SAE-CES Pre-Dissertation Fellowship

UPDATE: The deadline for the 2020-21 SAE-CES Pre-dissertation Fellowship has been extended to February 15, 2020! Please apply today. 

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 in any university that is a member of CES are eligible to apply (see list here). 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 15. 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 current application, fellowship information, eligibility requirements, and FAQ can be found on the CES awards page.

More Details:

Recipients of the SAE-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship receive:

1) A $5,000 direct award designed to support a minimum of 8 weeks of field research in Europe, some of which may be used to support attendance at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association to celebrate receipt of the award

2) A one-time travel grant intended to support attendance and presentation at the Council’s International Conference of Europeanists;

3) An opportunity to publish an article on their research in Perspectives on Europe, the Council’s semi-annual journal in European Studies;

4) Access to a range of informational and cohort-building activities designed to promote professional networking and early career development among CES fellows, including seminars/webinars, special conference events, internships, etc.

Previous Awardees


Augusta Thomson (New York University):  “Sustaining Pilgrimage in the Anthropocene: Heritage Consumption on the Camino de Santiago.”

Honorable Mention went to Mahmure Idil Ozkan (Northwestern University) for “Jewish Memory in Spain: Language Ideologies, Nation, Citizenship.”


Maria Lechtarova (New York University)
“Translating Rituals of Mourning into Technologies of Exclusion: How Bulgarian Obituary Postings   Appropriate Public Discourses of Identity Construction”


Burge Abiral (Johns Hopkins)
“Co-Existing with Pests and Weeds in the Anthropocene: The Ethics and Practice of Ecological Cultivation in Turkey.”

Kieran Kelley (University of Chicago)
“Living with Drugs in the Republic of Ireland”

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

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

Senem Kaptan
(Rutgers University)
“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.”

Tyler Boersen, (New School for Social Research)
“Visible Labor: The Making of a Precarious Workers Movement in Greece.”

Eddie L. Huffman, (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)
“Take a Taxi Tour: Memory and Materiality in Post-Conflict Tourism in Belfast, Norther Ireland”

Lindsey West, (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)
Who Counts? Birth and Citizenship Experiences of Migrant Women in Geneva”