Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources

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The Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources is sponsored by the Andrew W Mellon Fellowships, headed by Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) . Under this Fellowship program awards are annually awarded to deserving outstanding scholars irrespective of their nationality for organising humanities studies.

Objectives of Mellon Fellowship

Prime aims of this scholarship program are stated below:

  • Help young scholars in humanities and associated fields of social sciences acquire relevant skill and creative knowledge from sources, which are original in nature.
  • Enable scholars to do research work for dissertation papers by studying original sources.
  • Accelerate in depth and novel methods of study from original works housed in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies and repositories spread across the USA and abroad.
  • Circulate innovative ideas from the perspective of doctoral candidates as to how the resources for scholars can be used easily in future.

The monetary reward associated with each Mellon Fellowship is $ 1,600 per month for 8 − 12 months. For taking part in symposiums on research in original sources, scholars are given $ 800. For submitting a well-compiled research report to CLIR scholars are given a maximum award of $ 20,000. All these awards will cover a stipend and expenses incurred on account of organising research work.

Last date to file applications is 15th November every year and on 1st February every year the official notification is posted on the website. Only candidates who are interested to complete doctoral work in humanities must apply for this fellowship award, as this is the eligibility criterion. The other eligibility criterion is that the scholar must have official enrolment in a doctoral program in the US and be in a position to complete a dissertation during the award period.


  • Susan Perry, Director of Programs, Andrew W Mellon Foundation, 1755, Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036
  • Phone: 202 − 939 − 4750
  • Email: sperry@mtholyoke. edu
  • Link: clir. org