Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Funding Agency:
American Council of Learned Societies

ACLS invites applications for Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2021. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.

ACLS will award 65 fellowships in this competition for a one-year term beginning between June and September 2020 for the 2020-21 academic year. The fellowship may be carried out in residence at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. These fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.

The total award of up to $43,000 includes a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. In addition to the monetary support that the fellowship offers, Dissertation Completion Fellows may apply to participate in a seminar on preparing for the academic job market. The seminar takes place over three days in the fall of the fellowship year.

Deadline: Oct. 23, 2019

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • be PhD candidates in a humanities or social science department in the United States. (1)
  • have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation (i.e., obtained ABD status) by the application deadline.
  • be no more than six years into the degree program at the time of application. This includes time spent earning an MA within that program. (2)
  • not currently hold or have previously held a dissertation completion fellowship.
  • have not previously applied for this fellowship more than once.



Amount Description

  • Stipend: $30,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000

Funding Type


Duke Awardees


  • Anita N. Bateman; Art, Art History & Visual Studies - Ethiopia in Focus: Photography, Nationalism, Diaspora, and Modernization
  • Nicolas Sanchez; Romance Studies - The Minted-City: Money, Value, and Crises of Representation in Nineteenth-Century Colombia, 1825-1903
  • Farren Yero; History - Laboratories of Consent: Vaccine Science in the Spanish Atlantic World, 1779-1840



  • Matthew Elia; Religious Studies - Ethics in the Afterlife of Slavery: Race, Augustinian Politics, and the Problem of the Christian Master



  • Magdalena Kolodziej (Art, Art History and Visual Studies) Empire at the Exhibition: The Imperial Art World of Modern Japan, 1907-1945
  • Matthew Omelsky (English) Fugitive Time: Black Culture and Utopian Desire
  • Elena Turevon (Cultural Anthropology) Devil in the Water, Lights on the Mountain: Anthroposcenes from Andean Peru


  • Sonia Hazard (Religion, Duke University) The Touch of the Word: Evangelical Cultures of Print in Antebellum America
  • Marina Magloire (English, Duke University) Whosoever Doubts My Power: Conjuring Feminism in the Interwar Black Diaspora


Grad/Prof Students


Arts & Humanities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

October 23, 2019