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2016/2017 Warren Center Graduate Student Fellows Program

Application deadline: January 29, 2016

The Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities invites applications for seven 2016- 2017 Graduate Student Fellowships. These awards are designed to support innovation and excellence in graduate student research. These residential awards will offer graduate students in the humanities and the social sciences in the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University a service-free year of support to enable full-time work on the dissertation.

Each award will include tuition, student health insurance coverage*, a stipend of $24,250, a research budget of $2,000, and affiliation with the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. The competition is open to those students in the humanities and qualitative social sciences in the College of Arts and Science whose dissertation director and Director of Graduate Studies approve a timetable for the dissertation's completion by August 2017. One fellowship is funded by the American Studies Program and hence is designated to support a graduate student whose dissertation research is in the area of American Studies.

During the fellowship year, students will be expected to dedicate themselves full-time to dissertation research and writing. They may not be supported by other funds--with the exception of a Dissertation Enhancement Award--or hold other employment, including any type of teaching, during the course of the award: September 1, 2016-May 30, 2017. As part of their affiliation with the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Fellows will be integrated into the center's interdisciplinary scholarly community through participation in a weekly seminar, occasional seminars with visiting speakers, and special events. As the capstone of their fellowship experience, each Fellow will present a public lecture through the Warren Center in the spring semester.

Applications for this award must be submitted via our online application system  by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2016 .

Note that we are updating our application process, so students who have already downloaded forms from our website previously may still use those to apply for this year. Graduate students may only apply once for this fellowship. Each application must include:

1) The candidate's curriculum vitae.

2) A dissertation description of no more than five single-spaced pages, including an account of the dissertation's original contribution to the field.

3) Two letters of recommendation (including one from the dissertation director) that address the candidate's qualifications for the award and his or her ability to finish the dissertation during the fellowship year.  The letter writers may also wish to address how the candidate's work would fit into an interdisciplinary graduate student seminar.  Letters should be sent directly to the Warren Center by the recommenders.

4) A completed recommendation form from the Director of Graduate Studies, available here .  The completed form should be sent directly to the Warren Center by the DGS.


Applicants will be notified when their applications have been received and will be notified of the fellowship outcome by the end of March.

For any questions, please contact the Warren Center's executive director, Mona Frederick, at, or 615-343-6060.


University Tuition Scholarships are service-free awards that pay all or part of tuition costs. The following graduate awards are normally supplemented by a full University Tuition Scholarship, which usually includes student health insurance coverage: University Fellowships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Assistantships, Traineeships, and Teacher Training Awards.