Cynthia A. Kierner

Professor of History

Director, Ph.D. Program in History

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia 22030

From: Kathryn E Agoston
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 2:08 PM
To: Denise Albanese; John Dale; Angela J Hattery; Douglas Eyman; Cynthia A Kierner; Bassam S Haddad
Subject: Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships - Please share with PhD Students
Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are enjoying a peaceful and productive summer.  I am writing to bring an opportunity to the attention of your PhD students.  The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships competition for 2016-17 is open with an application deadline of October 21, 2015.  This would be for students who are already working on their dissertation projects, have advanced to candidacy by the time of the October application deadline, and who plan to complete and defend the dissertation during the 2016-17 academic year.  More information can be found below and at the program web site.  Please share with your PhD students, and feel free to refer students to me with questions or for application troubleshooting:

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Fellowship Details

  • Stipend: $30,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000
  • Tenure: one year beginning summer 2016
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( no later than 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time, October 21, 2015.
  • Notifications will be sent via email in late March 2016.

ACLS invites applications for the tenth annual competition for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2017. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.

ACLS will award 65 fellowships in this competition for a one-year term beginning between June and September 2016 for the 2016-17 academic year. The fellowship tenure may be carried out in residence at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. These fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.

The total award of up to $38,000 includes a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. In addition to the monetary support that the fellowship offers, Dissertation Completion Fellows are able to apply to participate in a seminar on preparing for the academic job market.  The seminar takes place over three days in the fall of the fellowship year.


  • The program is open to PhD candidates in a humanities or social science department in the United States.
  • Applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation (obtained ABD status) by the application deadline.
  • The program is restricted to graduate students who, at the time of application, have progressed no further than the sixth year of the degree program.  (This includes time for a master’s degree obtained en route to the PhD.) (2)
  • Graduate students who currently hold or have previously held a dissertation completion fellowship are not eligible for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
  • Unsuccessful applicants may reapply to this program only once.
For more information:

Kathryn E. Ágoston, PhD
Director of Graduate Fellowships
Office of the Provost
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 3A2
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-3131
Twitter:  @GradFellowsGMU