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Dissertation Completion Fellowships

CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships support Harvard doctoral students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and MIT doctoral students in the social sciences as they complete their dissertations. Please note that Harvard Ph.D. candidates at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) are eligible to apply for these fellowships provided their proposal has the support of a CES-affiliated faculty member. Only in exceptional circumstances, does CES consider applications by doctoral students in law, design, government, and education.

  • The award allows students to spend a final year dedicated to writing.
  • The dissertation must focus on modern or contemporary Europe (roughly 1750 – present) and students must have completed two draft dissertation chapters and submitted them to the dissertation advisor at the time of application (or for students in fields where the dissertation consists of three articles, the existence of one article in draft).
  • Applications will be judged by their overall merit, the importance of the topic, the clarity of the proposal, the potential for scholarly contribution, and the likelihood of timely completion.
  • CES matches its stipend level to the GSAS standard annual stipend for dissertation completion fellowships. The stipend cannot be deferred and must be used within the twelve-month period for which it is awarded. No other employment, beyond serving as an advisor for an undergraduate senior thesis or working as a part–time research assistant, is allowed under the grant, as students are expected to complete their dissertation during the period of the award. Students who have previously received writing/completion grants from other sources are not eligible.
  • The fellowship covers Harvard facilities fees and individual health insurance (HUSHP Basic and Supplemental). Recipients will be given priority for office space at CES if they contact the CES Student Programs Advisor before the start of the fellowship term.

Apply via the Harvard University Common Application for Research and Travel (CARAT). The new application cycle will open in November 2019.

Stefan Beljean speaks about his 10 months in Berlin

As a CES Dissertation Research Fellow, Stefan Beljean spent 10 months in Berlin conducting fieldwork in German secondary schools. He spoke about his experience with the Center. Read the interview here.

2019 Dissertation Completion Fellowship Recipients

Hayley Fenn (Music)

“Breath, Gravity, Giants, and Death: Towards a Theory of Puppetry and Music”

Ben Goossen (History)

“The Year of the Earth (1957-1958): Cold War Science and the Making of Planetary Consciousness”

Ian Kumekawa (History)

“The Imperialization of the British State, 1914-1948”

Joseph LaHausse de Lalouviere (History)

“Enslavement and Empire in the French Caribbean, 1793-1848”

Past Dissertation Completion Fellowship Recipients

James McSpadden (left) and Colin Brown (right) were recipients of a CES Fellowships.