Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources
About the Program
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources.
The program offers about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships a year in amounts up to $25,000. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for periods ranging from 9-12 months. Each fellow receives an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting a report acceptable to CLIR on the research experience.
The purposes of this fellowship program are to:
- help junior scholars in the humanities and related social science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources;
- enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available;
- encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the U.S. and abroad; and
- provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.
Published in May 2016, Terra Cognita: Graduate Students in the Archives is a CLIR report that surveys the current landscape of archival research and the experiences of emerging scholars seeking to navigate it. This report draws upon data from CLIR’s Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources program and includes reflections from former fellows.
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