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Alumni Dissertation Fellowships


 Alumni Dissertation Fellowships

Due: January 16, 2015


Alumni Dissertation Fellowships allow students to devote full-time work to their dissertations. Students must complete their dissertation during the fellowship year. Failing to complete the dissertation in the fellowship year will compromise future awards for their department. The Alumni Dissertation Fellowship is the last of the internally administered prestigious awards for advanced doctoral students. Once a student has received an Alumni Dissertation Fellowship, s/he will not be eligible for other advanced prestigious awards (i.e., Research Assistantship or Senior Teaching Fellowship).



The stipend for the 2014/2015 GSAS Alumni Dissertation Fellowship is $29,270. A tuition scholarship will also be provided.



GSAS doctoral students in good standing with satisfactory academic progress according to the guidelines established by GSAS are eligible for this award. A student may apply for this award only after the department has accepted the proposal and the Dean has approved the dissertation title and dissertation committee. A student may apply for only one of the three academic-year financial aid awards for advanced students (Research Assistantship, Senior Teaching Fellowship, or Alumni Dissertation Fellowship). A student may apply for a Summer Fellowship along with any of these three academic year awards. Students with Alumni Dissertation Fellowship awards usually are not eligible for Teaching Associate positions or other forms of financial aid.



- A 300-word statement that addresses the dissertation’s contribution to the scholarly field, indicates the status of the dissertation research and writing, and outlines a timetable for completion. Remember that your application will be reviewed by faculty members outside your department, who will not know the stages of and time requirements for a dissertation in your field. *

- Copy of Dissertation Proposal *

-  Curriculum Vitae *

-  A mentor’s letter of recommendation (via email): Please ask your mentor to assess the status of your dissertation research and writing and to provide an honest appraisal of the likelihood of dissertation completion during your award year. The student should arrange for the mentor or adviser to submit a letter of recommendation electronically directly to the Department or Program by the deadline date.


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*Files should be uploaded WORD or PDF files and should begin with the student's name followed by CV, Narrative, Rec., Doc., Budget, Travel or Dissertation Application (e.g. Smith_CV_Travel10F)

Departments Only:
Each department may nominate up to 2 students for the Alumni Dissertation Fellowship. To nominate students, the Department Chair or Program Director should prepare a letter ranking the two nominees and describing how they make use of the award. These letters should also reflect student progress on their dissertations to date and in the fellowship year, indicating likelihood of defense of the dissertation in this year. Nominations are limited to 100 words per nominee or 250 words total. If no ranking is indicated, the student whose name appears first will be considered to be rated as the top candidate. 


Applications will first be submitted to the student’s department. Committees within each department will discuss and rank the applications. The members of the Distinguished Fellowships Committee will read each application and the Committee will make its recommendations to the Dean. Applicants will receive notification approving or denying their applications by letter in April 1.

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