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.
Dissertation Completion Fellowships
2020 Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Past Dissertation Completion Fellowship Recipients
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, 1793-1851"
2018 Dissertation Completion Fellowship Recipients
Stefan Beljean (Sociology)
“Social Reproduction, College Admissions, and the Schooling Experiences of Upper-Middle-Class Adolescents in Germany and the United States”
Elissa Berwick (Political Science, MIT)
“Sub-state Nationalism in the United Kingdom and Spain”
Charles Clavey (History)
“Of Happiness and Despair We Have No Measure: Quantifying Alienation in German Thought, 1920-1970”
Dominika Kruszewska (Government)
“Dissident Successor Parties: Pro-democracy Movements and Party Formation in New Democracies”
2017 Dissertation Completion Fellowship Recipients
Brandon Bloch (History)
“Faith for This World: Protestantism and the Reconstruction of Constitutional Democracy in Germany, 1933-1968”
Lulie El-Ashry (Religion)
“Crossing Continents: A European Sufi Muslim Convert Communities Journey of Geographic Relocation and Identity Renegotiation”
James McSpadden (History)
“In League with Rivals: Parliamentary Networks and Backroom Politics in Interwar Europe”
Liat Spiro (History)
“Drawing Capital: Depiction, Machine Tools, and the Political Economy of Industrial Knowledge, 1824-1914”
2016 Dissertation Completion Fellowship Recipients
Elizabeth Cross (History)
“The French East India Company and the Politics of Commerce in the Revolutionary Era”
James Conran (Political Science, MIT)
“The Comparative Political Economy of Working Time and Inequality”
Tomasz Blusiewicz (History)
“Return of the Hanseatic League of how the Baltic Sea Trade Washed Away the Iron Curtain”
Jessica Tollette (Sociology)
“Noticeably Invisible: A Study of Race, Policy and Immigrant Incorporation in Present-Day Spain”
2015 Dissertation Completion Fellowship Recipients
James Martin (History; honorary)
“Governing the World Economy: Economic Expertise and the Reshaping of Global Order, 1914-1948”
Aline-Florence Manent (History)
“The Intellectual Origins of the German Model: Rethinking Democracy in the Federal Republic of Germany”
Noam Gidron (Government)
“The Transformation of the European Center-Right, 1980-2015”
Jasmine Samara (Anthropology)
“The Social Afterlife of an International Treaty: Debating Law, Coercion and Violence in a Greek Borderland”
Carolin Roeder (History)
“Horizontal Networks and Vertical Pursuits: A Transnational History of Mountaineering, 1865-1974”
2014 Dissertation Completion Fellowship Recipients
Dzavid Dzanic (History)
“The Civilizing Sea: Indigenous Networks, Napoleanic Offers, and the Origins of the French Mediterranean Empire, 1792-1848”
Megan Formato (History of Science)
“Writing the Atom: Niels Bohr and the Communication of Quantum Theory, 1911-1927”
Seth Peabody (Germanic Languages and Literatures)
“Environmental Fantasies: Mountains, Cities, and Heimat in German Cinema”
Sarah Shortall (History)
“Soldiers of God in a Secular World: French Catholic Political Theologies, 1905-1962”
Jacob Stulberg (English)
“The Unstaging of the Air: BBC Radio and Modern British Drama”
2013 Dissertation Completion Fellowship Recipients
Hannah Callaway (History)
“Liberty, Equality, Property: The Seizure of Private Property in Paris during the French Revolution”
Charlotte Cavaille (Social Policy/Government)
“The Demand for Government Provided Income Protection in the Age of Permanent Austerity (1970s-2012)”
Yascha Mounk (Government)
“Luck, Choice and Responsibility in Philosophy and the Popular Imagination”
Stephen Walsh (History)
“Austria on Ice: Polar Exploration, Liberalism & Habsburg Central Europe, 1865-1948”
The deadline for applications for the 2021-2022 academic year is February 12, 2021.
For additional information on the application cycle and other questions, please contact CES Program Coordinator.
- The award allows students to spend a final year dedicated to writing.
- The dissertation must focus on modern or contemporary Europe (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. To submit a request, please contact CES Program Coordinator.