Harold Leonard Memorial Fellowship in Film Study

for 2018-19

Deadline: 12 noon, November 8, 2017

For doctoral students pursuing well-defined research or study in which film history, criticism, theory, or aesthetics is the major focus of the research. Students may propose a program of research, such as that which would lead to a dissertation, or course of study in which the major focus will be film. The film study program does not support film production projects. $25,000 for the academic year, plus tuition and subsidized health insurance for the academic year. Summer health insurance will be provided if the Fellow remains eligible. Up to three awards for 2018-19.


Students must be registered for credit in a Ph.D. program and must have completed at least one year of graduate studies at the University of Minnesota at the time of application. Students are ineligible for a second award.

Application Process

What will I need to complete my application?

Apply Electronically

Selection Criteria

The review and selection will be conducted by University of Minnesota faculty, which will select the awardees based on the following criteria:

  • the extent to which the research centers on film and its potential contribution to film scholarship,
  • the cohesiveness of the study or research plan and the clarity with which it is conveyed,
  • the strength of the academic record and overall professional promise,
  • the timeliness of progress toward the degree, and
  • the strength of the letters of recommendation.

Applicants will be notified, in writing, by the end of February.

Award Policy
  • Duplicate Awards - Recipients may not hold concurrently a second fellowship, scholarship, grant, or similar award that duplicates the benefits of the Fellowship.
  • Supplementation - Recipients may hold concurrently a graduate assistantship of up to 25% time, or supplementation up to the value of a 25% assistantship in each semester.
  • Terms of Award - Although recipients need not be in residence during the tenure of the fellowship, they must be registered for credit in the Graduate School both semesters of the academic year.