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University of Texas Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowships in USA, 2019–2020

University of Texas Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowships in USA, 2020

The Harry Ransom Center invites applications for its 2020-2021 research fellowships. Fellowships are available to undertake a research project at the University of Texas at Austin.

The fellowship’s support projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.



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A valuable opportunity for Australian and international students.

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The Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at the University of Texas at Austin. Its extensive collections provide a unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening their understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts.

Brief Description

University or Organization: The Ransom Center
Department: NA
Course Level: Research project
Award: Varies
Access Mode: Online
Number of Awards: 10 dissertation fellowships and up to 50 postdoctoral fellowships
Nationality: Any nationality
The program can be taken in the USA
Application Deadline: November 1, 2019, 5 p.m. CST


  • Eligible Countries: The fellowships are open to scholars of any nationality.
  • Entrance Requirements: The fellowships are open to individuals of any nationality. Previous recipients of Ransom Center fellowships are eligible to reapply after two full fellowship cycles have passed. One- to three-month fellowships and travel stipends are open to individuals with a PhD or with a substantial record of professional achievement, demonstrated on their curriculum vitae. If the Ph.D. is in-progress at the time of application, the proposal and letters of recommendation must clearly indicate completion by June 1, 2020. Successful applicants must complete the Ph.D. by this date in order to accept the fellowship. Dissertation fellowships are open to doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research by the time of application.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: A completed online application consists of a three-page proposal and one or two letters of recommendation as outlined below. These materials must be uploaded to the Ransom Center’s online application system as PDF files by the application deadline.  Applicants are responsible for making sure that their referees meet the deadline and that all required materials have been submitted. Materials cannot be accepted after the deadline has passed.
  • Supporting Documents: To begin your application for a 2020–2021 fellowship, create a fellowship account. Upon successful creation of your account, you will receive a fellowship account number, which you must use to submit your proposal, and which your referee(s) must use to submit the required letter(s) of recommendation. The proposal and required letter(s) of recommendation for 2020 fellowship applications must be submitted through the Center’s online application system by November 1, 2019, 5 p.m. CST. An automated email will be sent to the applicant upon the successful submission of each item.
  • Language Requirements: All international applicants for whom English is not the native tongue must provide proof of competence in the English language.


The available fellowships include:

    • One to three month fellowships $3,500 per month (Domestic) and $2,000 per month (International): One- to three-month fellowships are available for post-doctoral or independent scholars whose projects require extensive work with the Ransom Center’s collections. International fellows will receive an additional $500 to offset visa and travel costs.
    • Travel Stipends $2,000: Travel stipends are available for post-doctoral or independent scholars whose projects require less than one month’s work with the Center’s collections. Travel stipends may not be combined with other Ransom Center fellowships.
    • Dissertation Fellowships $2,000: Dissertation fellowships, generously supported by the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation and The University of Texas at Austin Office of Graduate Studies, are available for graduate students whose doctoral dissertations require the use of the Center’s collections.

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