Academic Jobs Wiki Dissertation Fellowships

This page is for dissertation fellowships 2012-13 (including research fellowships, dissertation completion fellowships, and other predoctoral opportunities).

I didn't find this page already in existence, but if it is please link it here in the description box. If not, I guess this is the new page!! Good luck to all

The previous year's page (2011-12) is HERE .

NEW PAGE: Dissertation Fellowships 2013-14

Academy for Advanced Study in the Renaissance - 2013 Program in Italy/ Mellon/ Northwestern U.Edit

  • Five week seminar in Italy - April 15-May 17 - Rome, Naples, Fiesole (Florence) sponsored by the Mellon Foundation and Northwestern University
  • "Applications are welcome from any graduate student who has reached PhD candidate status and made substantial progress on the dissertation. Applicants from any discipline or geographical specialization are welcome, but the dissertation should concern the Renaissance period, broadly conceived (ca. 1300-1700).All proceedings will be conducted in English. No knowledge of Italian is required."
  • "Fellowships include the cost of room and board in Rome, Naples, and Fiesole plus a stipend to cover air transportation to Italy, trains in Italy, and incidental expenses. Participation in the Academy should come at no cost to the student and may be combined with other fellowship support or research grants."
  • Deadline for applications was May 15, 2012
  • Notification was planned for June 30, 2012 - but this has been extended due to the overwhelming response to the Fellowship
  • and are chairing the selection committee and fellowship
    • Has anyone heard back? I got an email July 6 that the committee couldn't meet the selection deadline due to the large pool of applicants - but was informed that I am 'still in the running'.
    • I've had the same email, and no news since. Hmph. Anyone else heard?
    • Same here. But I'm guessing the only people searching for news on the program are, like us, people who will not have had any further news. Is it too much to ask someone to come on here to gloat?
    • I'm guessing nobody wants to email the people making the decision? I'd have thought that there'd be some response even if it's a rejection; silence seems pretty cruel...
    • I had a reply last night. Good news. Good luck to everyone else!
    • I had a reply too - rejection (Aug. 21) - but there were a lot of applicants. There were apologies for the delay in making the decision. I'm sure it will be a great program!

ACF Child Care Research ScholarsEdit

Any news? Supposed to hear by September 30...

ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion FellowshipEdit

Application due November 9th 2011 (References and Institutional Letter due November 14th)

  • Survey: How many people following this wiki applied for this. (x36)
  • Rejection email 1/14, said over 700 applicants.
  • Awards and rejections came at the same time last year (early March). Were there first-round rejections this year? Has anyone else heard anything?
  • Nothing. Perhaps above posting was an error? Or me and all the people I know made it past first round? (in which case, yay!) (1/20)
  • Nothing here, either. I'm a little suspicious-- but maybe all of us following this are just incredibly brilliant. :) I'll hope for the latter.
  • Rejection post probably refers to the ACLS early career fellowships, which notified last week and had around 700 applications (1/20).
  • I applied for this fellowship a couple of years ago and there were 1,200 applicants - I'd be surprised if this number dropped by 500 in this market!
  • When can we expect to hear from them, any ideas?
  • Hello all, I hope we are excited about this one? Any ideas when can we expect the news. Do we know a date? (02/29)
  • It seems next week will be THE week.
  • Or will it be the end of March, like the webpage says?
  • Last year they notified on March, 8.
  • For some reason, my post disappeared! Does anyone know if they send rejections out by email as well? I'm out of the country for a while, and while I'm hoping for good news, I'm prepared for a rejection...Anyone know? Good luck to everyone.
  • They should notify via email, I suppose. Last year they did that.
  • Hey folks, did anyone hear? Or is it just me going crazy? Have waited on too many things this year, and none materialized....(x5).
  • Oh, I sympathize! Glued to my email and the wiki right now... Somehow the waiting is just a tiny bit easier with all of you willing to share information. Thank you all for that generosity-- and good luck to everyone!
  • Keep in mind that their current website says "late March." The March 8th date of last year doesn't necessarily mean anything about when they'll get the results to us. Academics are notorious for being late, not early. So it might be a good idea to just let it roll in whenever it rolls in; otherwise, we're liable to spend two weeks constantly refreshing the Wiki, which isn't very much fun and will make one more stressed.
  • Easier said than least for me! ;) (x2 - seriously)
  • I'm hoping the news comes soon so I can stop asking the free online Ouija Board about this fellowship everyday. Or maybe I'm the only one that is doing this???
  • I guess I should put away my magic crystals.
  • Glad I am not the only one doing magic crsytals and online tarot! (03/08)
  • I have TOTALLY consulted the mystical powers of the free online tarot about this stupid fellowship!
  • Perhaps today? Would be nice to get the news, good or bad, before the weekend! Just wanted to echo the thoughts that the wait is easier knowing others are going through the same thing! (03/09)
  • Just broke protocol and called to ask when word will come in... was told 'in the next few days'... (03/09)
  • ^ thanks. helpful to all of us who are sitting on our hands in attempts to stop checking our email every few minutes.
  • Thanks! Now begins the wait for the next week. Yeah, I don't think they will announce the result on the weekend. So, we can stop checking our email every nano second (03/09).
  • Thank you, kind brave soul!
  • I thought this was later! I will start the compulsive email checking immediately.
  • Rejection letter via email (3/9). More than 1100 applicants, 70 awards.(x14)
  • Notification of award; congrats to everyone! (3/9)(x3)
  • Also rejected. I didn't have high hopes but I'm glad I applied. I hope others who were rejected will find some solace. You're not alone, by far! And congrats to those who won!
  • Just curious, did everyone get same letter that includes "you may wish to reapply next year"....? (Yes X4)
  • Alternate here. Anyone else? (3/9)
  • Rejection letter. Yes, my letter also said, "you may wish..." Good luck to those who got the award.
  • Ha. How about good luck to those who didn't get the award? (That's not bitterness; I wish the best for those who got it, too.) (Okay. Maybe a little bitterness.) (X1)
  • Got a fellowship! (Medievalist - English Language and Literature/Music)
  • Hey All - how many of you were on the job market this year AND applied for this fellowship? I was rejected and am thinking about applying again next year; I'm curious about this fellowship's general demographic, as I (obviously) need to up my game! Congrats to those who won, btw, and good luck to those of us who are taking a different path.
  • Any idea how important institutional affiliation is? From looking at past winners, it doesn't seem to be a very diverse group. And there are a lot of historians.
    • Yeah, I noticed the lack of diversity, too. Can anyone shed any light on this?
    • I'm one of the people who posted earlier about receiving the fellowship. I don't know how important institutional affiliation is, and I'm hoping my selection wasn't based on that. The fellowship itself was entirely unexpected for me, as I have a fairly non-traditional approach and was told by my committee that I basically had no chance at the fellowship. I too thought that the fields of past winners was rather traditional but I thought I would give it a shot anyway. I can say that the dissertation chapter I submitted was certainly historical, but my proposal was more in line with my multi-disciplinary approach, so I tried to speak to multiple constituencies. In response to another question, I'm not "on the market" per se this year (did not apply for any postdocs), but I did apply to two jobs that were my "dream" ones.
      • Thanks so much for your response! Anyone else (winners or otherwise) willing to chime in here?
    • Institutional affiliation clearly is a factor, at least an unconscious one. It is also very well possible that students at private institutions receive a better training in writing fellowship applications. That aside, looking at past winners, the vast majority of dissertation topics is very specific. Most titles include a reference to a geographical area as well as to a well-defined time period.
      • As the person who responded above: while institutional affiliation is undeniably---and unfortunately---going to be a factor in these kinds of non-blind decisions, I have to say that I did not receive any formal training in the writing of the application. My committee didn't read the application that carefully, nor did I have it vetted by fellowship or writing tutors elsewhere on campus. Perhaps there is some tacit training one receives, but formal...I didn't receive any. And yes, my reading of the topics in past years was that they were very circumscribed. While the chapter that I sent was rather limited to a small time period, the rest of my dissertation is not, as it doesn't not necessarily have a particular time or geographic focus. I think it really depends on who reads your application. One of the few bits of direct advice I received on this fellowship was to think very carefully about the selection of "disciplinary areas"; I therefore chose a diverse set that worked across the various disciplines present in my dissertation.
    • Has anyone requested feedback from the reviewers? I got a response saying that no comments were designated for release. I'm curious as to how common this is. Thanks!
    • I just sent an email request for feedback yesterday morning (as I began to get over the sting of rejection, ha), but haven't heard anything yet... I will post when I hear back!
      • Thanks! And I hear ya about the sting of it. But it fades in time...right?
      • who did you email to request for feedback?
      • FYI, I received this fellowship a few years ago (after initially being an alternate), and I asked for the comments from reviewers, and ony received one, which was a paragraph long, and actually pretty negative on the whole (at least, it was very sceptical of the arguments I was making). It was kind of bizarre, and had I not gotten the fellowship, would not have been very helpful for thinking about how to write a better application the next time. My guess is the reviewers have to give permission for their reviews to be released to applicants, and for whatever reason, some (many?) may not want to do so.
        • They are hit-or-miss, I think.--I applied but did not receive the fellowship last year. Two sets of comments. One was quite insightful and actually quite helpful--and I've since reformulated part of the framework to address the concerns. The other, I think, truely had no idea what they were talking about. The implied (without names or citations) that part of my project was duplicative of other published work. After reading, re-reading, and distributing the comment to a handful of senior scholars in the subfield, no one has yet been able to identify what the hell the comment was refering to. In truth, I think that the reason that some reviewers do not release their comments is that they spend about 30 seconds reading the proposal and half that time thinking about what to write.
        • Thanks so much for these insights-- they're really helpful, particularly if I end up receiving insane comments that could just add salt to the wound. It's always a bit of a relief to hear that some big academic decisions can sometimes be a little arbitrary. Just a quick question if either of you have time-- do comments come via email or snail mail? And for the person asking above, I sent my request for comments to as indicated on the ACLS FAQ page.
          • The default, I think, is a pdf, with an option to request a hard copy. At least, that's what I experienced last year.
          • having served on an admissions committee with waaaaay less applications, i would say that with 1110 applicants, it's definitely abitrary. not to say that the fellows don't deserve it, of course, but with that much material to go through, there's no doubt that many strong candidates fall through the cracks.
          • First, congrats to the winners! Second, when I asked for a copy of the reviewers's comments on my (unsuccessful) application, I received the following response from ACLS: "unfortunately, reviewers did not designate any comments for release to the applicant." (3/26)
            • ​Question for above, and for anyone else who as received feedback: When you submitted your request via email, did you receive an acknowledgement, or just the feedback? I submitted an inquiry last week, with no response to date.
    • Received feedback from reviewers, by mail (3/24).
    • This is the above poster who requested feedback after the "sting of rejection"-- received comments by mail (3/26). One merely descriptive, one very complimentary. Turns out it helps a bit-- I encourage everyone to request these and hope you get them!
    • What is the email address for requesting readers' reports?
    • I emailed the person who sent me my rejection letter. They then set in a request for feedback from my reviewers. I received the feedback about a week later in the mail.
  • For those of us who need to apply again next year...are there any resources available that offer examples of successful ACLS proposals?

