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Mellon Foundation Awards CLIR New Funds for Dissertation Fellowships

Contact: Kathlin Smith


Washington, DC, July 1, 2014-The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has granted the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $1.4 million over four years to support continuation of the Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources for three fellowship cycles.

The program, established in 2002, currently offers about 15 competitively awarded fellowships a year for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences, using original sources.

The purposes of the fellowship program are to:

  • help junior scholars in the humanities and related social science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources
  • enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available
  • encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the U.S. and abroad, and
  • provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.

“The fellowships meet a widespread need to support research in the humanities that crosses disciplinary boundaries while using underexplored sources and original research methods,” said CLIR President Chuck Henry. “This generous grant allows us to continue a program that helps scholars who are working with little-known resources in novel, potentially ground-breaking ways.”

The program has awarded 162 fellowships over the past 12 years with grants totaling $4,354,000; another 17 fellows will begin research this summer.

More information about the program, including a list of current and previous fellowship recipients, is available at

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.

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