Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowships

Dissertation research fellowships provide financial support to doctoral students who are in the stages of conducting research and writing their dissertation. Funding can be used to support travel, field work, supplies, language training, and even living expenses. Often these fellowships have “no strings attached” – their intention is simply to support scholars completing original research in a particular field of study. Check out and bookmark these 30 unique dissertation research fellowships for domestic and international doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities.

World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship

The World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship program is an annual grant competition to support Ph.D. dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies, and diplomatic and military history. The fellowship’s objective is to support the research and writing of policy-relevant dissertations through funding of fieldwork, archival research, and language training. In evaluating applications, the Foundation will accord preference to those projects that could directly inform U.S. policy debates and thinking. The Foundation will award up to twenty grants of $7,500 each.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships

This fellowship provides one year of support to 30 individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgement of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, and show promise. The fellowship pays a stipend of $21,000. Applicants must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States.

AAUW American Dissertation Fellowships

Dissertation Fellowships provides $20,0000 to offset a woman scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Open to applicants in all fields of study.

Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship

The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship (KDF) is an annual competitive program that awards up to 20 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A., or other doctoral students at accredited U.S. universities to support dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship. The Kauffman Foundation is particularly interested in regional dynamics and local ecosystems, demographic dimensions of entrepreneurship, economic growth, entrepreneurship policy, declining business dynamism, future of work, economic inequality and mobility, and programmatic research.

Jennings Randolph (JR) Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program

Each year, the United States Institute of Peace awards approximately 10 Peace Scholar Fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are researching and writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peace building. Proposals from all disciplines are welcome. Fellowships last for 10 months, starting in September. Peace Scholar Awards are currently set at $20,000 for 10 months and are paid directly to the individual.

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Dissertation Grant

The program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies. Grants of up to $20,000 are available for advanced doctoral students in education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents enrolled in a doctoral program. Non-U.S. citizens enrolled in a doctoral program at a U.S. institution are also eligible to apply.

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies

The Council for European Studies (CES) invites eligible graduate students to apply for the 2013 Mellon-CES Completion Fellowships in European Studies. Each fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend, paid in six (6) bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers for up to $3500 in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees. To be eligible to receive the fellowship, applicants must also be enrolled in an institution that is a member of the CES Academic Consortium.

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers 9-12 months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing on ethical and religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. Awards are based on a rigorous national competition, with at least 22 winners who receive a stipend of $25,000. These fellowships are supported by the Newcombe Foundation and are administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. In each round, ten Fellows will receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies.

Geography and Spatial Sciences Program Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (GSS-DDRI)

The Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on Earth. Investigators are encouraged to propose plans for research about the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. GSS provides support to improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects undertaken by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities. GSS gives 30-40 awards each year. Awards may not exceed $16,000. An advisor or another faculty member must serve as the principal investigator (PI) of the proposal.

Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship Program

The annual C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship Program invites applications from doctoral students, mainly at U.S. universities, who are writing theses in fields that address the Institute’s primary interest areas in valuation and taxation, planning, and related topics. Fellowships of $10,000 each support development of a thesis proposal and/or completion of thesis research.

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. Applicants need not be citizens of the United States; however, they must be candidates for the doctoral degree at a graduate school within the United States.

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art

These fellowships are designated for graduate students in any stage of Ph.D. dissertation research or writing in a department of art history in the United States. Fellowships are for one year and provide a $25,000 stipend and $2,000 travel allowance. The fellowships may be carried out in residence at the Fellow’s home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. The fellowships, however, may not be used to defray tuition costs or be held concurrently with any other major fellowship or grant.

Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

These fellowships are for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources. Applicants may be of any nationality but must be enrolled in a U.S. doctoral program and be studying in the U.S. Proposed research may be conducted at a single or multiple sites abroad, in the U.S., or both. Fellowships are for 9-12 months and provide an annual stipend of up to $25,000.

DAAD Research Grant

Research grants are awarded primarily to highly qualified PhD candidates who would like to conduct research in Germany. This grant is open to applicants in all fields. However, there are restrictions for those in healthcare related fields, including dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine; please contact the DAAD New York office if your academic pursuits are in these fields. Applications accepted in November for 10-month and short-term grants, and in May for short-term grants.

