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Grad Student at conference in Florence, Italy

​Samantha Nystrom used departmental and OGPE travel funds to present her work on 19th C gardens at the 2017 NAVSA/AVSA conference in Florence, Italy. As part of the conference she attended professionalizing workshops and studied the gardens of Villa La Pietra (pictured)

Summer Research Support

Departmental Summer Research Fellowship Proposals will be due November 5th, 2019. These funds are intended to support students working on articles or drafting dissertation chapters.  The call for Summer Research Assistantships will happen in the Spring. 


Short Term Positions

The College of Arts and Sciences and REP theatre company are organizing a Saturday symposium in Spring 2019 around the REP's production of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible." This event will be aimed at a public audience that includes Delaware alumni and high school teachers.

To aid in their organization of this event, they are seeking 2 graduate students from English to work with them in short-term positions from October 2019-March 2020. The pay rate will be $20 /hour.


  1. Cultural Event Organization (approximately 28 hours total) - October 2019- March 2020.The graduate student in this position would engage in organizational activities such as helping identify speakers for the event, advertising the event in print and social media, and assisting on the day with the running of the symposium. This would be a good position for a student interested in working in administration, public relations, or academic conference planning in their fields. 
  2. Study Guide Materials   (approximately 10 hours total)The student in this position would primarily work with Charlie Conway of the REP on education-oriented outreach materials. The main deliverables would be 1) a study guide for the play, consisting of synopsis, character descriptions, themes, etc. and 2) a series of standards based classroom activities for teachers to use with their students. The student may also be called upon to contact members of the public regarding the educational dimensions of the event. This would be a good position for students interested in showcasing their expertise in teaching and public outreach, in working with non-profits, and/or in demonstrating expertise in American literature. If you are interested in either of these positions, please email your CV or resume and a short cover letter to the DGS by close of business day on Monday Oct 7.

-see below for information on applying for Professional Development Awards (rolling deadlines)

Internal: Professional Development Awards
Students conducting research at the Schomburg Center

Mali Collins-White and ​Brandi Locke (front) used Professional Development Funding from AAPHI in 2018 to travel to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in NYC, where they worked under the direction of Prof. Helton. Pictured: the challenges (and fun) of digging through old card catalog files.

The UD grad program supports student participation in the following professional development seminars (this is in addition to conference travel). We generally have between 4-5 funding packages available for the academic year to fully fund a single student's attendance at each event.

Dickens Universe –UC Santa Cruz, July 14-20, 2019 – registration opens in January; departmental call in early Spring

Futures of American Studies Institute – Dartmouth, around June 18, 2019 – deadline in May

HILT (digital humanities) – at IU Purdue this year, June 3-7, 2019 – registration open now

Rare Books School – offers courses at various locations and times

The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell -June 16-July 25 

University Level
Matt Rinkevich

Matt Rinkevich won a Competitive Graduate Student Travel Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences, which  supported 3 weeks' archival research at Oxford University's Bodleian Library in July 2018

OGPE Awards

OGPE Prof. Development Award

Funds for travel to conferences / seminars

Collection Based Research Grant

Funds for travel to archives / historical sites

CAS Awards

CAS Graduate Student Research Travel Grants

$5000 in  summer research travel funding that can be used between June 2019-May 2020.  Deadline March 1, 2019. See email for details.

 CMCS Awards:

Collections Based or Seminar Workshop Grant

Up to $750 per awardee is available through the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant. MA and PhD students planning to enroll in a seminar or workshop with significant material culture element are eligible to apply. Deadline: March 15. 

Graduate Research Presentation Fund

Up to $1,000 each for up to 8 students to support graduate students presenting original research at a public venue. Application Deadline: October 15 and March 15.  

Graduate Research Publication Subvention Fund 

Up to $500 each for up to 4 students to support graduate student publications Application Deadline: October 15 and March 15 

Friends of Rockwood Fund

Up to $1,500 to support a graduate student researching Victorian-era material culture. Application Deadline: March 15. 

