Robert W. Little Graduate Fellowship in History

The Robert W. Little Graduate Fellowship in History is a competitive annual fellowship that awards an advanced Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History one year's funding for dissertation research and writing.

Applying for the Little Fellowship

The Little Graduate Fellowship is intended to provide support to Ph.D. candidates who have already made progress toward completing the dissertation.

The application deadline for the 2018-2019 Little Fellowship was March 16, 2018.


Candidate Criteria:

  • Completed all coursework
  • Passed all comprehensive exams
  • Met the two foreign language requirement
  • Has an approved dissertation prospectus

Application Materials:

  • Letter of application that addresses the four points above and that presents an outline of the work plan and goals that the candidate has for the fellowship year (such as research, compilation/analysis of primary source material, and/or writing—number of chapters)
  • Copy of the approved dissertation prospectus
  • Two letters of recommendation: one letter must come from the primary faculty mentor and one from another faculty member

Expectations of the Little Fellow:

  • The successful candidate will devote herself or himself full-time (i.e. no teaching except during summer) to their dissertation during the academic year.
  • The Little Fellow will be expected to enroll in one credit of dissertation research each semester, paid out of the stipend.
  • Fellows will demonstrate progress made on the dissertation by emailing the Graduate Director a two-page interim report in December that details the specific research/writing goals achieved during the fall semester. This report will be used as the basis to disburse the fellowship payment for the spring semester.
  • By early May, the Little Fellow will submit (via email) a second two-page report to the Graduate Director, summarizing the progress made in the dissertation during the spring semester.