Dissertation Development Grants

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online through the Mary Jaharis Center's Interfolio portal. Application materials will not be accepted via email or postal mail. Required documentation.

We are no longer accepting applications for this grant.

Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Development Grants target graduate students who have completed all coursework, language requirements, and exams necessary to advance to Ph.D. candidacy. Grants are meant to assist with the costs of travel associated with the development of a dissertation proposal in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived, e.g., travel to potential research sites, museum collections, research and special collections libraries. The goal of these grants is to assist students in refining their initial ideas into a feasible, interesting, and fundable doctoral project.

Application Deadlines

Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Development Grants will not be offered in 2018–2019.

Eligibility

All graduate students whose primary research focuses on an aspect of Byzantine studies are eligible. Applicants must have completed all coursework, language requirements, and exams necessary to advance to Ph.D. candidacy. Students with approved dissertation projects are not eligible.

Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Significance: The potential for the research topic being investigated to make an original and important contribution to the field of inquiry it addresses.
  • Preparedness: The applicant’s competence (e.g., language, methodological, or technical skills) to carry out the proposed research topic and documentation of proper permissions obtained to proceed with the proposed research topic.

Terms

  • Funds must be used between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018.
  • Names of recipients and their projects will be published on the MJC website.
  • Recipients will submit by 1 September 2018 a brief report (400–500 words) outlining the work accomplished during the grant period and explaining how the grant money was used.
  • Recipients will submit by 1 September 2018 a précis (200–250 words) of her/his report highlighting the work accomplished during the grant period. The précis will be posted on the MJC website.
  • In any publications resulting from the grant, the recipient will acknowledge the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture.

Contact

For questions about the grant, the application process, or reimbursement, contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture.

A complete application includes

  • Completed online application
  • Full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications
  • Project statement, not to exceed one thousand (1000) words, comprising (1) proposed research topic, (2) preparation to carry out proposed research, and (3) purpose of the grant. Explain how the grant will be used and how it will enable you to define and refine your eventual dissertation project
  • Budget outlining the expenses that will be covered by the grant
  • Graduate transcripts, official or unofficial
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation. Referees must submit letters through the Mary Jaharis Center's Interfolio portal. Both recommendations should be academic. Your academic adviser must be one of your referees. Referees should comment on the potential significance of the proposed research topic and the applicant’s preparation to complete the research. The letter from your academic advisor should confirm that you have completed all requirements to advance to Ph.D. candidacy. Recommendations must be signed and submitted in English on official letterhead

All material must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center's Interfolio portal.

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