Chateaubriand Fellowship – Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

The Chateaubriand Fellowship – Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) provides funding for PhD candidates currently enrolled in a U.S. university to conduct research in France at a French university, a school of engineering, a national laboratory or a private enterprise, with a link to a Doctoral School. The fellowship is for 4-10 months, provides travel, health insurance and a monthly stipend of 1,400 Euros. Non-U.S. nationals are eligible to apply for a Chateaubriand Fellowship as long as they are currently enrolled in an American university.

Chateaubriand Fellowship – Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)

The Chateaubriand Fellowship – Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) provides PhD candidates currently enrolled at a U.S. university the opportunity to conduct research in France in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The fellowship lasts for 4-8 months and provides travel, health insurance and a monthly stipend of 1,500 Euros. Candidates do not have to be U.S. citizens, but they must be enrolled in an American university.

Title VIII Research Scholar Program

The program offers support for graduate students, faculty, Ph.D. candidates, post-doctorate, and independent scholars to conduct policy-relevant research for 3-9 months in Central Asia, Russia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine, Southeast Europe and Moldova. The total value of Title VIII Research Scholar fellowships ranges from $5K to $25K each. Typical awards include: international roundtrip airfare from the scholar’s home city to his/her host city overseas, academic affiliation at a leading local university, visa(s), opportunity for housing with a local host family and a living stipend. Scholars in the social sciences and humanities are eligible.

IAF Grassroots Development PhD Fellowship Program

The IAF Grassroots Development Fellowship provides support for Ph.D. candidates currently enrolled in a U.S. university to conduct dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics in the social sciences, physical sciences, technical fields or other disciplines related to grassroots development issues. U.S. citizens and citizens of independent Latin American and Caribbean countries (except Cuba) are eligible to apply. Fellowships last between 4 and 12 months and include round-trip travel, a research allowance, health insurance and a stipend of $1,500 per month for up to 12 months.

Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being

The fellowships, which include an annual stipend of up to $30,000, are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation’s ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. Fellows can be doctoral students based at any academic institution in the United States and will be selected from a range of academic disciplines. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Kim Foundation Fellowships

The D. Kim Foundation provides fellowships and grants to support graduate students and young scholars who are working in the history of science and technology in East Asia from the beginning of the 20th century, regardless of their nationality, origins, or gender. Comparative studies of East Asia and the West as well as studies in related fields (mathematics, medicine and public health) are also welcome. Fellowships up to $25,000 each will be awarded to PhD candidates who are writing their dissertations. Travel grants ($2,500) are also available.

Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program

Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program aims to expand the scholarship of Cuban, American, Latin, hemispheric, and international studies by providing funding to doctoral students interested in using the resources available at the University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) for dissertation research. Two fellowship types are offered, Graduate Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships, which provide one month residence and $1,500, and Graduate Research Fellowships, which provide $3,000/month for 1-3 months in residence.

History of Science Fellowships

The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, an independent research library in Philadelphia, accepts applications for short- and long-term fellowships in the history of science, technology, medicine, and industry. The center provides dissertation fellowships of $26,000 for work that is in some way tied to the history of materials and materiality, chemistry, and related sciences. Applications come from a wide range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences.

American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships of up to $23,000 to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Awards are made in all fieds. Applicants must have a well-defined research, study or creative arts project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential. Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research.

CJH Graduate Research Fellows

The Center for Jewish History in New York City offers 10-month fellowships to PhD candidates supporting original research using the collections at the Center. Preference is given to those candidates who draw on the library and archival resources of more than one partner. It is required that each fellow spend a minimum of 3 days per week in residence in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room using the archival and library resources. Full fellowships carry a stipend of up to $17,500 for one academic year. It is expected that applicants will have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation.

Josephine De Karman Fellowships

DeKarman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States. A minimum of ten (10) fellowships, $22,000 for doctoral students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year. Only doctoral students and undergraduate students about to enter their final year of study/dissertation are eligible. The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed or postponed. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities.

Yale LGBT Studies Research Fellowship

The one-month fellowship is offered annually, and is designed to provide access to Yale resources in LGBT Studies for scholars who live outside the greater New Haven area.  This fellowship supports scholars from any field pursuing research in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer studies at Yale University, utilizing the vast faculty resources, manuscript archives, and library collections available at Yale. Graduate students conducting dissertation research, independent scholars, and all faculty are invited to apply. The fellowship provides an award of $4,000, which is intended to pay for travel to and from New Haven and act as a living allowance. The fellowship must take place between September and April.

