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Dissertation Research Fellowships

James McSpadden received a Dissertation Research Fellowship from CES in 2014. He completed his Ph.D. in History from Harvard in 2018.

CES believes strongly that a vital part of the training of future Europeanists is the ability to conduct fieldwork in the region. Thanks to an endowment originally provided by the Krupp Foundation, the Center is able to provide a year of support for dissertation research abroad to large numbers of students.


Application Overview

  • Dissertation Research Fellowships fund Harvard doctoral students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and MIT doctoral students in the social sciences who plan to spend six to twelve months in Europe conducting dissertation research. Only in exceptional circumstances, doctoral students in law, design, government, and education can be considered if the case applies.
  • Applicants must have completed two years of graduate school and have passed their general examinations, but they can be at any stage of research.
  • Topics should focus on political, historical, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual trends, and public policy in modern or contemporary Europe (roughly 1750 – present).
  • The fellowship cannot be deferred and must be used within the twelve-month period for which it is awarded.
  • The award covers the Harvard active file fee and individual health insurance (HUSHP Supplemental Insurance only).
  • The application form with detailed instructions can be downloaded here.

The new application cycle will open in November 2019.


10 Months in Berlin

Stefan Beljean spend 10 months in Berlin conducting fieldwork in German secondary schools as part of his dissertation research. He shared his experiences here.

Stefan Beljean, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology and CES graduate student affiliate, was a CES Research Grant recipient.

2019 Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipients

Siyu Cai (Comparative Literature)

“Music and Exile in Twentieth-Century German, Italian, and Polish Literature”

Francesca Bellei (Comparative Literature)

“Europe's South: Cultural Hegemony and Appropriation of the Past”

Hannah Cohen (Visual and Environmental Studies)

“On the Question of Aesthetic Authorship, 1971 – Present”

Rachelle Grossman (Comparative Literature)

“Communism and Continuity: Yiddish Writing in Postwar Poland”

Hanno Hilbig (Government)

“Fiscal Decentralization, Local Governance and Voting Behavior”

Emily Kanner (Slavic Languages & Literatures)

“The Magic Lantern in Russian Literature and Culture”

Aden Knaap (History)

“Judging the World: International Courts and the Origins of Global Governance, 1899-1945”

Lorenzo Mcclellan (History)

“The Secularization of Pleasure and Pain: The Emergence of Utilitarianism”

Mina Mitreva (History)

“The Radical Left in Germany and Austria, 1918-1938”

Bo Yun Park (Sociology)

“The Changing Scripts of Political Leadership, 1933-2019”

Briitta van Staalduinen (Government)

“Ethnicity and social mobility in the welfare states of Europe”

Christopher Williams-Wynn (History of Art and Architecture)

“Critical systems: Conceptual art in a global information age, 1968-1980”

Madeleine Wolf (Romance Languages & Literatures)

“The Noise of the Text: Dissonance and Disruption in Nineteenth-Century French Literature”


Past Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipients

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