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Mellon Fellowships (Council on Library and Information Resources)

Date posted: 08/22/2008

Award: $2,000 per month for periods ranging from 9-12 months, plus $1,000 upon participating in the symposium

Field: Social Sciences

Eligibility: Enrolled in a doctoral program in the U.S., ABD status

Contact Information:

Phone: (202) 939-4750
Address: 1707 L. Street NW Suite 650 Washington, DC 20036
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A special committee of scholars in the humanities, archivists, and special-collections librarians will select fellowship recipients. The committee aims to select representatives from different fields of the humanities and related social sciences consistent with quality in the research proposals. The committee will assess quality with reference to the following criteria: originality and creativity of the research proposal importance of the proposed dissertation to the applicant's field appropriateness of the primary-source collection(s) and institutions in which the applicant proposes to do research competence of the applicant for proposed research as indicated by references, transcripts, language skills, research experience, and other academic achievements prospects for completing specified research within the time projected and funds awarded (not all dissertation work need necessarily be done within the fellowship period). Traditional proposals for original source research in such fields as history will be welcome. But the committee will give preference to sound non-traditional projects in all eligible fields such as those that— use newly available or little studied sources make interdisciplinary use of sources use sources in innovative, creative ways use sources in repositories that cannot, themselves, provide financial assistance to researchers. Fellows may propose to work in more than one repository during the fellowship period, including repositories abroad. Preference is given to applicants working away from their home institutions. The selection committee will assess the applicant's need for working in multiple repositories, working abroad, or both. In the administration and awarding of fellowships, neither CLIR nor the selection committee discriminates on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical disability, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.

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