MacMillan Center Fellowships to Advance Graduate Student Research

May 18, 2016

The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale announces that it will guarantee an international research fellowship to all Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences in the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Beginning in Summer 2016, all registered Ph.D. students in the Graduate School’s programs in the humanities and social sciences will be eligible to receive up to $18,000 through a MacMillan International Dissertation Research Fellowship to support their field research.

“The International Dissertation Research Fellowships underscore the MacMillan Center’s strong commitment to student research and graduate education,” said Ian Shapiro, Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center, and Sterling Professor of Political Science. “There is an ever-increasing student demand for year-round opportunities for international research, education, and experience. These fellowships are vital to students because they enable them to pursue international independent research projects that contribute to their own education and that of their peers and faculty.”

“The MacMillan Center’s guarantee of international dissertation research fellowships to eligible doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences represents a real ‘game changer’ for our students, making possible the development and realization of often difficult and expensive international research leading towards the degree and beyond,” said Lynn Cooley, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; C. N. H. Long Professor of Genetics; and Professor of Cell Biology and of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. “The Graduate School is extremely grateful for this extraordinary expansion of the Center’s already considerable commitment to graduate student education and scholarship.”

Fellowships can contribute to the cost of travel, research, and living expenses consistent with the standard of living in their research site. To accommodate dissertation prospectus schedules, two application deadlines are offered: May 1, 2016 – for dissertation research during summer 2016 and academic year 2016-2017; November 1, 2016 – for dissertation research during academic year 2016-2017. To apply, graduate students must have completed all pre-dissertation requirements and have an approved dissertation prospectus before the deadline.

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For more than a half-century, the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale and its precursors have served as the University’s focal point for teaching and research on cultures, languages, societies, institutions, and practices around the world. It draws its strength by tapping the interests and combining the intellectual resources of Yale’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and of Yale’s twelve professional schools.