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The McNeil Center for Early American Studies (MCEAS) Dissertation Fellowship Program (Caribbean)


The MCEAS offers several pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships each year for a term of nine months, beginning 1 September. Advanced graduate students from any PhD-granting institution who are in the dissertation research or writing stage are eligible to compete for these fellowships, which are open to scholars in any discipline for projects focusing on North America and the Caribbean before 1850. Proposals reliant on research in Philadelphia-area archives and libraries are especially welcome. Fellows in 2008 will receive a stipend of at least $18,000 payable in monthly installments. While a limited number of shorter-term awards may be made, all candidates should apply for a nine-month appointment. Fellows receive office space in the Center’s magnificent new building on the University of Pennsylvania’s historic campus and library, computer, and other privileges at the University. Limited travel funds for research are also available. While no teaching is required for most fellowships, all McNeil Center fellows are expected to be in residence in Philadelphia during the academic year and to participate regularly in the Center’s program of seminars and other activities.

Doctoral candidates from any PhD-granting institution who are in the research or writing stage of the dissertation are eligible to compete for these fellowships. Any project dealing with the histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world before 1850 will be considered. Proposals dependent on the use of Philadelphia-area archives and libraries are particularly welcome. Applications are encouraged from students of all relevant disciplines, including African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, Law, Literature, Music, Political Science, Religion, Urban Studies, and Women’s Studies. Applications are usually due March 1st. Visit the McNeil Center for Early American Studies Dissertation Fellowship Program webpage for a list of available fellowships.

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