Health Policy Research Scholars

Health Policy Research Scholars is a national change leadership development opportunity for full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations or historically disadvantaged backgrounds, entering the first or second year of their doctoral program, from any academic discipline who are training to be researchers and are interested in health policy research. The program is led by Johns Hopkins University, with participants completing their doctoral programs at their home institutions across the U.S. Participants will attend at least one annual gathering (travel funded by the program), participate in leadership development trainings, coursework and mentoring, and receive an annual stipend of up to $30,000 for up to four years. Participants are also eligible for a competitive dissertation grant of up to $10,000.

Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Stephen F. Cohen–Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship (CTDRF) Program for Russian Historical Studies supports the next generation of US scholars to conduct their doctoral dissertation research in Russia. The program will provide up to six annual fellowships, with a maximum stipend of $22,000, for doctoral students at US universities, who are citizens or permanent residents of the US, to conduct dissertation research in Russia. The Program is open to students in any discipline whose dissertation topics are within 19th – early 21st century Russian historical studies.

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This list was compiled by Joe Figliulo-Rosswurm during the Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 quarters. The categories used for region- and period-specific funding are those used by the American Historical Association for job searches.

I. General Extramural Funding

ACLS fellowships:
ACLS offers a wide variety of fellowships at the doctoral and post-doctoral levels, and in several region-specific fields. The following URL will take you to a representative list of the fellowships offered as of Fall 2015:

American Historical Association (AHA):
The AHA offers five grants to its members. All five are small (up to $1,000); two are for U.S. history, the others for non-U.S. fields:
* NB: AHA fellowships, with more substantial awards, are listed under the relevant regions.

Boren Fellowship for International Study:
This fellowship provides ~$30,000 to those who wish to add an international component to their dissertation research, usually through research abroad or acquiring a language (excluded areas: Western Europe, Australia/New Zealand, and Canada):

Council of American Overseas Research Centers:
The website for the various American research centers abroad. See each individual center’s website for grants and fellowships ( There is also a multi-country research fellowship for dissertating and post-doctoral students:

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR):
CLIR offers several grants, but the potentially most valuable one for our graduate students is probably the Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources. It offers up to $2,000 a month over a period of 9-12 months for original archival research:

Economic History Association Fellowships:
The EHA offers the Arthur H. Cole Grant (preference is given to Ph.D. recipients) and several Dissertation Fellowships for ABD graduate students. The application, however, is restricted to the organization’s members:

Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship:
Intended for groups underrepresented in the Academy; Provides multi-year research grants for a variety of fields:

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Program:
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, these fellowships provide up to $15,000 for graduate students studying foreign languages:
* NB: You can apply to FLAS directly, or to an institution that has been awarded a 4-year grant. Check the following URL to see which institutions currently hold a FLAS grant:

Fulbright Program:
The Fulbright Program covers a wide variety of countries, typically for nine-month archival research trips abroad:
* NB: UCSB holds annual Fulbright Workshop meetings providing information on the application process. Notices of these workshops go out via HistGrad.

Huntington Library, Special Collections Research Grants:
The Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA awards numerous research grants and fellowships annually, for access to their collections (largely British and American history, but their collection is wide-ranging, including artwork):

Newberry Library Short-term Fellowships:
Chicago’s Newberry Library provides several short-term fellowships, in various disciplines, for graduate students interested in consulting manuscripts within their holdings:

Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) (Pre-)Dissertation Fellowships:
There are a variety of SSRC fellowships ( The following are the most applicable fellowships for graduate students in History:

  • Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship [DPDF]: This pre-ABD fellowship provides “graduate students with support to formulate innovative doctoral dissertation proposals”:
  • International Dissertation Research Fellowship [SSR-IDRF]: This post-exams, or ABD only, fellowship supports dissertation-related archival research outside the U.S., averaging $20,000 per fellowship:

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation:
The Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation offers various fellowships in the following fields: Foreign Affairs, Conservation, Women & Gender, Religion & Ethics, and to support “Access & Opportunity.” The following URL will take you to an up-to-date list of available fellowships (as of September 2015):

II. Region- and/or Period-Specific Extramural Funding


American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS):
The AIMS offers a variety of grants for U.S. citizens and non-citizens doing work on the Maghrib:

Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grants:
This is an AHA grant, but there isn’t much out there for Africanists specifically. It awards $1,000:

Marcus Garvey Foundation Travel Grants:
Provides $500 stipends for graduate students working on Africa or the African Diaspora:


American School of Classical Studies at Athens:
The American School of Classical Studies offers a variety of short- and long-term research fellowships and grants, to American and/or Greek citizens:

