History Department PhD candidate Peter Dobek was recently awarded a prestigious Kosciuszko Foundation Studies and Research Grant. The Kosciuszko Foundation promotes education and cultural exchanges between the United States and Poland. The foundation also aims to increase American understanding of Polish culture and history. Peter’s dissertation is titled “Karczma/Taberna: Public Houses in Cracow during the Jagiellonian Dynasty.” The Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship will supplement the Dissertation Completion Fellowship that Peter had already received from Western Michigan University for 2018-19. The two fellowships will help him to work towards completing his dissertation during the summer of 2019. The Kosciuskzo Foundation Scholarship will provide financial assistance for him to work with experts in Cracow, Poland, and to maintain the connections he established with scholars in the city during his Fulbright year in 2015-16. These scholars will also be able to assist in checking his translation of primary sources. Additionally, the scholarship would allow Peter to represent WMU’s Department of History at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, the second oldest university in Central Europe.
Congratulations to Peter Dobek for this outstanding achievement.