, and assuming that this date has already passed.  Thanks!  
  • Acceptance deadline is April 2
  • Thanks--much appreciated. (and also, arrrrrgggghhhh)
  • Based on past years, today would be the day (the day following the confirm/deny deadline) that alternates hear something (or don't). Anyone?
  • Anthropologist above again. For the sake of posterity, for future alternates, what limited information I can provide: This year, alternates were notified of alternate status on 3/10. The acceptance deadline for awardees was 4/2. As in past years, it was allegedly a "short list," but with no indication of ranking or probability. After a month of no word, I emailed to ask the contact person if there was anything--probability, ranking, time of expected announcement--that she could tell me, since I had to find other work for the fall and time was short.  She replied that indeed, the list was ranked, but it was their policy not to make the rankings public. Notifications within two weeks. Completely unhelpful. I finally was rejected today, 4/13.  In my experience, being an alternate is basically a very unpleasant purgatory that allows you a month to work through the five stages of grant rejection grief while compulsively checking email. Obviously, some percentage of the 'very short list' is awarded, based on other people declining because they got TT jobs, or better postdocs, or whatever--something I'm sure varies year by year. But, without some degree of mercy from ACLS, (or more info from lurkers who watch this wiki and go through the process. hint hint.) there's simply no way to know whether you're in the percentage of the short list which is likely to be awarded based on past year non-acceptance percentages, or whether you essentially got an 'honorable mention' consolation prize because the award committee got two sugars instead of three or a butterfly flapped its wings in Brooklyn or whatever miniscule factor existed that caused your years of work (along with 930 other proposals) to be passed over when it was clearly equally award-able. That's just the bitterness talking--off to do some adjuncting so that I can never finish my diss! But seriously, good luck to the alternates and condolences to us rejects. My advice is to assume you didn't get it, so you'll be pleasantly surprised if you do and won't waste a month thinking about it either way. And those who got it better do some earth-shattering work:)
  • Awarded alternate status:   x3
  • Moved from alternate to awarded:   x1
  • Unawarded alternates: x1
  • End Alternate Section
  • Rejection (3/10, 10:34 PST) (x3)
  • Rejection (3/10, 1:34 EST), Political Science... is there any way to get reviewer's comments? Just curious to know what they thought of my project since I get almost no feedback at my home dept!
  • I asked for reviewer's comments on my application, I just replied to the email I got (no response yet). 
  • I followed your lead and recieved this enlightening reply:  "ACLS’s reviewing system allows evaluators to release comments to applicants at their discretion, but it does not require that they do so. Thus it is possible to not receive comments from all, or even any, of the reviewers who participated in the assessment of your application. In your case, unfortunately, reviewers did not designate any comments for release to the applicant."
  • I received the same response to my request for comments.  It was disappointing as I was hoping for comments at the least to help improve my grant writing.
  • Rejection (3/10, 1:35PM  EST), Sociology, R1, non-Ivy
  • Rejection (3/10, 1:44 EDT), Anthropology (FYI--I have multiple publications and earned a Fulbright & NSF for fieldwork; Ivy, R1) --> Oh wow, we're the same! (sociologist below)
  • Rejection (3/10, 1:45 EST), Sociology (Non-Ivy, R1, 4 publications, Fulbright and NSF DDIG)
  • Rejection (3/10, 1:45 EST), Modern Languages (Spanish). Non-ivy, private R1.
  • Rejection (3/10, 10:40 PST), Modern Languages. Non-Ivy.
  • Rejection, art history, from a big ten u
  • Rejection (3/10, 5:40 GMT), without silver spoon in mouth.
  • Rejection (3/10, 1:43 EST)
  • Rejection, decided to quit graduate school to train for IronMan 2016. Let the ruling class shower their children with fellowships; I'll be running/biking/swimming. (x4)
  • Rejection, Anthropology 3/10
  • Rejection, History - already have a job lined up luckily #nomoreplanB
  • Anyone else still heard nothing? I'm wearing my lucky fellowship news tshirt and everything <--Still nothing here, either, and it's approaching 4:00 pm EST. Are we to expect another round of rejections tomorrow? Still no news for me either. (2:40 PST)
  • Rejection (3/10, 11.40 PST), History. (FYI - I am Ivy with multiple publications in top-ranked journals and previous Mellon fellowships...so there ya go, it's a tough one). 
  • Rejection (3/10, 1:39 EST), English (Medieval)
  • Rejection (3/10, 12:51 CST), History, private school (non-ivy), 1 publication.
  • Rejection (3/10, 12:40 CST), Comparative Literature, private R1/top 20 university
  • Can anyone clarify the order of notifications (e.g., based on past years)? Name, field, etc.? Congrats to the recipients!
  • Rejection (3/10, 12:41 CST), History, Non Ivy League. 2 publications. Large midwestern state university. Congratulations to the winners.
  • Hoping that posting my rejection here mitigates my sorrows. (x3)
  • Alternate (3/10), History. Congrats to winners!
  • Still no news here. I know two people in my field (Anthropology) who received rejections already.
  • Nothing here, either (3/11 10:00 am CST) There has been one posted acceptance, one rejection, and one alternate for my field (History). I wonder what it means if we didn't hear Monday or Tuesday. Maybe there were so many applicants they have to space out the rejections over several days. :(
  • how are you all seeing posted acceptances and rejections? <-- Sorry if my comment above was confusing. I was referring to the acceptances/rejections that people on this discussion board have "posted."
  • FYI, I hadn't heard anything (despite checking spam folders religiously) and called. Rejection. BUT all notifications should have been sent out, so if you haven't heard you might want to call. (3/11, 4:20 EST)
  • I also had not heard anything and called today (sadly, rejected). All notifications have been sent out so if you did not receive anything then you should contact ACLS (3/12, 3:33 CST). 
  • Acceptance, art history, public R1. 
  • March 16--Still haven't heard anything (history). Am I missing something?