American Academy in Rome:
The American Academy offers the Rome Prize (not exclusive to those studying ancient history), as well as several antique-specific research fellowships in association with other institutions.
Rome Prize:
Affiliated Fellowships:

Association of Ancient Historians (AAH):
The AAH, via the Scott R. Jacobs Fund, provides funding for studies of Alexander the Great and his milieu (broadly defined):


American Institute of Indian Studies’ (AIIS) Fellowship:
The AIIS offers a Junior Research Fellowship for doctoral students to conduct research in India, under the supervision of an Indian faculty member:

Asian-American Studies Grants and Fellowships Database:
Organized by region (China, Japan, Korea, etc.):

Asian-American Studies’ Northeast Asia Council (NEAC):
The NEAC offers short-term travel grants for research in Japan, and another one for research travel in the U.S.:

China Scholarship Council’s Chinese Language Program at Tianjin Polytechnic University:
Sponsored by the Chinese Government, the Chinese Language Program is a language acquisition program for international students:

Kim Foundation:
The Kim Foundation offers postdoctoral and dissertation research fellowships for scholars of the history of science and technology in East Asia, from 1900 to the present:

East-West Center Fellowships:
The East-West Center offers a variety of fellowships (some have citizenship restrictions, but most are funded by the U.S. State Department), many for travel to South Pacific or South-East Asian nations:

Taiwan Government Scholarship:
Taiwan’s Ministry of Education awards an annual Taiwan Scholarship for study at Taiwanese universities:


American Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria Fellowship Program:
The American Research Center in Sofia provides three- and nine-month fellowships for scholarship on Bulgaria or Balkan history:

Economic History Society:
London’s Economic History Society offers up to five one-year fellowships at the Institute; Candidates must be affiliated with a British university during their fellowship:

Council for European Studies’ (CES) Dissertation Completion Fellowship:
In conjunction with the Mellon Foundation, the CES awards a $25,000 stipend for doctoral candidates who are completing their dissertations:

Cummins Research Grant:
The Cummins Research Grant is intended for research at Georgetown’s Legal Library’s Special collections, awarding $10,000 for doctoral research in its holdings:
* NB: The special collections at Georgetown’s Legal Library feature collections of French, Roman, and other Continental legal commentaries, as well as medieval canon law manuscripts.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (Byzantine, pre-Colombian, and Garden/Landscape Studies):
Dumbarton Oaks awards research grants, in-residence fellowships, and other grants for Byzantinists:

Einar and Eva Lund Haugen Memorial Scholarship:
Funded by the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS), this research scholarship is intended for students working on Scandinavian or Scandinavian-American topics in History/Social Sciences. The stipend for 2015-16 is $6,000:

European University Institute Max Weber Programme:
The EUI, based in Florence, Italy offers 1- and 2-year Max Weber program fellowships:

French Embassy in the United States’ Chateaubriand Fellowships:
One of the most prestigious fellowships open to U.S. citizens, the Chateaubriand Fellowship is a nine-month award for doctoral students working on any French topic:

German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.’s Fellowship in Socio-Economic History:
The German Historical Institute in D.C. offers six to twelve month fellowships for research in European or American social or economic history.
* NB: Preference is given to post-doctoral students):

Society for French Historical Studies (SFHS) Grants and Fellowships:
The SFHS awards several research fellowships and conference presentation grants for any field of French history:

Medieval Academy Dissertation Grants:
The Medieval Academy facilitates a number of discrete dissertation awards (they’re all for medievalists, hence why they’re not listed individually):

NACBS British Studies Dissertation Grant:
The North American Council of British Studies awards an $8,000 stipend, with the runner-up receiving $3,000 for travel-related expenses:

Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Grants:
The RSA provides several residential grants at the Bodleian Library in Oxford and Venice’s Giorgio Cini Center, as well as several research grants for study in the U.S.:

Latin America

Academy of American Franciscan History (AAFH):
The AAFH provides four dissertation fellowships ($10,000 each) for projects involving any aspect of the Franciscans’ activities in the U.S. Borderlands, Mexico, and Central/South America:

Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships:
Projects incorporating pre-Columbian Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America are eligible for Dumbarton Oaks fellowships:

Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Program Fellowship:
The IAF provides fellowships to PhD candidates whose project objectives align with those of the Foundation:

Wilson Center Fellowships:
The Wilson Center offers fellowships for research involving public policy and human rights (it’s not Latin American-specific, but it has a discrete Latin American Center):

