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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.

2019 Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipients

Briitta van Staalduinen is a 2019 Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipient.

Past Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipients

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.

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.