  • Rejected here. Asked for reviewers' comments and I got this response: "ACLS’s reviewing system allows evaluators to release comments to applicants at their discretion, but it does not require that they do so. Thus it is possible to not receive comments from all, or even any, of the reviewers who participated in the assessment of your application. In your case, unfortunately, reviewers did not designate any comments for release to the applicant." (3/12) (x3)
  • After being rejected, I received a different message about the comments. Apparently, there is some variation here. But, if there are comments, it seems that they will not become available until later in April: "We received your request for feedback on your application to the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship program. ACLS’s reviewing system allows evaluators to release comments to applicants at their discretion. Hence, it is possible to not receive comments from all of the reviewers who participated in the assessment of your application. As we are still in the midst of the fellowship selection season, you will receive an email with the comments that reviewers provided on your application by late April." (x2)
  • I got the same as the above (ie, we'll get them to you in April). I am thus wondering if there is some sort of internal process we are unaware of - ie, that, given the volume of applications, they cut some outright and they never go off for peer review, and therefore there are not any comments. The "semi-finalists" do go to peer review, so you'll get comments. It'd be interesting to know the reality of it, but my experience in the past with some of the big Mellon awards is that if I've won or been short-listed, I receive comments. If I was an early reject, no comments.  
  • Accepted (3/9). Also, this is my first time seeing this wiki, and it is probably the craziest/most neurotic thing I've ever seen in my entire life. I drove myself crazy enough without this. Why make it worse?
    • Could not agree with you more!! I came across this wiki a few years ago and have periodically checked when applying for stuff, but on the whole attempt to avoid the fracas. It's pretty ugly. And insane. This thread - the Mellon/ACLS - takes the cake for being the worst year after year after year. Still cannot figure out why either - I won a Mellon dissertation completion fellowship this year through another organization on here, worth the same amount of $$, but people really go apeshit over this one. Just remember it's presumably a job you want in the end. Eye on the prize. 
    • Yeah, me too guys! I won this fellowship and I read this wiki for years too, so I just thought I'd come here and post about how everyone else who reads it and posts is ugly and neurotic! I mean, it's not like their only chance to finish up six years of labor hinges on an opaque and arbitrary review process or some crazy shit like that! Well, gotta go spend my 32k, hope the 1000 people who failed can realize the wisdom of my post and just chill already! Peace!
      • Sorry you're bitter and entitled. 
      • I'm definitely bitter--you got me there. But I would say 'entitled' is a better descriptor for someone who wins a fellowship, and then for whatever reason decides the best thing to do with a fellowship wiki is an unintentionally ironic self-congratulatory post about how neurotic all the losers who post on the wiki are. Launching personal attacks on a bunch of random strangers mostly attempting to console themselves and each other and/or help each other out with information not othewise available, is just lame.

