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Research Fellowships

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The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Research Fellowship provides support for our students to work as research fellows. The fellowship provides support for students who wish to work closely with faculty mentors to develop their own dissertation research projects or to learn methods or procedures that they will use on their own dissertation research. This support will be offered on a competitive basis and will reward students who have already submitted proposals for fellowships, published articles and/or book reviews, or presented papers at conferences. Second priority will be given to students who have already made significant progress toward these goals.

Students who are awarded this fellowship will be freed from teaching and other research obligations in order to focus on their own work.

Award Information
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Research Fellowship provides an academic year stipend and tuition scholarship. For programs based on 12-month financial aid packages, a 12-month stipend is provided. For updated stipend rates, please see Stipends and Scholarships.

Doctoral students in good standing with satisfactory academic progress according to the guidelines established by us and who will have completed at least six semesters of full-time graduate study (with at least four of these semesters in the graduate school) by the time the Fellowship begins are eligible to apply for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Research Fellowship. A student may receive nomination for only one of the three academic-year merit awards for advanced students (Research Fellowship, Senior Teaching Fellowship, or Alumni Dissertation Fellowship). However, he or she may still apply for a Summer Fellowship.

Application Materials
The application will be available after December 1, 2017.  To apply, log on to your my.fordham portal to apply for the Research Fellowship Award.

The following files should be uploaded as one PDF (preferred) or one WORD document.  The file name should begin with the student's last name_first name_Dept_Fellowship name - (e.g., Doe_Jane_HIST_RF).

  • Applicant's curriculum vitae
  • Project narrative with bibliography
    • This report should be approximately 300 - 500 words in length. It should explain succinctly the nature of the research and how it relates to the objectives, methods and original contribution of the doctoral dissertation. It should be written in jargon-free language. (Remember that your proposal will be reviewed by faculty members outside of your disciplinary area.)

A letter of recommendation from your mentor is also required. Please ask your mentor or adviser to discuss how this Research Fellowship will enhance your professional socialization (i.e., applications for external fellowships, publications, or conference presentations). The student should arrange for the mentor or adviser to submit a letter of recommendation electronically to the Department by the deadline date (see above).

Departments only
Each department may nominate up to 2 students for the Research Fellowship. To nominate students, the Department Chair or Program Director should prepare a letter ranking the nominees and describing how they will make use of the award. 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.  

Review and Selection Process
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 (DFC) will read all applications and the DFC will make its recommendations to the Dean. Applicants will receive notification approving or denying their applications by April 1