Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European StudiesThe Council for European Studies (CES) invites eligible graduate students in the humanities to apply for the 2018-19 Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies. Each fellowship includes a $27,500 stipend, paid in six (6) bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees.
Winners of the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships will also be expected to participate in a number of activities organized by the Council for European Studies, which are designed to support early career development. These activities include: presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists, hosted by the Council for European Studies; publishing in and producing a feature for CES’ online journal; and participating in several digital and in-person career development seminars and/or workshops.
The Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Click the buttons above for the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship Application and corresponding faculty recommendation forms. A complete application requires one (1) application form and three (3) faculty recommendations.
Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are intended to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage graduate students in the humanities. Applicants must:
- be ABD (year 5 and above);
- be a US citizen or green card holder;
- have no more than one full year of dissertation work remaining at the start of the fellowship year as certified by his or her dissertation advisor;
- be enrolled at a higher education institution in the US that is a member of the Council for European Studies Academic Consortium. Students whose universities are not currently members of the CES consortium may apply, but they are encouraged to apply early in the application season so that every effort may be made to enroll the institution in the CES member consortium and, thus, establish the student's eligibility by the application deadline.
The applicant must also have exhausted the dissertation completion funding normally provided by his or her academic department or university, and he or she must be working on a topic within or substantially overlapping European Studies.
The annual application period opens October 1. Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 15.
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Grants & Awards
Fellowships, Awards & Grants
Dedicated to supporting cutting-edge research on Europe and European affairs, the Council for European Studies (CES) offers a variety of fellowships, grants, and awards. In particular, CES is a major funder of dissertation research and early career development for academics and policy specialists working on Europe. CES awards prizes to scholars whose work has significantly advanced the field of European Studies in order to recognize and encourage outstanding scholarly work on Europe.
Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship
The Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship provides a $27,500 stipend paid in six (6) bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year to scholars on the brink of completing their dissertation, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees. Learn more...
Alliance-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship
The Alliance-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship provides a $4,500 stipend to promising graduate students from Alliance Member Institutions to fund two months’ travel to Europe to conduct the exploratory phase of a projected dissertation project. Learn more...
Harriman-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship
The Harriman-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship, co-sponsored by The Harriman Institute and the Council for European Studies (CES), for Columbia University graduate students includes a $5,000 stipend and travel support for attending and presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists. Learn more...
SAE-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship
The Society for the Anthropology of Europe (SAE) and the Council for European Studies (CES) invite eligible graduate students with a focus on European Anthropology to apply for the Anthropology of Europe Pre-Dissertation Fellowship for a $5000 stipend to fund two months' study in Europe. Learn more...
Awards & Prizes
European Studies Book Award
The European Studies Book Award is awarded every two years and honors the best first book on any subject in European Studies published within a two-year period. The winning author receives $1,000 and travel assistance to attend the conference and award ceremony. Learn more...
European Studies First Article Prize
The European Studies First Article Prize honors the writers of the best first articles on
European Studies published within a two-year period. Each prize winner received $500 and public recognition on the Council's website and publications. Learn more...
European Studies Undergraduate Project Prize
The European Studies Undergraduate Project Prize is designed to encourage interest in the field of European Studies by rewarding talented undergraduates who have conducted original research in the field. Learn more...
CES Conference Travel Grants
CES Conference Travel Grants support trans-continental travel for junior faculty and graduate students already scheduled to present at the Council's International Conference of Europeanists. Those who are awarded a CES Conference Travel Grant will receive a cash grant of $500 and a waiver of their registration fee. Learn more...
CES Small Event Grants
CES Small Event Grants support workshops, lectures, symposia and other small events that share research on Europe with a wider community. Individuals affiliated with CES member institutions are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $300 to $1500. Learn more...