ACOR-CAORC Fellowship Edit

AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Edit


American Academy in Rome - Rome Prize Edit

  • Applied x3
  • Any word about interviews?
  • Interviews (Skype or NYC visit - applicant's choice) were scheduled in Jan. for Feb. (2/6)
  • Rejection via e-mail (3/16)

Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral History Education Fellowship at the Museum of the City of New York  Edit


  • Three Fellows will be selected to be in residence at the Museum of the City of New York for fourteen-months beginning in July 2015, during which time they will be fully integrated into the life of the Museum.
  • Received offer 5/7

ASA Minority Fellowship Edit

Applied (x3)

  • Any idea if winners are notified earlier than non-winners?
  • According to the website we will be notified at the end of April (3/30)
  • Happened to come across an annoucement online - a department annouced one of their students as a fellow for next year. So it looks like winners have been notified....
    • Dang. I was really hoping for this one. Assuming we're talking about same person, it looks like ASA notified her yesterday (4/16). A news bulletin for a different student was posted 4/14 too.
    • Dam! I really was hoping for this one .....better luck next year.
  • Rejection email received 4/21.

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Research Fellowships, Harvard University Edit

Berlin Program for Advanced German & European Studies (Freie Universität) Edit

  • Applied x4
  • Last year, announcements went out the second week of February, so we're not far away. 
  • Awarded a fellowship Oct '15-Sept '16 (02/06) x2
  • rejected 2/6. For the record, 63 applications total. Letter did not say how many awards. x2
  • From previous years, they accept btw 10-12 doctoral candidates & 2-3 post-docs, depending on funding levels.

Boren Fellowship Edit

  • Applied x1
  • This is followed more closely on grad cafe, but it can also be a dissertation fellowship depending on when you apply in your grad career.
  • Last year, offers went out on April 18.  Website says notification by late April.

Bourses Jeanne Marandon?Edit

  • Trying to find out how many doctoral awards they give out per year, and when they notify - anyone? 
  • Waitlisted, notified by email (4/3) x2
  • Current Marandon Fellow here. I received word of my acceptance on April 16 last year. There is a least one other doctoral student in France on a Marandon Fellowship now, so it seems that they do award multiple fellowships each year. However, I'm not sure how many in total they award - the 'historical memory' of the fellowship, at least published online, is not substantial.
  • Source at the SPFFA says to expect notifications for people on the waitlist in mid-May when the SPFFA convenes for the last time this academic year.
  • Accepted (previously waitlisted) (5/12) x2

Boston College - African and African Diaspora Studies Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Applied (x5)

  • 4/9/15 Anyone have any updates on this yet? Looks like people last year heard around this time...
  • 4/9/15 Radio silence here.
  • 4/9/15 Ditto x3
  • No news as of 4/13 3pm EST. x3
  • I called them up at the end of last week and they said that notifications would be going out early this week via snail mail. Also that you could ask them to send the notification via email, if you preferred. I didn't do that, but might end up doing so if nothing arrives in the next couple of days... Nothing in the mail today!
  • No news, mail, email, or otherwise, as of 4/17. x3
  • Rejection in the mail today!!! Apparently there was only one fellowship this year?! x4
  • Still no response (mail or e-mail) as of 4/22 x3
  • I still haven't heard anything as of 4/27; I'm going to inquire.
  • No response yet (5/6)
  • a student at my university has received and accepted this fellowship

Brown Diversity FellowshipEdit

CAORC Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship Edit

Applied x4

Any idea when notification letters go out?

