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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.
      • Nominations were due to the IRH on February 14, 2019, but each individual department holds their own internal deadline for nominees. Please contact your department for more information. Nominees were informed of the status of their application in March 2019. Check back in late summer for 2019-2020 application form.
  • 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. Typically, 1 fellowship is awarded each year.
      • Applications are due on March 1 in years in which competition is held, but each individual department holds their own internal deadline for nominees. Please contact the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology program for more information. Check back in late summer for 2019-2020 application form.
  • 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.
      • Nominations are due to the IRH on March 1 in years in which competition is held, but each individual department holds their own internal deadline for nominees. Please contact the CANES Department for more information.

  • Madeleine Doran Dissertation Fellowship in English. Open to graduate students in the English Department. Fellowship awarded as funds become available.
      • Nominations are due to the IRH on March 1 in years in which competition is held, but each individual department holds their own internal deadline for nominees. Please contact the English Department for more information.