Finkel Fund in Support of Cultural Internships

Up to $3,000 to support undergraduate or graduate students accepted for a material culture related internship in Summer 2019. Application Deadline: March 15.

Graduate Research Travel Fund

Up to $1,500 each for up to 6 graduate students pursuing research or fieldwork in material culture studies. Application Deadline: October 15 and March 15.  

External Dissertation Fellowships
Denise Burgher

Denise Burgher received a yearlong fellowship from the Philadelphia Library Company  Mellon Program in African American History for 2018-19

American Fellowships  - $20,000 for women pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks. Deadline Nov 1.

Mellon Dissertation Fellowship for Research on Original Sources - up to $25,000 for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences using original sources

American Philosophical Society Fellowships - This regional institution has a number of fellowships of interest to scholars of environmental history, early American literature, and the history of science and exploration. Applications for year-long fellowships in early American history, the history of science, and with the Native American Scholars Initiative are due February 1. Applications for short-term residential fellowships, NASI Digital Knowledge Sharing fellowships, and digital humanities fellowships are due March 1.

The Massachusetts Historical Society offers more than forty research fellowships. The first deadline, for MHS-NEH fellowships, is January 15. The Society's collections also include several hundred thousand books, more than 10,000 broadsides, 30,000 18th- and 19th-century pamphlets, 2,500 maps, 120,000 photographs, and 660 works of art.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships provide one year of support to 30 individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (subjects include “literature”). 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. *Positive factors in choosing successful candidates include “Capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds“ and  “Sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, and scholarship at the college and university level.” 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.

Josephine 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.  To be competitive, graduate applicants should have outstanding letters of recommendation, significant publications, and have completed several chapters of the dissertation at the time of application. Deadline late January.

The Emory Visiting Fellowships for Pre-Doctoral Scholars welcomes applications from scholars in the humanities who are pursuing research projects  that examine the origins, evolution, impact and legacy of race, difference, and the modern quest for civil and human rights. We also support research projects that examine race and ethnicity and its points of intersection with other identities and movements addressing differences along gender, class, religious, or sexual lines. Visiting Fellows will be in residence at Emory for the academic year. Deadline late January.

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.

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. Deadline in early January.

Mellon Fellowshipsfor Dissertation Research in Original Sources 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. (Applications Currently Suspended)

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. Deadline Oct 15.

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 (regardless of citizenship) 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. Deadline Nov. 5.

Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Rome  invites prize recipients to Rome for six months or eleven months to immerse themselves in the Academy community where they will enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand their own professional, artistic, or scholarly pursuits, drawing on their colleagues' erudition and experience and on the inestimable resources that Italy, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Academy have to offer. Graduate students in the humanities may apply only for pre-doctoral fellowships. Deadline Nov 1.

Getty Predoctoral Fellowships  provide support for emerging scholars to complete work on projects related to the Getty Research Institute’s annual theme. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute, where they pursue research to complete their dissertations or to expand them for publication. Deadline Oct. 1.

ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships  support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. Students can be no more than six years into the degree program at the time of application. This includes time spent earning an MA within that program. Deadline late Oct.

External Awards

Mary McEwen Schimke Scholarship - provides up to $1,700 in relief from household and child care expenses to women pursuing a graduate degree. Deadline early January.

MSU's Environment Fellows Program - funded summer internship with environmental organization - deadline Jan 31

Huntington Fellowships for research at the Huntington research institute in California - deadline Nov 15

Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., Research Grants (Keats-Shelley Association) Pforzheimer Grants are awarded each year to defray travel expenses incurred in pursuing archival and/or special-collections research  related to British Romanticism and literary culture, 1789-1832. Deadline Nov. 1.

Children's Literature Association - Hannah Beiter Graduate Student Research Grants - Up to $1,500 in support of research in children's literature criticism. The award may be used to purchase supplies and materials (e.g., books, videos, equipment), as research support (photocopying, etc.) or to underwrite travel to special collections or libraries.

Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowships in the Humanities - Up to $2000 for travel and study at the  Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. Strengths include women's studies, American and British literature, and the history of the book.

Yale LGBT Studies Research 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.

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  • University of Delaware
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