The Nicholson Center for British Studies supports short- and long-term dissertation research for doctoral students in the Humanities, Social Sciences divisions and the Divinity and Law schools. The bulk of primary research, whether in the form of archival, visual, or oral materials, must be completed in the British Isles. Although the research projects themselves need not focus on Britain, Ireland, or the former British Empire, those that do may be given preference.
- 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 plan to travel for more than three months should have been admitted to candidacy.
- Application: Applications must be submitted by the deadline to Jeanne Fitzsimmons, Classics 114 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applicants must submit both paper and electronic copies of the application.
- A Nicholson Cover Sheet
- A three-page project proposal.
- A two-page discussion of the materials or data to be examined in the British Isles.
- An estimated budget covering the entire trip, including the total amount being requested.
- A current CV.
- An email from the student's departmental Chair of Graduate Studies stating that the student has passed all departmental exams or, if the research trip is to last longer than three months, that the student has advanced to candidacy.
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 only, unless electronic is available).
- For those students who have applied for outside funding, please include a copy of any additional funding applications (paper or electronic copies are accepted). The application deadlines are typically in November of the Fall Quarter and April of the Spring Quarter.