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Graduate Fellowships 

Graduate training is an important part of the MARIAL Center and we seek to support students from a variety of disciplines. The Sloan Center has supported up to ten graduate students each year since 2000. Students selected to receive Sloan support will be designated Sloan Fellows, and will be expected to do dissertation research on problems and areas relevant to the Emory/Sloan Center research program.

Doctoral research funded by this program must be done on some aspect of ritual, narrative or mythology in middle-class American family life. We prefer the research principally be in the form of ethnographic fieldwork, but suitable proposals using documentary and historical materials will be considered.

Our plan is to share the costs of Sloan Fellows with departments by subsidizing one year of regular departmental support, and adding a supplement to normal departmental funding with an extra year for training and significant funding (up to $25,000) for dissertation research. We will also provide funds for Sloan Fellows travel to selected Sloan Center Conferences.

Application Procedure: Graduate Fellowships

There are three ways to apply for a Sloan Graduate Fellowship:

  • Sloan Fellows will normally apply for admission to a Ph.D. or equivalent program in one of Emory's Schools/Departments, and indicate an interest in being admitted as a Sloan Fellow.
  • Alternatively, a department may designate applicants as appropriate candidates for the Fellowships and forward the names and files of departmental nominees to the Center Director.
  • Finally, graduate students at Emory may apply for available Sloan Fellowships after their first year of graduate school.

Once applicants are accepted by departments or schools at Emory, the files for candidates for Sloan support will be sent to the Director of the Emory/Sloan Center for consideration for admission as a Sloan Fellow. Emory Graduate Students are normally funded for four years by their departments. Sloan Fellows will normally receive two years of stipend support from the Sloan Grant and the rest of their funding from Emory. In most cases we assume that one year of stipend will replace the Department's funding, and the second year will be considered an extra year for class work, write-up, research etc. In addition, each Sloan Fellow will be eligible for up to $10,000 in research funds, and will be given funds for travel to meetings.

Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2006. For new students, the student must be accepted by the supporting department.

Please send a letter of nomination or self-nomination indicating the nominee's areas of research interest and accomplishments, and any appropriate supporting materials. For new applicants, please send a copy of the Graduate application.

For currently enrolled graduate students, please send the following:

  • A 5-6 page description of your project, including your central question, your theoretical approach to it, your research plan, and a discussion of what your work would contribute to the research program of the MARIAL Center
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference
  • a department record
  • a relevant writing sample

Please send the materials to:
Ms. Donna Day, MARIAL Center, Emory University
Emory West Suite 413E
1256 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta GA 30306

The review of applications for Sloan Graduate Fellowships will begin on April 15. Click here for more information about Graduate Fellowships.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Emory Center on Myth and Ritual in American Life (MARIAL Center) at Emory University is offering up to three one-year postdoctoral fellowships for 2006-2007 commencing in August of 2006. Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand. The MARIAL Center is a Sloan Center on Working Families supporting research on issues relating to the production and reproduction of family culture in dual-wage earner families.

MARIAL scholars study a broad range of issues dealing with time-scheduling, balancing home and work obligations, and ritual and narrative practices in American middle-class families. Individuals with expertise on these issues in middle-class families outside the United States are also welcome to apply. Applicants will be expected to continue an ongoing research project, or propose a new research project related to our Center's research agenda or linked directly to an ongoing MARIAL research project. The annual salary for postdoctoral Fellows is $45,000 plus full Emory benefits and access to research funds. Postdoctoral Fellows will be expected to teach one course.

Applications should include:
(1) a current c.v.;
(2) a letter detailing research interests and current and proposed research projects; and
(3) three relevant writing samples.
Arrangements should be made for three letters of recommendation to arrive by the deadline.

Send materials to: Bradd Shore, Director, MARIAL Center, 413E Briarcliff Campus, Emory University, 1256 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30306.

Review of applications begins on April 15, 2006.

Emory University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university.

Core Faculty

The center considers applications from potential Core Faculty Fellows on an ongoing basis. Thus, there is no deadline. Decisions will be made contingent upon the availability of MARIAL support and upon the quality and relevance of the proposed research to the MARIAL program.

Undergraduate Support

The Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life (the MARIAL Center) will support approximately six undergraduate fellows each year. Sloan undergraduate fellows are expected to conduct research in support of their independent study or honors theses.

Each undergraduate fellow will be eligible for up to $5,000 to cover costs of research, travel and production costs of the thesis. Normally, students will apply for a fellowship in the spring of their junior year, for funding during their senior year. Undergraduate fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with the MARIAL Center's faculty and graduate student fellows during their senior year.

The proposed research must be on a topic related to the MARIAL Center's designated research program. Research must be done on some aspect of ritual, narrative or mythology in middle-class American family life. We prefer the research principally be in the form of ethnographic fieldwork, but suitable proposals using documentary and historical materials will be considered.

Sloan undergraduate fellows are required to attend (a) a Fall research workshop, at which they will discuss their ongoing research; (b) a Spring symposium, at which they will report on their research findings to the MARIAL Center faculty and graduate student affiliates; (c) regular MARIAL center workshops and colloquia. Each fellow must submit a copy of her or his honors thesis to the MARIAL Center as soon as the thesis has been approved.

Sections or condensed versions of outstanding theses may be published by the MARIAL Center in our Working Papers series.

Students may apply at any time, and applications are reviewed throughout the year.

To apply for a MARIAL/Sloan undergraduate fellowship, please fill out and submit an application form. In addition, please have your advisor (or an appropriate faculty member) submit a letter or recommendation, or submit the undergraduate recommendation form. Please also submit a copy of your undergraduate transcript to:

Ms. Donna Day, MARIAL Center, Emory University
Emory West Suite 413E
1256 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta GA 30306

Admission Criteria

Sloan Fellowships will be awarded competitively, based upon the scholarly promise of the applicant, the relevance of their proposed areas of interest to our larger research goals, and considerations of balance among departments and divisions of the University.