AAUW Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Application Due: November 15, 2011 (Recommendations due by November 17)

Did anyone here apply for this?

Survey: How many following applied for this? (x23)

  • Anyone have an idea of when we will likely hear back? (3/09)
  • The Web site says April.
  • ^ April 15th.
  • Most likely not until the end of the day on the 15th.
  • Any thoughts on the fact that April 15 this year is a Sunday?
  • Maybe the 16th, then? Possibly the 13th, but my guess would be after the 15th, not before.(4/4)
  • I sent them an e-mail. Their response: "Thank you for your email. Notification of awards will be mailed to all applicants on April 13, 2012 via regular mail. We will also post the list of fellowship and grant recipients on our website at that time."
  • Thanks for the info! (X5)

The list is up (4/13) (Wait, where? I don't see it. Can you give us a link?)

The list:

- 4/16 got a letter offering "alternate" status, pending additional funding - no dates/further info. Anyone know how often they draw from their alternates or when they announce it?

  • 5/11 They've started offering to alternates. My colleague was notified yesterday.

4/16 lovely rejection letter received. At least now I know where that application fee went; to the stamp and attractive letterhead.

4/17: Does anyone know any stats re: number of awards and number of applicants (for this year's dissertation fellowship competition)?

4/17: They did not provide either of those statistics in the acceptance letters.

4/17 Notified of acceptance. They require our decision no later than May 15; the letter states that at that time, if they don't hear from us, they will offer the award to an alternate candidate.

AERA Minority Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Did anyone here apply for this?

I applied for the AERA Dissertation Grant (deadline 3/1), anyone else? Did anyone hear back yet? (4/11/12)

No word yet (4/13/12)

At AERA 2012 Vancouver, someone said she was notified that she had received the AERA Dissertation Grant. I assume this is different from the Minority Dissertation Fellowship award. I think there are several hundreds of applicants for the Minority Dissertation Fellowship award and I read that 3 awards will be given. Results should be out by early May (4/26/12).

Thanks for posting. I haven't heard from them regarding the AERA Dissertation Grant yet (yes, different from the Minority Dis Fellowship), assuming I did't get it then. I had inquired on 4/12, back then they said the proposals were still under review (4/27).

Anyone got any letters yet? Acceptance? Rejection? (5/3/12)

Rejection for the Dissertation Grant, via email (5/4/12)

Thanks, I'm waiting for my rejection notice for the Minority Dis Fellowship. (5/5/12). Considering how competitive it is.

Rejection via email (5/11/12) Me too, rejection email (5/11/12).

American Academy in Rome- Rome PrizeEdit

No word yet (1/23)

Word around here is that the short list has already been contacted for interviews, but not confirmed (1/26)

What do you mean by around here?

  • around my department, where a student (not in residence) is rumored to have gotten an interview

Not a peep (2/3) but I heard they do interviews in March.

  • Last year interviews were scheduled by the end of January and took place in February. Those not on the short list were not notified of their status until the end of March, when the winners were notified. As much as I want to believe otherwise, I'm pretty sure that not a peep means we're out of the running at this point

There is a student in my department that has an interview scheduled with the selection comittee. (2/6)

Very kind rejection letter received by email today (2/29 x2).

rejection letter received by email (3/1)

  • This seems really early--last year decisions weren't sent out unil March 22. Can anyone confirm?
  • I confirm; was rejected from both ancient and medieval areas this afternoon.

Has anyone else who didn't get an interview (which I assume means the rejection is pending) also not heard? (2/29)

- I'm in the same position, not a peep (12/3) Modern Italian Studies

BC African and African Diaspora Studies Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Survey: How many people applied for this fellowship?

-I applied (x1), have not heard anything yet.

Last year it was early April, so perhaps we'll hear next week?

Received rejection (x3) via email today (4/4)

Applied haven't heard anything (4/4)

CAORC Multi-Country Research FellowshipEdit

How many people have applied? (x4)

are recipients notified before mid-april date or does everyone find out at the same time?

there's no info about this fellowship from previous years. maybe that means that a relatively small number applied for this (fingers crossed)? ----which could work in our favor or could just mean that it's a small pool of REALLY qualified applicants.

I applied for this last year and was rejected. In my rejection letter they said nearly 100 candidated vied for ten slots.

To the above poster: when did you receive your letter? Was it via email or snail mail? it was 4/15 via email

Anybody hear anything about this yet? -called and they said they were still reviewing up til today (4/13). website says announcements go out april 17

I found out today that I received a CAORC grant. It came by email at around 10:30AM Eastern. There was no information on the number of grants, or other applicants, as sometimes accompanies these types of announcements. They make it very clear that they reserve the right to re-negotiate funding in the case that you receive other grants. Good luck to all! -- April 16, 2012

Has anybody gotten a rejection from them? I haven't heard anything as of 4:30pm on 4/16.

Congrats to the above poster! Rejection email received 2:25pm 4.17 (x2)

On alternate status and have not heard anything back from them yet! Anyone? (5/15)

CASVA Predoctoral FellowshipsEdit

Has anyone heard anything yet?

Nothing here (2/1)

or here (2/3)

Still nothing (2/6)

Interviews are taking place this week. (2/6)

Has anyone who interviewed heard anything yet? (2/11)

Rejection letter in the mail yesterday (2/12). Good luck to those who interviewed!

Any news for those who interviewed yet? (2/13)

Rejection letter in the mail (2/13). Congratulations to the chosen few!

Has anyone who interviewed received a rejection? (2/14)

Not yet (2/15)

Post interview rejection letter arrived (2/16)

Center of Military History (CMH) Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Any idea how many people apply for this? (x1)

Has anyone heard anything yet?

I got a rejection two days ago and they said 22 people applied. If you haven't heard anything yet...might be good news.

Received acceptance notification via mail on 4/7. The letter did not say how many they accepted, but it did state the same fact that 22 people applied. In the past, the CMH has accepted two or three fellows per year, according to their website.

Chateaubriand Fellowship in the HumanitiesEdit

The selection committee meets in April. Results will be sent by e-mail within a few days.

Has anyone heard from the committee? [No]

Anyone??? I saw here on the wiki that last year they made offers on the 15th - a Sunday this year. Today, maybe?

Nothing here. Hoping for today; let the waiting end, please!! [Haven't heard anything either. I'm beginning to think they made offers already, and rejections will come in a few days - that's what happened last year, according to the wiki.][I received a rejection email last year on Mon April 18 at 6:26 pm. Email stated committee had met W Apr 13. So maybe at the end of Mon Apr 16 2012 we'll get our rejection emails?] [Interesting point. So, let's suppose the committee met last week; they'd be sending acceptance letters today because of the weekend, I suppose. If you got the email at 6:30 pm, so maybe there's a chance they're still emailing people today. Anyway, this is pure speculation... I guess the waiting is not over at all...]

Nothing here, either. Normally, the jury meets during the second week of April and the offer letters are sent out first at the beginning of the following week - a few receive both the Chateaubriand and the Fulbright. That opens up spots on the 'waitlist.' Once the winners have accepted their fellowships will the rejection letters be sent, usually at the end of the week.

-So if we haven't heard by the end of today (4/17/12), we can assume that we were not successful?

- As I recall, the process was delayed a few weeks (December 31 deadline instead of December 15), so the jury could also be meeting late this year. However, given that the TAPIF/Fulbright/IE fellowships expect a response around the same time (late-April; TAPIF is April 22), I wouldn't say that an offer is likely at this point. But I hope that you do receive some positive news! Bonne chance!

-Thank you! Has anyone heard any positive news? Bonne chance to all!

- No... But I am keeping my hopes down. [x8]

- (4/18) Still waiting here too. I wonder what's taking them so long. But as it has been said, I believe that our chances are dim now.

- Either two possibilities: (1) the jury hasn't met yet; (2) they are waiting on someone to choose between the Chateaubriand and some other fellowship (Fulbright, etc.)

- 2 doesn't seem plausible. What are the chances that this many people are on the 'wait list' vs 'reject', but we haven't seen any acceptances?

- They issue rejection letters after all the fellowships have been accepted.

- But in that case it wouldn't make sense for them to have a wait list.

- Yes, it does. They email the original 12 - 15 people first. Some decline the Châteaubriand in favor of the Fulbright. Then they offer whatever is left to those who were next on their internal list (typical in France, too). This is what the Consulate/Chateaubriand Office explained to me when I applied for it last year and didn't hear anything.

- So this logic hinges on someone having received one of the initial acceptances. But we don't have any evidence of this yet

Last year it took from April 13th to April 18th (with a weekend in there, so three business days) to start issuing rejections. It really sounds like they haven't met yet. (Or are meeting now.) [x4]

4/18/12 - Nothing yet for me either. This is driving me nuts. I wish we at least knew if anyone had received accpetance (x4)

- At this point I just want my rejection letter! [x3]

I think I'm internally bleeding with anticipation [x2].

4/19 1:30 pm - Still nothing. [x4] (This thread is beginning to sound like Beckett)(I'm starting to think that our assumption that French bureaucracy would operate in any sort of systematic, straightforward, or expeditious manner has gotten us all rejected, on account of our clearly demonstrated misunderstanding of France. [x2])

Has anyone emailed the program coordinator? might be a good idea to ask about a time frame of the announcement. --> we should actually send the program coordinator this anguish-filled post, so they know how much despair (and internal bleeding) they're causing. I've heard nothing back as of 4/19 EOB...

-4/20 11 am: En attendant Chateaubriand (cinquième acte).

Emailed the coordinator on 4/17, no response yet 4/20. So French!

4/20 evening: looks like we are waiting until sometime next week!

QLB!! (Quoi la baise!!) [x2]

4/23 11 am: Still waiting here. QLB indeed!

4/23 11:30am - have not heard anything yet. At this point, it may be safe to assume rejection... Also, does anyone know if they give feedback on applications? Do we get to see our reviewers comments? [I also think rejection is certain; but I find it bizarre that we don't have any evidence that successful applicants were contacted. This is just very frustrating.][They do not give feedback with rejections.]

Also still attendant. This makes me poop! (Pardon my French...) If you got accepted and have been sworn to secrecy, we beg you to take heart in the anonymity of this forum and bring some répit to the pauvres cons who were rejected! [x3]

4/24, 1pm, still nothing yet...[There's really no reason to wait anymore. They must have contacted recepients, none of whom use this wiki. Hard to believe, but stranger things have happened...][And then just forgottten to send rejection notices? Note that website now says, "Traditionally, the selection committee meets in April."]

--> The deadline was later this year (December 31 instead of December 15), so everything's late as a result. They will send letters (yay or nay), so it's just taking longer. Ayons la patience, oui? But if anyone's dying to know, perhaps a call to the consulate would be warranted. Normally, the French are more welcoming of a telephone call than of email (at least that's the way it goes here in France). I still say good luck to everyone.

4/24 - Breaking news: the selection committee hasn't met yet. They're meeting at the end of the week. Bonne chance à nous tous! [Voilà des news vraiment cassant! Thank you for the grain of hope--bonne chance à tous!]

4/24 Thank you so much for all of those who are/were keeping us all informed! Good luck to all (x2!!)

4/30 Hoping that the results will go out today. If they met last week, would it be reasonable to expect responses today? [ I truly hope that is the case].

4/30: No response by 11:45am EST. My spine feels like de la confiture.

