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Dissertation Fellowships

Up to three dissertation fellowships in the amount of $18,000 are awarded each year.

Doctoral students may apply for dissertation fellowships sponsored by the Graduate School and the Department of English.

One Graduate School-funded dissertation fellowship is available to students entering their fourth year of the doctoral program during the term of the award. This fellowship is for two semesters of support. The Admission and Awards Committee with the consent of the Dean of the Graduate School and the Graduate Committee may determine how the Graduate School funded dissertation fellowship will be awarded if no applications from those eligible to apply are received.

The departmentally funded Academic Challenge and Sinclair dissertation fellowships are available to Ph.D. students entering their fifth year or beyond. The Admissions and Awards Committee may choose to make the department fellowship awards for either one or two semesters.

To be eligible to apply for a dissertation fellowship, a student must have successfully passed the comprehensive examination and written a prospectus approved by the dissertation committee by the announced application deadline (April 1 or the first business day thereafter).

An application consists of a cover letter summarizing the project and a timeline for completing the dissertation, and a dissertation prospectus. The criteria for awarding the fellowships are:

  1. the quality of the project as expressed in the prospectus, and
  2. the likelihood that the applicant will complete the dissertation during the term of the award.