Skip to Main Content

Graduate Student Research Fellowships

Call for Proposals for Fall 2016 Graduate Student Research Fellowships

Dresher Center Graduate Student Fellowship Application

Application Deadline is March 15, 2016

The Dresher Center for the Humanities invites applications for two residential Graduate Student Research Fellowships. Funding will be given for the fall 2016 semester and is intended to support promising research by graduate students in the humanities. The fellowships are open to all UMBC doctoral and master’s level students working on humanities-related research projects that will culminate in a dissertation or master’s thesis.

Fellows will reside two days a week in a shared office in the Dresher Center during the fall semester and will receive up to $1,000 to be used for research travel, materials, or other directly-related research expenses. Fellows will present a session as part of the CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now series and attend the Humanities Forum and other Dresher Center events and workshops.

After the fall semester, fellows will submit a summary of the work they accomplished during the semester, as well as a statement on the progress made towards the completion of their dissertation or master’s thesis.

Fall 2016 Dresher Center Graduate Student Research Fellows 

DaughtridgeKelly Daughtridge, Master of Arts Degree Candidate, Historical Studies
Project: Defining their Past and Immortalizing their Future: Women’s Monuments in Early Modern England
My thesis project examines how noble men and women in post-Reformation England utilized funerals and funeral monuments to fashion an idealized image of an individual or married couple. Nobles’ monuments in the 16th and 17th centuries were designed to be intentionally noticeable and significant to their contemporaries. Still visible after their death, they created a legacy that demonstrated their greatest achievements in life: their wealth, lineage, political influence, and power. During the fellowship semester I will travel to England to collect sources from local archives and to view monuments in their local parishes. I will then transcribe the collected sources to finish my study and begin integrating my work into the final draft of my thesis.

FloydJessica Floyd, Doctoral Candidate, Language, Literacy and Culture
Project: Jibooms, Barrels, and Arseholes: Singing Sex in Sea Chanteys
I will begin work on my dissertation, which will focus on the sexualities expressed among several unexpurgated sea chanteys and sea songs, during the fellowship. Sailor chanteys and sea songs provide critical insight into the construction of gender and sexual identity on the high seas during the Great Age of Sail, and through my dissertation research I plan to illuminate the different and conflicting sexual possibilities that existed on ship and demonstrate how sea songs and sea chanteys represent a coming out, an articulation of sexual possibilities that were sometimes hidden, often repudiated, and sometimes fraught with complexity. In these floating spaces that were sexually constrained, I aim to explore how sailing men used song both to express and also mitigate their longing, desire, and sexual frustration.

Past Dresher Center Graduate Student Research Fellows 

Fall 2015

Felix Burgos, Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, and Culture Program
“Exploring Memory and Memorialization in the midst of Colombia’s Armed Conflict”

Rachel Carter, Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, and Culture Program
“Imagining otherwise: Narrating transformative identity work in a college-level social justice course”

Fall 2014

Kevin Wisniewski, Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, and Culture Program
“(Re)membering Francis Hopkinson and his Literary Gambols”

Fall 2013

Emek Ergun, Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, & Culture Program

Teresa Foster, Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, & Culture Program.