Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2013


This contest is closed.

This fellowship is intended to provide outstanding PhD candidates with financial support to assist in the process of completing their doctoral dissertations. The fellowship consists of full support for one academic semester (either fall or spring of AY13/14), and includes a monthly stipend equal to that of a 50% GPTI salary, tuition coverage of up to five dissertation hours, mandatory fees, and coverage under the student gold health insurance plan. Please note: students may not engage in other forms of paid employment (working, teaching, or off-campus employment) during the time they receive a Dissertation Fellowship. Additionally, students may not take classes outside their dissertation hours nor may they accept another fellowship or grant during the same time period. The purpose of the fellowship is to allow recipients to devote their attention to the dissertation.

Doctoral students who have been advanced to candidacy (D status) by the deadline date of the application. (previous winners are not eligible)
The Selection Committee will base their selection on the following:
•    the quality of the research project
•    the quality of the candidate's CV (conference presentations, publications, awards, etc.)
•    the probability of completion within the period of the fellowship (the greater the probability, the better chance of receiving a fellowship)
•    other teaching-free fellowships that the candidate has already enjoyed (the fewer the better)
Applicants are required to submit the following information through the on-line application system:
1.    Applicant's Curriculum Vitae
2.    Synopsis of dissertation (maximum 750 words).  References cited will not be included in the 750 word count.
3.    Transcript (official OR unofficial)
3.    A timeline for completion of the dissertation (max one page)
4.    Information concerning any other research grants, internal or external, for which the applicant has applied, as well as information concerning any other support for dissertation writing that the applicant has already been awarded and used.
5.    Letter of support: statement of evaluation (maximum 750 words) of the dissertation plans and the likelihood of completion within the fellowship period. This statement is to be written by: EITHER (a) the dissertation advisor OR (b) another member of the dissertation committee and should be emailed directly to (please note there is no S at the end of contest in the email address)

The Deadline for submission of all materials is 12:00pm, Monday, March 4, 2013- No exceptions.
Applicants will be evaluated by a committee appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School and winners will be announced in mid-April.

Awardees will be asked to submit a letter at the end of their fellowship tenure detailing their progress towards dissertation completion.

If you require additional information please email Gretchen O'Connell at