Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship
Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate
are eligible to apply for a special year-long residential fellowship at
the American Antiquarian Society to revise their dissertation for
publication. Established as the Mellon Post-Dissertation Fellowship in 1998, the fellowship has been renamed in
honor of John B. Hench, who retired in August 2007 as vice president for
collections and programs after thirty-three years on the staff of the American Antiquarian
Society. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, generous sponsor of this
fellowship, has made a challenge grant to the Society, which is currently
raising money to endow this fellowship.
The purpose of the post-dissertation fellowship is to provide the
recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the
dissertation for publication. Any topic relevant to the Society's library
collections and programmatic scope--that is, American history and culture
through 1876--is eligible.
Applicants may come from such fields as history, literature, American
studies, political science, art history, music history, and others
relating to America in the period of the Society's coverage. The Society
welcomes applications from those who have advance book contracts, as well
as those who have not yet made contact with a publisher. The twelve-month
stipend for this fellowship is $35,000.
The deadline for application for a Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship
be held during the 2013-2014 academic year is October 15, 2012.
The Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship offers splendid opportunities for
collegiality with and mentoring from the staff, other visiting fellows,
and the academic community in and near Worcester, Massachusetts.
Recipients of other AAS long-term and short-term fellowships--academic
scholars as well as creative and performing artists and writers--will be
in residence for varying periods of time throughout the Hench
Post-Dissertation Fellow's tenure.
The Society has self-catering accommodations that fellows may rent.
Although fellows have priority, renting from the Society is not a
requirement of those holding fellowships. When requested, the staff will
do their best to suggest alternative accommodations in Worcester or
The Hench Post-Dissertation Fellow will be selected on the basis of the
applicant's scholarly qualifications, the appropriateness of the project
to the Society's collections and interests, and, above all, the likelihood
that the revised dissertation will make a highly significant book.
The application form is available to print as a MS Word document. The form contains complete
applications instructions as well as a brief cover sheet.
Download an application to print as a
file (39 KB)
For more information contact:
Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowships
American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609-1634
Telephone: (508) 755-5221
Fax: (508) 754-9069