CLIR Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications for the Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in the Humanities in Original Sources.

The program will be offering about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships.

Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for 9–12 months.

Each fellow will receive an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting an acceptable report to CLIR on the research experience.

The maximum award will be $25,000.

Fellowship stipends will support research beginning between June 1st and September 1st, and ending within 12 months of commencing. Fellowships will not be renewed or extended.

Fellows are expected to devote full time to their dissertation research without holding teaching or research assistantships or undertaking other paid work.

Applicants may apply simultaneously for other fellowships, including Mellon awards, but fellows may not hold other fellowships simultaneously with CLIR's.

Fellows may use the stipends to meet living expenses, travel costs, and other expenses that enable dissertation research to be carried out, but not to defray tuition.

Applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens, but must be enrolled in a doctoral program in a graduate school in the United States.

The purposes of this fellowship program are to:

  • Help junior scholars in the humanities and related social-science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources;
  • Enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available;
  • Encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the U.S. and abroad; and provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.

    Council on Library and Information Resources 1755 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
    Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20036
    Email: mellon[at]

    Deadline: November 14th.

    For further information on eligibility and requirements, please visit; CLIR Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources Website