  • I read April 15, 2015. Anyone know if you have a fighting chance for these general CAORC fellowships, if you're rejected for another fellowship by a specific AORC?  Just got a rejection a couple days ago from a CAORC research center, so not really holding out hope that CAORC headquarters will like my project if the research center I proposed working with, doesn't. 

No news yet on my side (4/4)

Still no news this past week, do you think it'll be mid-April or end of April? (4/11)

  • I received an email on April 7 requesting further paperwork for a possible affiliation with a specific ARC (noting that the request was not an indication that I'd received the award); the email said they will announce winners by 4/17. 

Received rejection via email (4/14)

Rejection via email. Subject heading was for Mediterranean but one sentence thanked me for applying to the Multi-Country. Not sure what to make of it? (4/14) 

  • Same here, and I applied to both as well; I think it's just a typo. (4/14)

Rejection via email (4/14) x4

CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship Edit

Applied x4

Rejection received via e-mail 4/15, 10:11 am

Rejection received 4/15 via e-mail. x4

Acceptance 4/15- short email w/ no information about number of applicants etc. 

Carter G. Woodson Institute PreDoctoral Fellowship at UVA (African & African American)Edit

  • applied x2
  • Got in - received a letter on 1/20 - very early decision!
  • snail mail rejection, 3/4

Carter Manny Award Edit

  • Applied x1
  • Notification pushed back until after September 21

Center for Democracy, Development and Rule of Law (Stanford) Predoctoral Fellowship Edit


  • Rejected via email, 3/13/15.  Email noted only four fellowships were awarded.


  • Anyone else heard anything from them? Have awardees been notified? (3/24)

Center for Jewish History, Graduate Research FellowshipEdit

The application deadline for Graduate Research Fellowships starting in Fall 2016 is February 2, 2016.

The Center for Jewish History offers ten-month fellowships to doctoral candidates to support original research using the collections of the Center’s partners – American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Preference is given to those candidates who draw on the library and archival resources of more than one partner institution. Fellows must be in residence at the Center from September 2015 through June 2016 and applicants should have completed all requirements (i.e., coursework, exams, dissertation proposal) for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation. It is required that each fellow spend a minimum of three days per week in residence in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room using the archival and library resources. Fellows must also participate in the Center for Jewish History Fellowship Seminar Program, attend bi-weekly meetings of the fellowship program cohort, deliver a minimum of one lecture based on research conducted at Center, and submit a report upon completion of the Fellowship describing her/his experience as a Center Fellow. Fellowships carry a stipend of $17,500 for a period of one academic year. Fellows from universities more than 125 miles away from New York City may be entitled to additional funding of up to $5,000 to offset moving expenses.

Eligibility- The fellowship is open to qualified doctoral candidates from accredited domestic and international institutions. - Fellows must be in residence at the Center from the beginning of September 2016 until the end of June 2017. - Applicants should have completed all requirements (i.e., coursework, exams, dissertation proposal) for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation. - For non-U.S. citizens, it is the responsibility of the applicant to have the appropriate visa for acceptance of the award during the ten-month fellowship term. The Center for Jewish History is not a visa-granting institution but it will help facilitate the visa application process.

Requirements for Application 1. Cover letter stating area of interest, knowledge of relevant languages, and how the project relates to the general mission of the Center for Jewish History 2. Curriculum Vitae, including contact information, education, publications, scholarly and/or museum activities, teaching experience, and any other relevant work experience 3. Research proposal of no more than four pages double-spaced, including specific reference to the collections at the Center and clearly stated goals for research during the period of the fellowship 4. A one-page bibliography of important secondary sources for the project 5. Graduate school transcript 6. Three letters of recommendation, which address the significance of the candidate’s work for his or her field, as well as the candidate’s ability to fulfill the proposed work. Please ensure that your application indicates the names and contact information of those writing letters of recommendation on your behalf. 7. Letters of recommendation should be sent under separate cover – preferably by email or dossier service – to the address below. 8. Please submit application materials 1-5 by email as one continuous PDF file. Transcripts may arrive separately to the below address or email address.

