Grant of the Week: U.S. Army Center of Military History Dissertation Fellowships


To encourage and support the production of dissertations in military history by qualified graduate students, the Center offers up to two Dissertation Fellowships each academic year. These fellowships carry a $10,000 stipend and access to the Center’s facilities and technical expertise. Although the history of war on land is broadly defined in the fellowship program, the selection of winners gives preference to topics on the history of the U.S. Army.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants who wish to become Fellows must be civilian citizens of the United States unaffiliated with the U.S. government; that is, they must not be military personnel, not in federal service as civilian employees, and not under contract to the U.S. government.
They must demonstrate their professional potential by submitting the following:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended
  • A proposed plan of research
  • A letter of recommendation from their academic director that includes a statement approving the dissertation topic
  • Two other letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to their qualifications for the fellowship
  • A writing sample of approximately 25 pages. (Please submit an entire piece rather than a fragment.)

Applicants must have completed by September all requirements for the Ph.D. degree, except for the dissertation . Any student who has held or accepted an equivalent fellowship from any other Department of Defense agency is not eligible for these awards. Individuals who accept a Center of Military History fellowship may not accept a fellowship from any other institution for a period concurrent with the Center’s fellowship.

For more information about the fellowship, please visit their website.

For information on other grants and prizes in history, see the “Awards and Fellowships” section of the AHA Calendar.

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