4/30: No response by 1:06pm either. Why do the last few hours feel longer than the preceding 4 months?

4/30 If they met Friday I'd wager that acceptances go out today but that, as with every other program on the planet, rejections will take a couple of days.

Ouais, it's probably a safe bet that no news is bad news at this point.

Tomorrow is a federal holiday in France (labor day), so most people have today off as well. Knowing how the country typically functions, letters will most likely go out at the end of the week (at the earliest).

--> This. is. cruel. And how revolutions begin.

--> Tomorrow is the Fête du Travail, so the Consulate will be closed. They probably delayed the Chateaubriand selections due to the presidential elections this year, so it may take until next week (6 May is the final run-off between Hollande and Sarko). Hopefully, they will give everyone answers by the end of this week, as there are those who need to make choices between fellowships and/or teaching assignments. This sucks....

--> Does all this mean that no responses have been sent out at all? Could it be that they contacted the winners and the rest of us are just waiting in vain...

--> For right now, I would assume that no responses have been sent out. Usually, one (or more) people on this site will report an offer or a waitlist within a few hours if any have been made. Also, the Consulate may email later in the evening (6:00 p.m. Eastern Time), depending on its schedule/deadlines. Just sit tight for now if possible.

Hélas! Pas de pitié pour les croissants...

Received notification of award at 5:00 pm EST via email. 120 applications, 8 full-year fellowships, 4 fall fellowships, 3 spring fellowships awarded. [Congrats! Is there a deadline to accept the award?][Deadline is May 8 to accept.]

Congratulations! Any alternates? Alternate notification 4:45 pm EST via email [x1]

30/4 - 6:58 pm - Rejection email received

Got rejection at 7:00 pm. E-mail said 120 applications and 15 fellows selected (without the details given to the winner above - congrats, btw!). Good luck to everybody with research, teaching & co. Hope we can all get to go to France, sooner or later... Allez!

Waitlisted...notification received 4/30, 6:40 pm! Congrats to those with awards, and good luck!

CLIR-Mellon Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Does anyone know how many people usually apply for this fellowship? (Or, how many people applied last year at least?) Thanks!

I received (but declined) the fellowship last year: the letter said 15 applicants were selected from a pool of 488. Good luck!

Did you go through an interview process?

My friend received this fellowship last year and did not have an interview.

Are there multiple rounds for this competition, or does everyone find out in the March30/Apr 2 range?

For the above two who mentioned being or knowing recipients, when did the positive email notification arrive? It seems that all mentions of the CLIR on various sites have only listed rejection emails (on Mar 29 or 31 in past years). Thanks!

  • Not sure of the precise date, but it's certainly before March 29. As I understand it, the Foundation gives all those awarded a fellowship sufficient time to accept or decline it before making any public announcements that name the fellows. I believe the April 2nd announcement date listed on the CLIR website is the date the Foundation issues the official (and final) press release, not the date they first contact recipients.
  • Yes, that's my understanding too. The question is what is their time range for positive notifications. Last year someone on this site mentioned March 4. Technically, CLIR might have contacted the recipients already...

I applied for this last year and received a rejection email around 5pm on March 29th, 2011. Of course, the real downer was that the winners already knew that they had received this award by the time the rest of the commoners found out their unfortunate status. Bummer :(

i know someone who won this award last year and she later revealed (after rejection emails were sent out) that she knew she had it by the first few days of March (confirming the fortunate March 4th poster above).

Haven't heard any news, awaiting anxiously!

Me neither...

No word here! Hopefully they haven't notified recipients yet! (x4) 3/12/2012

A colleague of mine was notified yesterday (3/12/2012) of acceptance--so it seems notifications are starting to go out. <--- question: notification via email or post? thx. (3/13)

  • She received an email.
  • Anyone knows if they send acceptances out all on one day or in "waves" over a week or two?

Has anyone heard of other positives, or still just the one mentioned above? I'd assume they notify at the same time...but, who knows.

<--In response to the above, I also recieved an acceptance by email on 3/12. So that is at least two people (congrats!)

  • I know of a 3rd person who received an acceptance on 3/12 via email, with the email noting there were 497 applications and 17 winners.

Any alternates?

I applied, but haven't received any notice. Assuming folks have been notified, congratulations! (3/18)

Rejection email on 3/27 at 3:50 pm. Says that 17 awards were made from among 497 applications.

  • <-- Also received rejection email on 3/27. (x6)
  • rejection expected after not hearing anything earlier...but still stings. I wish they'd give feedback. (X1)

FYI for future applicants - when they send out offers a few weeks ahead of rejections they ask recipients to keep their offer confidential until the formal announcement is made. They also ask that offers be accepted or rejected within just a week or so, which leads me to think that they leave themselves time to make offers to alternates before sending out any rejection emails.

To the previous poster, thanks for this info. It is knowledge like that, that helps the rest of us. I always wondered if some fellowships/grants had a confidentiality mandate, and I think it's nice to know that some do. I have received a few fellowships, but none of them had a confidentiality request. I'm not surprised, though, that some of the biggies, like the CLIR-Mellon, do have this clause.

Charlotte Newcombe FellowshipEdit

How many followers applied for this? (x16)

Pleasant rejection email received 2/22 (x15)

  • Pleasant but nonetheless disheartening (x2)

Received an e-mail on 2/22 informing me that I've been selected as a finalist. E-mail says "of over 550 applications, the top 10% have been selected and forwarded to the Final Selection Committee for review" and "at least 21 Fellows will be chosen in this final round."

  • Congrats!
  • Thanks! I'm quite surprised, and trying not to get my hopes up since it's still more likely than not that I'll ultimately be rejected. Good luck to the rest of you!
  • 3/28 -- still waiting to hear from them... not sure if the lack of response means I didn't get it. Update 3/30: Rejection e-mail received.

Received the CN fellowship (email 3/30 -- asked to accept or decline by 4/5). Email stated they took 21 fellows. I assume there is a waitlist and those on it may hear today given the deadline to accept/decline.

Cornell University Pre-/Postdoctoral FellowshipEdit

Due November 1st 2011 to paritcipating department via email (16 departments)

Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Fellowship (Columbia)Edit

How many followers applied for this? (x2)

The site says that the decision will be made by May 1. Can anyone from previous years confirm whether that is the notification day, or has is come earlier?

Last year they emailed candidates on April 22.

Does anyone know the approximate number of applications they receive?

Rejection email 4/5 :(

Consortium for Faculty Diversity (CSMP) or (CFD)Edit

This fellowship has over 30 member schools. Has anyone heard from any of those schools yet??

Is this the same as the Consortium for Faculty Diversity?

Yes, it is. I think they changed the name, or merged, or something like that. It is now through DePauw University.

Alright, in that case. I haven't heard anything. Anyone else?

  • I wrote a letter to Bowdoin College maybe a month back and was told they were doing interviews for their postdoctoral positions from CFD. I'm not sure if that means they have already finished interviews for the predoctoral fellowship
  • Luther College's political science department had skype interviews back in December. They said that they were going to have flyouts in early February, no word though.

I haven't heard anything from anyone of the schools -- I feel like if I was going to be interviewed I would have heard. Anyone else? (Field is Classics. Posted 3/22)

I heard that someone was selected for Macalester college this week. I still haven't heard regarding my application either way. (3/23)

I had a campus interview with Mount Holyoke College (3/13) and accepted their offer (3/16). This is for a postdoctoral position.

Do they inform if no schools pick you up? At this point, I'd just like to hear one way or another to assess my best options.

As of 4/4 I have not heard, but a friend who had this fellowship in 2008-09 was not notified until June that a school had chosen her, so hang in there.

  • Seriously??? That seems really late. I also feel like it'd be nice to know if I"m in the running or not.(4/4)
  • Seriously. The problem is that each of the 40 schools has their own timetable, and one may know they need someone in a particular field in January while another might get a surprise vacancy in June. It's a wonky system.
  • I just got an email from a school (on 4/11) asking me to interview for a postdoc position, so yes, this is a rolling process. I have already accepted another position, so I declined the interview.
    • What discipline? Part of the weird thing with this one is that we don't know which schools will even have positions available in our fields.
    • Are schools even considering pre-doctoral applications? It seems like only postdoctoral applicants are being contacted.
    • In response to the above poster, I just accepted an offer for a pre-doc fellowship. (This will be my completion year) But I sense that the colleges tend to be on different timelines...

Dartmouth College -- Chavez/Eastman/Marshall FellowshipEdit

Anyone else applied for this one? Heard anything?

  • I also applied- nothing yet. The website says notification on April 1.
  • Rejection via email (4/3) <-- X2

Dedalus Foundation Dissertation FellowshipEdit

anyone else apply for this? hear anything yet? thanks.

Haven't heard anything yet. Anyone else? (4/17) (x2)

They will be conviening to decide in May. (4/18)

Thanks for the updates fellow anonymous modernists. Looking forward to the end of this waiting game. (4/19)

Augh, still waiting! Anyone? Anything? (5/2) <--- Nothing so far (5/3)

According to whoever answered the phone at the DF hq, notifications will be made by the end of the week. (5/14)

Anyone? (5/18)

Nothing. Apologies for getting anyone's hopes up. I simply repeated what I was told! Will this ever end . . .? (5/19)

Emmanuel College Diversity Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Posted on HR website 3/1/2012 and advertised in various publications

Applied for the position (x3)

What's the closing date for this fellowship?

The ad here [[1]] only states that the postion is open until filled - no closing date is given.


I contacted HR: the committee is "currently reviewing applications" and should be contacting potential candidates "soon." I was instructed to contact again if I don't hear anything in the next couple of weeks. (5/3)

Five College Fellowship ProgramEdit Rolling applications accepted starting January 2nd, 2012

