The Mellon Foundation has provided funding to enable students to conduct dissertation research (including preliminary, exploratory research). The typical grant is $3,000, but may be adjusted upwards and downwards to accommodate an individual student’s needs. Funding will help cover research-related travel expenses (airfare, train fare, lodging, food, etc.), archive/library (digital or in-person) access fees, special equipment and software, and other expenditures associated with research. Music Composition and Theory students can use funds to cover travel for/work with an ensemble or performer who is executing the student’s composition. The grant does not fund your local, Boston-area living expenses, desktop or laptop computers, printers, or transcription services. 

Applications will be available by the end of the day on January 22, 2018, with an application deadline of March 5, 2018.

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Eligibility Requirements

 1. Awards are restricted to doctoral candidates in the following programs: Anthropology, English, History, Music Composition and Theory, Musicology, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Politics, and Sociology.

2. If you have received a Mellon and/or Mellon/Sachar dissertation research grant in the past, you may apply to receive another grant this year. However, funding priority will be given to students who have not previously received a grant.

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Award Conditions

1. Funding is intended to defray the costs of research-related travel expenses (airfare, train fare, lodging, food, etc.), archive/library (digital or in-person) access fees, special equipment and software, and other expenditures associated with research. Music Composition and Theory students are can use funds to cover travel for / work with an ensemble or performer who is executing the student’s composition. The grant does not fund your local, Boston-area living expenses, desktop or laptop computers, printers, or transcription services.  

2. Recipients are strongly encouraged to participate in the Mellon Prospectus Seminar (a noncredit, year-long graduate course) if they have not already done so.

3. Recipients will be asked to submit a grant “update” in September of the upcoming academic year that lists the working title of their dissertation and includes a concise statement that very briefly describes their research project and summarizes how they used or plan to use the funds.

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Application Instructions

Applications and instructions will be posted by the end of the day on Monday, January 22, 2018. The application deadline will be Monday, March 5, 2018.

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Selection Process

The selection committee comprises select graduate program chairs and the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. You should be notified of the selection committee’s decision in April.