Mellon-Ces Dissertation Completion Fellowships

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Recent Awardees - Dissertation Completion Fellowship



Dissertation Completion Fellowships Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


Christopher Bowen (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Music History)

“We Shall Remain Faithful: The Village Mode in Czech Opera, 1866-1928”


Paula Burleigh (City University of New York, Graduate Center, Art History)

“The Labyrinth, the Monolith and the Cave: Archaic Forms in Utopia Projects in Europe, 1958-1972”


Carol Ferrara (Boston University, Anthropology)

“Piety Amidst Secular Pluralism: Pious Muslims’ and Catholics’ Negotiation of Religious Identity and Ethical Plurality in Modern France”


Samantha Fox (Columbia University, Anthropology)

“Eisenhüttenstadt: The Social and Material Effects of Remarking Urban Environments”


Christopher Gillett (Brown University, History)

“Catholicism and the Making of Revolutionary Ideologies in the British Atlantic, 1630-1673”


Dana Johnson (University Massachusetts, Amherst, Anthropology)

“What Will You Do Here? Dignified Work and Politics of Mobility in Serbia”


Andrea Recek (University of North Texas, Music History

“Constructing Identity Through Liturgy: Devotion to the Saints in Medieval Aquitaine”


 William Skidmore (Rice University, History)

“Informed Activism: Abolitionist Information Networks and the Origins of the Global Antislavery Movement, 1831-1890”


Sarah Watson (University of Pennsylvania, English)

“Woman, Reading, and Literary Culture: The Reception of Christine de Pizan in Fifteenth-Century England”


Lorraine Weekes (Stanford University, Anthropology)

“Digitizing Nation-State: Citizenship, the Nation, and Sovereignty in e-Estonia”



Dissertation Completion Fellowships Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

David Baillargeon(University of California, Santa Barbara; History)
"A Burmese Wonderland: British World Mining, Finance, and Governmentality in Colonial Burma, 1879-1935"
Megan Brown(CUNY Graduate Center; History)
"A Eurafrican Future: France, Algeria, and the Treaty of Rome (1951-1975)"
Lindsey Chappell(Rice University; English)
"Temporal Forms in the Nineteenth-Century British Mediterranean"
Ashley Elrod(Duke University; History)
"Waste Not: Wastefulness, Reason, and Disability in Germany"
Ana Isabel Keilson (Columbia University; History of Dance)
"Making Dance Knowledge: Politics and Modern Dance in Germany, 1890 - 1927"
Pavel Khazanov(University of Pennsylvania; Comparative Literature)
"Once Upon a Time, Before the Revolution: Pre-Soviet Russia in Late-Soviet Culture, and the Post-Soviet Condition"
Dianne Mitchell (University of Pennsylvania; English)
"Unfolding Verse: Poetry as Correspondence in Early Modern England"
Basit Hammad Qureshi(University of Minnesota; History)
"Crusade, Crisis, and Statecraft in Latin Christendom: The Case of Fulk V of Anjou (1090-1143)"


Andrew Ruoss(Duke University; History)
"Competitive Collaboration: Forging Global Corporate Political Economy (1650-1700)"
Jonathan Sherry(University of Pittsburgh; History)
"Stalinism on trial: the Soviet Union, Republican legality, and the performance of justice in the Spanish Civil War"

Shira Shmu'ely(Massachusetts Institute of Technology; History)
"The Sentient Being: Law, Vivisection and the Question of Animal Pain in Britain 1876-1906"


Dissertation Completion Fellowships Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Ivan Cangemi(University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Art and Archeology; Anthropology)
"A Scale-Free, Transactional Approach to Sociopolitical Development in Late-Prehistoric Central Tyrrhenian Italy"
Jennifer Cohen(University of Chicago; Art History)
"The Artist as Consumer: Paris Surrealism and and its Avant-Garde Economies"
Rebecca Fall(Northwestern University; English)- Honorary Award
"Common Nonsense: Semantics and Social Place in Renaissance England"
Ella Fratantuono(Michigan State University; History)
"Negotiated Integration: Muslim Migrants in the Making of the Late Ottoman Empire"
David Harrisville (University of Wisconsin, Madison; History)
"Unholy Crusade: The Moral Economy of the Wehrmacht in Russia, 1941-44"
Matthew Mangold(Rutgers University; Comparative Literature)
"Chekhov’s Medical Aesthetics: Environments, Psychology, and Literature"
Abigail Newman(Princeton University; Art and Archeology)
"Flanders Abroad: The Flemish Artistic Presence in 17th-Century Madrid"
Joseph Viscomi(University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Anthropology and History)
"Fuori Tempo/Out of Time: The End of the Italian Communities in Egypt, 1933-1967"
Jennifer Wells(Brown University; History)
"Prelude to Empire: English State-Building in Cromwellian Ireland and Scotland and its Global Repercussions, 1649-1688"
Ann Zimo(University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; History)
"Muslims in the Landscape: A Social Map of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in the 13th Century"