  • how many people have applied for this? it looks like there were 330 applicants for four spots last year and the awards weren't announced til late! (x13)
  • Anyone hear back from this one? It says announcement made in march but I wonder if they generate short litsts?
    • Yes, they do. I applied last year. We were told responses in March. I e-mailed in April and was told responses w/in two weeks. I called in early May, and the administrator I spoke with checked her short list and said I wasn't on it. She also said that the hold up was that individual colleges had to make their choices, and they didn't issue any offical notices until all the colleges had done so. Offical rejection came in June.
  • contacted 5 Colleges administrator Feb 5 -- still accepting applications. went on to contact respective institutions within the consortium about likelihood of hosting a fellow in certain divisions or departments --
    • reply February 10, no need in social sciences at Hampshire College
    • reply from UMASS via Five Colleges administrator: UMASS does not typically accept a fellow. Rather, fellows are dispersed amongst the other four colleges
    • I applied in the social sciences as well - any news from the other colleges? Thanks!
If last year's wiki is any indication, nobody hears anything for awhile...yikes
  • 3/13- still no news. Anyone else?
  • I've heard nothing. Emailed the administrator today to ask.
  • Let me know what she says when you hear back!
  • I will report back for sure! I just asked when we might know and also if there is any way to know if one is out of the running.
  • This is what I heard back, "The committee members are in the process of selecting the finalists. By the end of the month we will be sending letters to everyone." 3/14
  • Thanks for the update! Good luck! Hopefully this doesn't get dragged out longer than necessary!
  • Agreed, and good luck to everyone out there waiting for these results!
  • Still no word yet... is it wishful thinking to expect to hear from them tomorrow?
  • Probably! I just want to know either way at this point!! I really hope to hear SOMETHING!!
  • Let me know if you hear anything and I will do likewise. I am waiting anxiously!
  • I will!! I hope this ends soon. (x2)
  • Something tells me we are not going to get a message this week :( Has anyone dared to call them? I want to but I'm scared to learn the outcome!
  • I just emailed them, since I need to decide by next week if I am taking a teaching job. I'll let you know if they get back to me.
  • That's a totally legit reason! I emailed them too, but no one responded to the last inquiry I sent them so who knows... sigh.
  • I applied for this fellowship last year and sent an email asking about my status and never received a reply. When I called, however, the assistant was vey friendly and immediately told me my status. So for those curious...calling may be a good idea. (3/30)
      • I decided to call them today (4/2) as suggested, and here is what I learned:
      • There is a shortlist (and I wasn't on it :(), BUT the administrative asst. didn't know what the status of the list was, i.e. whether it is definitive, or whether it is still being worked on.
      • Results will be announced via e-mail mid-April
      • I get the sense that I was rejected otherwise I'd have been on that shortlist considering there are only two weeks left, but who knows what the selection committee's process is?
  • That is good to know, I have to decide on an adjunct job and don't want to leave the school hanging in the slight offchance this fellowship works out! I'm calling tomorrow, too.
  • Emailed today and the administrator emailed me right back: name is not on the shortlist either. Kind of a relief at least to know! Best of luck to the rest of you!!!
  • What email address are you using to reach the administrator? Thanks so much.
  • I emailed Sharon Harrison: Good luck!
  • I just called and found out I wasn't on the shortlist either. Disappointed but better to know. Best to everyone still in the running.
  • I emailed and found out that I wasn't on the shortlist. The administrator also confirmed that we should formally hear back by mid-April. Best of luck to those who made the cut.
  • Well, this must be a short short-list because I am also not on it! Oh well! Good luck to the rest who are still in the running. (x2)
  • I am not in the short list as well. (x1)
  • Just learned that I am also among the long list of names not on the short list :) Good luck to everyone else! (4/9)
  • Emailed Sharon Harrison 4/6 and as of 4/16 never heard back. I *could* assume this means I am also not on the short list, but I prefer to believe they don't want to spoil the surprise when I get zillions of dollars.
  • 4/20 - Anything? Anyone?
  • I am STILL waiting for my formal letter of rejection! (x3)
  • 4/21 - Are they snail mailing or emailing letters?
  • 4/22 - Has anyone heard that they are ON the short list?
  • 4/25 Rejection via email (x8)
    • 4 fellows, 250 applicants
    • My rejection email included this odd bit: "We would very much like to be able to share your information with committees at our five campuses who embark on searches in your field over the next year. If you do not want us to do so, please let me know (copying" Did everyone get that? That seems odd to me.
    • Yes, got that too. (x10)
    • Yes, I got that too.

Ford Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Has anyone else applied for this fellowship?

Yes x10

Any ideas when they inform??

The application says April.

Last year they announced 4/7, for what it's worth.

So does that mean tomorrow will be the day when we all learn our fate? Last year, April 7th was a Thursday.

^ I certainly hope so! Tired of sitting on my hands.

I just heard word last night (4/5) by email that I've been selected as an awardee! I'm ecstatic. I hope you all hear good news!

4/6 Just heard a yes via email! Good luck folks!!

4/6: received rejection email. 590 applications for 35 spots according to the letter. (x2)

4/6 Rejection letters out.

4/6 haven't heard yet - ack! i guess there's still time in the day

4/6 on alternates list, not sure what the chances are now (x4)

4/6 on atlernate list, Field of History. Anyone else?

Has anyone else NOT heard? (paroanoid panic) (x4)

As of 4:30 EST I still haven't heard a word so you're not alone.

Check your junk mail folders, folks. Mine arrived there hours ago...alternate

  • i did - nothing in there
  • I did as well-nothing

As an FYI, I read on a different site that last year they took 3 days to send out all the emails because the predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships were all decided upon at the same time. This year there were 1300 predoctoral applications so that's a lot of emails! So if you're in the same boat as me and haven't heard yet, I guess that's not necessarily a sign either way and don't freak out.

Are notifications coming in alphabetical order?

  • Nope, not unless they've got hundreds of A's...

4/6 Honorable Mention/Alternate list. Does anyone know how does the alternate list works? Have they actually pulled from this list in the last few years?? Are there good chances??

anyone have any experience on calling to find out results? i just need to make some life choices here, and knowing my funding situation would help...

  • good luck getting them on the phone, I heard that calls have been going straight to voicemail since Friday...
  • 4/9-I've had no luck reaching them by email or phone and still waiting to hear-anyone else in the same boat?
    • exact same boat. no email (not in a junk folder). have tried calling (direct to VM). have tried to email (no response).
    • Well nice to know I'm not alone then. I'll update if, when, I hear anything

4/10 - Still no word. Just spoke to someone at the offices. They informed me that all emails have gone out. Advised that I email to inquire about my status. Will update if I hear back.

4/10 - I also called the office, they told me the same thing (to send an email inquiry about my status). They said I would probably hear back tomorrow. I didn't change my email address and there was nothing in my spam folder. Something is not right here...

  • that's what i'm afraid of. i also didn't change my email, nothing in the spam tired of not knowing.
  • I'm more concerned about the reason why some of us did not receive emails. Were our applications even reviewed/included in the competition? Did we slip through the cracks?
    • i'd hate to start speculating in this direction
    • i'm sure the people at Ford would too, but how would we know this is not the case?

4/10 That's my concern too as I emailed haven't heard back. Seemingly there's at least 3 of us just on this forum in this situation. We can't be the only ones!

  • just curious - of those of us who haven't heard, are we all dissertation fellowships?
    • Yes - I did not hear about the status of my dissertation fellowship application.+6
    • Same situation here, I have not heard back yet about the dissertation fellowship.
    • This was my original thread. Just heard. Honorable mention but no. So seemingly they're going back over their list and emailing those they missed. Good luck to those still waiting. (x5)
    • I also received rejection and HM. It's very suspicious to me that so far we all have the same result so I will be requesting feeback. I need proof that my application was reviewed and that this isn't their way of sweeping a mistake on their end under the rug.
      • do you know how to request feedback?
        • send an email to I suppose
        • Yes, send an email to (secretary said to include last 4 digits of SSN, and that it would take some time to get them out)
      • I second that question. It might be that they sent out all the acceptances and alternates as one group on thursday night and then sent out the rejections on friday, forgetting the HM as a group, hence why there were some but not that many. Anyway, if you get anywhere, let us know!
    • Are we all getting HM letters dated April 3?

4/10 - At least 6 dissertation fellowship applicants had to contact Ford to have their decision notification emailed to them. From what everyone has posted here, it sounds like they all received the same HM letter. Does anyone else find it odd that all of them would be "skipped" on the day the notifications were sent and that they all received the same HM letter after notifying Ford that they never got a decision? I don't know about the rest of you, but I want to know why our notifications were delayed.

  • I am curious, but I'm not sure there's anything we coudl do about it even if the most paranoid suspicion (that our applicaitons didn't even get reviewed) is true. Fellowships have been awarded. They have no more to award. What is more likely is that a batch of emails in the same category didnt go out (my impressiong from talking to them was that they were doing all the emails themsleves). Either way, congrats to the recipients and best of luck for those of us who have to figure out alternate funding next year..
  • I second the above sentiment. Let's not let curiosity and disappointment become conspiracy theories. Considering they probably sent emails to about 1800 people over two days, there are bound to be mistakes. It's unfortunate that we didn't get notice with the rest, but the pattern suggests that it was just that: a mistake, a batch of identical responses that got lost in the shuffle. So, chin up everyone: let's ask for whatever feedback they can offer and just focus on writing better proposals the next time around.

I'm curious what you all mean about asking for feedback. What kind of feedback can/do you get? (4/11)

  • From previous/other forums, it seems that Ford keeps on file some kind of written evaluation of your application materials. I'm not sure whether they keep it for everyone or how thorough it is. But previous posters, here and elsewhere, have suggested that they'll send you this information if you request it. I've asked for mine. Will post if I hear back from them.
  • I have also asked for mine - will post if/when I receive it.
  • Interesting, thanks! I will do the same.

5/2 I was an alternate, and received notice today that I'm now an awardee!

5/4 In what field were you originally named as an alternate? Are you aware of whether or not all the alternates who have been awarded a Fellowship have been notified? And are they notifying alternates as fellowships are denied or have all the fellowships now been accounted for?

  • I was named as an alternate in Literature. I imagine that some alternates might decline the award - the deadline for my response is May 9th. When I spoke with the office yesterday (5/2), they seemed busy notifying alternates, which leads me to believe that all fellowships have now been accounted for. I have friends named as alternates in the fields of History and Ethnic Studies and I don't think they've heard anything yet.

5/3 - Has anyone received their feedback yet? (I haven't)

  • got mine by email 5/25 - useful

Frederick Douglass Institute FellowshipEdit

-Has anyone heard from the Frederick Douglass Institute at the University of Rochester yet? (3/14/2012)

Have heard nothing. Sent inquiry but haven't received response... (4/18)

-Still nothing at all, 5/1.

Fulbright IIEEdit

First round emails sent out 1/19/2012

So far Belgium, Germany, and the UK final results are in (3/16/2012)

From those that have heard, was it through email or snail mail?? thanks and congratulations to all and good luck to those still waiting.

Accepted Israel via email 3/22/2012

Accepted France via email 3/18/2012

Rejection from Spain via email 4/16/2012



(x a million) <---- right?

So, I know this may not be useful to anyone wanting to do fieldwork abroad this summer or next Fall, but I actually emailed the administrators in charge of F-H, and was told that they actually are planning to hold a F-H for this (2012) year, and that they are just waiting on their application materials to be approved. However, I was told the same thing in both September and then in March.

Here is the text of an email from March:

"We still plan to have the competition, and the allowable dates of research will be adjusted accordingly. We understand that the timing is becoming increasingly inconvenient, but we will move forward once we have our application materials approved."

So, hold out hope, especially if your dates of research are flexible and you can leave in the Winter/Spring...

FULBRIGHT - HAYS is happening this year!

Deadline is due 06/14 for projects starting in October. Here is the link:

7/3 Does anyone know when the results will be announced? Can't find this info anywhere online.

7/5 Results will be announced in September, per Amy Wilson at Fulbright-Hays.

7/7 Really? That seems like incredibly inconvenient timing. The whole FH thing is certainly peculiar this year...

9/5 Still have not heard anything and getting anxious. Anyone have more info?

9/6 Same here. Still waiting for news.

9/7 alternate status (notified) (x 3)

9/7 May I ask which country/region the person notified with alternate status works on?

9/7 Acceptance email

9/18 Anybody with alternate status upgraded? Not to my knowledge :-/ (Update, 9/22: news on Gradcafe of alternate being upgraded yesterday)

9/26 Looks like all awards have to be made by tomorrow (27th)? Have any other alternates been upgraded?

Georgia O'Keeffe Research CenterEdit

Any wiki users apply for this?

