Dissertation Completion

NOTE: The awards below appear in alphabetical order. This list is not comprehensive. Use the databases on our Resources page and your own independent research to find awards not represented here.


American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellowship

The purpose of the AAUW Dissertation Fellowship is to offset a scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation. Dissertation Fellows are not required to study in the United States. Students from any discipline are welcome to apply. Students who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Tuesday, November 15, 2016


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Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature. The Newcombe Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at American institutions located in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year.
National deadline: Tuesday, November 15, 2016



Economic History Association (EHA) Graduate Dissertation Fellowship

The EHA supports research in economic history through multiple grant programs. Students with approved topics and making progress towards completion are eligible for Dissertation Fellowships.  Students at early stages of dissertation development are not eligible for fellowship support. Applicants must be members of the Association, and dissertation fellowships are not renewable.
National deadline: Sunday, January 15, 2017


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Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs; practice-oriented degree programs are not eligible for support. The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is intended to support the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation. In addition to the fellowship award, Ford Fellows are eligible to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows, a unique national conference of a select group of high-achieving scholars committed to diversifying the professoriate and using diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Students who are US citizens, permanent residents, or granted DACA status are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Wednesday, December 7, 2016



Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowship

These fellowships of $20,000 each are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete the thesis in a timely manner and are only appropriate for students approaching the final year of their Ph.D. work. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Dissertations with no relevance to understanding human violence and aggression will not be supported. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources. Applicants may be citizens of any country and studying at colleges or universities in any country.
National deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2017



Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

In honor of former RFF President Joseph L. Fisher, RFF awards academic fellowships in support of doctoral dissertation research on issues related to the environment, natural resources, or energy. Awardees will be invited to give a presentation of their research at RFF, for which RFF will pay reasonable travel expenses. RFF’s primary research disciplines are economics and other social sciences. Proposals originating in these fields will have the greatest likelihood of success. Proposals from the physical or biological sciences must have an immediate and obvious link to environmental policy matters. This fellowship supports graduate students in the final year of their dissertation research. The fellowship carries a stipend of $18,000, which is intended to be a student's principal source of support.
National deadline: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Josephine de Karman Fellowship

De Karman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college within the US. Approximately eight fellowships, $22,000 for graduate students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year, paid through the fellowship office of the university in which the recipient is enrolled for study. Study must be carried out only in the US and all funds must be expended in the US. Only candidates for the PhD who will defend by the end of the fellowship year are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2017



McNeil Center for Early American Studies Dissertation Fellowship

Fellows receive a stipend of up to $21,000, office space in the Center's magnificent building on the University of Pennsylvania's campus and library, computer, and other privileges at the University. Limited travel funds for research are also available. While no teaching is required for most fellowships, all McNeil Center fellows are expected to be in residence in Philadelphia during the academic year and to participate regularly in the Center's program of seminars and other activities. Doctoral candidates from any PhD-granting institution who are in the research or writing stage of the dissertation are eligible. As outlined below, some fellowships are targeted at specific areas, but any project dealing with the histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world before 1850 will be considered. Proposals dependent on the use of Philadelphia-area archives and libraries are particularly welcome. Applications are encouraged from students of all relevant disciplines, including Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Comparative Literature, Economics, English, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, Latina/o Studies, Law, Music, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Political Science, Queer Studies, Religious Studies, Urban Studies, and Women’s Studies.
National deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2017



Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

ACLS invites applications for Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure. The fellowship may be carried out in residence at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. These fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant. The total award of up to $38,000 includes a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. In addition to the monetary support that the fellowship offers, Dissertation Completion Fellows are able to apply to participate in a seminar on preparing for the academic job market. Students who are no more than six years into their degree program are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Wednesday, October 26, 2016



Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships in European Studies

Each fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend, paid in six bi-monthly installments over the course of the fellowship year, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees. Fellows will also be expected to participate in a number of activities organized by the Council for European Studies, which are designed to support early career development. These activities include presenting at the International Conference of Europeanists, hosted by the Council for European Studies; publishing in and producing a feature for CES’ online journal; and participating in several digital and in-person career development seminars and/or workshops. Students who are US citizens or green-card holders are eligible to apply.
National deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2017


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National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, analysis, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. Fellowships are not intended to finance data collection or the completion of doctoral coursework, but rather to support the final analysis of the research topic and the writing of the dissertation. For this reason, all applicants must document that they will have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by the start of the fellowship and must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one or two-year time frame.
National deadline: fall 2017



Schallek Fellowship

The Medieval Academy, in collaboration with the Richard III Society-American Branch, offers a full-year fellowship in memory of William B. and Maryloo Spooner Schallek. The fellowship provides a one-year grant of $30,000 to support Ph.D. dissertation research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). Applicants must be members of the Medieval Academy.
National deadline: Saturday, October 15, 2016



Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Dissertation Completion Fellowship

SHAFR will make two, year-long awards, in the amount of $25,000 each, to support the writing and completion of the doctoral dissertation in each academic year. Applicants should be candidates for the PhD in a humanities or social science doctoral program (most likely history), must have been admitted to candidacy, and must be at the writing stage, with all substantial research completed by the time of the award. Applicants should be working on a topic in the field of U.S. foreign relations history or international history, broadly defined, and must be current members of SHAFR.
National deadline: Saturday, April 1, 2017


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Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. The fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for PhD candidates in the United States, working in the humanities and social sciences, whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. The most competitive applications include not only a clear, thorough, and compelling description of the candidate’s work, but also evidence of an enduring interest in and commitment to women’s issues and scholarship on women and gender. Fellows receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies.
National deadline: Saturday, October 15, 2016