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Subject: MCEAS Dissertation Fellowships--deadline next Friday--February 1
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Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:27:08 -0500
From: Amy Baxter-Bellamy <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: RE: MCEAS Dissertation Fellowships--deadline next Friday--February 1

The MCEAS Dissertation Fellowship Program

Application deadline: 1 February 2013

Since 1978, more than 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 2013-2014 academic year, most with nine-month stipends
of $21,000. 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.

*****Applications and recommendations can be submitted online at:

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:

--Sawyer Dissertation Fellowships: The McNeil Center for Early American
Studies and the University of Pennsylvania have received a generous
grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to conduct a year-long John
E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures. The theme of the
seminar, to be directed by Professor David Kazanjian of Penn’s English
Department, will be “Race, Across Time and Space.” The Sawyer program
will make possible two dissertation fellowships open to a broad
interdisciplinary range of young scholars working on the era of Atlantic
revolutions, 1750-1850. Sawyer fellows will be appointed to twelve-month
terms, commencing 1 July 2013.

--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.

How to Apply:

*****Online applicants can complete all of these requirements by
visiting and clicking
on application submission link

A single application suffices for all mailed fellowships. Categories and
duration of awards are determined by the selection committee, but
candidates interested in the Mellon, Sawyer, 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. Please ensure that
recommenders speak to the specifics of this fellowship. Do not send
letters from job placement dossiers. Recommenders may submit
recommendations by email to [log in to unmask] , online at , or by U.S. mail.

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 2013.

[Amy Baxter-Bellamy]