Anyone hear anything?

This page is for dissertation fellowships 2013-14 (including research fellowships, dissertation completion fellowships, and other predoctoral opportunities).

The previous year's page (2012-13) is HERE.

NOTE: this is a restoration of the page as it appeared on August 9, 2013. It has been restored by request for archival reference reasons. The new page for the 2014-15 season is here: Dissertation Fellowships 2014-2015. Please refer to this page for on-going discussions of Fulbright-Hays DDRA (9/25/13).

AAUW Dissertation FellowshipEdit

  • I just applied to this. Does any body have any experience or knowledge of how they make decision?
  • I am also applying in interested in the same. Especially any numbers on how competitive it is.
  • I applied also, anyone else find it strange you have to pay $40 application fee? it's the only one I had to pay to apply to.  - Yes a bit strange. If I get the fellowship though, it was worth it!
  • applied x12 (including the 3 above); share interest in learning numbers v. awards
  • 2012–13 Summary
Dissertation Fellowships: 60
Postdoctoral Fellowships: 12
Publication Grants: 17
Total Fellowships: 89
Women of Color: 20%
Eligible Applicants: 693
Total Awards: $1,687,000
  • Yep, its a drag to have to pay $40.
  • The $40 and a quick scan through who they funded in my niche field told me I'd have a better chance using that $40 to buy a nice dinner and bottle of wine. Seriously though, seems you either have to have a woman or gender related topic -or- some compelling reason they'd be interested in you (one person I know who got it didn't have a gender topic at all, but she had worked in a rape crisis center--something noted more prominently than her project topic on the website).
  • WAITING GAME. Please post if you hear any word (2/8). 
  • Everything I've read says we won't here until 4/13 at the earliest. Look back at the prior years here. Some said that acceptance/rejection letters (SNAIL MAIL!) went out 4/15 so people didn't hear until 4/18 or so.
  • I won this grant last year. They posted the names of the winners on their website on 4/15 (I think it was) - the day they said they'd announce the fellowships. I got my letter two or three days later in the mail.
  • "April 15, 2013 - Notification of awards mailed to all applicants. Fellows posted on the AAUW website ( AAUW is not able to honor requests for earlier notification."
  • Ahhh the wait is killing me! Anyone else checking this page even though you know that we won't hear anything until 4-15?
  • Yes indeedy! I think time is actually slowing down as we get closer....
  • Yes me too! It's another 12 days till the 15th and it seems like forever!!
  • Definitely checking, even though I know it's futile.  I really hate that we find out by going on their website and scanning for our name. I wish they would just send emails...
  • can someone share the link where the names will be posted? thanks!
  • So now that they have changed their website, I can't find the FAQ page. I am wondering if it is possible to work if you have the AAUW fellowship. If we accept a job that begins this summer or next fall, for instance, would we have to turn it down if we were lucky enough to get a fellowship?
    • From what I remember reading somewhere, you are allowed to work up to 15 hours/wk OR teach one class and have the fellowship. I can't recall where on their website or materials I read that though.
      • Kind of pointless discuss since the decisions haven't gone out yet
      • it's not pointless if you're being offered a job for next year and you have to sign a contract before next week.
      • Is it possible to request extra time before signing the contract? That is, ask them to wait until April 15th to sign, then on the 15th, just call AAUW to find out the results?
  • AHHH 4/11. Trying *SO HARD* not to get my hopes up... gah!
  • I am right there with you!
  • Doing my best not to think about it, but the dept admin keeps asking if I've heard yet so they can plan their expenses for next year - I second that "gah!"
  • Same-- I keep thinking there is a chance they will post it today!
  • Can someone please share the link where the winners will be announced? Many thanks and good luck to everyone! (April 14)
  • I believe it is posted above, see the quote with the april 15 date in bold. (
  • I know it is early, but has anyone seen anything, or know when they will post it?
  • I have not been able to find anything yet... I really hope they do post it online, or else we will have to wait until letters arrive by post?
  • they seem active on twitter so i've been watching from there (
  • can someone please ask them on twitter and let us know?
  • It's up; congrats to winners!
  • They reduced the number of recipients?
  • Received award letter (4/15)
  • Do they do alternates for this fellowship? If so, has anyone received notification?
    • Received letter today informing me that I am an alternate. the agonizing wait continues! (4/18)
    • ^was it a snail mail letter?  Or email?  Also, does anyone know if they provide feedback on applications?  Or have in the past?
    • Snail mail, arrived 4/18.
    • Reject letter arrived 4/18 and states feedback will not be provided.
    • Snail mail arrived 4/19 (and I live in HI, so my mail takes a LONG time).
    • I can't believe they send by snailmail. I live in India!! They could offer more scholarships if they used email!
    • Looks like last year's alternates heard around mid-May. Just got letter yesterday of alternate status and would love to hear if anyone knows anything else about when we might find out more... (Mid-May sounds about right, I guess that's when those accepted have to confirm their award.)
    • I received an offer and the letter said that if they don't hear back from me by May 15th they'll make the offer to an alternate.  For what it's worth, they did send the initial acceptance by email, so maybe you wouldn't have to wait for a letter if you're an alternate -? Good luck!
    • Also received alternate letter in mail on 4/18.
    • I received an award and am not taking it. A glimmer of hope for those alternates! :) (4/22)
    • Haha, I was secretly checking here in hopes of finding such a message! Congrats to the folks that got it and good luck to us alternates...! Fingers are starting to hurt a little from being crossed so long... :)
    • Any alternates still obsessively checking this page? Curious to know how many alternates there are vs. how many awardees typically decine each year...
      • Yes, right here! Hope we find out soon! Hang in there :)
      • Alternate here (one who has posted in this thread before)- Received an email today (5/15) that "additional resources have been made available" and I will receive an award. Very grateful to whoever declined!
      • Congrats! x2
      • Still obsessively checking (5/16) but guessing if emails went out yesterday I should check my mail instead for rejection? : / Congrats to winners!
      • I just received an email (5/24) sayng funds were made available! Good luck to the other alternates!!

ACLS/ Luce Dissertation Fellowships in American ArtEdit


"Notifications will be sent by late March 2013"

  • Rejection notice in inbox today (3/19/13) x3
  • Acceptance by email today (3/19/13) x4
  • Named an alternate on 3/19. Would be obliged if anyone planning to decline could do so soonish!
  • 4/10: Accepted as alternate and declined in favor of another fellowship. Hope the next person on the list will be able to make use of this tempting opportunity!

ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion FellowshipsEdit

  • submitted yesterday - anyone else?
    • yes x11
    • submitted right at deadline from non-ivy, big research public university (x5)
  • Any idea what the chances are for those of us from non-Ivies?
    • My department is in a non-Ivy and someone gets it every couple of years - I think they make an effort to make sure the schools represented are diverse...
    • agreed, non ivy here as well, but R1; but winners last year were clearly ivy/private univ slanted; was rather disappointed by lack of field diversity as well (particularly the history emphasis)
    • I received the award last year and I am non-Ivy/non-private. Good luck to all those who applied!
  • I gave up on this because there are restriction about having to be in your 6th year including you MA. I am in a program in which you can not complete your MA and PhD in six years. No way. Make sure you check that detail for yourself. I even e-mailed them about it and talked to my dean.
    • I submitted but am also past the 6th year - sort of - will be beginning the 7th during the award. I'm in the same position as you; plus I took leave of absence to go do language learning, etc. There's a section on the application to plead your case, and they ask that your dissertation advisor mention this in the reference letter. I don't think it's a big deal as long as you have a valid reason. No one in my program has ever graduated in under 7 years, and some do it in 8.
    • I also applied and am in my 6th year now. I received my MA in a totally different field--and had a year's hiatus before starting my PhD. Any idea if those three years will also be counted? Thanks.
    • Actually, if you're in your 6th year, you're eligible. I called and asked about this before applying. Only if you're in your 7th year do you need to "plead your case."
  • Any idea what the numbers are (applicants / accepted) for this fellowship?
    • Last year there were around 1100 applicants and they selected 70 (last year they accepted 70 because they had the funds to do so, but it might be 65 again this year).
  • When do these decisions start coming out? In past years I've seen decisions as early as Jan. and as late as April. 
    • Last year they sent out notices during the first week of March.  Those who received the awards and those who did not all heard from ACLS via email on the first Friday in March (if I remember correctly).
    • WAITING GAME. Please post if you hear any word (2/8). 
    • I wish I could just forget about it until March, but I'm already going nuts! Ugh.
    • The website says "late March."
    • Anyone else hoping they'll notify this week (3/5)? (x3)
    • I don't even know any more. Until they notify at least I still have a chance! (x3)
    • fingers crossed for this Friday! x 1
    • Website clearly states: "Notifications will be sent in late March 2013."
    • Previous competitions suggest otherwise. Notifications sent first Friday of March for 2011, 2012.
    • I'm afraid of my email these days. Based on stats, rejection is coming for 95% of us. :(
      • Hey, better odds than landing a job...what, too soon?   <-- :) x4

I wonder after reading your hash tags, just exactly who am I am competing with. 'Throw your hands-up' non-ivy, non-research 1 schools. x1 (R1 X1)

  • With 1100+ applicants, you are competing with everyone and their grandmother - not just ivies and R1s. Best to focus on what you can control, like writing solid proposals and hedging your bets by applying to everything in sight...and hope for a bit of luck.
    • I think the notion is that it is a bit pretentious and obnoxious to come here to complain that your "two latest publications of the most extraodinary sort" couldn't be "added to an already sterling CV," especially in the context of an already soul-crushing competition. (x3,100+)
    • Whatever the relative merits of our CVs ... rejection letter received. 70 grants this year (like last year, up from 65), "nearly 1000 applicants."
    • rejection email received 3/7 (x14)
    • Also rec'd my rejection.  Sigh.  I'm in Political Science and knew they'd only taken ~2 students from this field last year (they're focused on the humanities, not social sciences, afterall).  Still, it's a big bummer.  These apps take forever to do.  Any idea on if they'd give feedback from the reviewers?
    • Hm. Nothing here. No reject, no accept. Strange.  As for the above ^ typically they do let you have reviewer comments if you ask for them in April or so (see years past).
    • Likewise, no word yet. Has anyone actually received an acceptance letter today? Or is it possible they're going through the list of applicants in alphabetical order?
    • Got my rejection today. English Department, Research One public university. Last name starts with R. So I guess maybe if you're still waiting to hear, then that's good news?
    • Rejection here too. Any tips on requesting feedback on your application? Just respond to the notifier and ask?
    • Rejection via email (3/7)
    • Acceptance letter received today via email, 3/7. (x3)
    • Rejection via email. Music Dept., Research One Private. (3/7)
    • I see acceptances are out too... still nothing here though. wonder if that means I'm a dreaded alternate? (3/7 3:12 pm)
    • Haven't heard yet either and I'm wearing out the refresh button (3:41pm) <-- omg I KNOW. Solidarity!
    • Check your spam people: my letter was there (mine too -- rerouted from institutional address to gmail spam folder.)
    • Letter of acceptance! (in my spam folder) (x3!)
    • accepted! (spam folder too) (x4).
    • For those wanting reviewer comments, all you need to do is reply to the emailed rejection (or, I assume, email their program officer) and indicate that you would like feedback.  I was told that reviewers provide feedback at their discretion, so applicants might not hear back from all or any of the selection committee.  BUT, once they receive your request, it will be processed in April and you will receive whatever comments are released via snail mail.
    • A follow-up on reviewer feedback - The ACLS reviewing system allows evaluators to release comments to applicants at their discretion.  Hence, it is possible to not receive comments from all, or even any, of the reviewers who participated in the assessment of your application. In my case, reviewers did not designate any comments for release. (x2)
    • ^ this. I received an award, and so did a friend of mine. We both got our comments back. His were pretty thorough, mine very sparse (and the one reviewer who did send comments was critical/skeptical). It's a crap-shoot, basically.

