The Division of Humanities invites nominations from departments during the academic year for the following graduate student fellowships: 

Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Fellowship for Excellence in Persian Studies

The Division of Humanities invites nominations for the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Fellowship for Excellence in Persian Studies. This fellowship is intended to support one graduate student each year from across the humanities or social sciences who has an approved dissertation topic focusing on Persian/Iranian studies.  The fellowship provides $17,000 in direct support and may not be used to cover fees or tuition. The fellowship recipient will be permitted to apply for a second year of support, but the second year is not guaranteed. The recipient will be required to provide a letter outlining progress during the fellowship year and  any notable accomplishments produced as a result of the fellowship. The eligibility criteria are as follows: enrolled  at UCLA full-time and having completed the course work for the Ph.D. program within the Humanities or Social Sciences, have an approved dissertation topic focusing on Persian/Iranian studies,  have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout Ph.D. studies, and have demonstrated a strong interest and excellence in Persian/Iranian studies

The call for nomination happens in March of each academic year through your department Student Affairs Officer. A committee comprised of faculty representatives from humanities and social sciences will review and rank applicants and award notifications will be sent to departments.

The Deadline for AY 18-19 will be in February or March 2018, as set by your department.

The deadline for submission of these nominations to the Dean’s office for departments is March 2018.

Mellon Foundation Pre-dissertation Fellowships

These fellowships are intended to support graduate students from across the humanities to advance their research during one quarter of their pre-dissertation year. These funds may be used for stipend support for one academic quarter and/or may provide support for legitimate research and travel expenses. Fellowships will be for UP TO $8,000. In normal circumstances, the quarter in question will fall during the regular academic year, since the intent of this program is to free students from the demands of working as a TA during a portion of the academic year preceding their dissertation year. Nevertheless, applications for summer support will be considered, though such applications should also include a note from the student’s advisor or department chair, explaining (a) why support for a summer fellowship is preferable, and (b) what the student’s support package will involve (TA-ship, RA-ship, fellowship, etc.) during the appropriate academic year.

Please consult with your individual department Student Affairs Officer on the process for being nominated for this fellowship. Only open to students in the Division of Humanities.

Deadline for AY 18-19 will be in February or March 2018, as set by your department.

The deadline for submission of these nominations to the Dean’s office for Humanities departments is March 2018.

Harry and Yvonne Lenart Graduate Travel Fellowships

These fellowships provide funds for travel and living expenses for UCLA graduate students in the Humanities to conduct research in foreign countries. Awards typically range from $2,000 to $8,000 each, depending on the extent of the research proposed. Awards can cover a period ranging from about three months to one year. These fellowships are meant for research only and are not to be used for activities such as enrolling in foreign institutions. Application should include  1) A CV 2) A two-page (maximum) description of the student’s proposed project including the following details: a budget breakdown that also specifies the length of time to be spent abroad, explanation of the need to travel abroad, information about the archival holdings and locations the student needs to visit, evidence substantiating that the project can be carried out, such as supporting letters from archives abroad. 3) A letter of recommendation from the student’s dissertation director or other suitable faculty member.

An important note that any divisional funding requests for graduate students to attend the 2017 Institute for World Literature (IWL) Program http://iwl.fas.harvard.edu/pages/program need to be requested via this Lenart Fellowship award process and would use up the ‘one nomination per department’ as described above. No additional funding source is available for the IWL program as of 2017

Please consult with your individual department Student Affairs Officer on the process for being nominated for this fellowship. Only open to students in the Division of Humanities.

Deadline for AY 18-19 will be in February or March 2018, as set by your department.

The deadline for submission of these nominations to the Dean’s office for Humanities departments is March 2018.