Five College Fellowship Program

Five College Fellowships offer year-long residencies for doctoral students completing dissertations. The program supports scholars from under-represented groups and/or scholars with unique interests and histories whose engagement in the Academy will enrich scholarship and teaching. Applications are welcome from students in any field of the Humanities, Fine Arts or Social Sciences. We expect to award four fellowships for 2015-16.

Each Fellow will be hosted within an appropriate department or program at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College or Smith College. (At Smith, recipients hold a Mendenhall Fellowship.) Applications are to the program, not to a specific hosting campus.

This is a residential fellowship. Fellows are provided research and teaching mentors and connected through the consortial office to resources and scholars across the five campuses, which include UMass Amherst. The office also supports meetings of the Fellows throughout the year.

The fellowship includes a $30,000 stipend, a research grant, health benefits, office space, housing or housing assistance, and library privileges at all five campuses belonging to the consortium.

While the award places primary emphasis on completion of the dissertation, most fellows teach at their hosting institution, but never more than a single one-semester course.

Term of upcoming Fellowship: August 31, 2015 to May 31, 2016 (non-renewable)


Stipend: $30,000


Review of applications to begin: January 5, 2015

Awards to be announced: March 2015

2015-16 Fellows:

Amherst College

Charisse Burden-Stelly
University of California, Berkeley
African Diaspora Studies
Dissertation: "What’s Left of African Diaspora Theory?: (Re)Turning to Political Economy and
Articulating the Cultural to Economic Realities."

Mount Holyoke College

Sarah Pierce Taylor
University of Pennysylvania
South Asia Studies
Dissertation: “The Aesthetics of Sovereignty: The Poetic and Material Worlds of Medieval
Jainism."

Smith College

Dwight Carey
University of California, Los Angeles
Art History
Dissertation: "Building the Creolized Empire: Architectural Mixture in the French Colonial World,
1659-1810"

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