Humanities Dissertation Fellowship

The NeMLA Humanities Dissertation Fellowship was created to offset the living expenses of qualified NeMLA graduate student members and enable high quality research while they complete their dissertation. 

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About the Fellowship

The Northeast Modern Language Assoication Humanities Dissertation Fellowship provides financial support to qualified NeMLA graduate student members in their final year of writing the dissertation. The fellowship amount is $5000 per award.

Applicants must have ABD status (completed all course work, passed all preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposals). Students who already hold a fellowship for writing a dissertation from their own or another institution are not eligible.

The award is open to applicants in all fields of study in the humanities. Scholars engaged in researching gender, class, race, or environmental issues are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be NeMLA members, and preference will be given to scholars who have engaged the profession outside of their own institutional affiliations (e.g. by attending regional, national, or international conferences).

Application Information

Submit your application materials by email as Microsoft Word attachments to
  • "NeMLA Dissertation Fellowship" in the subject line
  • A two-page (single-spaced) description of the dissertation project including a timeline to completion
  • CV
  • Two letters from dissertation committee advisors on university letterhead, supporting the proposed project (these may be sent separately by advisors or together with the application)

The application deadline for the 2024 NeMLA Humanities Dissertation Fellowship is September 1, 2023.


  • Applicants must be NeMLA members at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be ABD and in their final year of writing the dissertation.
  • Applicants must not already hold any other fellowship for writing the dissertation nor have received a NeMLA research fellowship within the past three years.
  • NeMLA Humanities Dissertation Fellows are selected on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; time to degree; and active commitment to the profession at large.

Terms of Award

  • Acknowledgement of the NeMLA Humanities Dissertation Fellowship must be included in any publication resulting from the sponsored research.