Middle East

American Institute of Iranian Studies (AAIS):
The AIIS offers a variety of fellowships for Iranianists, from grants for language acquisition to dissertation research fellowships:

American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE):
The ARCE offers several fellowships and RAships for scholars working on all periods of Egyptian history:

Ford Foundation Middle East/North Africa Grants:
The Ford Foundation awards several grants; Most of them emphasize some sort of humanitarian/social justice activity in conjunction with, or as opposed to, doctoral research:

Levant Post-Doctoral Fellowship: (NEEDS REVIEW)
Georgetown University offers the Levant Post-Doctoral Fellowship through its Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS):


Center for the History of Business Technology and Society, Hagley Museum and Library:
The Center offers the Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowship for research on material at the Hagley Museum’s special collections:

Cummins Research Grant:
This grant is for research at Georgetown Univeristy’s Legal Library’s holdings, awarding $10,000 for doctoral research special collections:

Dirksen Congressional Center Research Awards:
The Dirksen Congressional Center awards research fellowships to ABD students studying congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress generally:

Gerald Ford Scholars Award:
This $5,000 doctoral research grant is awarded for research at the Gerald Ford Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the history of the U.S. political process:

John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing at Duke University:
Housed in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke, the Center provides several travel grants for collection-specific research:

John E. Rovensky Fellowship in U.S. Business or Economic History:
This fellowship awards $10,000 to two doctoral candidates working in U.S. business/economic history. Note that recipients can’t accept the John E. Rovensky Fellowhsip at the same time as an Economic History Association dissertation research fellowship:

Miller Center National Fellowship:
The University of Virginia’s Miller Center offers up to eight $20,000 fellowships for a year of research and writing in the broad categories of: American politics, public policy, foreign relations, global affairs’ impact on the U.S., or media and politics:

National Archives and Research Administration (NARA):
The NARA offers a variety of grants and fellowships, available through two main agencies:

Center for Legislative Archives Fellowship:
This is a doctoral fellowship for research using the records of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives:

O’Donnell Travel Grant for Research at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library:
Awards vary from $300-$2,500; Research has to include, but isn’t restricted to, work in the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library:

The Tobin Project’s Democracy & Markets Graduate Research Fellowship:
The Tobin Project pursues initiatives in developing non-military ways to advance U.S. national security interests, and offers several dissertation research fellowships:

III. UC-Specific Funding

Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation European Studies Fellowship for Dissertation Research:
The Borchard Foundation offers up to $4,000 to support pre-dissertation research in Europe in any field of European history:

All-UC Group in Economic History:
The All-UC group in Economic History offers several grants for UC students:

Inter-Humanities Center [IHC] List of UC-Wide Funding:
This is a list of UC-wide humanities funding; Most of the fellowships provided require some sort of inter-disciplinary component:

Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy:
Intended to advance “the goals of broad-based cultural literacy and high ethical standards in our participative democracy,” this is open to UCSB graduate students:

UCLA Asia Institute’s Monbusho Scholarship:
Funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, this fellowship sponsors graduate research at Japanese universities:

UC Pacific Rim CNSI Center for Nanotechnology’s Advanced Graduate Research Fellowship:
The Pacific Rim Research Center provides funding for research on the Pacific Rim Nations, open to all UC campuses:
* Discontinued as of January 2015.

UCSB’s Graduate Division:
These fellowships, some of which require a departmental nomination while others are self-nominated, are dispensed annually by GradDiv. See Darcy Ritzau for additional information regarding the History Department’s application schedule:

UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC):
The institute offers two fellowships for ABD students, one for global security, the other for international nuclear security:* NB: You can’t apply for both simultaneously.

This program supports postdoctoral research for UC researchers or those at Mexican institutions of higher education:

IV. unding Search Engines

University of California Search Engines


UCSB’s GradPost:
This is not necessarily a conventional search engine, but rather a tremendously helpful aggregation of current funding, updated monthly. Also note GradPost’s occasional Finding Funding workshops:

Extramural Search Engines

A Google search is also useful, but you have to know what your specific criteria are — i.e. A dissertation fellowship? A travel grant? Etc.

V. Proposal-Writing Guides

UC Berkeley’s College of Letters & Sciences Grant Writing Resources:

Center for Participatory Change, “Writing a Grant Proposal:”

National Science Foundation’s “Guidelines for Writing Grant Proposals”:

The SSRC’s “Art of Writing Proposals”:

UNC’s Grant Proposals Guides:

Examples for Writing a Good Grant Proposal

Click here to securely view intramural grant proposal samples.


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