The American Graduate Fellowships are intended to: directly support the advanced education of a few stellar graduates of small colleges; encourage the best students at small colleges to apply for graduate work in the humanities at top-tier private research institutions; and signal to the leading graduate programs that small colleges remain a rich source of talented doctoral students. The fellowships will be available to students from eligible institutions that enroll in doctoral programs at any of the 23 leading independent research universities in the U.S., Great Britain, and Ireland (see website for list of institutions).
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Must have academic standing sufficient to assure completion of a Bachelor's degree
  • Must intend to enter a doctoral program in the fields of history, philosophy, literature and languages (including classics but excluding linguistics), and fine arts (excluding archaeology and the performing or studio arts)


Applications are reviewed by an expert panel of distinguished humanities scholars from the eligible fields of study. This panel will recommend the top candidates and finalists will be selected by mid-January 2008. Graduate programs with pending applications from theses students will be notified immediately. CIC will also notify the graduate deans at the eligible institutions and their counterparts at other leading research universities, commending the finalists and explaining the high degree of selectivity for the American Graduate Fellowships. Fellowship winners and other finalists will be publicly recognized in the spring of 2008.

Amount and Duration

Up to $50,000 for each Fellow shall be awarded during the initial year of graduate study, including tuition, fees, and a stipend for living expenses and research costs. This award is renewable for a second year and may be awarded annually for a period of five years. Fellows attending universities in Great Britain or Ireland may also apply a portion of their awards to international travel. All awards will be paid directly to the graduate institutions, with the exception of travel support for students attending foreign universities. Fellowship will normally be renewable for a second academic year (in the same field of study at the same institution), on the condition of satisfactory performance during the first year.




Nomination by Hamilton College required for current graduating seniors or recent graduates (must have received bachelor's degree no earlier than 12/01/2005).

Visit the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) American Graduate Fellowships website for more information about the fellowship

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