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Three UT Austin History Graduate Students Awarded Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

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posted: Thursday May 1, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas – The American Council of Learned Societies has awarded three UT Austin history scholars with a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2014- 2015 academic year.

This year, 64 fellowships were awarded to advanced graduate students pursuing promising and ambitious doctoral research from 32 universities and more than a dozen humanistic disciplines. Fellows were selected from a highly competitive pool of nearly 1,000 applicants through a rigorous, multi-stage peer-review process.

“This fellowship program intervenes at a critical juncture in a scholar’s professional development,” says Matthew Goldfeder, director of fellowship programs at the American Council of Learned Societies. “It aims to support fellows in the final year of dissertation writing as they improve the project that will form the basis of their early postdoctoral research agenda and publications.”

Recipients will receive a $30,000 stipend plus additional funds for research support and university fees, helping to ensure that they are able to focus on completing the dissertation.

The fellows are:

  • Benjamin Breen 
    Tropical Transplantations: Drugs, Nature, and Globalization in the Portuguese and British Empires, 1640-1750
  • Brian Stauffer 
    Victory on Earth or in Heaven: Religion, Reform, and Rebellion in Michoacán Mexico, 1869-1877
  • Isabel Huacuja Alonso 
    Radio for the Millions: Hindi-Urdu Broadcasting at the Crossroads of Empire

The program also hosts an intensive job market seminar to better equip fellows to embark on their postgraduate careers. Now in its eighth year, the program is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Go to this website for more information.

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