Graduate Studies

Graduate students have been central to the Center's mission since its founding and many students have done an interdisciplinary minor in the field. We do not offer a major field, so all students must be accepted to a departmental MA/PhD program within the College in order to be eligible for our scholarships. 

All students in the College are encouraged to apply for one of our two dissertation-year fellowships. Candidates must have passed their PhD qualifying exams and be working on an eighteenth-century topic. Preference may be given to students who have been actively involved with the Center or whose work will help diversify the field.

The Center also has some money available to support graduate student travel for the purpose of conducting or presenting research. 

Apply for Funding

Recruiting/First-Year Fellowship

This fellowship (which carries a stipend, student health insurance, and fee remission) forms one year of the funding "package" offered to an entering MA/PhD student with interests in the eighteenth century. Any graduate-admitting unit in the College may nominate one or more candidates. In the past, this award has gone to students pursuing PhDs in Comparative Literature, English, Germanic Studies, and History but it is open to all departments. To nominate candidates for this year's award, please contact the Center's Acting Director, Professor Jesse Molesworth by February 6, 2023.

 

Dissertation-year Fellowship

The Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies will offer two dissertation-year fellowships for the year 2023-2024. These fellowships, which include a stipend and student health insurance (no fee remission), are open to graduate students from any unit within the College of Arts & Sciences. Candidates must have passed their PhD qualifying exams and should be working on an eighteenth-century topic. Preference may be given to students who have been actively involved with the Center or whose work will help diversify the field.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, dissertation summary (3 pages, max.), a brief outline of planned work for 2023-2024, and a supporting letter from your advisor. All materials should be sent to Dr. Barbara Truesdell, the Center's administrator, at voltaire@indiana.edu by Monday, February 27, 2023. Note that this award cannot be held concurrently with any other fellowship. 

 

Travel Awards

All graduate students in the College working on eighteenth-century-related topics are invited to apply for small grants (max. $750) to help with travelling to archives, libraries, museums, other collections, or conferences. Application must be made before travel occurs; the award will be paid via deposit to bursar's account. To apply, please submit a brief (two-page) outline of work to be done or presented, basic budget, and c.v. to the Center's Director, Professor Jesse Molesworth. Awards are made on a "rolling" basis; there is no deadline.