Tisch's Graduate Research Fellowship

Tisch Library Graduate Student Research Fellowships in the Arts and Humanities

The aim of the Tisch Library Graduate Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities is to provide a source of funding for MA/MFA and PhD students conducting thesis/dissertation research over the summer. It is explicitly *not* a travel grant. Special consideration will be given to projects that make creative use of Tufts' library collections, services, and expertise.

Graduate students in the humanities nominated by their departments are eligible.  This includes Art History, Classics, English, History, Music, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts @ Tufts, and Theatre and Performance Studies.

  • The applicant must be in good academic standing as defined by the rules of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

  • During the award period the applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student as defined by the rules of the Graduate School.

  • An applicant may be of any nationality.

Three students will be selected to receive awards.  One award will go to a master's student, one will go to a doctoral student, and the third is for either.

The grant will be paid in two installments, $3500 at the beginning of the summer, $500 at the completion of a presentation in the early fall.  The award supports living expenses for summer research and does not cover travel. In addition to the stipend, fellows will receive the following:

  • A librarian consultant who will help with the use of Tisch resources and will provide assistance with access to other needed collections and services.

  • Study space in Tisch Library.

Nomination Procedure

Graduate programs nominating candidates will submit the following information:

1) Student name and degree program

2) Nominator’s name and title

3) The departmental letter of nomination

4) A letter from the student's dissertation/thesis advisor evaluating the student's work done at Tufts and progress towards the completion of the degree.

5) The 2-3 page statement of purpose from the student, including what the student proposes to do during the fellowship. and what s/he has done since the dissertation proposal, including any changes in the project since the proposal was filed.

6) A short statement (no more than 1 page) addressing how the project will make use of Tisch Library collections, services, and expertise.

Selection Criteria

Criteria are of two kinds, those that promote the library's aims and those that indicate noteworthy academic qualities.

  • Sophistication, originality, or unusual depth or breadth in the use of library collections, services, and expertise are appreciated.

  • Clarity, completeness, and feasibility of the research plan.

Selection Committee

The selection committee will include the Director of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT), members of the CHAT Advisory board, the Dean of the Graduate School as an ex officio member, and Tisch librarians. The Director of CHAT will serve as chair of the committee.

2020 Deadline

The deadline for applications is Wednessday March 18, 2020 at noon. Applicants should be in touch with their graduate program directors in advance of the deadline.  Nominations are submitted by department on behalf of the student via the Summer Arts & Humanities Fellow Nomination Form.

Please contact Jennifer Ferguson (jennifer.ferguson@tufts.edu) with any questions about the Tisch award.

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