AERA Minority Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Has anyone heard from this one?

  • The website said the results will be out in May 2013.
  • I am waiting for the result as well.
  • Still waiting; any word? (05/07/13)
  • Does anyone know how many applied, and how many are getting the award?
  • Still no word for me too (5/13/13) x3
  • Has anyone heard from this one? (5/13/13)
  • Received rejection notice by e-mail. (5/14/13) x5
  • Still waiting (5/15/13) x2
  • Still no word; can anyone advise if reward offers made/accepted (5/17/13)
  • awarded-- email (5/13/13)

American Academy in Rome- Rome PrizeEdit

Has anyone applied for this?

Yes. Judging by previous years, the short list should be contacted soon for interviews. The dates might be pushed back this year because of Sandy, however. (1/28/2013)

  • That's what I have assumed as well - though that hasn't stopped me from attempting to see if anyone else has heard! (Poster from above - 1/28)

Request for an interview received via email late this afternoon. (2/1)

  • Congrats! Mind sharing what field you applied in?
  • Applied in Early Modern and Modern; interview is for the former.
    • Thanks for replying-do all interview requests go out at the same time? In short, can I, an applicant in the field of medieval studies, stop checking my inbox for an email from the AA? (2/2)
    • Also congrats! I applied for EM so suppose I can stop checking my inbox now. I do know that Ancient went out a couple weeks ago so there may be some fields not yet notified.

Offer made in Modern Italian Studies (heard second-hand, I believe the date was 2/26)

Has anyone heard anything about the Architecture or Design awards? (3/4)

  • They announce winners publically in about a month, so if you weren't contacted for an interview, the odds are slim, if not non-existent. Does anyone know if they ever award Architecture/Design fellowships without conducting an interview, even if only by phone or skype?
  • I don't know about Architecture/Design, but I do know that in the academic categories two finalists are usually interviewed (perhaps three).  Notification typically occurs within a few days of the interview: one candidate is selected to receieve the fellowship and the other is an alternate (or others).  I don't know if that helps...
    • Well, it 'helps' me know it's time to break out my consolation wine, so that's something! Have not yet been notified, but was not contacted for an interview. (3/13)
  • Rejection recieved via email (3/15) x2

Boston College African and African Diaspora Dissertation FellowshipEdit

  • 2-17 Anyone else following this wiki applying for this award? I sent everything in but haven't had any confirmation that it was received.
  • Applied also, and didn't receive confirmation either. Did they say they would confirm?
  • I called last week to confirm--they said they were still processing, but they had received everything. (2/17)
  • (3-1) Email confirmation that application was received and processed. Requested EEOC self-identification. Stated "You should expect to hear from the committee in early April."
  • Applied (x1)
  • (4/9) Anything yet?
  • (4/9) I had emailed them last week and this is the response that I got back today... "The Dissertation Fellowship Committee will make its decision the week of April 22nd. Notifications will be sent out by both e-mail and regular mail."
  • (4/26) I received a rejection letter. x3
  • (4/27) Were your letters very personalized with strong encouragement to apply again next year?
  • (4/28) Mine was. It might seem a silly question, but after all these rejections seeming like it means to tell YOU that YOUR application was still good, I can't help wondering how they can really just send that to all rejectees. It seems, in any case, that they do. But I do echo the question, just in case. 

Carter G. Woodson Institute PreDoctoral Fellowship at UVA (African & African American)Edit

2/25 notified of award

Carter Manny AwardEdit

Deadline March 15, 2013

  • Applied (x1)  Email notifying of application acceptance says winners will be notified by July 31, 2013.

Center for Democracy, Development and Rule of Law (Stanford) Predoctoral Fellowship   Edit

Deadline Jan 25, announcments expected in "mid-March 2013."

  • Anyone heard anything yet?  They should be announcing any day...
  • rejection received via email (3/25)

Center for Jewish History, Dissertation FellowshipsEdit

The Center for Jewish History, composed of its five partners (American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research) offers ten month fellowships to doctoral candidates to support 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 institution. Fellows must be in residence at the Center from September 2013- June 2014 and applicants should have completed all requirements (coursework, exams, dissertation proposal) for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation. It is required that each fellow spend a minimum of 3 days/week in residence in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room using the archival and library resources. Fellows must also participate in the Center for Jewish History Fellowship Seminar Program, deliver a minimum of one lecture based on research conducted at Center, and submit a report upon completion of the Fellowship describing her/his experience as a Center Fellow. Full fellowships carry a stipend of up to $15,000 for a period of one academic year for students based in universities in the New York City metropolitan area as well as those who reside within approximately 125 miles of New York City. Fellows from universities more than 125 miles away from New York City will be entitled to a stipend of up to $18,000, and in some cases, additional funding of up to $5,000 may be made available to offset living expenses. For more information about the fellowship and complete application instructions please visit:

  • Applications for the 2013-2014 fellowship are due February 18, 2013.
  • Recieved acceptance letter 3/19/2013


  • Any insight on when member institutions look at applications?
  • It varies by institution. You should contact the person in charge of the CFD stuff at the member school you're interested in to check. I do know that Macalester will not be selecting anyone this year due to budget constraints. (12/20)
  • Anyone receive an interview request yet? I know that CFD schools tend to call around this time of the year. (1/9)
    • None here. I was just wondering too if anyone had heard anything... (1/13)
    • Same. I've heard nothing at all and am guessing it could be a while based on last year's thread. (1/15)
  • Contacted by member institution asking me to apply for a 1 yr faculty replacement position (1/25)
  • Request for interview (1/30); Invited for campus interview (same institution) (2/6) --> This is for a postdoc position
    • Offer made and accepted for postdoc position (3/5), Denison, women's studies
  • Request for phone interview (2/24) and this is for the predoctoral position

Charlotte Newcombe FellowshipEdit

  • Just Applied to this. Any experience or insight of how they make decision?
  • Applying - does anyone know if the focus has to be "religion AND ethics" or could it just be religion?
  • - From the website: These fellowships support students in the final stages of doctoral study whose work offers significant potential for advancing academic scholarship related to ethics and/or religion.
  • -on 11/1/2012, the website for Woodrow Wilson institute and Newcombe fellowship has been done for 3 days since Sandy, phone number is also not working, has anyone been able to access website or call the office?
  • No, I have been trying to reach them via these mediums too. I got on Monday afternoon to get the address to send transcripts, no dice ever since.
  • 11/3 -- Web service restored!
  • 11/12––Is anyone else having trouble uploading documents? I'm using Safari, have the proper format and title, and when I click to upload nothing happens.
  • --I used Chrome on a Mac and couldn't upload my documents as PDFs despite what the site said, no matter how many times I tried, etc. So, I uploaded them as DOCs and then the site converted them to PDFs when refreshed o_O There are some serious tech issues for that application, however, such as dropdowns for the years being all out of order and the institutional database seems to be homemade (that is, not displaying them all).[Update to what I wrote: 11/14 and I am now having issues uploading my remaining documents - either in DOC or PDF form. I will write tech support I guess.]
  • 11/14 - Many thanks for this tip. I couldn't get it going on Firefox/Chrome 'Canary'/Safari on the Mac or Firefox on the PC and had to use the regular Chrome browser on the mac with the .doc extension before it took my files. I would have happily taken the copy-and-paste into the text box over that mess.
  • --I emailed their tech support, and they said to email them the documents and they would upload them to my application. However, I tried again (using Chrome and PDFs) and was able to upload anything without any trouble. Maybe there will still glitches they hadn't fixed after the storm that are only now being remedied...
  • WAITING GAME. Please post if you hear any word (2/12). 
  • 2/21 - looks like they notified people about the first round on 2/22 the past two years. we may be hearing soon! 
  • 2/22 - Sigh! Based on past years, I assume notification would be today.  It looks like they have notified those who made it past the first round and those who didn't on the same day in the past, but did anyone hear today?
  • I'm assuming that things might be a bit delayed this year because of Hurricane Sandy?  They did extend the deadline for a few days, so maybe we'll hear something next week? (2/23)
  • Very annoying, but yes, I think they are delaying because they extended the deadline (slightly). I'm guessing we won't hear until next Friday. Fellowships usually like to notify by 5pm on a Friday so that people have time to rethink those irate phone calls. (2/23) <-- That is both smart and hilarious. I was also hoping to hear something yesterday, forgetting about the extension. (2/23)
  • 2/24--Will we hear something either way? Or do they only send out e-mails to those who have made it to the next stage? <--Wikis for the last two years seem to indicate that everybody hears, either way. (2/25)
  • 2/26 - Sent them an email.  Apparently first round notifications should be out by March 8. <--(Thanks for doing this and providing an update! x3!)
  • 2/28 - Also sent an email. As noted above on 2/26, first round notifications will be emailed by March 8.  Final winners from that select group will be notified in the first week of April.  Public announcements will be made by the third week of April.
  • 3/7-Rejection Email received. (x13)
  • 3/7-Finalist notification email received (x6). My letter says that 13 % of 600 applicants made this round, and of those another 22 will be selected.
  • 3/7- 600 applicants, only 22 awards. I didn't make it. I have alot of company. 
  • 3/7 - rejection.
  • 4/1 - Award notification.  I hope this isn't an april fools' day joke. 
  • 4/1 - Award notification (x3)
  • 4/1 - Final rejection. Congrats to the winners. (x2)
  • 4/17 - Still haven'te heard anything.  Does anyone know what this means?
    • Probably not good. I think the list has been finalized.

