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The MCEAS Dissertation Fellowship Program

Application deadline: 1 February 2012

Since 1978, nearly 200 advanced graduate students from dozens of 
universities across North America and Europe have received dissertation 
fellowships from the McNeil Center. At least eight new fellows will be 
appointed for the 2012-2013 academic year, most with nine-month stipends 
of $20,000. Fellows receive office space in the Center's magnificent 
building on the University of Pennsylvania's campus and library, 
computer, and other privileges at the University. Limited travel funds 
for research are also available. While no teaching is required for most 
fellowships, all McNeil Center fellows are expected to be in residence 
in Philadelphia during the academic year and to participate regularly in 
the Center's program of seminars and other activities.

Awards may be made in the following categories, depending on the 
qualifications of the applicants and the availability of funding. In a 
given year, appointments may not be made in all categories.

Nine-Month or One-Semester Fellowships

--MCEAS Barra Dissertation Fellowships are open to candidates from any 
discipline working on any relevant topic.

--The Barra Foundation Fellowship is designed primarily for candidates 
specializing in Early American art or material culture.

--MCEAS Consortium Fellowships are open to candidates from research 
universities that are members of the McNeil Center Consortium. For more 
information concerning consortium membership, please contact the Center 

--Friends of the MCEAS Fellowships are supported by annual donors to the 
McNeil Center to facilitate dissertation research dealing with the 
Philadelphia or the Mid-Atlantic region before 1850.

--The Richard S. Dunn Fellowship, funded by a gift from an anonymous 
donor in honor of the Center's founding director, acknowledges 
excellence in Early American Studies.

--The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Fellowship in Early American 
Religious Studies is open to candidates in any discipline researching 
any aspect of religion in North America and the Atlantic world before 1850.

--Marguerite Bartlett Hamer Fellowships are awarded to advanced doctoral 
candidates from any relevant program at the University of Pennsylvania 
and may include some teaching responsibilities.

--The Society of the Cincinnati Fellowship, funded by generous 
contributions from the State Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsylvania, 
supports research on the era of the American Revolution.

Other Fellowships

--Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Early American Literature and Material 
Texts: In collaboration with the Library Company of Philadelphia, two 
fellows will be appointed for 13-month terms beginning 1 July 2012. 
These fellowships are open to dissertators in English, American 
Literature, Comparative Literature, American Studies, History, Art 
History, or related fields whose work combines in innovative ways the 
study of texts—novels, poems, plays, newspapers,magazines, scribal 
publications, genres not traditionally defined as "literary"—with the 
material circumstances of their production and dissemination. Projects 
should rely on the extraordinary rare book, print, and ephemera 
collections of the Library Company. The fellows' terms will begin and 
end with a summer workshop under the guidance of a senior invited 
scholar. The 13-month stipend is $29,000.

--The Monticello-McNeil Fellowship, co-sponsored by the McNeil Center 
and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at 
Monticello, facilitates scholarship on Thomas Jefferson and his times. 
Holders of this fellowship spend a portion of their fellowship term at 
the ICJS in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the remainder in 
Philadelphia. Reasonable travel costs between Philadelphia and 
Charlottesville and, subject to availability, housing at ICJS are included.

--The Quinn Foundation Fellowship, co-sponsored by the McNeil Center and 
the New Netherland Institute, facilitates research on New Netherland and 
on the Dutch colonial Atlantic World. Holders of this fellowship spend a 
portion of their fellowship term in Albany, New York, working in the 
rich collections of the New Netherland Institute, the New York State 
Archives, and the New York State Library, and the remainder in residence 
at the Center in Philadelphia. Projects in any discipline dealing with 
the Dutch experience in North America in the Atlantic world before 1850 
are welcome.

How to Apply
A single application suffices for all dissertation fellowships. 
Categories and duration of awards are determined by the selection 
committee, but candidates interested in the Mellon, Quinn, and 
Monticello-McNeil fellowships should state their interest clearly in 
their research proposals. Submit six copies of each of the following 
(double-sided reproductions are appreciated):

--a cover sheet (;

--a curriculum vitae;

--a research proposal of 3-5 double-spaced pages; and

--a sample of work related to the project not to exceed 25 double-spaced 
pages (Except for published articles, longer submissions will be discarded).

--at least two letters of recommendation should be mailed separately or 
with the recommender's signature across the seal.

Submit all materials to:
The McNeil Center for Early American Studies
University of Pennsylvania
3355 Woodland Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4531

The postmark deadline for applications is 1 February 2012.