Department Summer Research Grants

There is an annual competition for funds to support students who take advantage of special study opportunities away from campus or who wish to conduct predissertation explorations of research sites or to do other kinds of preliminary dissertation-related work.

Special Study awards are intended to assist students who wish to take advantage of educational opportunities away from campus. These include such things as specialized workshops, summer courses in advanced methods, courses in which exotic languages are taught, or other forms of specialized training entailing fees and/or travel expenses.

Predissertation awards are intended for students at the beginning of their doctoral research who would materially benefit from an opportunity to explore research sites, arrange for access to archives or collections, or otherwise conduct pilot or sample studies. The program is particularly targeted at students whose preliminary work will contribute to their subsequent ability to write successful proposals for external fellowships or research grants to fund the primary research or the writing of the dissertation.

These grants are generously supported by the Mary Bartlet Cowdrey Fund and the Mitnick-Jacobs Fund.  A call for applications will go out early in the spring and are due by March 1. 

The Mitnick-Jacobs fund will be used to support students with a topic in American Art.  This fund was established by alumna Barbara Mitnick and in memory of her father Syndey Leon Jacobs. 

The Cowdrey fund is open to all students.  Who was Mary Bartlett Cowdry?


Laura Weigert, Chair

Carla Yanni, Undergraduate Program Director 

Tamara Sears, Graduate Program Director

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