Dissertation Fellowships Wiki 2014

This page is for 2011-12 Fellowships!!!

See ALSO:Dissertation Fellowships 2012-2013 

See ALSO: Humanities/Social_Sciences_Dissertation_Fellowships_2010-11

ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion FellowshipEdit

Rejection by email 03/08 (x5)

  • Letter noted that 70 fellowships were awarded, selected from a total of 1101 applicants.

offer by email 3/8 (x5)

  • could those who received offers identify their field/sub-field?
    • Medievalist
    • Medievalist - English Language and Literature / Music
  • I believe you can ask for readers' reports. May be more useful than know fields and sub-fields awarded. Also, ACLS web page will list those shortly.
  • An ACLS employee just informed me that readers' reports can be made available, upon written request sent to fellowships@acls.org, but not until at least May.
    • FYI - Last year I asked, but was told that the readers didn't "designate any comments to be released." (Given the 1000+ apps, it's unsurprising they don't comment on them all....). That said, can't hurt to ask.
  • For those of you who are very curious about the process: there are ALWAYS comments made by the reviewers. Some reviewers tend to write more detailed ones, while others reserve themselves to only one sentence. Results are in-place after the meeting which takes place in the middle of April. If you contact someone from ACLS the beginning of May. If you received the award, they will let you know; if not, you will hear that you should expect to receive the results by mail. Info from the primary source.
    • Just want to add that I received hardy copies of the readers' reports when I applied to this a few years ago -- very brief but useful nonetheless.
  • Does anyone know how many reviewers read each application?
    • 3 reviewers
    • Thanks, primary source person!
  • Alternate for the ACLS here. Any insights into when they are in a position to announce awards to alternates, if any? What is the deadline for accepting the awards? It seems highly improbable given the current market that anyone would turn down the grant!
    • Deadline for accepting awards 3/31
    • (Have heard about one person who is turning down the grant this year.)
    • Hi, I was an alternate for a different ACLS diss. fellowship last year and got off the waitlist 2 weeks after I heard of my alternate status--I was notified via snail mail, nothing like bringing you back to college with the big vs. little envelope in the mailbox. You never know!
    • ANOTHER alternate here: does anyone know how many alternates there are? A friend of mine at a different school got an offer, and he also has a tenure-track job starting this Sept., and he was able to postpone his job for a year in order to accept the ACLS. Very depressing... some people have it all! --> That's really a shame. The ACLS really needs to do something about this. I was an alternate 2 years ago and I knew 2 people who had completed their dissertations, deferred some sort of job or postdoc and accepted the ACLS. Unfortunately people are applying to this fellowship as a back up to their job search. However, decreasing the number of years one can be in grad school before applying doesn't work since schools have different coursework and teaching requirements (notably difference between public and private universities).
  • I haven't yet received a rejection email nor have I received anything in the mail. The website says applicants will hear by the end of March. How is it that some of you have already heard?
    • All notifications have been sent out as far as I know -- perhaps you should contact ACLS.

ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in Eastern European StudiesEdit

AAUW Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Has anyone heard anything yet?? (4/11) -

-Haven't heard anything yet either. (4/11)

I went back and looked at the application instructions and it says they notify everyone on 4/15 and post winners on the website as well (4/11).

Last year they only notified winners on 4/15 and rejection letters came in the mail a few days later. Either way, check the website on the 15th (4/11).

The list is posted. (4/15)

  • I have been selected as an alternate for the AAUW dissertation fellowship. I received notification via snail mail yesterday. Does anyone know how many alternates there are? or typically how many alternates make it off the wait list? (4/17)

- I have also been selected as an alternate, via snail mail today. Would definitely be interested if any one knows how many of us there are....(4/16)

- It's May 15th. Any alternates hear anything?

Any applicants out there? (Jan. 2013)

- Yes: 4

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Minority Fellowship Program in Education ResearchEdit

Boston College African and African Diaspora Dissertation FellowshipEdit

  • (2/10) Email asking for name of dissertation advisor, mailing address, how I found out about the fellowship, and an Affirmative Action form to fill out... Anyone else receive this?
  • (2/10) I also received this, but am pretty sure everyone does. I got the same email last year--I think they just want the info on file.
  • Above poster: when did you hear the results last year? Did you find out via email or post? Thanks!
  • They emailed people who didn't get the fellowship on April 5th last year (looks like they are staying on schedule this year too)
  • rejection letter 4/6 x4

Carter G. Woodson Institute PreDoctoral Fellowship at UVA (African & African American)Edit

  • offer letter rec'd in mail (2/17)
  • rejection letter received in mail, 2/17


  • Anybody have any idea what the timeline for these is? I know the interviews have begun but have no idea when awards are decided.
  • It seems that each school is different, as far as availability and timelines go. But ought we to assume that if we haven't yet been contacted, we're not in the running?
  • I don't think we can assume that we're not still in the running. From last year's wiki page, people reported having been contacted in the past in March. Someone even in May (with an offer, which I assume was not an initial contact). I keep thinking about contacting the administrator of the program at DePauw to see if she has any words of wisdom, but I also don't want to rock the boat.
  • I was contacted by one of the schools in December, given an on-campus interview in February but told someone else was selected in March. Don't know how the process works for every school though.
  • The same thing happened to me (as above poster), but I haven't actually been notified I didn't get it yet. At this point, though, the length of time tells me I'm out of the running, would definitely appreciate a rejection tho....rejection received! (4/13)
  • Does anyone know of any successful candidates on this front? It seems like there are a lot of positions offered, but aside from the 2 above searches, no one seems to have claimed anything...
  • Any updates on these?
  • I just learned that someone was selected for Macalester college this week. I haven't received word on my application either way. (3/23)

Chateaubriand Fellowship in the Humanities Edit

3/25/2013: wondering when we'll hear anything. please update if you get any word! thanks in advance!

April 15th 2012: Has anyone heard anything yet? [wrong page. 2012-2013 here: http://academicjobs.wikia.com/wiki/Dissertation_Fellowships_2012-13#Chateaubriand_Fellowship_in_the_Humanities] Still waiting... nothing so far. Check out the current wiki though.

April 15: Quelqu'un? Quelqu'un? Bueller?

Offer received by email April 15. Email indicated 12 candidates had been chosen from among 121 applicants.

4/17/2011: Haven't received anything. Do they send emails to the candidates first and then rejection letters later? --> In years past this has been the case, though there is a wait list. Each year usually a couple of people get the Fulbright and the Chateaubriand and must decline one or the other as you cannot hold both simultaneously. Bonne chance!

CLIR/ Mellon FellowshipEdit

3/25/2013: wondering when i'll hear anything. if anyone else is out there watching this, please update when you receive word! thanks in advance.

• received email notification (yes!) on 3/4 (Can someone verify that this date for the CLIR Mellon? Was this for the fellowship for research in original sources? March 4 is significantly earlier than previous years.)

Last year's candidates, when did you hear about this? See: http://academicjobs.wikia.com/wiki/Humanities/Social_Sciences_Dissertation_Fellowships_2010-11

Any more news? Rejections/acceptances? Or is it all announced on March 31st?

I suspect it will be as last year: rejections will be sent March 31st, and awards will be announced April 1st. Good luck to everyone.

A note for those applying this year, last year the email message was sent to my spam. Add alucko at clir.org to your address books. Good luck! I am applying again, anxious week! [03/29]

Just got a rejection e-mail [3/29, 5pm EDT]. Good luck to everyone! x3

Rejection email. Same time. Good luck to everyone else.


I haven't received a rejection yet. Should I contact CLIR Mellon or wait until April 1st? Has anyone received offers? Thanks.

Charlotte Newcombe FellowshipEdit

- (2/22) Notification via email that have proceeded to final stage (600 applicants; 12% proceed to final stage; 20 eventually selected and notified by the first week in April)

- (3/21) Rejection received via email x2

- (3/21) Alternate notification via email x4

- (3/21) Notified of selection; response required by March 28 x2

- (4/5) Any news on this? I was selected as an alternate and told I would be contacted by 3/31. I'm not optimistic, obviously, at this point but it would be nice to just know! (x4)

- (4/5) We have ESP...just got my alternate rejection! x2

Dartmouth CollegeEdit

Any info on this one? Acc to their website notifications were to be made April 1.

