Monday, September 29, 2014

Rovensky Fellowship: 2015-2016 Application Available

The University of Illinois Foundation announces the opening of the 2015-2016 John Rovensky Fellowships application process. Two $8,000 fellowships will be awarded for doctoral students writing their dissertations in U.S. business or economic history. The fellowships are available largely through the generosity of the late John E. Rovensky and are administered by the University of Illinois Foundation. Awardees may use the fellowship concurrently with other funding sources, including grants or teaching assignments.
Applicants must be working toward a Ph.D. degree with U.S. business or economic history as the area of major interest. Fellowship recipients must be enrolled in a doctoral program at an accredited college or university in the United States. Preference will be given to applicants who are preparing for a career in teaching and research and who will have completed all graduate course work prior to the fall of 2015. Awards are non-renewable, but may be taken along with other fellowships from other sources.
Application Process
The Rovensky Fellowship Selection Committee is composed of seven scholars in American economic and business history:
Marcelo Bucheli (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Chair
Margaret Levenstein (University of Michigan)
Christopher McKenna (Oxford University)
John Parman (William & Mary)
Richard Sicotte (University of Vermont)
Steven Usselman (Georgia Tech)
Pamela Walker Laird (Colorado Denver)
Applicants are judged on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Academic ability and interest in business and/or economic history, documented in one letter of recommendation
  • Demonstrated ability in research and writing
  • Potential for career in teaching and academic research, supported in letter of recommendation
  • Quality of dissertation proposal
Application forms may be found on the Web here. For additional information, please consult the Fellowship announcement. The deadline for completed applications is February 10, 2015.