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The Whiting Fellowships in Humanities were established in 1973 to support outstanding, advanced dissertation writers in humanities Ph.D. programs. Seven graduate schools participate: Bryn Mawr College, the University of Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale universities. Fellows are selected by the faculty and the Dean at each institution. The criteria for selection are outstanding performance and scholarly promise, and the likelihood that the student will complete his/her dissertation within 18 months of the award of the fellowship. The Fellowship provides a stipend that is intended to permit full-time work on the dissertation, without reliance on part-time employment. Since 1973, approximately 2,300 graduate students have been supported by Whiting Fellowships. Most are now teaching in colleges and universities, although a significant minority have undertaken non-academic careers.
Thanks entirely to your generous support for the 2010-2011 academic year I have been able to pursue a rigorous interdisciplinary research agenda, incorporating literary studies, political science, sociology and institutional history to complete my dissertation, The American Ideology: Anti-Materialism in US Fiction and Politics, 1937-2010
Michael Benveniste, advanced Ph.D. candidate in English, Stanford