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ACLS Announces Winners of 2016 Dissertation Fellowships

Thursday, April 28, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the 2016 cohort of Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows. The fellows, who each receive a $30,000 stipend and up to $8,000 in research funds and university fees, are advanced graduate students in their final year of dissertation writing. They were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants through a rigorous, multi-stage peer review process.
Together, these 66 fellows capture the diversity of humanistic scholarship today. “They are finishing their degrees at 32 US universities, and their topics of research span time and space, from class relations in ancient Palestine to environmental policy in contemporary California,” said ACLS Program Officer Rachel Bernard. “Fellows employ an array of methods to better understand our world, by, for example, conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Kenya, studying a modern multilingual Manchurian literary corpus, or delving into colonial-era archives in Chile and Argentina.”
The fellowship offers promising scholars a year of support, free from other responsibilities, to focus their attention on completing projects that they will build on throughout their careers and that will help shape a generation of humanistic scholarship. The program, which is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, also includes an intensive faculty-led academic job market seminar hosted by ACLS, to further prepare fellows for their postgraduate careers.
For more information about the recipients and their projects, go to

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