Call for Applications

Spring 2019 CSPW Dissertation Fellowship

Applications for spring 2019 CSPW Dissertation Fellowships are due by 11:59pm on Friday, September 28, 2018. Application materials should be emailed in PDF format to

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In spring 2019, the CSPW will provide funding for five to six graduate students beginning their dissertation research to participate in the CSPW Dissertation Fellowship Program. The goal of the weekly workshop is to help doctoral students  early in their dissertation projects to think about their work in comparative, premodern, global, and interdisciplinary ways. This will not be a credit-bearing course.

The workshop will be led by Katharine Gerbner, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. Professor Gerbner is the co-organizer of CSPW’s Early Modern Atlantic Workshop and has co-taught the Center for Early Modern History’s interdisciplinary seminar, “The Early Modern Archive.” Professor Gerbner’s scholarly interests include religion and race in the Atlantic World and exchange around categories including food, medicine, and spiritual practice.

The workshop will meet approximately weekly and will be structured around students’ developing research goals. The main role of the workshop leader will be to facilitate conversations with the students about their research. Additional course activities may include assigned readings, presentations, workshops and feedback sessions, and discussions with visiting scholars.  

Five to six applicants will be selected to receive fellowships to support their participation in the workshop (equivalent to a 50% graduate fellowship appointment for the semester), and attendance at workshop meetings will be mandatory for fellowship recipients. No other appointments may be held during the fellowship semester.

Dissertation topics do not necessarily need to be comparative or interdisciplinary  in order to benefit from the dissertation development workshop. It is our view that any dissertation project, even one focused on a very particular time, place, and disciplinary topic, can be enriched by thinking about it in a multi-disciplinary and comparative way.

This fellowship is designed for students at the beginning of their dissertation work. To be eligible, students must have passed their preliminary examinations by Jan. 1, 2019. Preference will be given to students who have completed or plan to complete their exams between September 2017 and December 2018.

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