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Call for Applications: Spring 2021 CSPW Dissertation Workshop Fellowship

Apply by October 9th to become a 2021 CSPW Dissertation Workshop Fellow
September 10, 2020

Applications for Spring 2021 CSPW Dissertation Fellowships are due by 11:59pm on Friday, October 9, 2020. Application materials should be emailed in PDF format to

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In spring 2021, the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World (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 think about their work in comparative, premodern, global, and interdisciplinary ways. This is not a credit-bearing course.
The workshop will be led by Katharine Gerbner, Associate 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 weekly one afternoon per week for two hours 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 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). Attendance at all workshop meetings is expected (virtual participation is acceptable and may be a necessity) 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 be able to register for Advanced Doctoral Status in Spring Semester 2021. This includes the completion of exams and research credits to achieve this status. Preference will be given to students who have completed or plan to complete their exams between September 2019 and January 2021.