Rejection via email 4/8

5 collegesEdit

  • Is this the kind where they interview you and decide or just notify you when you get it or don't?
  • Anybod heard anything on this one? (nope...)
  • I don't know why the previous post was modified. After the nope, there was some commentary. Hoping it was the respondent. (edit: it was. i deleted something that didn't seem to make sense on second read-through, but was basically, "good luck!" :) ) As for timelines, I seem to recall seeing something on this for previous years around 3/15, but now I can't find it so it was probably a fever dream. At any rate, the website says March, so we have at least three more weeks to go.
  • I emailed to ask and received a reply today (3.29): the administrator writes that they hope to send emails with final decisions next week. No explanation of whether interviews were held or not. Anyone know?
  • Don't know about interviews. I've applied to several of these residential pre-docs this year, and I have learned that this is the lowest priority for them: right behind hiring an adjunct toilet cleaner. We're even more of a captive labor force than the post-docs/regular jobs because we ain't got no other alternative whatsoever.
  • As of 5 April, no word about anything x4
  • Heard "hope" of decisions by end of next week (4/7),(4/12)-- heard the same -- "hopefully email notifications sometime this week"
  • What do you mean you heard that? Did you call?
  • Yes, I called
  • Any news/offers? (4/14) Nope, no news yet. (4/14) =/
  • I guess no news this week after all (4/15), but that's okay because the people running it have a lot of hope.
  • LOLz! Thanks!
  • Haha... anyone know if this program makes offers before notifying everyone else?
  • Wouldn't be surprised at all if that was the case - seems like all residential fellowships and post-docs follow this pattern.
  • No news. (4/18) (x7)
  • There was a state holiday in MA yesterday (18 April) so there would have been no news. Fingers crossed they will get around to it (since they have so much hope) today or this week or before Easter or even May....
  • No news. (4/20) x5
  • Has anyone called since last week?
  • I called and left a message a couple days ago, 4/19. No response.
  • Wow.
  • Called and the lady said there is a list of semi-finalists (my name is not on there). She doesn't know when they will have a list of finalists. (4/22) Thanks for the info! I called as well -- not on the list :( (4/22)
  • Above posters, did the woman you spoke to say that they would email semi-finalists, or do we have to call to find out? Thanks!
  • I would encourage you to call to find out -- the lady did not mention to me when the notifications would be sent out and I did not ask as well (4/22)
  • 2 schools have selected a finalist. There are shortlists for the other two committees to determine their finalists. If you call, they'll let you know if your name is on the list. Or if it isn't (sad face!).
  • Unfortunately, I am overseas and cannot call. Though I sent an email middle of last week, I haven't heard back. Thanks for the updates, and perhaps I will hear back soon.
  • I called today, and am not on the short list. They will be sending an email shortly. (4/25)
  • Also not on the short list. Evidently there were about 330 applicants for four positions.
  • (4/27) Called and surprisingly am on the short list. Said they were hoping to finalize their choices by the end of this next week (so 5/6th). She did confirm that EVERYONE regardless of decision (yay or nay) would be receiving an email then.
  • Has anyone received offers? (4/29) (nope) x2
  • The bad news, unfortunately, is that next fall, the schools will wonder "Why didn't any of our fellows show up?" And someone, somewhere, will find a folder at the bottom of an enormous TO DO pile: ooops!
  • Any offers/rejections via email/phone calls as yet? (No, 5/6)
  • Nothing as of 5/10 (x3).
  • Nothing as of 5/17. (x3)
  • Not sure if we will ever hear back? (x2 5/25)
  • rejection email 6/6 (x3)

Ford Dissertation FellowshipEdit

All items finally marked as recieved on the online page (2/5)

Has anyone heard from the Foundation? When should we expect an answer? (3/15)

Last year, I was notified on 4/9. Didn't get it: I hope YOU get it, it's a grueling app.

They are meeting this weekend (3/18).

Receieved rejection letter (4/6); wasn't diverse enough

(4/6) I got a letter saying I didnt win but I am on a list of alternates. anyone know how this works? [(4/7) If for some reason any of the chosen fellows decide to decline the Fellowship, Ford will offer it to an alternate.]

(4/6) Do the winners recieve emails or letters? [(4/7) Emails]

-- I just got the notification of offer email!!! Amen!! (4/7 1:45pm CST)

(4/7) Still haven't heard anything, is this reason to be hopeful?

(4/13) Received notice by email that I am an alternate/honorable mention. My field is in the humanities. Does anyone know of someone who was an alternate and received a fellowship in this field or any other?

I am curious as I am also an alternate, any idea of when they post the final winners? The alternate letter says you will not hear from them again unless you are given an offer. I am curious as to when they finalize and post...if anyone has any idea from previous years. (4/27)

Frick Collection Andrew Mellon Curatorial FellowshipEdit

Fulbright IIEEdit

--- First round notification emails sent out 1/20/2011

--- France award letters sent 3/11/2011

--- Israel award notification email sent 3/31/2011

--- India award letters sent early April 2011


  • Still waiting, no word (4/14). Saw a notice that 7 University of Michigan students won; notified on 2/25.
  • The UM students of which you write won in the 2010-2011 competition. The article celebrating their scholarship was published on 2/25.
  • 4/13 Email from Program Director stating that the recently proposed federal budget includes significant cuts to a number of U.S. Department of Education programs, including “Title VI” programs of which DDRA is one. This budget bill will pass (or not) this Friday, April 15. If the bill passes, USED will have 30 days to revise its budget to incorporate the new cuts. That said, we will not receive DDRA results until mid-/late-May.
  • Thanks for the clarification and news regarding the US Gov't budget hang-up. That is such a shame, what a bad year to apply! I won't hold my breath. Do you know if the budget cuts effected the Boren Fellowship as well, I applied for both.
  • Not sure about the Boren, but here's a good article (albeit one delivering bad news) in the Chronicle from 4/13: http://chronicle.com/article/Language-and/127122/
  • 4/25/11: The Fulbright coordinator at my university (UMich) responded with the following when I emailed him with my concerns about the budget cuts: "As far as I know there will be little or no effect on 2011-12 awards." He has been working in this position for the better part of 2 decades I think, so I trust him!!! Still no word though. PLEASE don't make us wait until MAY!!!!!
  • 5/4/11: Got my rejection email from Boren today
  • 5/9/11: Any updates/news about notification?
  • 5/11/11: Nothing yet at U Chicago.
  • 5/11/11: nor at Columbia.
  • 5/14/11: Has anyone still waiting already received an IIE? The deadline to register for their Orientation in DC is May 18. Are you planning to move forward as planned with the IIE or are you holding out for news re: the DDRA?
  • 5/19/11: Still no word here. The 30-day deadline for DoE to submit a final budget to congress has passed... how much longer are we going to be waiting?
  • The budget is up: http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/budget11/11action.pdf - Pg 17 3 (a) 2 - a is the Fulbright Hays (GPA, DDRA, etc), but no word on what the DDRA-specific cuts are...or when they are going into effect.
  • http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsddrap/applicant.html Looks like it has been cancelled?!
  • 5/20/11: I have just received the news from USED that there will be no Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship awards made this year. USED reports that there are no plans to permanently eliminate the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Program; they expect the FY12 competition to proceed as planned.
  • Not that this is the best forum for a discussion, but this is fucking horseshit. Education is always slashed in times of crises, and it rarely recovers to previous levels. I guess it's good they didn't end up cutting Pell grants, but still...
  • I just can't believe that this is happening... To hell with tax breaks and any representative who passed this budget!!! x2
  • Surprise, surprise, surprise! Another chance with a private organization bailout, albeit a slimmer one! http://www.iie.org/Who-We-Are/News-and-Events/Press-Center/Press-Releases/2011/2011-06-28-Launch-Of-IIE-Graduate-Fellowships-For-International-Study.aspx

Harvey FellowshipEdit

  • 3/1 recv'd rejection email.


Ithaca College Pre-Doctoral Diversity FellowshipEdit

- Phone call on 4/21 to set up interview in the next couple of weeks

- Rejection email 6/8

Josephine de Karman FellowshipEdit

Did anyone hear anything today? Decisions were supposed to be announced "on or around April 15th."

