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Fellowships and Research Opportunities

The McNeil Center offers several pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships each year; most are for a term of nine months, beginning 1 September. Advanced graduate students from any PhD-granting institution who are in the dissertation research or writing stage are eligible to compete for these fellowships, which are open to scholars in any discipline for projects focusing on North America and the Caribbean before 1850. Proposals reliant on research in Philadelphia-area archives and libraries are especially welcome. For details on fellowships and application instructions, click here. The online submission deadline for applications will be 1 February 2019.

The Center also offers a two-year Barra Postdoctoral Fellowship, to recent recipients of the Ph.D and a Barra Sabbatical Fellowship to scholars on leave from a tenured or tenure-track faculty position. The online submission deadline for applications for the term beginning 1 July 2019 is 1 November 2018. For details and application instructions, click here.

In addition, the McNeil Center annually appoints a number of non-stipendiary Research Associates. This service is offered to qualified scholars—at either the pre- or post-doctoral level—visiting Philadelphia for three months or longer who wish to join our activities and are capable of providing their own financial support. Research Associates are provided with access to the University of Pennsylvania libraries and, when space permits, office facilities at the Center. For further information, contact the McNeil Center