Bill Rita Clements Research Fellowships

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The Bill and Rita Clements Research Fellowships

The William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies welcomes applications for residential research fellowships. Clements Center Research Fellowships provide senior or junior scholars with an essential element for producing successful books, and that is time. Scholars not only need time to do research, a task that often requires travel, but as Pauline Yu, the president of the American Council of Learned Societies has written, “Scholars need time to write. In the humanities the expression of the idea is the source of its power, and crafting that expression is essential to the process of research.”

Fellowships are for a full academic year.  Competition is open to individuals in any field in the humanities or social sciences doing research on Texas, the American Southwest or the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. ( Please note that because of the specific terms of our endowment, we are unable to fund projects focused primarily on California after 1848; we do, however, encourage submissions from applicants studying California prior to the U.S.-Mexican War. )  The fellowships are designed to provide time for senior or junior scholars to bring their book-length manuscripts to completion.

Bill and Rita Clements Research Fellowships Eligibility

Fellows will be expected to spend the academic year in Dallas and to participate in Clements Center activities.  Each fellow will receive the support of the Center and access to the extraordinary holdings of the DeGolyer Library. Full-year fellowships carry a stipend of $45,000, benefits where appropriate, a $3,000 allowance for research and travel expenses, and a publication subvention.

Bill and Rita Clements Research Fellowships Application Process

Applicants should send a copy of their curriculum vita, a letter of introduction with a description of their research project, and a sample chapter including the introduction to the manuscript.

The fellowship cannot be used to complete a dissertation or begin a new book project.

Additionally, applicants must arrange to have letters of reference sent from three persons who can assess the significance of the work and the ability of the scholar to carry it out.

When you are ready to apply, click “Apply Now” in the gray box to the right. This page contains all the information necessary to complete the application process. If you have questions, please call (214) 768-3684 or send an email to

Bill and Rita Clements Research Fellowships Application Deadline

  • Applications must be received – 19th January, 2018 ( Friday )

Contact Details

William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Southern Methodist University
Dallas Hall #356 Box 750176 Dallas, Texas
Telephone No : 75275-0176, 214-768-3684
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