-Nope, still waiting!!!

Has anybody had any luck getting through to them via phone or email?

I've been calling the number on the website and I keep getting voicemail. (4/18)

- The committee will not meet until April 30th, then they'll make notifications via email and/or phone to recipients only. (4/19). - Thanks for sharing this info.

Offer received 4.30

Did you received the offer via telephone or email? - Voicemail and email.

Any others?

Mabel McLeod Lewis Memorial Fellowships (for No-Cal schools only)Edit

-- offer received by email 3/9

--Rejection received by email 3/23

Medieval Academy of America - Dissertation Grants (Grace Frank, etc.)Edit

Award letter received 5/10 (postal mail).


Medieval Academy of America Schallek FellowshipEdit

  • First alternate named 2/26 ??? 2011?

Miller Center Fellowship in Politics and History (UVA)Edit

An email confirming receipt of applications named May 1 as the date by which finalists will be announced, but last year applicants received word much earlier. Any news?

When did applicants hear back last year?

Received one-line response on 4/5 (negative) x2

National Science Foundation (NSF)Edit

12/19/2013 Any word on results from the Aug deadline for dissertation research grants? Any word on results from the Jan deadline for dissertation research grants?

Mine says that results are pending and that peer review started 3/14.

4/15: A few cohort-mates (in anthropology) have received rejections

4/25: Received email rejection today

Newberry Library Long- and Short-Term Fellowships Edit

The Newberry’s fellowships support humanities research in residence at the Newberry.We offer intriguing and often rare materials; an interdisciplinary research community; individual consultations with staff curators, librarians, and scholars; and an array of scholarly programs.All applicants should examine the Newberry’s online catalog before applying. More information is available at http://www.newberry.org/fellowships

Long-Term Fellowships support research and writing by post-doctoral scholars.Fellowship terms range from four to twelve months with stipends of $4,200 per month.Deadline: December 1, 2012.

Short-Term Fellowships support travel to research in our collection for PhD candidates and post-doctoral scholars from outside Chicago.We also invite short-term fellowship applications from teams of two or three scholars to collaborate on a single, substantive project. Terms are usually one month with a stipend of $2,000. Deadline: January 15, 2013.

SSRC International Research FellowshipEdit

Transcript requests sent in beginning of Feb 2011. Rejections for SSRC received by mail in third week of Feb. 2011.

Seems like people got acceptance emails Monday April 11 and notifications they were alternates Tuesday April 12. No rejection notices yet for those who got transcrit requests (4/17), though clearly no earlier email = rejection.

Stanford Humanities Center Fellowships (Whiting, Geballe, Mellon, Liebermann)Edit

3/14 Offers received.

United States Institute for Peace (USIP) Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation ProgramEdit

4/18/11 - Has anyone gotten word (of rejection or acceptance)?

- They plan to make notifications via email by late April early May (4/19/11)

-Rejection received (5/9/11) x 2

UT-Austin AADS Dissertation FellowshipEdit

(4/15) Committee is finalizing decisions and should email applicants by end of next week.

(4/25 Rejection email

(4/28) Did the rejection email have any additional information in it?

(5/3) Phone call to the department today. They apologized for not having emailed me, and said they had many applicants and had simply neglected to email some of the rejections. Nothing quite like having to initiate your own rejection. Keep it classy, folks.

Wenner Gren diss fieldwork research grantEdit

10/31/13 I applied on May 1st and received email confirmation that they received all of the required materials, but have still heard nothing back. Has anyone else heard yet?

2/13 E-mail announcing successful at stage one. Moving on to stage two. 30% chances.

4/6 Rejection email sent.

This page is for dissertation fellowships 2012-13 (including research fellowships, dissertation completion fellowships, and other predoctoral opportunities).

I didn't find this page already in existence, but if it is please link it here in the description box. If not, I guess this is the new page!! Good luck to all

The previous year's page (2011-12) is HERE .

NEW PAGE: Dissertation Fellowships 2013-14

Academy for Advanced Study in the Renaissance - 2013 Program in Italy/ Mellon/ Northwestern U.Edit

  • Five week seminar in Italy - April 15-May 17 - Rome, Naples, Fiesole (Florence) sponsored by the Mellon Foundation and Northwestern University
  • "Applications are welcome from any graduate student who has reached PhD candidate status and made substantial progress on the dissertation. Applicants from any discipline or geographical specialization are welcome, but the dissertation should concern the Renaissance period, broadly conceived (ca. 1300-1700).All proceedings will be conducted in English. No knowledge of Italian is required."
  • "Fellowships include the cost of room and board in Rome, Naples, and Fiesole plus a stipend to cover air transportation to Italy, trains in Italy, and incidental expenses. Participation in the Academy should come at no cost to the student and may be combined with other fellowship support or research grants."
  • Deadline for applications was May 15, 2012
  • Notification was planned for June 30, 2012 - but this has been extended due to the overwhelming response to the Fellowship
  • e-muir@northwestern.edu and regina-s@northwestern.edu are chairing the selection committee and fellowship
    • Has anyone heard back? I got an email July 6 that the committee couldn't meet the selection deadline due to the large pool of applicants - but was informed that I am 'still in the running'.
    • I've had the same email, and no news since. Hmph. Anyone else heard?
    • Same here. But I'm guessing the only people searching for news on the program are, like us, people who will not have had any further news. Is it too much to ask someone to come on here to gloat?
    • I'm guessing nobody wants to email the people making the decision? I'd have thought that there'd be some response even if it's a rejection; silence seems pretty cruel...
    • I had a reply last night. Good news. Good luck to everyone else!
    • I had a reply too - rejection (Aug. 21) - but there were a lot of applicants. There were apologies for the delay in making the decision. I'm sure it will be a great program!

ACF Child Care Research ScholarsEdit

Any news? Supposed to hear by September 30...

ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion FellowshipEdit

Application due November 9th 2011 (References and Institutional Letter due November 14th)


  • Survey: How many people following this wiki applied for this. (x36)
  • Rejection email 1/14, said over 700 applicants.
  • Awards and rejections came at the same time last year (early March). Were there first-round rejections this year? Has anyone else heard anything?
  • Nothing. Perhaps above posting was an error? Or me and all the people I know made it past first round? (in which case, yay!) (1/20)
  • Nothing here, either. I'm a little suspicious-- but maybe all of us following this are just incredibly brilliant. :) I'll hope for the latter.
  • Rejection post probably refers to the ACLS early career fellowships, which notified last week and had around 700 applications (1/20).
  • I applied for this fellowship a couple of years ago and there were 1,200 applicants - I'd be surprised if this number dropped by 500 in this market!
  • When can we expect to hear from them, any ideas?
  • Hello all, I hope we are excited about this one? Any ideas when can we expect the news. Do we know a date? (02/29)
  • It seems next week will be THE week.
  • Or will it be the end of March, like the webpage says?
  • Last year they notified on March, 8.
  • For some reason, my post disappeared! Does anyone know if they send rejections out by email as well? I'm out of the country for a while, and while I'm hoping for good news, I'm prepared for a rejection...Anyone know? Good luck to everyone.
  • They should notify via email, I suppose. Last year they did that.
  • Hey folks, did anyone hear? Or is it just me going crazy? Have waited on too many things this year, and none materialized....(x5).
  • Oh, I sympathize! Glued to my email and the wiki right now... Somehow the waiting is just a tiny bit easier with all of you willing to share information. Thank you all for that generosity-- and good luck to everyone!
  • Keep in mind that their current website says "late March." The March 8th date of last year doesn't necessarily mean anything about when they'll get the results to us. Academics are notorious for being late, not early. So it might be a good idea to just let it roll in whenever it rolls in; otherwise, we're liable to spend two weeks constantly refreshing the Wiki, which isn't very much fun and will make one more stressed.
  • Easier said than done...at least for me! ;) (x2 - seriously)
  • I'm hoping the news comes soon so I can stop asking the BrainJar.com free online Ouija Board about this fellowship everyday. Or maybe I'm the only one that is doing this???
  • I guess I should put away my magic crystals.
  • Glad I am not the only one doing magic crsytals and online tarot! (03/08)
  • I have TOTALLY consulted the mystical powers of the free online tarot about this stupid fellowship!
  • Perhaps today? Would be nice to get the news, good or bad, before the weekend! Just wanted to echo the thoughts that the wait is easier knowing others are going through the same thing! (03/09)
  • Just broke protocol and called to ask when word will come in... was told 'in the next few days'... (03/09)
  • ^ thanks. helpful to all of us who are sitting on our hands in attempts to stop checking our email every few minutes.
  • Thanks! Now begins the wait for the next week. Yeah, I don't think they will announce the result on the weekend. So, we can stop checking our email every nano second (03/09).
  • Thank you, kind brave soul!
  • I thought this was later! I will start the compulsive email checking immediately.
  • Rejection letter via email (3/9). More than 1100 applicants, 70 awards.(x14)
  • Notification of award; congrats to everyone! (3/9)(x3)
  • Also rejected. I didn't have high hopes but I'm glad I applied. I hope others who were rejected will find some solace. You're not alone, by far! And congrats to those who won!
  • Just curious, did everyone get same letter that includes "you may wish to reapply next year"....? (Yes X4)
  • Alternate here. Anyone else? (3/9)
  • Rejection letter. Yes, my letter also said, "you may wish..." Good luck to those who got the award.
  • Ha. How about good luck to those who didn't get the award? (That's not bitterness; I wish the best for those who got it, too.) (Okay. Maybe a little bitterness.) (X1)
  • Got a fellowship! (Medievalist - English Language and Literature/Music)
  • Hey All - how many of you were on the job market this year AND applied for this fellowship? I was rejected and am thinking about applying again next year; I'm curious about this fellowship's general demographic, as I (obviously) need to up my game! Congrats to those who won, btw, and good luck to those of us who are taking a different path.
  • Any idea how important institutional affiliation is? From looking at past winners, it doesn't seem to be a very diverse group. And there are a lot of historians.
    • Yeah, I noticed the lack of diversity, too. Can anyone shed any light on this?
    • I'm one of the people who posted earlier about receiving the fellowship. I don't know how important institutional affiliation is, and I'm hoping my selection wasn't based on that. The fellowship itself was entirely unexpected for me, as I have a fairly non-traditional approach and was told by my committee that I basically had no chance at the fellowship. I too thought that the fields of past winners was rather traditional but I thought I would give it a shot anyway. I can say that the dissertation chapter I submitted was certainly historical, but my proposal was more in line with my multi-disciplinary approach, so I tried to speak to multiple constituencies. In response to another question, I'm not "on the market" per se this year (did not apply for any postdocs), but I did apply to two jobs that were my "dream" ones.
      • Thanks so much for your response! Anyone else (winners or otherwise) willing to chime in here?
    • Institutional affiliation clearly is a factor, at least an unconscious one. It is also very well possible that students at private institutions receive a better training in writing fellowship applications. That aside, looking at past winners, the vast majority of dissertation topics is very specific. Most titles include a reference to a geographical area as well as to a well-defined time period.
      • As the person who responded above: while institutional affiliation is undeniably---and unfortunately---going to be a factor in these kinds of non-blind decisions, I have to say that I did not receive any formal training in the writing of the application. My committee didn't read the application that carefully, nor did I have it vetted by fellowship or writing tutors elsewhere on campus. Perhaps there is some tacit training one receives, but formal...I didn't receive any. And yes, my reading of the topics in past years was that they were very circumscribed. While the chapter that I sent was rather limited to a small time period, the rest of my dissertation is not, as it doesn't not necessarily have a particular time or geographic focus. I think it really depends on who reads your application. One of the few bits of direct advice I received on this fellowship was to think very carefully about the selection of "disciplinary areas"; I therefore chose a diverse set that worked across the various disciplines present in my dissertation.
    • Has anyone requested feedback from the reviewers? I got a response saying that no comments were designated for release. I'm curious as to how common this is. Thanks!
    • I just sent an email request for feedback yesterday morning (as I began to get over the sting of rejection, ha), but haven't heard anything yet... I will post when I hear back!
      • Thanks! And I hear ya about the sting of it. But it fades in time...right?
      • who did you email to request for feedback?
      • FYI, I received this fellowship a few years ago (after initially being an alternate), and I asked for the comments from reviewers, and ony received one, which was a paragraph long, and actually pretty negative on the whole (at least, it was very sceptical of the arguments I was making). It was kind of bizarre, and had I not gotten the fellowship, would not have been very helpful for thinking about how to write a better application the next time. My guess is the reviewers have to give permission for their reviews to be released to applicants, and for whatever reason, some (many?) may not want to do so.
        • They are hit-or-miss, I think.--I applied but did not receive the fellowship last year. Two sets of comments. One was quite insightful and actually quite helpful--and I've since reformulated part of the framework to address the concerns. The other, I think, truely had no idea what they were talking about. The implied (without names or citations) that part of my project was duplicative of other published work. After reading, re-reading, and distributing the comment to a handful of senior scholars in the subfield, no one has yet been able to identify what the hell the comment was refering to. In truth, I think that the reason that some reviewers do not release their comments is that they spend about 30 seconds reading the proposal and half that time thinking about what to write.
        • Thanks so much for these insights-- they're really helpful, particularly if I end up receiving insane comments that could just add salt to the wound. It's always a bit of a relief to hear that some big academic decisions can sometimes be a little arbitrary. Just a quick question if either of you have time-- do comments come via email or snail mail? And for the person asking above, I sent my request for comments to fellowships@acls.org as indicated on the ACLS FAQ page.
          • The default, I think, is a pdf, with an option to request a hard copy. At least, that's what I experienced last year.
          • having served on an admissions committee with waaaaay less applications, i would say that with 1110 applicants, it's definitely abitrary. not to say that the fellows don't deserve it, of course, but with that much material to go through, there's no doubt that many strong candidates fall through the cracks.
          • First, congrats to the winners! Second, when I asked for a copy of the reviewers's comments on my (unsuccessful) application, I received the following response from ACLS: "unfortunately, reviewers did not designate any comments for release to the applicant." (3/26)
            • ​Question for above, and for anyone else who as received feedback: When you submitted your request via email, did you receive an acknowledgement, or just the feedback? I submitted an inquiry last week, with no response to date.
    • Received feedback from reviewers, by mail (3/24).
    • This is the above poster who requested feedback after the "sting of rejection"-- received comments by mail (3/26). One merely descriptive, one very complimentary. Turns out it helps a bit-- I encourage everyone to request these and hope you get them!
    • What is the email address for requesting readers' reports?
    • I emailed the person who sent me my rejection letter. They then set in a request for feedback from my reviewers. I received the feedback about a week later in the mail.
  • For those of us who need to apply again next year...are there any resources available that offer examples of successful ACLS proposals?

AAUW Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Application Due: November 15, 2011 (Recommendations due by November 17)

Did anyone here apply for this?

Survey: How many following applied for this? (x23)

  • Anyone have an idea of when we will likely hear back? (3/09)
  • The Web site says April.
  • ^ April 15th.
  • Most likely not until the end of the day on the 15th.
  • Any thoughts on the fact that April 15 this year is a Sunday?
  • Maybe the 16th, then? Possibly the 13th, but my guess would be after the 15th, not before.(4/4)
  • I sent them an e-mail. Their response: "Thank you for your email. Notification of awards will be mailed to all applicants on April 13, 2012 via regular mail. We will also post the list of fellowship and grant recipients on our website at that time."
  • Thanks for the info! (X5)

The list is up (4/13) (Wait, where? I don't see it. Can you give us a link?)

The list: www.aauw.org/learn/fellows_directory/upload/FGA-Awardees-2012-2013.pdf

- 4/16 got a letter offering "alternate" status, pending additional funding - no dates/further info. Anyone know how often they draw from their alternates or when they announce it?

  • 5/11 They've started offering to alternates. My colleague was notified yesterday.

4/16 lovely rejection letter received. At least now I know where that application fee went; to the stamp and attractive letterhead.

4/17: Does anyone know any stats re: number of awards and number of applicants (for this year's dissertation fellowship competition)?

4/17: They did not provide either of those statistics in the acceptance letters.

4/17 Notified of acceptance. They require our decision no later than May 15; the letter states that at that time, if they don't hear from us, they will offer the award to an alternate candidate.

