Third-year Ph.D. student Peter Kitlas has won a Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Social Science Research Council. Kitlas will use the fellowship, which funds dissertation research abroad, to spend time at the archives in Morocco (Rabat and Tetouan) and in Istanbul (Başbakanlık and Topkapı Sarayı). His project focuses on Moroccan and Ottoman diplomatic developments from a local and foreign bureaucratic perspective throughout the eighteenth century. In both Morocco and Turkey he will be looking at diplomatic travelogues (riḥla and sefaretnames), government records, and diplomatic correspondence.
“The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Sixty-eight fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $21,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.”