Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, USA

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Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship ( DDF ) gives the University’s most accomplished PhD candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year.

The award includes a stipend of $25,000 for the academic year ( September-May ), tuition for up to 14 thesis credits each semester ( fall & spring ), and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan.

 

Eligibility for Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Programs may nominate Ph.D. candidates if the nominee :

  •  will have passed the written and oral preliminary examinations by 27th February, 2018, and
  •  will have completed all program coursework by the end of spring semester 2018 ( Nominee may be registered for program coursework in spring 2018, but may not have any incompletes in program coursework at the time of nomination.), and
  •  is expected to graduate no later than December 2019.

In all cases, the DGS should establish that the nominee is making timely degree progress.  The DGS will need to provide a calculation of time in degree.  This calculation should not include time away for approved leave of absences.

  • If, in 2018-19, the nominee will be entering his / her sixth year or later of study* in the nominating program, the DGS must provide justification for the length of time, or otherwise demonstrate the student’s scholarly productivity.

*For the purpose of this nomination, the “year of study” for 2018 – 19 is defined as the time the nominee has been enrolled in the nominating graduate program, regardless of degree objective, excluding time that he/she was on an approved leave of absence.

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Selection Criteria

The review will be conducted by the Graduate Fellowship Committee, composed of twenty-seven faculty members and four co-chairs from across the University.  Each nomination will be independently reviewed and rated by three faculty members, drawn from different fields within the broad discipline.  The nomination must be reasonably comprehensible to all individuals.

The Committee will select recipients based on the following criteria:

  • The degree to which the nominating materials show the student’s independence, originality and resourcefulness;
  • The importance of the research and the clarity with which it is conveyed;
  • The student’s involvement in, or contributions to, research, scholarly or creative activities ( e.g. publications, abstracts, presentations at professional conferences, performances or exhibits ); and
  • The timeliness of progress toward the degree.

Awarde Obligation

Recipients of the fellowship are required to submit a 6-10 page report of the results of their research to the Association of College and Research Libraries ( ACRL ) within two months of the project’s completion. A 500-word summary for possible publication in C&RL News is also due at that time.

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Application Submissions

Qualified students who wish to be considered for the fellowship may apply by e-mailing a brief ( ten pages or less double-spaced ) proposal that includes the following :

  • Description of the research, including significance and methodology
  • Schedule for completion
  • Budget and budget justification for items for which support is sought. (Must be items for which no other support is available. Examples of acceptable items are printing, computer time, fees to subjects, statistical consulting, photography, artwork, typing, and professional travel.)
  • Name of dissertation advisor and committee members
  • Letter from dissertation advisor endorsing the proposal
  • Completed checklist confirming applicant eligibility

An up-to-date curriculum vitae should accompany the proposal. Because of limits imposed by timing considerations, applications may be made for research under way, e.g., a student who begins research in the fall may apply for support for expenses incurred from the fall until the time the award is made.

Electronic submissions are required. E-mail the application to Megan Griffin at mgriffin@ala.org. If sending multiple files, each file name must contain the applicant’s name. Submissions will be acknowledged via e-mail.

If you have questions or need help compiling a nomination, contact Megan Griffin, mgriffin@ala.org.

Submission Deadline: Open Until Filled