Fellowships for Stanford Graduate Students

The Stanford Humanities Center awards three highly selective fellowships for Stanford doctoral students in the humanities and the interpretive social sciences: the SHC Dissertation Prize fellowship; the Mellon Dissertation fellowship (in collaboration with the School of Humanities and Sciences); and the SHC Career Launch fellowship.

For information about graduate fellowships awarded by the Center for Spatial & Textual Analysis (CESTA), please visit their page

Please note: beginning in fall 2021, the application deadline for all three fellowships will be the same day in early January. Graduate students may apply to the SHC Dissertation Prize/Mellon Dissertation fellowships or the Career Launch fellowship but not DP/Mellon and CLF in the same application cycle. 

The SHC Dissertation Prize fellowships and Mellon Foundation Dissertation fellowships are awarded to advanced graduate students who are completing their dissertations. SHC Dissertation Prize fellows are required to spend the academic year in physical residence at the Humanities Center (Fall/Winter/Spring quarters). The campus residency obligations for Mellon dissertation fellows are solely those set by their dean/department. Students submit one application to be considered for one or both of these two fellowships. The application cycle for these fellowships opens in August each year, with a deadline in early January.

For more information and to apply, please see the SHC Dissertation Prize fellowships and Mellon Foundation Dissertation fellowships application page.

The SHC Career Launch Fellowship (inaugural cohort 2021-22) supports Stanford graduate students in year 7 or above whose work demonstrates accomplished work of the highest distinction and the promise of future achievement. These fellowships are intended to serve as a bridge between the end of the university’s formal support and the transition to a postdoctoral fellowship or faculty position. In addition to completing the dissertation, fellows pursue professional development part-time during one quarter (e.g., teach a course connected to the fellow’s research profile, develop skills in the digital humanities, engage closely with a public humanities initiative, or another endeavor of the fellow’s choosing).
The application cycle for this fellowship opens in August of each year, with a deadline in early January.

For more information and to apply, please see the SHC Career Launch Fellowship application page.

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I was delighted by the tight-knit and collegial community that I found at the SHC. After spending so long at Stanford as a graduate student, these new-found connections came as something of a surprise to me.

Jeff and Sara Small Career Launch Fellow
Department of English, Stanford University
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