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UW-Madison Dissertation Fellowships

Each year, the Institute offers 4-6 internal, one-semester dissertation fellowships for UW-Madison graduate students in the humanities. Applications are by departmental nomination only. Funds donated for this purpose, mostly by former members of the Institute, support these fellowships; frequency of awards depends upon availability of funds. Dissertation fellows are expected to attend the weekly Institute seminars and to present their work at an Institute seminar. Informal and formal Institute exchanges, along with workshop and symposia, provide dissertation fellows with extended opportunities for engagement with faculty fellows across the humanities. Office space, photocopying, and some support services are available. Fellowships may not be deferred.


  • Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities. Open to graduate students in the humanities. Typically, 2-3 fellowships are awarded each year. IRH accepts nominations directly from departments; please contact your department administrator, chair, and/or graduate coordinator for department-specific requirements and deadlines.
  • William Coleman Dissertation Fellowship in History of Science. Open to graduate students in the Department of History's History of Science, Medicine, and Technology degree program. Fellowship awarded as funds become available. Typically, 1 fellowship is awarded each year.
      • Nominations are typically due to the IRH on March 1st in years in which competition is held, but department holds its own internal deadline for nominees. Please contact the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology program for more information. IRH will NOT be holding a Coleman fellowship competition for 2019-2020.
  • Robert J. Reinhold Dissertation Fellowship in Classics. Open to graduate students in the Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies Department. Fellowship awarded as funds become available. Typically, 1 fellowship is awarded each year.
      • Nominations are due to the IRH on March 1st in years in which competition is held, but department holds its own internal deadline for nominees. Please contact the CANES Department for more information. Check back in fall of 2018 for further information.

  • Madeleine Doran Dissertation Fellowship in English. Open to graduate students in the English Department. Fellowship awarded as funds become available. Typically, 1 fellowship is awarded each year.
      • Nominations are due to the IRH on March 1 in years in which competition is held, but department holds its own internal deadline for nominees. Please contact the English Department for more information. Check back in fall of 2018 for further information.