The George Washington University's Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) will sponsor a Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Contemporary History for 2009-2010. Applicants need to have completed archival research for their dissertation in two or more countries and be at the final writing stage of their dissertation. The Fellow must be in residence at IERES from September 2009 through June 2010 and will be provided with an office and computer. The Fellow will also help IERES Director Hope M. Harrison administer several workshops that train Ph.D. candidates to conduct archival research. The award will offer support in the amount of $25,000 per year, plus benefits.


- Applicants must be in the writing stage of their dissertation after having conducted significant archival research in at least two countries.
- Applicants must be writing a dissertation on contemporary history in the field of history, political science, anthropology, sociology or a related discipline.
- Applicants must be an enrolled advanced graduate student at a U.S. University.


All applications are reviewed by a GWU faculty panel that rewards clarity of argument and method and the originality of the research and the argument. All proposals are expected to meet high levels of academic merit and to make a significant contribution in the applicant's field. In addition, applicants should highlight their experience conducting archival research and any relevant program administration work.


Please submit an 8-10 page proposal, a curriculum vitae, and a letter of recommendation from a member of your dissertation committee.

Deadline for all fellowship applications is February 10, 2009. Applications should be sent (ATTN: Pre-doctoral Application) by e-mail to or regular mail to: Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, ATTN: Pre-doctoral Application, 1957 E Street NW, Suite 412,Washington , DC 20052.