Harold Leonard Memorial Fellowship in Film Study (2019-20)

Deadline: Noon, November 9, 2018

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 four awards for 2019-20.


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.

Electronic Application

You can access the electronic application for the Harold Leonard Memorial Fellowship here. 

What Do I Need to Apply?

Section 1: Applicant Information
  • Name, email address, student ID, program, citizenship status
  • Confirm eligibility
  • Indicate human/animal subjects use, if applicable to research 
Section 2: Application

Education Statement

Research Proposal

  • Maximum two-pages, single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins.  Key references, diagrams or pictures may be included (but they are not required) on a single additional appendix page (no formatting requirements).
  • Include a working title for your research project at the top of the proposal.
  • After the title, begin the statement with a 100-word abstract describing the extent to which your research centers on film, and its potential contribution to film scholarship.
  • Your research plan should describe the work already completed, the current status of the project, and whether or not it is to form the basis of your dissertation.
  • If your research is part of a larger group project, be specific about your role and independent contribution.
  • Explain how your research will be completed if this request is not funded or if other needed funds are not forthcoming.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Maximum two-pages, single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins.
  • Focus on activities relevant to your research, publications, presentations, academic accomplishments & awards.

UMN Graduate transcript

  • Unoffical transcript with explanation of any incomplete grades.

IRB/IACUC documentation for human/animal subjects (if applicable)

Section 3: Recommenders
  • Two letters of recommendation (first recommender must be major advisor, second recommender may be co-advisor or other faculty) 
  • Letters are due by the deadline.
Section 4: Save/Update/Submit or Request Letters
  • Electronic signature, copy of application and letter request options
  • Send electronic letter requests to recommenders well in advance of the application deadline.