Chateaubriand Fellowship in the HumanitiesEdit

  • does anyone know where/if we can get ahold of bios/project descriptions of previous winners? noone I know on French or American side knows anyone who has been awarded...not sure what kinds of projects are successful.
  • I found a little info on past winners here:
  • does anyone know if the french faculty who's supporting you is allowed to support more than one applicant? and if they are, does it reduce the chances of the applicants they support?
  • ^^^ Given that there were only eight year-fellows and seven semester-fellows this past year, it would seem a bad idea to have duplicate letters of invitation in the selection pool.  It will only hinder not help you.
  • well i eventually found out (officially) that it isn't against the rules. i don't know what that means in terms of what will help or hinder, but it may serve future applicants (since they took a while to respond to me, and by the time they had, we didn't have enough time to pull things together). i personally think that if your application is strong, and if your relationship with your sponsor is valid and ongoing, then a detail like that would not necessarily hinder you. 
  • So the deadline was January, not December this year....does that mean later announcements? -Not sure, but i am wondering the same thing.
  • Anyone heard anything yet? (4/12) [No, but it would be unusual to hear so early in the month, particularly given the later deadline. Last year the committee met April 26, 2012 and they notified applicants by April 30, 2012. I believe it was a similar situation in 2011. (4/14) Rien here, as well. Agree that later deadline probably means later notifications. (4/15)]
  • Why would we have any reason to think that a later deadline means later notifications?  Perhaps they gave their external reviewers a little less time.  Perhaps they realized that they had been getting responses from external reviewers and letting them sit for a few weeks before the final committee met.  I don't see any reason to think that a later deadline means they moved their final committee meeting.
  • Past pages on this blog seemed to suggest that the anouncements have been getting progressively later...but also that it might be concurrent with Fullbright since some receive both. Also my experience with French bureaucracy is that it is perpetually late....
  • ok folks, what do we think? the committee is meeting early this week and we find out this week? or we find out April 29/30?
  • How do we know the committee is meeting? -well, if we are supposed to be notified end of April, they must be meeting in the next few days (since they say after it meets, notifications go out a few days later)
  • It doesn't say we will be notified by the end of April.  It says, "Traditionally, the selection committee meets at the end of April. Results will be sent by e-mail within a few days."  This makes me think we'll be notified by May 3rd or maybe the 6th at the latest.
  • I called today (4/23) and they said they are still making final decisions, but that they probably would be letting people know next week via email.
  • Thanks for calling! hoping it's Monday....
  • Acceptance for Fall fellowship on 4/25.  (x2) 138 applicants, 15 fellows (6 year-long, 8 fall, 4 spring).  I'm accepting.
  • Acceptance for Spring fellowship on 4/25.
  • Congrats! Did you get an individual email? Or a group email? And what time did you receive the email? Sorry for all the questions.  - individual.  1ish.
  • Accepted for spring fellowship on 4/25. Best of luck to all others! In my experience with grants: try, try, and try again. Never give up.
  • Waitlisted (4/25) Does anyone have a sense of how many people they put on the waitlist?  Congrats to those with fellowships! 

CLIR/ Mellon FellowshipEdit

  • Applied x19
  • In case anyone is wondering, it seems from looking at last year's page that applicants were notified at the beginning of March.
    • To elaborate on previous notifications, in 2011 it was March 4th, and in 2012 it was March 12th
    • via email or hard copy?
    • Time of day? JK- obssessed. 
  • Any news?? (3/7)
    • Nothing here... (x7)
    • I assume maybe results will come later this year because of Sandy?  Still, tired of waiting.
      • Possibly--which is annoying because let's face it, 85% of the time between the submission and notification dates our applications are just sitting around. The actual decision-making process happens rather quickly
      • It does get tiring to wait :( I hope we learn soon, I also think they might be behind due to Sandy...
      • ​Website still says they'll announce on April 1st. They'll have to send initial notifications soon to follow their process.
      • My guess is beginning of this coming week- It would fit the timeline for other fellowships I applied for (3 weeks before official announcement, 2 week acceptance gap, 1 week to contact alternatives). 
      • Based on previous years, it sounds like acceptees find out first and are asked not to tell...any secondhand info?
      • ​That's right. I think the above post is accurate in saying that initial acceptances will go out Monday/Tuesday (3/11 or 3/12). They'll have two weeks to accept, and if needed CLIR will contact alternates. Then rejections go out at the end of March, right before they publically announce the awardees.
  • Any news????
  • Nothing here as of 3/11, 4 pm EST (x12)
  • perhaps pessimistic of me, but I didn't respond to the 3/7 request for news, so seems quite possible notifications have been sent out
  • what makes you think so?
  • more than anything, because it's late in the process; pardon my negativity, it's irrational
  • 14 people (number checked in here) is less than 3 percent of applications. So very possible. But it would be nice at least to have someone confirm they went out so we're put out of our misery.
  • Yes, but the recipients are asked to keep their acceptance secret (very odd custom, I must say). Anyways, it might be that we should be ready to stay in limbo for quite a while. 
  • I would hope that if someone does hear (first or secondhand) they would give some sort of indication on this anonymous forum to put the rest of us out of our misery
  • "Odd custom" = "elaborate hazing ritual" - over the past couple cycles, a kind bird or two flew by to sing a song that no doubt brought relief to the select souls who populate these spaces. It's possible both to respect the process and treat one's peers with humanity; "secret" and "anonymous" are synonyms, after all.
  • "Dear applicant, I am pleased to inform you that you have been awarded a CLIR Mellon Felllowship. Please do not share this information with other applicants. This is necessary to ensure they remain in a state of tantalizing uncertainty during the forthcoming weeks. Only when the passage of time has slowly entinguished their hope, will we reluctantly inform them that they were not selected."
  • I'm guessing there won't be any notifications sent out tonight. Tomorrow I'm planning to go on an "email fast" so I don't spend all my time obsessing over CLIR. Hopefully, that'll make it a more productive day than today was!
  • Any news today? (3/12) Am starting to lose hope.
  • Nothing here, also starting to lose hope... (x3)
  • No hope now...Given up
  • aww, c'mon now, in each of the previous two cycles someone spoke up, why should it be different this time? surely more people are looking at this than the numbers indicate
  • Agreed. No one will tell - it's anonymous! Though the one thing is that it seems from previous forums they tend to send emails around 5pm and acceptances went out on 3/12 last year. Especially given the Sandy extension, it seems conceivable that they could be a day or two behind.
  • I can buy a day or two at max, since they apparently have some wierd logic guiding this unique notification process. They claim that announcements will still be made April 1st.
  • Wish I had known there were 500 applicants and only 15-17 awards when I was preparing this application. The cost benefit analysis does not support the amount of time I invested in it.
    • It's probably cold comfort, but all told, there are basically no long-term "general research" or even writing grants (versus the small ones / language or country specific grants) that have better odds. There are just a large number of ridiculously smart & productive people with worthwhile projects for the number of grants available.
    • Yeah. I was just bitter recalling studying for prelims at the same time, and thinking how much time I had to take out to work on this application.
      • Oh, I feel you. Frankly - I was secret hoping you'd respond with a list of "easier" grants that I just didn't know about. This whole process is pretty frustrating & draining.
  • Welcome to the academic wing of the "new economy," buckle in....
    • ugh, sorry for coming off as a preening jackass, we all get it, just a product of frustration
    • Thats alright, it gave me a laugh.
      • Good, I wonder whose will be the first historical/sociological study of academia that uses this stuff as evidence
  • News? (3/13) Thinking its gotta be today given the 4/1 deadline
  • Nothing (x22)
    • ​Can't help but notice that the Catholic Church--a ponderous and archaic institution--seems to be operating more efficently and transparently than CLIR. 
    • ^ha! (x2)
  • And, yet again, nothing (3/14) (x10)
    • huh, gotta think if this were over we'd have seen some 'white smoke' here
    • Is it possible they meant that they'd announce the fellowships to us on April 1?
      • I don't think so. The wording on their website is exactly what it was last year, when the publicly announced the fellowships on April 1. If there was a policy or procedural change, they would have stated this on their website. Given this timeline, most likely they've already made offers. It might just be unfortunate that no one who received an offer posted here to inform the rest of us.
      • Yeah, thinking that we would have heard that somone (or somone's colleague) got accepted. But then again, given the timeline, the latest I could see them coming out is tomorrow or Monday. After that it seems like too late. And (^) agreed about their website--if it was going to radically change, they'd announce it.
  • Still nothing (3/15) (x5)
    • I agree, It might be the case that the people who got this fellowhip don't visit this wiki, and that they're already out... it seems like it's getting too late for announcements given the timeline
    • but Sandy put them a full two weeks behind, surely that matters? Monday is a full two weeks before April 1 still, I think after Monday it's a lost cause...
      • Well, that assumes they actually need the full amount of time to complete the review. I'm guessing it's all over by now.  Although Monday could conceivably be the last day.
  • Sigh. Nothing 3/17. Moving over to a different section of the wiki!!
  • Yep. Definitely over. We can enjoy our emails on March 29th.
  • ^ Don't give up! Somebody will hear something. Until there's a hint of news, better to assume that they're just bogged down.
    • ^ I asked. They said there was no delay and that they were operating on the same schedule as usual. Have to believe that means they already sent out acceptances.
    • ^ Oh. Bummer. OK, I give up now!
    • It's 3/20 today. Safe to assume they have announced. Waiting for my rejection email
  • Heard from a friend - acceptance letter received. Not sure when it arrived (3/20)
  • Was it a physical letter or an email? (3/21)
  • Past applicant here (and friend of past recipient): acceptances are sent, by email, well in advance of the rejections (to allow time for recipients to accept or decline, in which case the award is given to someone else).  Acceptances tend to arrive by early March. If you have not heard anything by this point, chances are alas high that you'll be receiving a rejection email shortly.
    • Proof of concept. See, if CLIR had told us they would announce the awards on 3/5 or some other definite date, we'd all have moved on and stopped fretting about this. But look! They succcessfully agonized people all the way until March 22nd.
  • Awards were emailed yesterday (March 20). There are 17 fellows out of 442 applicants. Best of luck to everyone. 
  • Woop, there it is - rejection email received (3/28). Yep. Me too, got one today (3/28)

Columbia University GSAS International Travel GrantEdit

Deadline Jan 15th.

  • Emailed Howard the III, said would hear late April/Early May.
  • anyone hear anything yet?

Council for European Studies (CES)/Mellon Dissertation Completion FellowshipEdit

Deadline February 4, 2013

Applied (X1)

Received acceptance (3/28)

--> Was this for diss completion, or the pre-diss research grant?

For diss completion (3/29)

  • Congratulations! Did they say how many applicants/awards? The email notification did not list these figures.
  • Did the acceptance come by email or mail? Has anyone received a rejection? (3/31) By email.

Original Applied and still waiting as of 4/1. Just re-checked email.

I emailed to ask about decisions, and received a response saying that we can expect to be notified in May as per the website. They were sorry that the committee couldn't get back to the applicants sooner, but there were a large number of applicants and the committee needs time to read and review them all as thoroughly and as fairly as possible. I'm not sure in light of the acceptance above whether this means that some decisions are rolled out...or otherwise? (4/1) <--- thank you for emailing. I feel like if we haven't heard it is more of a waitlist issue than a still deciding issue.

Any more news on this? (4/4)

I also received an acceptance email on 3/28 (for the dissertation completion grant). No word about how many applicants. Also, vague language about not being allowed to accept "comparable" funding at the same time -- anyone know what comparable means in this situation? I.e. does that refer to any other reseach support, or just grants that have the same terms about needing to complete your dissertation in a year? 

  • Congrats! Usually that means any other research support, i.e. you can't have two fellowships in one year. I wish we knew how many were awarded. I suppose I'm just waiting for the rejection mail :/ (4/7)

Has anyone received a rejection? I assume the above comment on 3/31 is about an acceptance by email. (4/7)

The original announcement CES put out about the Mellon grant says that twenty grants will be awarded over two years... here's the link to the announcement:,c9358095. I'm guessing the poster above is correct that it is probably some kind of wait list situation at this point if recipients have already been informed. CES probably needs to know whether they will accept their offer or will take other appointments before they formally announce the winners in May. Good luck to all!

