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Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellowship

The Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellowship offers support for three academic quarters for a doctoral student from Stanford's School of Humanities & Sciences conducting dissertation research on the American West (please see the Center's definition of the American West). Preference will be given to students who plan to complete their degree by the end of the fellowship year.

The fellowship offers tuition support at the TGR rate and a stipend for three academic quarters. The amount of the stipend will be determined in accordance with university policy. The Center will also cover up to $2000 in research expenses. The award is not deferrable to future years or to the summer quarter.

Dee Fellows will also be part of a cross-disciplinary community of scholars with an interest in the American West. Fellows are expected to participate in Center activities during their fellowship year, such as by attending and presenting in our American West seminar series and other events organized by the Center.

Screen shot of "Geography of the Post," part of Cameron Blevins' history dissertation work in 2014-15.

Our Mission

The Bill Lane Center for the American West is dedicated to advancing scholarly understanding of western North America. The center’s vision of the West extends from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, from western Canada to all of Mexico, and outward to the Pacific World.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Doctoral students in the School of Humanities and Sciences focused on topics related to the North American West. Students in other schools are not eligible.
  • Preference will be given to doctoral students who are in the final year of their degree.
  • At time of application, student must have (1) a formally-composed dissertation committee in Axess; and (2) a dissertation prospectus approved by committee
  • By start of fellowship, (1) all required course work must be completed, including any incompletes; (2) students who are TGR or in a graduation quarter status must enroll in the appropriate zero unit TGR course. The fellowship provides tuition support at the TGR rate regardless of whether a student has moved to TGR status. If the student is not yet TGR at the start of the fellowship, the department may provide supplemental funds to cover tuition shortfall.
  • During the 2024-25 academic year, student must (1) be enrolled all three academic quarters; and (2) any outside employment must be aligned with university policy and approved by the Bill Lane Center.
  • Dee Fellows are expected to participate in Center activities during their fellowship year, such as by attending and presenting in our American West seminar series and other events organized by the Center.

To Apply

To guarantee consideration for a 2024-25 fellowship, applications must be received by the Center by March 31, 2024. A complete application includes the following:

  • Application Cover Sheet
  • Dissertation abstract
  • Research statement (1,500 word max)
  • Timeline to degree (1 page max)
  • CV
  • Unofficial graduate transcript
  • One letter of recommendation

Please email your application to Esther Conrad (esther [at] stanford.edu) as a single PDF document (i.e. print your documents, order them as above, and then scan them all together into a single file), with the email subject line "Application for T. D. Dee II Fellowship." 

Recommendation letter may be emailed separately to esther [at] stanford.edu

Current Thomas D. Dee II Fellows

Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow
Department:
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow
Department:
Department of Art and Art History
Past Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellows
Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow, History, 2014-15
Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow, English, 2020-21
Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow, Political Science, 2019-20
Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow, Cultural Anthropology, 2022-2023
Department of Cultural Anthropology, Stanford University
Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow, History, 2020-22
History, Stanford University
Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow, History, 2015-16
Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow, Modern Thought and Literature, 2018-19
Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow, Political Science, 2016-17
Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow, Art & Art History, 2017-18
Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow, History, 2013-14
Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow, History, 2021-22
Postdoctoral Scholar, 2014-15, Thomas D. Dee II Graduate Fellow, Sociology, 2012-13