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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 R.A. funding has been raised to $4500 for the summer. Call for applications will be in the Spring

-We'll be having a second round of travel funding in the Spring semester. Students who did not win a travel award in the Fall will be prioritized for funding

-calls for GAships with the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection should be made mid-Spring semester

-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 Fellowships
Denise Burgher

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

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. 

Phillips Fund for Native American Research applications are due March 1, 2019.

Library resident fellowships support scholars while they research in APS collections. Applications for year-long fellowships in early American history, the history of science, and with the Native American Scholars Initiative are due February 1, 2019. Applications for short-term residential fellowships, NASI Digital Knowledge Sharing fellowships, and digital humanities fellowships are due March 1, 2019.

Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than forty research fellowships for the academic year 2019-2020. 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.

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