Dissertation Completion Fellowship

»The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics has decided to build on the strengths of its two-year postdoctoral program. To that end, it is running a competition for up to three postdoctoral fellowships for 2016-2017. This expanded competition will take the place, at least for this year, of the dissertation completion fellowships. For information on the postdoctoral program, please see here.

The John C. Danforth Center at Washington University in St. Louis is pleased to offer up to two fellowships in residence to support completion of a dissertation pertaining to religion and politics in the United States. At Washington University, fellows will devote their time to writing and will contribute to the intellectual life of the Center by participating in the Religion and Politics colloquium.

Compensation: Fellows will receive a stipend of $28,000 and a limited allowance for actual relocation expenses. Some funds may be available for professional travel. Fellows will be expected to continue their medical and other benefits through their home institutions.

Required Qualifications and Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program in religion, politics, history, American studies, anthropology, gender and sexuality, or another related field. They should be at work on a dissertation that is centrally concerned with historical or contemporary topics in the religious and political experience of the United States. By the time of application, prospective fellows should have received approval for the dissertation prospectus from their home institutions, satisfied all other requirements for doctoral candidacy, and must be prepared to complete their dissertation before the conclusion of the fellowship. The fellowship is for one year and is non-renewable.

Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and it especially encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. The fellowship is not open to students enrolled in a doctoral program at Washington University. Dissertation fellows are eligible to apply for the postdoctoral fellowship in the second year after completing the dissertation completion fellowship.

Application Instructions: Applicants must submit the following items to the Center at rap@wustl.edu by January 15, 2015.

·       A cover letter
·       A current curriculum vitae
·       A 500-word description of the dissertation and its current state of progress
·       A copy of the approved dissertation prospectus
·       A writing sample from the dissertation, not to exceed 3,000 words.

Please also arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the Center. One of these letters should come from the applicant’s dissertation advisor and should address the applicant’s timeline for completing the dissertation. Letters of recommendation are due by email January 15, 2015.

Invitations to fellows for 2015-2016 will be announced by March 1, 2015.

For more information, please contact the Center at (314) 935-9345 or rap@wustl.edu.