NEH Fellowships

Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University invites applications for its first Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship, for the 2017-2018 academic year (September 1, 2017-August 31, 2018). The Center actively desires the most compelling, exciting, and rigorous academic projects to join its efforts in fostering Orthodox Christian Studies as a field of scholarly inquiry in its own right. The Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is intended to enable an advanced PhD student to devote full-time work to the final year of dissertation research and writing. The Fellow must be prepared to complete her or his dissertation within the period of the Fellowship. 

Applications are welcomed for projects in any methodological discipline of the humanities (e.g., art history, history, philosophy, or theology), or for projects emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach including but not limited to those of gender studies, postcolonial studies, or postmodern studies as well as other contemporary theoretical methods of inquiry.  Proposals are encouraged for projects of any chronological period or geographical region so long as the primary subject of investigation relates to a critical examination of some aspect of the history, thought, or culture of Orthodox Christian Studies broadly conceived. 

The recipient of the Fellowship will receive a stipend of $30,000 (which includes the costs incurred for the residency requirement) and will be expected to be absolved of any service or teaching responsibilities at his or her home institution. The Fellow will not be required to reside full-time in New York City, but she or he will be required to spend two weeks in residence in New York City over the course of the Fellowship year, with one week in the fall and one week in the spring. When in residency, the Fellow will be expected to participate in occasional Center activities and will be offered the opportunity to deliver a public lecture related to his or her research. The recipient of the Fellowship, by policy of Fordham University, must provide proof of health insurance. If health insurance is needed, the Fellow may buy in to the Fordham University health plan at a discounted rate.

During the Fellowship year, the Fellow will have access to all of the resources of Fordham University. Through existing relationships with other New York City institutions, the Fellow will be able to take advantage of neighboring universities (Columbia University, New York University, and others), seminaries (St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and General Theological Seminary), and the many cultural institutions that New York City offers.

Application Requirements

The following five (5) required items must be collated together, in the following sequence, as one (1) PDF file and saved as: 2017_NEH_DCF_APPLICANTLASTNAME_APPLICANTFIRSTNAME and submitted electronically as an attachment via email to fellowships_orthodoxy@fordham.edu

  • Personal Statement (500 words or less) addressing the dissertation’s contribution to the field of Orthodox Christian Studies broadly conceived as well as to the specific field of the applicant’s specialization; including a proposal of how the Fellowship year will be conducted in terms of research and writing.
  • Timeline (1 page) outlining expected completion of dissertation writing during Fellowship year.
  • Sample Completed Chapter of Dissertation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Verification Statement from the dissertation mentor assessing the status of the dissertation research and providing an honest appraisal of the probability of dissertation completion during the Fellowship year.

In addition, three (3) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the dissertation mentor, should be emailed separately by the recommenders directly to fellowships_orthodoxy@fordham.edu. Emails from recommenders should include applicant's name in the email subject header. All recommendation letters must be received for an application to be considered complete. *Note: directions for submission of letters of recommendation are amended from first issuance of the call.

Application language: English. *If dissertation is in a language other than English, the Sample Completed Chapter of Dissertation submitted must be translated into English.

Deadline for applications received: February 1, 2017. Notification of award: by March 15, 2017.

The Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship is funded with support from a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the Orthodox Christian Studies NEH Dissertation Completion Fellowship program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.