CLIR-Mellon Dissertation Research Fellowship on original sources

By Noreen Balos, Funding Peer
Wednesday, November 01, 2017 10:22 AM

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources.

The program offers about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships a year in amounts up to $25,000. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for periods ranging from 9-12 months. Each fellow receives an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting a report acceptable to CLIR on the research experience.

Humanities and related social sciences can include: anthropology, area studies, art and architectural history, classics, comparative literature, critical theory, cultural studies, drama, dance or theater, economic history, ethnic studies, history, history and philosophy of mathematics, history and philosophy of science and medicine, language and cultural linguistics, literature in any language, music history, musicology, philosophy, political theory, religion (exclusive of theological training for the ministry), rhetoric, sociology, women's studies, and interdisciplinary studies in any of the aforementioned.


  • records, documents, manuscripts, and other written material;
  • photographs, films, sound recordings, oral histories, and other audiovisual material;
  • maps, blueprints, drawings, and other graphic material;
  • library special collections, including books used as primary, not secondary, sources;
  • original artwork, artifacts, and museum objects; and
  • born-digital sources such as databases, websites, wikis, and blogs.

An applicant may be of any nationality but must be enrolled in a U.S. graduate school and be studying here, not on a campus abroad, even if operated by a U.S. institution.


December 4, 2017, 5 p.m. EST