For those informed, was date did you have to notify them that you would accept/decline the award? Also, anyone thinking of declining? Thanks! (4/15)

Finally got a rejection e-mail (4/29).  Says they made 10 awards out of a "very large number" of applications.  Congrats to the winners! X2

Rejection email received - and I heard earlier (from them, upon my inquiry)  that they received ca. 200 applications (4/29).

I declined mine so hopefully someone on the waitlist will get bumped up!


applied (x2)

  • Last year they sent out emails for both acceptance and rejection on March 2.
  • Last year a friend of mine didn't hear until March 22 (for a 12 month research grant), so don't give up hope if you haven't hear immediately. 
  • A colleague just heard about acceptance for a summer grant (2/28), so it seems like decisions should soon be forthcoming...
  • Any news? (3/7)
    • Nothing here
    • Someone on the decisions board for the 10-month fellowships told me that the decisions have been made, and thought that the applicants (both successful and unsuccessful) had already been alerted (although I, at least, have not been). (3/10)
    • still waiting to hear. received positive answer March 2nd last year (3/12)
    • seems that the undergrad programs (RISE and RISEPro) have been notified but not graduate study or research grants (3/12)
  • Still no news (3/15). Received rejection last year on March 2nd (like the poster above, which makes me think they send out yays and nays on the same day). No news is good news?
    • Checked out the DAAD forum on GradCafe and it seems that no one has heard back about Grad Research Grants yet. I was crossing my fingers that I'd know before the weekend but it's looking grim!
  • (3/22) In phone call to NY office, was told that many factors (Euro Zone crisis leading to many more applications, for one thing) have delayed the process. Decisions will probably be signed off next week, but then there's Easter holiday, so emails will not go out until the first week of April. So keep crossing those fingers (or pressing your thumbs, as it were).  — That's to say, too, that all applicants will indeed be notified by email; therein will successful applicants be asked for their current mailing addresses to receive the official packet.
  • (3/22) Glad someone picked up the phone and asked!
  • Acceptance received for full research grant via email!! (3/28)
  • Rejection received :( (3/28)
  • I am curious: Even though this is through partner US universities and non-US citizens are eligible to apply, I haven't heard any non-US citizen receiving this fellowship. What do you think? --> I'm a non-US citizen and I didn't receive it. (3/28)
    • These grants are administered through the NY office for the US & Canada, so there are numerous students (of various nationalities) at Canadian schools who receive this fellowship every year. Beyond that, I do know of several non-US students at US schools who have received a DAAD. 
    • I'm a non-US citizen and did receive a DAAD grant a few years ago. 

Dartmouth CollegeEdit

applied (x2)

  • Anyone know what the odds are on this one?
  • Has anyone received a confirmation of their application?  
  • 2/25: No application confirmation yet. Should I call to confirm that they got the package?
  • I've been wondering about that! I have a USPS confirmation, but who knows if things get lost in transit at the school... (2/25)
  • 3/13: Learned that Chavez Fellowship has been awarded (to someone I know, which is the only reason I know). No idea why this announcement is early, how the person heard, or what this means for the other  fellowship programs, sorry.
    • Hope others who applied for this don't have to wait until next month to hear back.
    • Any notices received yet?
    • No word here (4/2) (x3)
    • Rejection by email (4/4) x4
    • 3/22--still haven't heard anything.  What was the subject heading of the rejection email so I can be on the look out?? 

Dedalus Foundation Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Anyone have any idea how many applicants there are?

  • called to check on the status of the review process and I was told "May, we're running behind."
  • 4/30 Emailed the FC, hoping to get an idea of whether I made the final cut. FC told me there was no news and that the committee was meeting on May 15 to decide. So, another two weeks to go.... 
  • 5/16 Anything? Anyone?
  • 5/20 any news? 
  • 5/30 they have published the recipients in their site, no email notification.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann FundEdit

Dumbarton Oaks Junior FellowshipEdit

  • Rejection email rcvd 3/4 (x2)
  • Has anyone else applied for this one? Yes. (X2) 
  • Anyone asked for an interview yet?
  • No, no answer yet either. But I'm pretty sure there is no interview component to the application. Have you heard otherwise?
  • Yeah, there is usually an interview. Had a friend last year make it as a finalist and she had to interview. Also, I think I remember that the application asked for special contact info through the holidays for Junior Fellows which I assumed was intended to allow the committee to contact finalists to schedule an interview. No word yet here either. Good luck all!
  • No letter or call or email as of 1/21. Anyone else?
  • I'm still waiting too!  I hear from past Fellows that they usually interview in February, which means they should be contacting people soon, I imagine. (x2)
  • Same here--no news.  I've heard that word of interviews usually comes via email and last year interviewees were contacted mid-January for Feb interviews.  *sigh*
  • Still no word as of 1/31. Has anyone received a note or call? (x2)
  • nope, not yet.
  • I wonder if they're doing it differently this year, and foregoing interviews.  I took another look at the website, and all it says about notification is: "Awards will be announced in February 2013 and must be accepted by March 15 of that year."  No mention of interviews.  Perhaps it's a new money-saving plan?
  • Good point - I had a flash of intuition that might be the case. Also, they've been making some changes, most notably since 2010 when they starting shifting the Harvard students out of the fellowship pool, by giving them their own fellowships...times, they are a-changin!
  • Here's hoping.  With every day that goes by I get a little less optimistic.  I just wish I knew what the status was so I could lick my wounds and move on if it's not in the cards!
  • Still no word? 2/13
  • No!  Argh! (x2!)
  • So, I wrote the Director's Office, and received a message that "you will receive word from the Director's Office in the next week or two." So, hold your breath!
  • Thanks for calling and posting this update!
  • Yes!  Thanks so much!
  • Dear fellows, I heard from an acquaintance yesterday that they DID do interviews and that they've chosen their candidates.  I think this means that those of us who are still waiting to hear and waiting for a rejection letter.  Best of luck to you all in the future!
  • If I'm understanding the previous comment correctly, then the fellowship awards have already been distributed. However, it seems suspicious to me that Dumbarton would have failed to notify anyone else of their rejection until now. Moreover, given the apparent popularity of this Wiki, it would seem unlikely that not even one of the interviewees (of which there must have been a dozen or more) made it known that he/she was notified, invited, or interviewed...So I can't help but wonder, could the 'acquaintance' in the previous post be a Tyler award nominee -- in which case, his/her expectations (and award) would be entirely separate from the others? (Or am I just grasping at straws here?)
  • Interviews were conducted the first weekend of February and successful candidates informed soon after (at least for the Byzantine fellows- I can't speak for other fields)
  • maybe they are just waiting until all the awards have been accepted (ie. the March 15th deadline) before they send out rejection letters?
  • any word? (3/1)
  • still waiting, a google search for jr. fellows shows that at least one person was successful
  • still waiting too!  (3/1) x2
  • rejection via email (3/5) (x6)
  • REJECTED! They say their resources are limited. Hah!
    • Ok. It seems that - as usual for many years - the Junior Fellowhip was won by those students who resident at American Universities. I think with my two AIEB supporter that it is a bad joke.  Anyway I look forward to see the winner's CV's, but as usual too it is not public on Doaks website.

Eleanor Tufts Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Southern Methodist UniversityEdit

  • applied--anyone else?  Yes. 
  • Any idea when notifications will be sent out, or if they are doing interviews?
  • I think two years ago they did interviews at CAA, but am not sure if that is still the case. 
  • Has anyone heard anything yet? Nope, but I hope they will notify soon if they plan to interview at CAA in two weeks.
  • Any news? Are they interviewing at CAA? 2.12
  • I haven't heard anything at all. (As of 2/18 x2)
  • Just received email from chair of art history, stating: "Because it is such a strong pool of applicants, we have decided to extend our timetable to allow for a second close reading of the files.  We plan to meet again as a faculty after our Spring break in mid-March at which point we will select six finalists and set up skype interviews for the week of March 21." Also asking to notify them if we have already accepted another fellowship or if plans have changed in any way. (3/1 x 6)
  • Has anyone heard anything post-3/1 email? (3/21) On 3/18, I received an email requesting interview for that week.
    • Skype interview on 3/20, 3/21.

Fisher Center Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Hobart and William Smith CollegesEdit

  • Applications now open, screening begins March 25 (
  • Does anyone know where they are in the search process? (4/22) (x2)
  • Anyone? (5/1)
  • Rejection e-mail ["the position has been filled"] (5/2)
  • Has anyone else heard anything? (5/4)
  • Emailed program coordinator on 5/4 to ask about a timeline. Heard back that they haven't sent out notifications, but that they "have made a short list" and are sorry they can't interview everyone. Guess I'm not on the short list :(

Five CollegesEdit

  • Based on previous entires from 12-13, I don't believe that they do interviews. But can former recipeints confirm? 
  • Does anyone know how many ppl applied this year?
    • Last year around 250, the year before 330. No numbers for this year yet. 
  • WAITING GAME. Please post if you hear any word (3/16). 
  • UPDATE (3/19): Called this morning; the woman, after consulting with someone, told me that the colleges have already created a list of finalists, and if I had not been contacted already, the chances are slim. She said the process could drag on for a couple more weeks; official word probably by April. Good luck everyone!
  • Bummer, I haven't heard anything. I guess that means I'm not on a list of finalists. Thanks for calling and getting that information! (x5)
  • Has anyone been invited to interview with any of the colleges? Which departments? (03/26)
  • When I called the Five College office (3/26), I was told that some of the colleges "had already contacted candidates" but that others were still looking actively from the general pool. I was told to check back in mid-April. Anyone out there gotten a call? 
  • No, no word. (4/2) (x5)
  • Rejection by email (4/4) (x12)

Ford Dissertation FellowshipEdit

  • Anyone know if you can submit references through interfolio?
  • above: no, they send an electronic upload link to recommenders when you submit email addresses on the website. also note the deadline extension to 11/24.
  • submitted x11
  • WAITING GAME. Please post if you hear any word (2/8). 
  • The selection committee is meeting at the end of this week to make decisions. Not sure when notifications will be sent. (3/3)
  • Thanks for the update!
  • Friend who was finalist last year said she heard by on April 6th. (3/11)
  • I heard they notified people this morning (10:30 pacific time) about the pre-doc fellowship, but nothing on the diss!
  • rejected for dissertation fellowship :-( x8
  • name placed on list of alternates. x8
  • still nothing here... does the letter day how many people applied for the diss? I'm just wondering what my odds are...
  • 640 dissertation applications for 35 awards
  • Award letter received (x6)
  • honorable mention received (4/4) x7
  • Would the alternates & awardees mind sharing which discipline/field they applied under? Thank you!
  • Anyone know how many alternates were selected and what chances are/were in previous years??
  • Also could anyone who got it but is declining post that?
  • Award received, history. I don't know what the odds are for alternates. I recall seeing that one alternate got it last year, so it's not impossible! Good luck! 
  • But since there are offiically as more alternates than awardees just on this page, I'd say the odds aren't amazing...
  • But what would motivate awardees to log in here besides the fact that they might be feeling sympathetic toward those awaiting to hear. It's kind of insane that they received almost double the applicants this year. Alternate here/Humanities
  • Award received, anthropology (4/4).
  • Award received, clinical psychology (4/4).
  • Congrats to the winners! Does anyone know how legitimate the honorable mention is? As in, is it actually worth mentioning? 
  • Award received, religion
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