Ruth and Harry Woodbury Fellowship in Southern History: Currently valued at $2000, although it varies depending on the earnings of the departmental
endowment, this fellowship is annually awarded to a doctoral student with research
interests in the history of the American South. By the terms of the endowment a committee
consisting of Dr. Crawford and Dr. Chumney chooses the recipient.
Dissertation Fellowships: In recent years the department has provided two fellowships to support doctoral students
writing their dissertations. Depending on budget, these may not be available every
year, and some years we may offer more.
The first fellowship is for assistants only and provides a semester free of duties
with no reduction in pay to a student at an intermediate stage of the dissertation
who is expected to complete a chapter during the fellowship period.
The second fellowship is for a year and open to all ABD’s, who expect to finish their
dissertation during the fellowship year. Currently it pays $15,000 for the fellowship
We announce these fellowships during the spring semester and the Graduate Studies
Committee evaluates the applications.
The Dr. Peggy Jemison Bodine Dissertation Fellowship is an annual award given to a doctoral student writing the dissertation. This award
varies with the earnings of the endowment, but is currently $1500. By the terms of
the endowment the chair chooses the recipient, with input from the Graduate Coordinator.
The Dr William R. and Helen Lucille Gillaspie Scholarship was established by the Gillaspies’ two sons, Greg and Glenn, in memory of their father
and mother. The award goes to a meritorious graduate student who either majors or
minors in Latin American history, a subject Dr Gillaspie taught for 37 years. At present
Dr James Blythe, Dr Guiomar Dueñas-Vargas, and Dr Janann Sherman constitute the committee
to determine the recipient.