Dissertation Completion Fellowships Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Luciana Aenasoaie(University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Anthropology and History) - Honorary Award
"Altering Spaces: Memory, Acquaintances, and Marginality in Romanian Transformation Discourses"
Steven Cody(University of Maryland, College Park; Art History and Archaeology)
"Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530) and the Art of Reform"
C.F.S. Creasy(University of California, Berkeley; English)
"An Aesthetics of Things Passed Over, 1857-1953"
Colleen Cusick(CUNY Graduate Center; English)
"Playing With Matches: Marital Manipulation and the Courtship Plot in the Long Nineteenth Century"
Isabel Gabel(Columbia University; History)
"‘Foyers of Heresy’: Molecular Visions and the Philosophy of History in France, 1930-1979"
Leah Goldman (University of Chicago; History)
"Art of Intransigence: Soviet Composers and Art Music Censorship, 1945-1957"
MayaLisa Holzman(University of Wisconsin, Madison; History)
"The Front Within: The Soviet Partisan Movement, the Komsomol, and the Ideological War on the Eastern Front, 1941-1944"
Alexandria Kotoch(University of Texas, Austin; Art History)
"Seeing is Behaving: Frau Welt and the Fürst der Welt, Art and Moral Messages in the Rhineland ca. 1300"
Olivia Sabee(Johns Hopkins/SAIS; German and Romance Languages and Literatures)
"Ballet d'action to ballet-pantomime: dance, text, and narrative in French ballet, 1734-1830"
Anicia Timberlake(University of California, Berkeley; Music)
"Negotiating Traditions: Emotions and Reason, Individuality and Collectivity in Children's Music Education in the German Democratic Republic"
Murat Yildiz(University of California, Los Angeles; History)
"Strengthening Male Bodies and Building Robust Communities: Physical Culture in the Late Ottoman Empire"


Dissertation Completion Fellowships Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Elizabeth Andrews (University of California, Irvine; History)
"The Diffusion of Ideas in an Enlightenment Information Network: Letters to the Editor in Eighteenth Century French Newspapers, 1770-1791"
Nimisha Barton(Princeton University; History)
"Foreign Affairs, Family Matters: Gender and Acculturation in Paris, 1914-1940"
Jennifer Carlson(University of Texas, Austin; Anthropology)
"Farmers of Energy: Cultivating Post-Carbon Publics in Northern Germany"
Philippe Duhart(University of California, Los Angeles; Sociology)
"Between Bullets and Ballots: Disengaging From Terrorism in Northern Ireland and the Basque Country"
Ruth Erickson(University of Pennsylvania; History of Art and Architecture)
"'Assembling Social Forms': The Sociological Art Movement in Post-1968 France"
Diana Georgescu(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; History)
"'Ceau┼čescu’s Children': The Making and Unmaking of Romania’s Last Socialist Generation (1965-2005)"
Burleigh Hendrickson(Northeastern University; History)
"Imperial Fragments and Transnational Activism: 1968(s) in Tunisia, France, and Senegal"
Akasemi Newsome(University of California, Berkley; Political Science)
"The Representation of Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities by Labor Unions in Europe"
Elana Resnick(University of Michigan, Ann Harbor; Anthropology)
"Nothing Ever Perishes: A Study of Social, Economic, and Political Change (and Stasis) through the Exploration of 'Waste' in Bulgaria"
Robert Whitaker(University of Texas, Austin; History)
"Policing Globalization: The Imperial Origins of International Police Cooperation, 1918-1960"


Grants & Awards

Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Dedicated to supporting cutting-edge research on Europe and European affairs, the Council for European Studies (CES) offers a variety of fellowships, grants, and awards. In particular, CES is a major funder of dissertation research and early career development for academics and policy specialists working on Europe. CES awards prizes to scholars whose work has significantly advanced the field of European Studies in order to recognize and encourage outstanding scholarly work on Europe. 



Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship provides a $27,500 stipend paid in six (6) bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year to scholars on the brink of completing their dissertation, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees. Learn more...


Alliance-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Alliance-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship provides a $4,500 stipend to promising graduate students from Alliance Member Institutions to fund two months’ travel to Europe to conduct the exploratory phase of a projected dissertation project. Learn more... 


Harriman-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Harriman-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship, co-sponsored by The Harriman Institute and the Council for European Studies (CES), for Columbia University graduate students includes a $5,000 stipend and travel support for attending and presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists. Learn more...

SAE-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship
The Society for the Anthropology of Europe (SAE) and the Council for European Studies (CES) invite eligible graduate students with a focus on European Anthropology to apply for the Anthropology of Europe Pre-Dissertation Fellowship for a $5000 stipend to fund two months' study in Europe. Learn more...


Awards & Prizes

European Studies Book Award

The European Studies Book Award is awarded every two years and honors the best first book on any subject in European Studies published within a two-year period. The winning author receives $1,000 and travel assistance to attend the conference and award ceremony. Learn more...


European Studies First Article Prize

The European Studies First Article Prize honors the writers of the best first articles on
European Studies published within a two-year period. Each prize winner received $500 and public recognition on the Council's website and publications. Learn more...



European Studies Undergraduate Project Prize

The European Studies Undergraduate Project Prize is designed to encourage interest in the field of European Studies by rewarding talented undergraduates who have conducted original research in the field. Learn more...




CES Conference Travel Grants

CES Conference Travel Grants support trans-continental travel for junior faculty and graduate students already scheduled to present at the Council's International Conference of Europeanists. Those who are awarded a CES Conference Travel Grant will receive a cash grant of $500 and a waiver of their registration fee. Learn more...

CES Small Event Grants

CES Small Event Grants support workshops, lectures, symposia and other small events that share research on Europe with a wider community. Individuals affiliated with CES member institutions are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $300 to $1500. Learn more...




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