AERA Minority Dissertation FellowshipEdit


Did anyone here apply for this?

I applied for the AERA Dissertation Grant (deadline 3/1), anyone else? Did anyone hear back yet? (4/11/12)

No word yet (4/13/12)

At AERA 2012 Vancouver, someone said she was notified that she had received the AERA Dissertation Grant. I assume this is different from the Minority Dissertation Fellowship award. I think there are several hundreds of applicants for the Minority Dissertation Fellowship award and I read that 3 awards will be given. Results should be out by early May (4/26/12).

Thanks for posting. I haven't heard from them regarding the AERA Dissertation Grant yet (yes, different from the Minority Dis Fellowship), assuming I did't get it then. I had inquired on 4/12, back then they said the proposals were still under review (4/27).

Anyone got any letters yet? Acceptance? Rejection? (5/3/12)

Rejection for the Dissertation Grant, via email (5/4/12)

Thanks, I'm waiting for my rejection notice for the Minority Dis Fellowship. (5/5/12). Considering how competitive it is.

Rejection via email (5/11/12) Me too, rejection email (5/11/12).

American Academy in Rome- Rome PrizeEdit

No word yet (1/23)

Word around here is that the short list has already been contacted for interviews, but not confirmed (1/26)

What do you mean by around here?

  • around my department, where a student (not in residence) is rumored to have gotten an interview

Not a peep (2/3) but I heard they do interviews in March.

  • Last year interviews were scheduled by the end of January and took place in February. Those not on the short list were not notified of their status until the end of March, when the winners were notified. As much as I want to believe otherwise, I'm pretty sure that not a peep means we're out of the running at this point

There is a student in my department that has an interview scheduled with the selection comittee. (2/6)

Very kind rejection letter received by email today (2/29 x2).

rejection letter received by email (3/1)

  • This seems really early--last year decisions weren't sent out unil March 22. Can anyone confirm?
  • I confirm; was rejected from both ancient and medieval areas this afternoon.

Has anyone else who didn't get an interview (which I assume means the rejection is pending) also not heard? (2/29)

- I'm in the same position, not a peep (12/3) Modern Italian Studies

BC African and African Diaspora Studies Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Survey: How many people applied for this fellowship?

-I applied (x1), have not heard anything yet.

Last year it was early April, so perhaps we'll hear next week?

Received rejection (x3) via email today (4/4)

Applied haven't heard anything (4/4)

CAORC Multi-Country Research FellowshipEdit

How many people have applied? (x4)

are recipients notified before mid-april date or does everyone find out at the same time?

there's no info about this fellowship from previous years. maybe that means that a relatively small number applied for this (fingers crossed)? ----which could work in our favor or could just mean that it's a small pool of REALLY qualified applicants.

I applied for this last year and was rejected. In my rejection letter they said nearly 100 candidated vied for ten slots.

To the above poster: when did you receive your letter? Was it via email or snail mail? it was 4/15 via email

Anybody hear anything about this yet? -called and they said they were still reviewing up til today (4/13). website says announcements go out april 17

I found out today that I received a CAORC grant. It came by email at around 10:30AM Eastern. There was no information on the number of grants, or other applicants, as sometimes accompanies these types of announcements. They make it very clear that they reserve the right to re-negotiate funding in the case that you receive other grants. Good luck to all! -- April 16, 2012

Has anybody gotten a rejection from them? I haven't heard anything as of 4:30pm on 4/16.

Congrats to the above poster! Rejection email received 2:25pm 4.17 (x2)

On alternate status and have not heard anything back from them yet! Anyone? (5/15)

CASVA Predoctoral FellowshipsEdit

Has anyone heard anything yet?

Nothing here (2/1)

or here (2/3)

Still nothing (2/6)

Interviews are taking place this week. (2/6)

Has anyone who interviewed heard anything yet? (2/11)

Rejection letter in the mail yesterday (2/12). Good luck to those who interviewed!

Any news for those who interviewed yet? (2/13)

Rejection letter in the mail (2/13). Congratulations to the chosen few!

Has anyone who interviewed received a rejection? (2/14)

Not yet (2/15)

Post interview rejection letter arrived (2/16)

Center of Military History (CMH) Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Any idea how many people apply for this? (x1)

Has anyone heard anything yet?

I got a rejection two days ago and they said 22 people applied. If you haven't heard anything yet...might be good news.

Received acceptance notification via mail on 4/7. The letter did not say how many they accepted, but it did state the same fact that 22 people applied. In the past, the CMH has accepted two or three fellows per year, according to their website.

Chateaubriand Fellowship in the HumanitiesEdit

The selection committee meets in April. Results will be sent by e-mail within a few days.

Has anyone heard from the committee? [No]

Anyone??? I saw here on the wiki that last year they made offers on the 15th - a Sunday this year. Today, maybe?

Nothing here. Hoping for today; let the waiting end, please!! [Haven't heard anything either. I'm beginning to think they made offers already, and rejections will come in a few days - that's what happened last year, according to the wiki.][I received a rejection email last year on Mon April 18 at 6:26 pm. Email stated committee had met W Apr 13. So maybe at the end of Mon Apr 16 2012 we'll get our rejection emails?] [Interesting point. So, let's suppose the committee met last week; they'd be sending acceptance letters today because of the weekend, I suppose. If you got the email at 6:30 pm, so maybe there's a chance they're still emailing people today. Anyway, this is pure speculation... I guess the waiting is not over at all...]

Nothing here, either. Normally, the jury meets during the second week of April and the offer letters are sent out first at the beginning of the following week - a few receive both the Chateaubriand and the Fulbright. That opens up spots on the 'waitlist.' Once the winners have accepted their fellowships will the rejection letters be sent, usually at the end of the week.

-So if we haven't heard by the end of today (4/17/12), we can assume that we were not successful?

- As I recall, the process was delayed a few weeks (December 31 deadline instead of December 15), so the jury could also be meeting late this year. However, given that the TAPIF/Fulbright/IE fellowships expect a response around the same time (late-April; TAPIF is April 22), I wouldn't say that an offer is likely at this point. But I hope that you do receive some positive news! Bonne chance!

-Thank you! Has anyone heard any positive news? Bonne chance to all!

- No... But I am keeping my hopes down. [x8]

- (4/18) Still waiting here too. I wonder what's taking them so long. But as it has been said, I believe that our chances are dim now.

- Either two possibilities: (1) the jury hasn't met yet; (2) they are waiting on someone to choose between the Chateaubriand and some other fellowship (Fulbright, etc.)

- 2 doesn't seem plausible. What are the chances that this many people are on the 'wait list' vs 'reject', but we haven't seen any acceptances?

- They issue rejection letters after all the fellowships have been accepted.

- But in that case it wouldn't make sense for them to have a wait list.

- Yes, it does. They email the original 12 - 15 people first. Some decline the Châteaubriand in favor of the Fulbright. Then they offer whatever is left to those who were next on their internal list (typical in France, too). This is what the Consulate/Chateaubriand Office explained to me when I applied for it last year and didn't hear anything.

- So this logic hinges on someone having received one of the initial acceptances. But we don't have any evidence of this yet

Last year it took from April 13th to April 18th (with a weekend in there, so three business days) to start issuing rejections. It really sounds like they haven't met yet. (Or are meeting now.) [x4]

4/18/12 - Nothing yet for me either. This is driving me nuts. I wish we at least knew if anyone had received accpetance (x4)

- At this point I just want my rejection letter! [x3]

I think I'm internally bleeding with anticipation [x2].

4/19 1:30 pm - Still nothing. [x4] (This thread is beginning to sound like Beckett)(I'm starting to think that our assumption that French bureaucracy would operate in any sort of systematic, straightforward, or expeditious manner has gotten us all rejected, on account of our clearly demonstrated misunderstanding of France. [x2])

Has anyone emailed the program coordinator? might be a good idea to ask about a time frame of the announcement. --> we should actually send the program coordinator this anguish-filled post, so they know how much despair (and internal bleeding) they're causing. I've heard nothing back as of 4/19 EOB...

-4/20 11 am: En attendant Chateaubriand (cinquième acte).

Emailed the coordinator on 4/17, no response yet 4/20. So French!

4/20 evening: looks like we are waiting until sometime next week!

