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Graduate Student Fellowship Program

Dresher Center for the Humanities Residential Fellowships


APPLY NOW: Application Deadline for Fall 2015 Fellowship is March 15, 2015

The Dresher Center for the Humanities invites applications for two residential graduate student research fellowships. Funding will be given for the fall 2015 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.

Click for Dresher Center Graduate Student Fellowship Application for Fall 2015
Fall 2014 Dresher Center Graduate Residential Fellow

Kevin Wisniewski, Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, and Culture Program
Project: (Re)membering Francis Hopkinson and his Literary Gambols
Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Designer of the American flag. First native-born American composer. First writer of an American opera. Poet. Political pamphleteer. Magazine editor. Painter. Scientist and inventor. Federal judge. Librarian. Community organizer. Colonial lawyer, customs collector, and merchant. These are just a few of the roles held by Francis Hopkinson (1737-1791), and yet little, if anything, is remembered of him. The dissertation, toward which this research proposal works, aims to recover Hopkinson’s work, to (re)member it as part of the legacy of the American Revolution and early republic, and thereby to examine the professionalization of English and History departments, the formation of the literary canon, and the opportunities and challenges facing education, publishing and community engagement in the digital age by applying Hopkinsonian methods and lines of inquiry towards our own cultural milieu.

Fall 2013 Dresher Center Graduate Residential Fellows

Emek Ergun, Ph.D. candidate, Language, Literacy, & Culture Program
Ms. Ergun is writing her dissertation, exploring the ways in which the feminist virginity knowledges of an American book, Virgin, traveled from the U.S. to Turkey through her politically-defined translation. Her advisor is Dr. Carole McCann, Chair of the Gender and Women’s Studies Department. She was recently awarded the National Women’s Studies Association’s Graduate Scholarship for 2013.

Teresa Foster, Ph.D. candidate, Language, Literacy, & Culture Program.
Ms. Foster’s dissertation research is on eighteenth-century British convict transportation to the American colonies. Her advisor is Dr. Marjoleine Kars, Chair of the History Department. Teresa earned a MA in Historical Studies and a BA in Gender & Women’s Studies from UMBC. She was also the recipient of the 2013-2014 Maryland Historical Society Wing Graduate Research Fellowship.