Fellowships and Competitions


The Nicholson Center is pleased to offer the following grants and initiatives for graduate and undergraduate students pursuing topics in the British Studies:

Nicholson Graduate Fellowships

The Nicholson Center for British Studies at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce its competition for Nicholson graduate fellowships for research in the British Isles.

Winter Quarter (2017) Deadline: Thursday, March 9, 2017-Closed
Fall Quarter (2017) Deadline: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Eligibility

University of Chicago Ph.D. students from the Humanities, Social Sciences, Divinity School, and Law School are eligible. At the time of application, students who plan to travel for three months or less should have passed their exams, but need not have completed the dissertation proposal. Students who have completed at least one year of graduate study are eligible to apply for funding under certain conditions (see below). Students who plan to travel for more than three months should have been admitted to candidacy.  In order to apply for and receive Nicholson funding, you must maintain appropriate registration status from the time of application through the full tenure of your award.  In all cases, research travel must be completed before the dissertation defense.

*Beginning in the Spring of 2014: Applications from students who have completed at least one year of graduate study (by the date of intended travel), but have not yet passed their exams, may apply for funding for periods of support up to three months. Such applications should include a statement of how travel to the British Isles or Ireland, at this point in their studies, is necessary for the completion of their exams and will also contribute to their dissertation research.  All such applications must include an informal letter or email from the student’s advisor stating the importance of travel to the British Isles for the completion of the student’s exams.

Scope

The Nicholson Center supports doctoral students in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Divinity School, as well as students in the Law School conducting historical research, who require dissertation research in Britain or in Ireland for periods of up to nine months. Although the research projects themselves need not focus on Britain, Ireland, or the former British Empire, those that do may be given preference. All applicants must demonstrate the need to conduct research in the British Isles or in Ireland.

Travel to the British Isles or Ireland to work with a specific professor or attend a course may be considered.  In such cases, the application materials should include (in addition to those below):

  • The name of the scholar in the British Isles or Ireland with whom the graduate student intends to work, and confirmation from the institution or scholar that the proposed trip is feasible and welcome.
  • An informal letter/email from the student’s advisor at the University of Chicago confirming the importance of the trip to the student’s Ph.D. research plan.
     

Application

Applications must be submitted by the day of the deadline to Jeanne Fitzsimmons, Classics Building, Room 112 (fitzsimmons@uchicago.edu, 773-834-3403). Please note that all applications must meet the criteria listed below.
-Applicants must submit both paper and electronic copies of the application.
-Paper copies may be mailed or dropped off by the day of the deadline. Please slip paper copies under the door if the office is not open (The Nicholson office is only staffed on a part-time basis).
-Electronic copies should be e-mailed as a single Word or PDF attachment (no larger than 5 MB) to
fitzsimmons@uchicago.edu.

The application materials include:

  • Nicholson Graduate Fellowship Cover Sheet
  • Three-page project proposal
  • Two-page discussion of the materials or data to be examined in the British Isles.  This should include a detailed description of the historical research to be conducted in the British Isles and a shorter description of  how this research will contribute to your broader research project.  Please also include an estimate of how long it will take to complete the research.  Please note: The graduate fellowship committee will judge the merits of each application based on realistic claims about the time needed.
  • A detailed budget. This should cover all expenses for the proposed trip including travel/living expenses, fees, supplies, etc. and the total amount being requested. Please note that the Center generally awards between $1500 and $2000 per month of travel.
  • Current CV
  • E-mail from the student's departmental Director of Graduate Studies stating that the student has passed all departmental exams (in the cases where the student is applying at a point prior to their exams then a statement that the student is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program), or, if the research trip is to last longer than three months, that the student has advanced to candidacy.
  • Informal letter from advisor (for support periods up to three months). Email sent from advisor is fine.

In addition, those planning trips lasting longer than three months should submit:

  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the dissertation supervisor (paper copy or electronic)
  • For those students who have applied for outside funding, please include a copy of any additional funding applications. (Paper or electronic copies are accepted.)

Students planning trips lasting longer than three months may also be interviewed before final award decisions are made.

Travel should begin within the three consecutive academic quarters (including summer) after the award has been made. The number of awards given and the amount of each award will be based on the needs of the strongest applicants.



Nicholson Graduate Initiative Project


Spring Quarter Deadline:  Thursday, April 20th

The Nicholson Center for British Studies invites funding applications from graduate students interested in organizing a British Studies event in the 2017-2018 academic year. Projects should be related to British Studies broadly conceived (including topics related to the former colonies), and should be targeted toward graduate students: possibilities include, but are not limited to, conferences, colloquia, bag lunches, and lectures by external visitors.

The Nicholson Center is especially interested in funding events that, across departmental and divisional boundaries, bring at least two workshops into conversation with one another, through an event or conversation or series of conversations that promise to be of interest to more than one disciplinary constituency at the University.

All graduate initiative events funded by the Center are to be planned and organized by the students. Submit a one-page letter of intent, along with a detailed budget and other departments/Centers have committed/have been asked for support, via e-mail attachment to Jeanne Fitzsimmons at fitzsimmons@uchicago.edu. Contact Jeanne by phone at (773) 834-3403.

 

Nicholson Undergraduate Research Grants

The Nicholson Center for British Studies is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity for undergraduate BA thesis research.
 

