Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies

Funding Agency:
Council for European Studies

The Council for European Studies (CES) invites eligible graduate students in the humanities to apply for the 2021-22 Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies. Each fellowship includes a $27,500 stipend, paid in six (6) bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees.  

Winners of the Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships will also be expected to participate in a number of activities organized by the Council for European Studies, which are designed to support early career development. These activities include: presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists, hosted by the Council for European Studies; publishing in and working as an editorial fellow for CES’ online journal, EuropeNow; and participating in several digital and in-person career development seminars and/or workshops.

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are intended to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage graduate students in the humanities. Applicants must:

  • be ABD (year 5 and above) at the start of the fellowship year;
  • be a US citizen or green card holder;
  • have no more than one full year of dissertation work remaining at the start of the fellowship year as certified by his or her dissertation advisor;
  • be enrolled at a higher education institution in the US that is a member of the Council for European Studies Academic Consortium. Students whose universities are not currently members of the CES consortium may apply, but they are encouraged to apply early in the application season so that every effort may be made to enroll the institution in the CES member consortium and, thus, establish the student's eligibility by the application deadline.

The applicant must also have exhausted the dissertation completion funding normally provided by his or her academic department or university for the coming academic year (applicants who still have a potential to receive funding from their institution for the fellowship year are not eligible to apply). He or she must be working on a topic within or substantially overlapping European Studies. 



Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Arts & Humanities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 15, 2021