Graduate Studies

Support for Graduate Student Research

Internal Departmental Grants for Research

The Department of History and Carnegie Mellon University support graduate student research in a variety of ways. Internal History Departmental sources of funding include small (average $500-750) grants from a Department Research Fund to (mainly) ABD students for short-term trips or conference presentations, by application and approval by the Graduate Studies Committee.

The Milton A. and Nancy D. Washington Fellowship in History

The Milton A. and Nancy D. Washington Fellowship in History provides financial support for a Carnegie Mellon History Department graduate student who

  • has overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantage or disabilities, or who is the first generation in the family to attend college; or
  • is a member of a group that is underrepresented at the university, such as African Americans; or
  • is studying African American history.

The fellowship awards a grant of $2,000 to the Washington Fellow each year for the first three years of the graduate career, as long as the student remains in good standing in the program. The funds are distributed in the summer following each academic year. The student may use the funds in any way he or she chooses, such as to pay rent or other living expenses or to fund travel to archives or academic conferences.

Applications for this fellowship should be kept completely separate from the online admissions document. Applicants for the Washington Fellowship should submit a brief statement (no more than a one double-spaced page) describing the nature of his or her eligibility for the scholarship, based on the criteria laid out above, to Tim Ruff, Graduate Coordinator, Department of History (truff@andrew.cmu.edu).

The Washington Fellowship is funded through a generous gift from Milton A. and Nancy D. Washington.

Note: Decisions about admission to the Graduate Program and decisions about the awarding of the Milton A. and Nancy D. Washington Fellowship are made completely separately. The Admissions Committee will have no access to applications for the Washington Fellowship until after it has made its admissions decisions.

University–level Fellowships and Grants

Presidential Fellowships

The Presidential fellowships, for which History PhD students are eligible, are of three types: two are awarded within Dietrich College; one is awarded within the entire university. The History Department and its graduate students are eligible for each Presidential Fellowship on a three-year rotation schedule. The competition for each will be announced in the spring before the History Department is eligible for that Presidential Fellowship.

I. William S. Dietrich II Presidential Fellowship
(awarded 2016-17 to History; next available for History students 2019-20)
  • Terms of the fellowship: the Wm. Dietrich Presidential Fellowship provides two semesters/one academic year of support; recipients are exempt from teaching responsibilities; they also receive some financial support during the summer.
  • Competitive Pool: other students in the History Department.
  • Eligibility: Any graduate student in the department who has ABD status can apply.
  • Research Stipulation: dissertation research/project must include a Big Data component (such as digital humanities methods/data) or Technology-Enhanced Learning component.
II. Dietrich College Humanities Presidential Fellowship
(will be awarded 2017-18 to a History student; next available to History 2020-21)
  • Terms of the fellowship: the Humanities Presidential Fellowship provides two semesters/one academic year of support; recipients are exempt from teaching responsibilities; they also receive some financial support during the summer.
  • Competitive Pool: other students in the History Department.
  • Eligibility: Any graduate student in the department who has ABD status can apply.
  • Research Stipulation: None.
III. University Presidential Fellowship
(History’s first eligibility year not yet announced)
  • Terms of the fellowship: the University Presidential Fellowship provides two semesters/one academic year of support; recipients are exempt from teaching responsibilities; they also receive some financial support during the summer.
  • Competitive Pool: students in a variety of departments in several colleges throughout the university.
  • Eligibility: Any graduate student in the department who has ABD status can apply.
  • Research Stipulation: None.
A.W. Mellon Graduate Fellowships in Digital Humanities (DH) and Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) at Carnegie Mellon University

Overview

Students nearing the end of their coursework are eligible to apply to become Mellon Fellows in Digital Humanities (DH) or Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL). The fellowship is designed to help students conceive and develop a DH or TEL research project. Fellows will receive one semester of teaching release and a full summer of support, during which they will develop the necessary skills for undertaking their proposed research. Fellows will present their research at an annual event. During their fellowship tenure, students will need to identify an advisor who will help them with their research.

Each of the departments in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences (English, History, Modern Languages, and Philosophy) will award a total of six Fellowships in either DH or TEL, spread over the academic years 2015-2016 through 2018-2019..

Selection Criteria & Process

Fellows will be selected by a committee within the student’s department, with input from the digital humanities specialist (for DH fellowships) or the Eberly Center director (for TEL fellowships). Awards will be announced mid-Fall-semester so Fellows have time to choose and register for relevant coursework for their DH or TEL project. As this fellowship is for students who are further along in their studies, candidates with previous digital skills and experience, or with a very clear capacity and self-motivation to learn quickly, will be given priority in selection. Students must be in good standing and may apply more than once.

The University offers funds for research through a competitive process through the GuSH fund. It also grants funds for conference presentations, by lottery.

External Sources of Support

We encourage students to apply for external grants, and work with them on grant-writing in the Research Seminar. In recent years, students have received grants from: the German Academic Exchange Service [DAAD], the Stephen F. Cohen - Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fund(CTDRF), Social Science Research Council [SSRC], Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, Bentley Historical Library; the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, John Carter Brown Library, Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Wisconsin Historical Society, German Historical Institute of Pennsylvania, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.