QLB!! (Quoi la baise!!) [x2]

4/23 11 am: Still waiting here. QLB indeed!

4/23 11:30am - have not heard anything yet. At this point, it may be safe to assume rejection... Also, does anyone know if they give feedback on applications? Do we get to see our reviewers comments? [I also think rejection is certain; but I find it bizarre that we don't have any evidence that successful applicants were contacted. This is just very frustrating.][They do not give feedback with rejections.]

Also still attendant. This makes me poop! (Pardon my French...) If you got accepted and have been sworn to secrecy, we beg you to take heart in the anonymity of this forum and bring some répit to the pauvres cons who were rejected! [x3]

4/24, 1pm, still nothing yet...[There's really no reason to wait anymore. They must have contacted recepients, none of whom use this wiki. Hard to believe, but stranger things have happened...][And then just forgottten to send rejection notices? Note that website now says, "Traditionally, the selection committee meets in April."]

--> The deadline was later this year (December 31 instead of December 15), so everything's late as a result. They will send letters (yay or nay), so it's just taking longer. Ayons la patience, oui? But if anyone's dying to know, perhaps a call to the consulate would be warranted. Normally, the French are more welcoming of a telephone call than of email (at least that's the way it goes here in France). I still say good luck to everyone.

4/24 - Breaking news: the selection committee hasn't met yet. They're meeting at the end of the week. Bonne chance à nous tous! [Voilà des news vraiment cassant! Thank you for the grain of hope--bonne chance à tous!]

4/24 Thank you so much for all of those who are/were keeping us all informed! Good luck to all (x2!!)

4/30 Hoping that the results will go out today. If they met last week, would it be reasonable to expect responses today? [ I truly hope that is the case].

4/30: No response by 11:45am EST. My spine feels like de la confiture.

4/30: No response by 1:06pm either. Why do the last few hours feel longer than the preceding 4 months?

4/30 If they met Friday I'd wager that acceptances go out today but that, as with every other program on the planet, rejections will take a couple of days.

Ouais, it's probably a safe bet that no news is bad news at this point.

Tomorrow is a federal holiday in France (labor day), so most people have today off as well. Knowing how the country typically functions, letters will most likely go out at the end of the week (at the earliest).

--> This. is. cruel. And how revolutions begin.

--> Tomorrow is the Fête du Travail, so the Consulate will be closed. They probably delayed the Chateaubriand selections due to the presidential elections this year, so it may take until next week (6 May is the final run-off between Hollande and Sarko). Hopefully, they will give everyone answers by the end of this week, as there are those who need to make choices between fellowships and/or teaching assignments. This sucks....

--> Does all this mean that no responses have been sent out at all? Could it be that they contacted the winners and the rest of us are just waiting in vain...

--> For right now, I would assume that no responses have been sent out. Usually, one (or more) people on this site will report an offer or a waitlist within a few hours if any have been made. Also, the Consulate may email later in the evening (6:00 p.m. Eastern Time), depending on its schedule/deadlines. Just sit tight for now if possible.

Hélas! Pas de pitié pour les croissants...

Received notification of award at 5:00 pm EST via email. 120 applications, 8 full-year fellowships, 4 fall fellowships, 3 spring fellowships awarded. [Congrats! Is there a deadline to accept the award?][Deadline is May 8 to accept.]

Congratulations! Any alternates? Alternate notification 4:45 pm EST via email [x1]

30/4 - 6:58 pm - Rejection email received

Got rejection at 7:00 pm. E-mail said 120 applications and 15 fellows selected (without the details given to the winner above - congrats, btw!). Good luck to everybody with research, teaching & co. Hope we can all get to go to France, sooner or later... Allez!

Waitlisted...notification received 4/30, 6:40 pm! Congrats to those with awards, and good luck!

CLIR-Mellon Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Does anyone know how many people usually apply for this fellowship? (Or, how many people applied last year at least?) Thanks!

I received (but declined) the fellowship last year: the letter said 15 applicants were selected from a pool of 488. Good luck!

Did you go through an interview process?

My friend received this fellowship last year and did not have an interview.

Are there multiple rounds for this competition, or does everyone find out in the March30/Apr 2 range?

For the above two who mentioned being or knowing recipients, when did the positive email notification arrive? It seems that all mentions of the CLIR on various sites have only listed rejection emails (on Mar 29 or 31 in past years). Thanks!

  • Not sure of the precise date, but it's certainly before March 29. As I understand it, the Foundation gives all those awarded a fellowship sufficient time to accept or decline it before making any public announcements that name the fellows. I believe the April 2nd announcement date listed on the CLIR website is the date the Foundation issues the official (and final) press release, not the date they first contact recipients.
  • Yes, that's my understanding too. The question is what is their time range for positive notifications. Last year someone on this site mentioned March 4. Technically, CLIR might have contacted the recipients already...

I applied for this last year and received a rejection email around 5pm on March 29th, 2011. Of course, the real downer was that the winners already knew that they had received this award by the time the rest of the commoners found out their unfortunate status. Bummer :(

i know someone who won this award last year and she later revealed (after rejection emails were sent out) that she knew she had it by the first few days of March (confirming the fortunate March 4th poster above).

Haven't heard any news, awaiting anxiously!

Me neither...

No word here! Hopefully they haven't notified recipients yet! (x4) 3/12/2012

A colleague of mine was notified yesterday (3/12/2012) of acceptance--so it seems notifications are starting to go out. <--- question: notification via email or post? thx. (3/13)

  • She received an email.
  • Anyone knows if they send acceptances out all on one day or in "waves" over a week or two?

Has anyone heard of other positives, or still just the one mentioned above? I'd assume they notify at the same time...but, who knows.

<--In response to the above, I also recieved an acceptance by email on 3/12. So that is at least two people (congrats!)

  • I know of a 3rd person who received an acceptance on 3/12 via email, with the email noting there were 497 applications and 17 winners.

Any alternates?

I applied, but haven't received any notice. Assuming folks have been notified, congratulations! (3/18)

Rejection email on 3/27 at 3:50 pm. Says that 17 awards were made from among 497 applications.

  • <-- Also received rejection email on 3/27. (x6)
  • rejection expected after not hearing anything earlier...but still stings. I wish they'd give feedback. (X1)

FYI for future applicants - when they send out offers a few weeks ahead of rejections they ask recipients to keep their offer confidential until the formal announcement is made. They also ask that offers be accepted or rejected within just a week or so, which leads me to think that they leave themselves time to make offers to alternates before sending out any rejection emails.

To the previous poster, thanks for this info. It is knowledge like that, that helps the rest of us. I always wondered if some fellowships/grants had a confidentiality mandate, and I think it's nice to know that some do. I have received a few fellowships, but none of them had a confidentiality request. I'm not surprised, though, that some of the biggies, like the CLIR-Mellon, do have this clause.

Charlotte Newcombe FellowshipEdit

How many followers applied for this? (x16)

Pleasant rejection email received 2/22 (x15)

  • Pleasant but nonetheless disheartening (x2)

Received an e-mail on 2/22 informing me that I've been selected as a finalist. E-mail says "of over 550 applications, the top 10% have been selected and forwarded to the Final Selection Committee for review" and "at least 21 Fellows will be chosen in this final round."

  • Congrats!
  • Thanks! I'm quite surprised, and trying not to get my hopes up since it's still more likely than not that I'll ultimately be rejected. Good luck to the rest of you!
  • 3/28 -- still waiting to hear from them... not sure if the lack of response means I didn't get it. Update 3/30: Rejection e-mail received.

Received the CN fellowship (email 3/30 -- asked to accept or decline by 4/5). Email stated they took 21 fellows. I assume there is a waitlist and those on it may hear today given the deadline to accept/decline.

Cornell University Pre-/Postdoctoral FellowshipEdit


Due November 1st 2011 to paritcipating department via email (16 departments)

Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Fellowship (Columbia)Edit

How many followers applied for this? (x2)

The site says that the decision will be made by May 1. Can anyone from previous years confirm whether that is the notification day, or has is come earlier?

Last year they emailed candidates on April 22.

Does anyone know the approximate number of applications they receive?

Rejection email 4/5 :(

Consortium for Faculty Diversity (CSMP) or (CFD)Edit

This fellowship has over 30 member schools. Has anyone heard from any of those schools yet??

