The Society for the Anthropology of Europe and the Council for European Studies jointly sponsor a pre-dissertation fellowship in anthropology.

Doctoral candidates in anthropology at U.S. and Canadian universities are eligible to apply. The fellowship supports short-term (two to three months) independent research in Europe for the purpose of testing the feasibility and research design of a projected doctoral dissertation in the social/cultural anthropology of contemporary Europe. The typical grantee is a second or third-year graduate student who has, or is close to, completing course work and/or Ph.D. qualifying exams, but who has neither fully formulated nor defended a dissertation prospectus.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000. Funds may not be used for language courses or instruction at a European university, or to supplement a comparable or larger fellowship for research in Europe.

The next fellowship competition is announced through the CES Newsletter in late Fall and the deadline is January 16, 2016. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee appointed jointly by the Society for the Anthropology of Europe and the Council for European Studies. The grantee is expected to send a report to both organizations.

The application for 2016, fellowship information, eligibility requirements, and FAQ can be found on the CES awards page:


Previous Awardees

Sarah French Brennan (Teachers College, Columbia University; Applied Anthropology)
“Intimate Nation: Sexuality and Asylum in the Netherlands.”

Grace Gu (New York University; Anthropology)
“Work, Migration and Crisis in Spain: Evaluating the Eurozone economic model in cultural context”

Senem Kaptan (Rutgers University; Anthropology)
“The Making of Citizenship Through Law, Justice, and Victimhood in Turkey’s Anti-Coup Trials”

Laura LeVon, (SUNY Buffalo)
“Being Orange After the Troubles: Constructing and Commemorating Identity in the Aftermath of Violence.”
Pre-dissertation committee: Jeffrey Cole, Jacqueline Urla,and Larry Taylor

Tyler Boersen, New School for Social Research
Project Title: “Visible Labor: The Making of a Precarious Workers Movement in Greece.”
Pre-dissertation committee: Jeffrey Cole, Neringa Klumbyte, and Othon Alexandrakis

Eddie L. Huffman, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Project Title: “Take a Taxi Tour: Memory and Materiality in Post-Conflict Tourism in Belfast, Norther Ireland”
Pre-dissertation committee: Deborah Reed-Danahay, Caroline B. Brettell and Kimberly L. Hart

Lindsey West, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Pre-dissertation committee: Deborah Reed-Danahay, Caroline B. Brettell, and Vasiliki Neofotistos

Ceren Ozgul, City University of New York, Department of Anthropology
Pre-dissertation committee: Douglas Holmes, Gary McDonogh, and Thomas Wilson

Smoki Musaraj, The New School for Social Research, Department of Anthropology
Pre-dissertation committee: Sharon Roseman, Andrea Smith, and Thomas Wilson