Deadline :  Fall (2017) quarter:  TBA
[Note: For Undergraduate Travel Grant see below]

Eligibility

University of Chicago undergraduate students from the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions and the New Collegiate Division are eligible.  Thesis projects Students should be completing their degree between June 2017 and December 2018.  Applicants need not have the British Isles themselves as the subject of their research. The Center will also support work on Africa, South Asia, East Asia, North America, the Middle East, or the West Indies that requires substantial research in the British Isles.  Research projects on Ireland also meet our requirements.  Priority will be given to applicants who can demonstrate the need to travel to archives to procure copies of archival materials, but other research expenses will also be considered.

Scope

The Nicholson Center is happy to support a senior project proposed by any Humanities, Social Sciences, or New Collegiate Division provided that the student requires research – whether in the form of archival, visual, or oral materials – to complete his/her senior thesis. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate their need for additional research funding in order to complete their senior project.

Application

Applications must be submitted no later than by the day of the deadline to Jeanne Fitzsimmons, Classics Building, Room 112 (fitzsimmons@uchicago.edu, 773-834-3403). Please note that all applications must meet the criteria listed below.

**Applicants should submit an electronic copy of the application.** 

**Electronic copies should be e-mailed as a single Word or PDF attachment (no larger than 5MB) to fitzsimmons@uchicago.edu.** 

The application materials include:

  • Nicholson Undergraduate Research Grant Cover Sheet
  • Letter of recommendation from a University of Chicago faculty member, lecturer or academic advisor who is familiar with the student's project (hard copy or electronic copy sent directly to fitzsimmons@uchicago.edu).  This recommendation can be informal and in the form of an email sent directly to fitzsimmons@uchicago.edu
  • 2-page statement of purpose, which includes a description of the unique materials to be examined or other research needs.
  • An estimate of the funds needed to complete the project
  • Unofficial Transcript (hard copy or PDF)



Nicholson Undergraduate Travel Grant

The Nicholson Center for British Studies is pleased to announce the 2016-17 travel grant competition for undergraduate BA thesis research in the British Isles.

Deadline:  Thursday, April 20th

Eligibility

University of Chicago undergraduate students from the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions and the New Collegiate Division are eligible. Students should be completing their degree between December 2017 and December 2018.

Scope

The Nicholson Center is happy to support a senior project proposed by any Humanities, Social Sciences, or New Collegiate Division undergraduate who is within a year of graduating, provided that the student requires research – whether in the form of archival, visual, or oral materials – in the British Isles to complete his/her senior thesis. Applicants need not have the British Isles themselves as the subject of their research. We will happily support work on Africa, South Asia, East Asia, North America, the Middle East, or the West Indies that requires substantial research in the British Isles. Research in and projects on Ireland also meet our requirements. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate their need to conduct research on their senior project in the British Isles.

Application

Applications must be submitted no later than by the day of the deadline to Jeanne Fitzsimmons, Classics Building, Room 112 (fitzsimmons@uchicago.edu, 773-834-3403). 

Please note that all applications must meet the criteria listed below.

-Applicants must submit both paper and electronic copies of the application.** 

-Paper copies may be mailed or dropped off by the day of the deadline.
[The office--Classics, Rm. 112-- is only open on a part-time basis.  If noone is ther when you come to drop off the paper version, please slip under the door.]

-Electronic copies should be e-mailed as a single Word or PDF attachment (no larger than 5MB) to fitzsimmons@uchicago.edu. [Note: If you are having difficulty combining the PDF of your academic history/electronic transcript with the rest of your electronic application, you may send as a separate PDF but this must be ATTACHED TO THE SAME EMAIL as the one document containing the rest of your electronic application.]

The application materials include:

  • Nicholson Undergraduate Travel Grant Cover Sheet
  • 2-page statement of purpose, which includes a description of the unique materials to be examined in the British Isles.
  • An estimate of the funds needed to complete the project
  • Unofficial Transcript (for electronic application copy submitted, you may send  a PDF of your academic history or electronic transcript)
    NOTE: If you are having trouble attaching your transcript to the rest of your application, send as a separate attachment (attached to the same email as the rest of your application and we will combine it.)
  • Letter of recommendation from a University of Chicago faculty member, lecturer or academic advisor who is familiar with the student's project (hard copy or electronic copy sent directly to fitzsimmons@uchicago.edu)
     

    Nicholson B.A. Thesis Prize

    Deadline:  Thursday, May 4th

     

    The Nicholson Center for British Studies is pleased to announce a $250 prize for the best senior B.A. thesis based on the use of primary materials in the area of British Studies in any concentration or discipline. For the purposes of this competition, British Studies is broadly defined to include the British Isles or any of its former colonies. In the latter case, topics should involve the former colonial relationship in some way.

    Applicants should submit BOTH paper AND electronic copies of their senior essays, and should include their name, department, advisor's name, expected graduation date, phone number, and e-mail address on the title page. Paper copies *should not be stapled,* and may be mailed or dropped off, electronic copies should be e-mailed as Word or PDF attachments (no larger than 5MB) to fitzsimmons@uchicago.edu, both are due by 5:00 pm on the day of the deadline. The winner will receive a check for $250. University of Chicago seniors who will graduate between December 2015 and August 2016 are eligible. Please contact Jeanne Fitzsimmons at fitzsimmons@uchicago.edu or 773-834-3403 with questions.