Is this the same as the Consortium for Faculty Diversity?

Yes, it is. I think they changed the name, or merged, or something like that. It is now through DePauw University.

Alright, in that case. I haven't heard anything. Anyone else?

  • I wrote a letter to Bowdoin College maybe a month back and was told they were doing interviews for their postdoctoral positions from CFD. I'm not sure if that means they have already finished interviews for the predoctoral fellowship
  • Luther College's political science department had skype interviews back in December. They said that they were going to have flyouts in early February, no word though.

I haven't heard anything from anyone of the schools -- I feel like if I was going to be interviewed I would have heard. Anyone else? (Field is Classics. Posted 3/22)

I heard that someone was selected for Macalester college this week. I still haven't heard regarding my application either way. (3/23)

I had a campus interview with Mount Holyoke College (3/13) and accepted their offer (3/16). This is for a postdoctoral position.

Do they inform if no schools pick you up? At this point, I'd just like to hear one way or another to assess my best options.

As of 4/4 I have not heard, but a friend who had this fellowship in 2008-09 was not notified until June that a school had chosen her, so hang in there.

  • Seriously??? That seems really late. I also feel like it'd be nice to know if I"m in the running or not.(4/4)
  • Seriously. The problem is that each of the 40 schools has their own timetable, and one may know they need someone in a particular field in January while another might get a surprise vacancy in June. It's a wonky system.
  • I just got an email from a school (on 4/11) asking me to interview for a postdoc position, so yes, this is a rolling process. I have already accepted another position, so I declined the interview.
    • What discipline? Part of the weird thing with this one is that we don't know which schools will even have positions available in our fields.
    • Are schools even considering pre-doctoral applications? It seems like only postdoctoral applicants are being contacted.
    • In response to the above poster, I just accepted an offer for a pre-doc fellowship. (This will be my completion year) But I sense that the colleges tend to be on different timelines...

Dartmouth College -- Chavez/Eastman/Marshall FellowshipEdit

Anyone else applied for this one? Heard anything?

  • I also applied- nothing yet. The website says notification on April 1.
  • Rejection via email (4/3) <-- X2

Dedalus Foundation Dissertation FellowshipEdit

anyone else apply for this? hear anything yet? thanks.

Haven't heard anything yet. Anyone else? (4/17) (x2)

They will be conviening to decide in May. (4/18)

Thanks for the updates fellow anonymous modernists. Looking forward to the end of this waiting game. (4/19)

Augh, still waiting! Anyone? Anything? (5/2) <--- Nothing so far (5/3)

According to whoever answered the phone at the DF hq, notifications will be made by the end of the week. (5/14)

Anyone? (5/18)

Nothing. Apologies for getting anyone's hopes up. I simply repeated what I was told! Will this ever end . . .? (5/19)

Emmanuel College Diversity Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Posted on HR website 3/1/2012 and advertised in various publications

Applied for the position (x3)

What's the closing date for this fellowship?

The ad here [[1]] only states that the postion is open until filled - no closing date is given.


I contacted HR: the committee is "currently reviewing applications" and should be contacting potential candidates "soon." I was instructed to contact again if I don't hear anything in the next couple of weeks. (5/3)

Five College Fellowship ProgramEdit

www.fivecolleges.edu/academic_programs/academprog_fellowship.html Rolling applications accepted starting January 2nd, 2012

  • how many people have applied for this? it looks like there were 330 applicants for four spots last year and the awards weren't announced til late! (x13)
  • Anyone hear back from this one? It says announcement made in march but I wonder if they generate short litsts?
    • Yes, they do. I applied last year. We were told responses in March. I e-mailed in April and was told responses w/in two weeks. I called in early May, and the administrator I spoke with checked her short list and said I wasn't on it. She also said that the hold up was that individual colleges had to make their choices, and they didn't issue any offical notices until all the colleges had done so. Offical rejection came in June.
  • contacted 5 Colleges administrator Feb 5 -- still accepting applications. went on to contact respective institutions within the consortium about likelihood of hosting a fellow in certain divisions or departments --
    • reply February 10, no need in social sciences at Hampshire College
    • reply from UMASS via Five Colleges administrator: UMASS does not typically accept a fellow. Rather, fellows are dispersed amongst the other four colleges
    • I applied in the social sciences as well - any news from the other colleges? Thanks!
If last year's wiki is any indication, nobody hears anything for awhile...yikes
  • 3/13- still no news. Anyone else?
  • I've heard nothing. Emailed the administrator today to ask.
  • Let me know what she says when you hear back!
  • I will report back for sure! I just asked when we might know and also if there is any way to know if one is out of the running.
  • This is what I heard back, "The committee members are in the process of selecting the finalists. By the end of the month we will be sending letters to everyone." 3/14
  • Thanks for the update! Good luck! Hopefully this doesn't get dragged out longer than necessary!
  • Agreed, and good luck to everyone out there waiting for these results!
  • Still no word yet... is it wishful thinking to expect to hear from them tomorrow?
  • Probably! I just want to know either way at this point!! I really hope to hear SOMETHING!!
  • Let me know if you hear anything and I will do likewise. I am waiting anxiously!
  • I will!! I hope this ends soon. (x2)
  • Something tells me we are not going to get a message this week :( Has anyone dared to call them? I want to but I'm scared to learn the outcome!
  • I just emailed them, since I need to decide by next week if I am taking a teaching job. I'll let you know if they get back to me.
  • That's a totally legit reason! I emailed them too, but no one responded to the last inquiry I sent them so who knows... sigh.
  • I applied for this fellowship last year and sent an email asking about my status and never received a reply. When I called, however, the assistant was vey friendly and immediately told me my status. So for those curious...calling may be a good idea. (3/30)
      • I decided to call them today (4/2) as suggested, and here is what I learned:
      • There is a shortlist (and I wasn't on it :(), BUT the administrative asst. didn't know what the status of the list was, i.e. whether it is definitive, or whether it is still being worked on.
      • Results will be announced via e-mail mid-April
      • I get the sense that I was rejected otherwise I'd have been on that shortlist considering there are only two weeks left, but who knows what the selection committee's process is?
  • That is good to know, I have to decide on an adjunct job and don't want to leave the school hanging in the slight offchance this fellowship works out! I'm calling tomorrow, too.
  • Emailed today and the administrator emailed me right back: name is not on the shortlist either. Kind of a relief at least to know! Best of luck to the rest of you!!!
  • What email address are you using to reach the administrator? Thanks so much.
  • I emailed Sharon Harrison: sharrison@fivecolleges.edu. Good luck!
  • I just called and found out I wasn't on the shortlist either. Disappointed but better to know. Best to everyone still in the running.
  • I emailed and found out that I wasn't on the shortlist. The administrator also confirmed that we should formally hear back by mid-April. Best of luck to those who made the cut.
  • Well, this must be a short short-list because I am also not on it! Oh well! Good luck to the rest who are still in the running. (x2)
  • I am not in the short list as well. (x1)
  • Just learned that I am also among the long list of names not on the short list :) Good luck to everyone else! (4/9)
  • Emailed Sharon Harrison 4/6 and as of 4/16 never heard back. I *could* assume this means I am also not on the short list, but I prefer to believe they don't want to spoil the surprise when I get zillions of dollars.
  • 4/20 - Anything? Anyone?
  • I am STILL waiting for my formal letter of rejection! (x3)
  • 4/21 - Are they snail mailing or emailing letters?
  • 4/22 - Has anyone heard that they are ON the short list?
  • 4/25 Rejection via email (x8)
    • 4 fellows, 250 applicants
    • My rejection email included this odd bit: "We would very much like to be able to share your information with committees at our five campuses who embark on searches in your field over the next year. If you do not want us to do so, please let me know (copying sharrison@fivecolleges.edu)." Did everyone get that? That seems odd to me.
    • Yes, got that too. (x10)
    • Yes, I got that too.

Ford Dissertation FellowshipEdit

Has anyone else applied for this fellowship?

Yes x10

Any ideas when they inform??

The application says April.

Last year they announced 4/7, for what it's worth.

So does that mean tomorrow will be the day when we all learn our fate? Last year, April 7th was a Thursday.

