March 2, 2000
Vol. 19 No. 11

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    Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation supports new postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities

    By Arthur Fournier
    News Office

    Beginning with the 2000-2001 academic year, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation will support a new program of postdoctoral fellowships in the Humanities Division as an experimental initiative.

    According to Janel Mueller, Dean of the Division of the Humanities, the William Rainey Harper Professor in the College and Professor in English Language & Literature, the foundation has approved a three-year, $300,000 grant to fund the fellowships. With these fellowships, recent Chicago Ph.D.s will have the opportunity to devote a year to research, writing and teaching at the University.

    “I’m certain that our graduates will be able to make significant use of this program,” said Mueller.

    “A postdoctoral fellowship can make all the difference in the world for a young scholar. It can give recent graduates the necessary time and space to refocus their research and advance their work to publication.”

    The University of Chicago Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities program will support individual fellowship recipients with a $32,000 award. The Humanities Division hopes to offer fellowships to three nominees each year.

    More information about the University’s postdoctoral fellowships program may be obtained by telephoning the Dean’s office at (773) 702-8512.