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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.

2018 Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipients

Aleksandr Bierig (Architecture, Landscape & Urban Planning)

“The Ashes of the City: Energy, Economy, and the London Coal Exchange”

Maxim Botstein (History)

“Schools of Democracy: The Transformation of the University in West Germany 1945-1968”

Kelly Brignac (History)

“African Indentured Labor and Slavery in the French Empire, 1822 to 1861”

Duygu Demir (History, Theory, and Criticism of Art and Architecture, MIT)

“A Syncretic Modernism: Articulations of Painting in Turkey 1933-1964”

Igor Ekstajn (Architecture, Landscape & Urban Planning)

“Nature and Planning in the European Southeast, 1850 – 1970”

Hayley Fenn (Music)

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

Sarah Grandin (History of Art & Architecture)

“To Scale: Manufacturing Grandeur in The Age of Louis XIV”

Aleksandra Kudryashova (Germanic Languages & Literatures)

“Politics of the Reel: Urban Imagination and Production of Public Space in East and West Berlin”

Boram Lee (Government)

“The Political Logic of Strange Coalitions: Origins of Post Materialist Issue Linkages in Trade Agreements in America and Europe”

Brendan McElroy (Government)

“Peasants and Parliaments: Agrarian Reform in Eighteenth Century Europe”

Andreja Siliunas (Social Policy)

“Post-Soviet Graffiti Wars: Decisions to Produce, Commission, Deter, and Remove Graffiti in Urban Lithuania”

Rixt Woudstra (History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture, MIT)

“Housing a Continent: Modern Architecture, Welfare and Segregation in British Africa (1945-1960s)”

Armanc Yildiz (Anthropology)

“Producing Sexuality, Race, and Value through Refugee Integration in Germany”

Past Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipients