John E. Rovensky Fellowship in U.S. Business or Economic History

The John E. Rovensky Fellowships in U.S. Business or Economic History

The University of Illinois Foundation announces the 2015-2016 John Rovensky Fellowships.  Two $8,000 fellowships will be awarded for doctoral students writing their dissertations in U.S. business or economic history. The fellowships are available largely through the generosity of the late John E. Rovensky and are administered by the University of Illinois Foundation.  Awardees may use the fellowship concurrently with other funding sources, including grants or teaching assignments. 


Applicants must be working toward a Ph.D. degree with U.S. business or economic history as the area of major interest. Fellowship recipients must be enrolled in a doctoral program at an accredited college or university in the United States. Preference will be given to applicants who are preparing for a career in teaching and research and who will have completed all graduate course work prior to the fall of 2016. Awards are non-renewable, but may be taken along with other fellowships from other sources.


Application Process

The Rovensky Fellowship Selection Committee is composed of seven scholars in American economic and business history: 

Marcelo Bucheli (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Chair
Christopher McKenna (Oxford University)
John Parman (William & Mary)
Richard Sicotte (University of Vermont)
Steven Usselman (Georgia Tech)
Pamela Walker Laird (Colorado Denver) 


Applicants are judged on the basis of the following criteria:
•    Academic ability and interest in business and/or economic history, documented in one letter of recommendation
•    Demonstrated ability in research and writing
•    Potential for career in teaching and academic research, supported in letter of recommendation
•    Quality of dissertation proposal
Application forms may be found on the Web at


Inquiries may be directed to:

Marcelo Bucheli
Department of Business Administration
350 Wohlers
1206 S. 6th Street
Champaign, IL 61820, USA


Completed applications for the fellowship must be received no later than Friday, February 19, 2016.

Winners will be announced at the Business History Conference Banquet, Embassy Suites Hotel, Portland, Oregon, April 2 2016.
All materials, including the letter of recommendation, should be sent as e-mail file attachments (PDF formats) to