The Founders’ Dissertation Fellowship is an annual $1000 award to a graduate student who shows promise of significant contributions to historical scholarship. Funds from these Awards may be used for purposes directly or indirectly related to the dissertation, such as expenses for research, attendance of scholarly conferences, and the preparation of the dissertation.

Applicants to the Founders’ Dissertation Fellowship must be current members of WAWH when they submit their application. Current WAWH board members are not eligible to apply. Applicants for the fellowship may apply for it more than once but may win only once. All recipients shall be graduate students engaged in scholarship that is historical in nature, although the degree may be in related fields, have been advanced to candidacy, and are writing the dissertation at the time of application. They should expect the Ph.D. no earlier than December of the calendar year in which the award is made.

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