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Department of History / Graduate Program / Fellowships and Assistantships / Walbolt Dissertation Fellowships

Walbolt Dissertation Fellowships

Thanks to a generous gift from Dan and Sylvia Walbolt, FSU’s Department of History has been able to offer the Walbolt Dissertation Fellowships for dissertation research and writing since 2010.

The Department awards two Walbolt Dissertation Fellowships each year—one for the spring semester, and one for the fall semester. Applicants must be current FSU students in the Department who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus. Recipients are required to use the fellowships to conduct doctoral research in archives or to complete the writing of the dissertation.

The funding level of the Walbolt Fellowship is equal to the value of a TA stipend for one semester, inclusive of tuition and medical subsidies.

Applications consist of a three- to five-page double-spaced prospectus describing the project and its importance, a one-page bibliography of secondary sources, a c.v., and two letters of recommendation. Applicants must include sealed letters of recommendation when they submit the other required materials. While the evaluation criteria favors research (due to the difficulty of funding extended research trips), proposals to fund dissertation writing are also eligible.

Applications for the Fall fellowship are normally due on 1 March, with a 15 March decision date.  Applications for the Spring fellowship are normally due on 20 September, with a 1 October decision date.

The Walbolt Dissertation Fellowship must be the recipient’s primary funding source during the semester in which it is held. Walbolt Fellows are expected to present their work to the department at the end of their funded semester or the following semester, and produce a three-page written report summarizing the results of their research. The Fellows are also expected to acknowledge their Walbolt award in any publication arising from this research, and provide a copy to the department chair.

Questions about the program can be directed to Prof. Claudia Liebeskind.

Recipients

Spring 2014 Scott Craig “Punishing the Periphery: The Transportation Act and Political Power in the Atlantic World, 1718-1775.”
Fall 2013 Weston Nunn "Between State and Peasantry: The Dynamics of Military Administration in Volunteer-Occupied Russia, 1918-21."
Spring 2013 Katy Boche "Dancing Americana: Choreographing Visions of American Identity from the Stage to the Screen, 1936-1958.”
Fall 2012 Maureen MacLeod "A Society in Flux: Female Education and Societal Transition in Early Nineteenth-Century France, 1799-1830."
Spring 2012 Kevin Kokomoor "Africans, Indians, and the Spanish Frontier: 1784-1821"
Fall 2011 Sherri Reinhardt "'Sacrifice their Hears in a Holocaust of your Love': The Virgin Mary and the Mexican Independence War, 1810-1821"
Spring 2011 Jonathan Grandage "'Their progress toward civilization has been their own work': Becoming Seminole, 1858-1936"