American Indian Studies Dissertation Writing Fellowship Yale University, 2010-2011
By Program in American Studies on January 6, 2010 10:00 AM
The Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders invite applications for the inaugural Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Writing Fellowship in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. The Fellowship will support a graduate scholar in any doctoral field for the academic year, beginning September 2010 and ending August 2011. Fellows are provided an annual stipend of $26,000. Application deadline: March 5, 2010.

American Indian Studies Dissertation Writing Fellowship Yale University, 2010-2011

The Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the Howard R.
Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders invite applications for the
inaugural Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Writing Fellowship in American Indian
and Indigenous Studies. The Roe Cloud Fellowship is intended to develop American
Indian Studies at Yale and by extension throughout the academy by facilitating the
completion of the doctorate by scholars working on pressing issues related to the
American Indian experience. Scholars working on topics in Indigenous Studies that
relate to the study of North American Indians are also encouraged to apply.

The Henry Roe Cloud Fellowship honors the legacy of Henry Roe Cloud, a member of the Winnebago Nation of Nebraska and graduate of Yale College, 1910. A tireless critic of federal Indian assimilation programs and a proponent of increased educational opportunities for American Indians, Roe Cloud transformed American Indian
higher education through his leadership of the Society of American Indians, his founding of the American Indian Institute, and as co-author of “The Problem of Indian Administration,” commonly known as “The Meriam Report,” an extensive survey made at the request of Secretary of the Interior that detailed the appalling failures of federal Indian policy in the early twentieth century. This survey, presented to Congress in 1928, helped to set in motion many of the subsequent reforms of the Indian New Deal.

The Fellowship will support a graduate scholar in any doctoral field for the
academic year, beginning September 2010 and ending August 2011. Graduate
students working towards careers in higher education who have completed all
doctoral requirements but the dissertation are invited to apply. The expectation is
that the dissertation will be completed during the fellowship year. The criteria for
selection will be based solely on an assessment of the quality of the candidate’s
work and the project’s overall significance for the study of American Indian and/or
Indigenous Studies.

The Roe Cloud Fellowship will provide support comparable to that for Yale
University graduate students, including an annual stipend of $26,000, full access to
Yale facilities and services, and health care coverage. The fellow will have office
space in the Lamar Center and access to Yale’s exceptional research libraries. The
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, in addition to its premier collection of
Western Americana, also holds the papers of many important American Indian
writers, including Joseph Bruchac, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor, and
James Welch, as well as those of important policy makers such as Felix Cohen and
Richard Henry Pratt. Manuscripts and Archives at Sterling Memorial Library holds
the papers of John Collier and Henry Roe Cloud. The Lewis Walpole Library hosts
the New England Indian Papers Project, which is in the process of collecting,
digitizing, and placing on the World Wide Web a comprehensive database of
primary sources written for, by, and about New England Indians.

The Roe Cloud Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in the activities
of the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders, the Native
American Cultural Center, and the Association of Native Americans at Yale
(ANAAY). Yale student and faculty members are also increasingly active in
regional and national Indian Studies networks, and the Roe Cloud Fellow may
choose to participate in the gatherings of the Native Studies community in New
England, which generally holds bi-semester and other informal gatherings in the
Northeast. Additionally, the state and federally-recognized Indian Nations of
Connecticut maintain museums, archives, and research centers, and host community
events that draw regional, national, as well as international visitors.
Each fellow will be mentored by a professor in Yale’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
The fellow will be responsible for making a formal presentation of the project near
the conclusion of the academic year, an event open to all interested members of the
campus community.

Applications must include a c.v. the dissertation prospectus, a writing sample of
approximately 25 pages, a letter describing plans to complete the dissertation during
the fellowship period, as well as three letters of recommendation, sent under
separate cover, including one from the candidate’s dissertation advisor. The
application deadline is March 5, 2010. All materials must be sent to:

Henry Roe Cloud Fellowship Committee
Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders
Yale University
PO Box 208201
New Haven, CT 06520-8201

For further information write to: RoeCloud.Fellowship@yale.edu.

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