Early Stage Dissertation Grants For Individuals Currently Writing a Dissertation in Economic History

Early Stage Dissertation Grants, (formerly known as Exploratory Travel and Data Grants) are early stage grants for doctoral students writing a dissertation in economic history. They provide funding for specific research purposes (for example, visiting archives, data transcription, or purchase of microfilm or CD-ROMs) and in most instances will not exceed $2,500. They are nonrenewable, but recipients are eligible to apply subsequently for a Graduate dissertation fellowship (see above).

Please direct any questions about these fellowships to Professor Marc Weidenmier, Committee on Research in Economic History,

Applicants must be current members of the Economic History Association. If you are unsure about your EHA membership status, please contact the Administrative Coordinator, Taylor Land at If you would like to join the EHA, click here.

Please note that where the application asks for a 3 page project description, this is to be double spaced with at least one inch margins on all sides and font size no less than 11 point.  This includes references you cite. For the application to be complete, your dissertation advisor should upload a reference letter to: It is the applicant’s responsibility to request the letter.

Two of the grant recipients will receive the Cambridge University Press Pre-Dissertation Exploratory Grants which are funded by an endowment created by Cambridge University Press (CUP) and the Economic History Association (EHA) to demonstrate both organizations’ commitment to the development of the future leaders of the field, whose research will direct the study of economic history throughout the world. Please submit only ONE application. All ESD Grant applicants will be considered for the CUP/EHA sponsored grants.

Submit an Early Stage Dissertation Grant Application HERE

Deadline for Applications: January 18, 2024.  Awards announced by February 28, 2024.

Please note that students may apply for either the Graduate Dissertation Fellowships OR for the Early Stage Dissertation Grant, but not both in the same year.