^ I certainly hope so! Tired of sitting on my hands.

I just heard word last night (4/5) by email that I've been selected as an awardee! I'm ecstatic. I hope you all hear good news!

4/6 Just heard a yes via email! Good luck folks!!

4/6: received rejection email. 590 applications for 35 spots according to the letter. (x2)

4/6 Rejection letters out.

4/6 haven't heard yet - ack! i guess there's still time in the day

4/6 on alternates list, not sure what the chances are now (x4)

4/6 on atlernate list, Field of History. Anyone else?

Has anyone else NOT heard? (paroanoid panic) (x4)

As of 4:30 EST I still haven't heard a word so you're not alone.

Check your junk mail folders, folks. Mine arrived there hours ago...alternate

  • i did - nothing in there
  • I did as well-nothing

As an FYI, I read on a different site that last year they took 3 days to send out all the emails because the predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships were all decided upon at the same time. This year there were 1300 predoctoral applications so that's a lot of emails! So if you're in the same boat as me and haven't heard yet, I guess that's not necessarily a sign either way and don't freak out.

Are notifications coming in alphabetical order?

  • Nope, not unless they've got hundreds of A's...

4/6 Honorable Mention/Alternate list. Does anyone know how does the alternate list works? Have they actually pulled from this list in the last few years?? Are there good chances??

anyone have any experience on calling to find out results? i just need to make some life choices here, and knowing my funding situation would help...

  • good luck getting them on the phone, I heard that calls have been going straight to voicemail since Friday...
  • 4/9-I've had no luck reaching them by email or phone and still waiting to hear-anyone else in the same boat?
    • exact same boat. no email (not in a junk folder). have tried calling (direct to VM). have tried to email (no response).
    • Well nice to know I'm not alone then. I'll update if, when, I hear anything

4/10 - Still no word. Just spoke to someone at the offices. They informed me that all emails have gone out. Advised that I email infofell@nas.edu to inquire about my status. Will update if I hear back.

4/10 - I also called the office, they told me the same thing (to send an email inquiry about my status). They said I would probably hear back tomorrow. I didn't change my email address and there was nothing in my spam folder. Something is not right here...

  • that's what i'm afraid of. i also didn't change my email, nothing in the spam folder...so tired of not knowing.
  • I'm more concerned about the reason why some of us did not receive emails. Were our applications even reviewed/included in the competition? Did we slip through the cracks?
    • i'd hate to start speculating in this direction
    • i'm sure the people at Ford would too, but how would we know this is not the case?

4/10 That's my concern too as I emailed haven't heard back. Seemingly there's at least 3 of us just on this forum in this situation. We can't be the only ones!

  • just curious - of those of us who haven't heard, are we all dissertation fellowships?
    • Yes - I did not hear about the status of my dissertation fellowship application.+6
    • Same situation here, I have not heard back yet about the dissertation fellowship.
    • This was my original thread. Just heard. Honorable mention but no. So seemingly they're going back over their list and emailing those they missed. Good luck to those still waiting. (x5)
    • I also received rejection and HM. It's very suspicious to me that so far we all have the same result so I will be requesting feeback. I need proof that my application was reviewed and that this isn't their way of sweeping a mistake on their end under the rug.
      • do you know how to request feedback?
        • send an email to infofell@nas.edu I suppose
        • Yes, send an email to infofell@nas.edu (secretary said to include last 4 digits of SSN, and that it would take some time to get them out)
      • I second that question. It might be that they sent out all the acceptances and alternates as one group on thursday night and then sent out the rejections on friday, forgetting the HM as a group, hence why there were some but not that many. Anyway, if you get anywhere, let us know!
    • Are we all getting HM letters dated April 3?

4/10 - At least 6 dissertation fellowship applicants had to contact Ford to have their decision notification emailed to them. From what everyone has posted here, it sounds like they all received the same HM letter. Does anyone else find it odd that all of them would be "skipped" on the day the notifications were sent and that they all received the same HM letter after notifying Ford that they never got a decision? I don't know about the rest of you, but I want to know why our notifications were delayed.

  • I am curious, but I'm not sure there's anything we coudl do about it even if the most paranoid suspicion (that our applicaitons didn't even get reviewed) is true. Fellowships have been awarded. They have no more to award. What is more likely is that a batch of emails in the same category didnt go out (my impressiong from talking to them was that they were doing all the emails themsleves). Either way, congrats to the recipients and best of luck for those of us who have to figure out alternate funding next year..
  • I second the above sentiment. Let's not let curiosity and disappointment become conspiracy theories. Considering they probably sent emails to about 1800 people over two days, there are bound to be mistakes. It's unfortunate that we didn't get notice with the rest, but the pattern suggests that it was just that: a mistake, a batch of identical responses that got lost in the shuffle. So, chin up everyone: let's ask for whatever feedback they can offer and just focus on writing better proposals the next time around.

I'm curious what you all mean about asking for feedback. What kind of feedback can/do you get? (4/11)

  • From previous/other forums, it seems that Ford keeps on file some kind of written evaluation of your application materials. I'm not sure whether they keep it for everyone or how thorough it is. But previous posters, here and elsewhere, have suggested that they'll send you this information if you request it. I've asked for mine. Will post if I hear back from them.
  • I have also asked for mine - will post if/when I receive it.
  • Interesting, thanks! I will do the same.

5/2 I was an alternate, and received notice today that I'm now an awardee!

5/4 In what field were you originally named as an alternate? Are you aware of whether or not all the alternates who have been awarded a Fellowship have been notified? And are they notifying alternates as fellowships are denied or have all the fellowships now been accounted for?

  • I was named as an alternate in Literature. I imagine that some alternates might decline the award - the deadline for my response is May 9th. When I spoke with the office yesterday (5/2), they seemed busy notifying alternates, which leads me to believe that all fellowships have now been accounted for. I have friends named as alternates in the fields of History and Ethnic Studies and I don't think they've heard anything yet.

5/3 - Has anyone received their feedback yet? (I haven't)

  • got mine by email 5/25 - useful

Frederick Douglass Institute FellowshipEdit

-Has anyone heard from the Frederick Douglass Institute at the University of Rochester yet? (3/14/2012)

Have heard nothing. Sent inquiry but haven't received response... (4/18)

-Still nothing at all, 5/1.

Fulbright IIEEdit

First round emails sent out 1/19/2012

So far Belgium, Germany, and the UK final results are in (3/16/2012)

From those that have heard, was it through email or snail mail?? thanks and congratulations to all and good luck to those still waiting.

Accepted Israel via email 3/22/2012

Accepted France via email 3/18/2012

Rejection from Spain via email 4/16/2012



(x a million) <---- right?

So, I know this may not be useful to anyone wanting to do fieldwork abroad this summer or next Fall, but I actually emailed the administrators in charge of F-H, and was told that they actually are planning to hold a F-H for this (2012) year, and that they are just waiting on their application materials to be approved. However, I was told the same thing in both September and then in March.

Here is the text of an email from March:

"We still plan to have the competition, and the allowable dates of research will be adjusted accordingly. We understand that the timing is becoming increasingly inconvenient, but we will move forward once we have our application materials approved."

So, hold out hope, especially if your dates of research are flexible and you can leave in the Winter/Spring...

FULBRIGHT - HAYS is happening this year!

Deadline is due 06/14 for projects starting in October. Here is the link:


7/3 Does anyone know when the results will be announced? Can't find this info anywhere online.

7/5 Results will be announced in September, per Amy Wilson at Fulbright-Hays.

7/7 Really? That seems like incredibly inconvenient timing. The whole FH thing is certainly peculiar this year...

9/5 Still have not heard anything and getting anxious. Anyone have more info?

9/6 Same here. Still waiting for news.

9/7 alternate status (notified) (x 3)

9/7 May I ask which country/region the person notified with alternate status works on?

9/7 Acceptance email

9/18 Anybody with alternate status upgraded? Not to my knowledge :-/ (Update, 9/22: news on Gradcafe of alternate being upgraded yesterday)

9/26 Looks like all awards have to be made by tomorrow (27th)? Have any other alternates been upgraded?

Georgia O'Keeffe Research CenterEdit

Any wiki users apply for this?

Anyone hear anything?

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