The schedule for the application process is as follows: - All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by February 2, 2016 for consideration. - Announcement of grant recipients: April 2016 - Commencement of grant period: September 1, 2016 - Conclusion of grant period: June 30, 2017

To download the full application guidelines, please visit http://www.fellowships.cjh.org

Applications are to be submitted to: Christopher Barthel, Ph.D. Senior Manager for Academic and Public Programs, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011, United States of America. Email: fellowships@cjh.org

Center for Jewish History, Lapidus Summer Fellowship Program Edit

The Center for Jewish History and the American Jewish Historical Society offer a six-week Fellowship to recent Ph.D.s and doctoral candidates conducting original research using the collections of the Center’s five partners: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Fellows will take residence at the Center for Jewish History in NYC from June 15, 2015 through July 24, 2015. Each Fellow will be required to spend a minimum of three days per week in residence, working with archival and library resources in the Center’s Lillian Goldman Reading Room. Fellows should plan to be in residence the full week of June 15, 2014 to participate in orientation/archival training sessions. Up to six Fellowships will be awarded in summer 2015. Applicants should be recent Ph.D.s, ABD or in the process of writing their dissertations.

  • Application deadline: April 17, 2015
  • Full description and application guidelines are available at fellowships.cjh.org

CFD - Consortium for Faculty Diversity Pre and Post-Doctoral Fellowships Edit

  • Applied (x5)
  • Contacted (list school and department)
  • Contacted by Denison, request to apply-Art (could you give more info? date contacted, nature of conversation?) Applied directly to job posting after being contacted, subsequently was not selected as a finalist for interview at CAA.
  • Yes, please give more info- btw has anyone every received this fellowship by being contacted by schools based on their application in the CFD system?  Seems like schools use this when they want to recruit a particular candidate, not to browse to fill a position.  Can anyone verify this?
  • Does anyone know how this fellowship works? Do most people contact the department they would like to be hosted by directly? What about the contact person at the college? Please help!
  • Was contacted by a college and told I was on a shortlist (Jan. 8) and asked if I was still interested and that they would make decisions around end Jan.  Said yes. Then no further contact.

Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship Edit

  • 11/11: I submitted my supplemental materials via email last Friday 11/7, but I have yet to receive confirmation of their receipt/inclusion in my applicatoin. Anyone else? 
  • 11/12: I did not receive confirmation either, but when I checked the status of my application online it showed that everything had been received. 
  • 11/14: I sent my stuff in yesterday, and it had not shown up in my account yet.  So, I emailed them, and they said that they actually convert the documents by hand and it can take up to 5 business days to do so.  As long as you emailed them in by the application date they will count as on time.
  • 11/14: Thanks y'all. My documents are now appearing as received. Good luck everyone!
  • 11/14: The list of selection committee does not list anyone for the field of performance studies, although applicants can select performance studies from the drop-down menu. Does anyone have a sense of how this will work? 
  • 2/5/15: any word yet? it looks like in the past they have started to notify about finalists between 2/22 and 2/28, but you never know...
  • 2/18/15: Any news?
  • 2/18/15: Haven't heard anything yet.
  • 2/18/15: Nothing yet. Based upon previous years, I am guesing that finalists should learn about advancing sometime between next Tuesday (the 24th) and Friday (the 27th). 
  • 2/18/15 When I submitted this thing I thought I would just forget about it, but here I am.
  • 2/19/15 Just found out I'm a finalist (x3)
  • 13% of >500 applicants are finalists.
  • 2/19/15 Rejection received by email. Pretty general response - "over 500 applications were received this year for 22 awards." x5
  • 3/7/2015: Has anyone heard anything else?
  • They're meeting on 3/20 to select winners. Notifications will go out the next week.
  • 3/20/2015: According to the last email I received, the Selection Committee is meeting today to decide on winners.  Does anybody know about how quickly finalists are notified after the selection meeting with their final status?
  • In past years they haven't released results until the following Monday. Maybe we'll get lucky?
  • 3/20/2015: Did anyone receive confirmation of final documents receipt?
  • 3/21/2015: Any day now!  I believe decisions were made yesterday.
  • 3/23/2015: Is today the day? If so, does anyone have any idea when they will send out emails?
  • I sure hope so.  The wait is agonizing.  I really have no idea what time the emails are sent out (if it even happens today).
  • None so far.  There is a certain amount of relief finding out I'm not the only one without an email, but some sort of news would be better.
  • Maybe the notifications aren't coming today--it's almost 4 pm EDT...
  • Why is everybody convinced they must come today? Their email said: "Th[e] committee will be meeting on March 20th to decide this year’s Fellows. Word of their decisions will be sent by email the following week". That gives them until the 27th. Chill out everybody! (Or am I missing something?)
  • Because as far as I know, for the past few years the decisions have been emailed the Monday following the Friday the Selection Committee met (meaning today).  This obviously isn't carved in stone.
  • 3/24/2015: Apparently it wasn't carved in stone, unless we were all no go's. Relax, we'll all hear soon enough. Obviously our projects are all good if we've made it this far--definitely something to remember going forward. Good luck everyone (including the lurkers who don't post) :)
  • Rejection 11:15am EDT x3
  • I got an award offer at 11:07 AM EDT (3/24/15) x4
  • I got the award offer this morning (and am one of the X's above). I just wanted to add something. The fact that I have gotten this fellowship while being rejected from all the myriad less selective ones that I applied for, for which my project was definitely a better fit than it is for the Newcombe, confirms in my opinion how almost entirely haphazard this whole process is. Sorry if this input is unwelcome.
  • (3/25/15 at 3:30 AM EDT) I am a finalist and I have not heard anything yet.  Someone please put me out of my misery. EDIT: I got no sleep last night and my award offer was in my junk mail. I can't believe it. Congrats to all of the finalists- applying for fellowships is such an ontological struggle and I'm just so happy right now I need to go get an ice cream. 
  • just made a very difficult decision to decline the award, so at least one more should be coming
  • Thanks for the info... the deafening silence was very demoralizing.

Chateaubriand Fellowship in the Humanities Edit

  • Applied x 8
  • Anyone know when they usually announce this?
  • For the past three years it was announced April 30.
  • Has anyone heard anything?
  • I called yesterday and the person I spoke to said the committee met last week and the results will be emailed this week.  He also said they may be posted on the website.
  • Accepted. 11:30AM EDT 4/30.
  • Still nothing here. I think this is a bad sign. 12:13 EST, 4/30.
  • Rejected, 12:40 EST, 4/30.
  • Accepted! 11:24 AM EST 4/30. 115 applications, 15 fellowships (6 year-long, 5 fall, 4 spring). Best of luck to everyone.
  • Accepted for 8-month grant, 4/30. I already accepted a Fulbright for next year...so I think I have to turn it down...
  • Rejected 12:21 EDT, 4/30
  • Offered spring fellowship. Rejected on 5/1 due to winning an alternative fellowship.

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Doctoral FellowshipsEdit

Doctoral candidates who are non-ROC citizens and who are enrolled in an accredited university in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, or South America may apply for financial support for writing dissertations in the field of Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences. Citizens of the ROC should apply for Dissertation Fellowships for ROC Students Abroad.


CLIR/ Mellon Fellowship Edit

  • applied x12
  • Any word on this one yet? Or on when announcements are usually made? (2/16)
  • They notify on April 1st, as per the email confirmation they send when you submit your application (2/17)
  • Technically yes, but they actually seem to notify successful candidates earlier than that. From last year's thread: "According to past forums, CLIR/Mellon notifications came on March 4 (2011), March 12 (2012), and March 20 (2013) by email. Those days were, respectively, the first Friday, the second Monday, and the third Wednesday of the month. Last year, rejection emails went out March 28." Although last year apparently nobody dropped a line to say if/when early acceptances had gone out. (2/17)

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