Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Studies Predoctoral Fellowships 2017/18, USA

Publish Date: Feb 03, 2017

Deadline: Mar 01, 2017

About the fellowship 

The American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia seeks applicants for a one-year, residential fellowship for graduate students, especially Native American scholars in training, tribal college and university faculty members, and those working with Native communities. These funding opportunities are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI).   Fellows will be based at the Library’s new Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), which aims to promote greater collaboration between scholars, archives, and indigenous communities.

This 12-month fellowship is intended for an advanced Ph.D. student working toward the completion of the dissertation. Applications are open to scholars in all related fields and all periods of time, although preference will be given to those who have experience working with Native communities.  The caliber of the proposal, and evidence that the project will be completed in a timely manner, are the two most important criteria for evaluation. The selection committee will also take into consideration the need to be at the APS Library and other research institutions in the Philadelphia area.

A stipend

A stipend of $25,000 for twelve months (plus health benefits if one’s home institution does not provide it) will be awarded to the successful applicant, who will also have desk space at the APS Library’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research. In addition, the predoctoral fellow will receive $5,000 in travel funds for outside research, fieldwork, and/or travel.  Fellows will also partake in the intellectual life of the Society and have opportunities to receive professional development, including works-in-progress seminars, a manuscript workshop, career mentoring, and conference participation.

Applicants will submit

  • C.V.,
  • Dissertation proposal,
  • A sample chapter from their dissertation not to exceed 25 double-space pages,
  • An introductory cover letter that discusses their past and current work proposed to be completed on the fellowship,
  • Three letters of reference in support of the project and applicant,
  • For those working on a community-based project, a letter of support from the indigenous community where the work is based is highly recommended.

Full details are available at the application webpage. All application materials will be submitted online.

Deadline: March 1, 2017. Notifications will be sent in April 2017.

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