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Interdisciplinary Dissertation Completion Fellowships

The two annual dissertation completion fellowships open to Harvard graduate students and offered by the Mahindra Humanities Center are intended to support work that crosses disciplinary (and even divisional) boundaries, as for example between literature or art and the natural or social sciences, or between and among the various disciplines of the humanities (the history of art, literature, philosophy, linguistics, etc.). The committee will be interested in proposals that make strong and innovative interdisciplinary connections of a kind not customary within a given discipline. These fellowships are intended to encourage scholars to expand their own disciplinary expectations, and to explore the methodologies and practices of disciplines beyond those of their home departments or programs.

The award provides a stipend plus tuition and health fees for the year. (In 2019-20 the stipend is $30,000 and may or may not be subject to change for 2020-21). PhD candidates in years G4 through G6 are welcome to apply; recipients are expected to complete the dissertation in the course of the fellowship year. Dissertation Completion Fellows are also expected to be in residence throughout the year.

Applicants should submit their application and supplementary materials via the CARAT system, including 2 letters of recommendation, a transcript, dissertation abstract, and confirmation form indicating completion readiness. For letters of recommendation, please submit a request to CARAT, which will send a link to faculty members to upload their letter to the system. Complete applications must be uploaded to CARAT by Friday, February 7, 2020. Contact Steve Biel with questions.

For specific guidelines, visit the GSAS website.

The Fellowships Office is located at:

1350 Massachusetts Avenue
Holyoke Center, 3rd floor
Telephone: 617-495-1814