The University of Illinois Foundation announces the 2022-2023 John Rovensky Fellowships. Two $10,200 fellowships will be awarded for doctoral students writing their dissertations in U.S. business or economic history. The fellowships are available largely through the generosity of the late John E. Rovensky and are administered by the University of Illinois Foundation. Awardees may use the fellowship concurrently with other funding sources, including grants or teaching assignments.
Applicants must be working toward a Ph.D. degree with U.S. business or economic history as the area of major interest. Fellowship recipients must be enrolled in a doctoral program at an accredited college or university in the United States. Preference will be given to applicants who are preparing for a career in teaching and research and who will have completed all graduate course work prior to the fall of 2021. Awards are non-renewable but may be taken along with other fellowships from other sources.
Applicants are judged on the basis of the following criteria:
- Academic ability and interest in business and/or economic history, documented in one letter of recommendation
- Demonstrated ability in research and writing
- Potential for a career in teaching and academic research, supported in the letter of recommendation
- Quality of dissertation proposal
- Completed applications for the fellowship must be received no later than Tuesday, July 5th, 2022. Winners will be notified by email by August 2020.
The fellowships arise from a substantial gift, which Mr. Rovensky made to the Lincoln Educational Foundation in 1961 thanks to the encouragement of Donald L. Kemmerer, his long-time friend, Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois, and president of the Lincoln Educational Foundation. The Lincoln Educational Foundation was founded in 1951 by Mr. Alexander Whiteford, an executive of Union Carbide, to promote recognition of the role of private business and entrepreneurship in America's growth and development.
When the Lincoln Educational Foundation was liquidated in 1984, Professor Kemmerer ensured that the remaining funds were transferred to the University of Illinois where he had been a faculty member since 1937, becoming Professor Emeritus in 1973. He died in 1993. The monies and the Fellowship program are now administered by the University of Illinois Foundation.
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