Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
Eligibility for Dissertation Fellowships
$30,000 dissertation fellowship created to encourage the pursuit of the PhD by African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans. Fellow is expected to spend a significant amount of time in residence at the American Philosophical Society Library (office space will be provided) and therefore all applicants should be pursuing dissertation topics in which the holding of the library are especially strong. Relevant holdings include materials on quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, computer development, the history of genetics and eugenics, the history of medicine, Early American political and cultural history, natural history in the 18th and 19th centuries, the development of cultural anthropology, or American Indian linguistics and culture. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the Library website regarding the collections. Fellows must be admitted to candidacy, have completed all other coursework and be prepared to devote full time for 12 months - with no teaching obligations - to dissertation research and writing.
The Center for Engaged Scholarship's dissertation fellowships
The Louisville Institute’s Dissertation Fellowship program is designed to support the final year Ph.D. or Th.D. dissertation writing for students engaged in research pertaining to North American Christianity, especially projects related to Christian faith and life, religious institutions, and pastoral leadership.
Selection of fellowship recipients will be made by a student's college. The colleges will set the conditions and application procedures for the Graduate School Dissertation Fellowships and will notify the Graduate School of the recipients. The Fellowship awards will be dispensed by the Graduate School. Students should contact the associate dean's office of their college to find out their college's application procedure. After spending much of 2008 living and researching in Cuba, Valerie Dickerson was excited to have the opportunity to finish writing at Dartmouth. Her dissertation, "Are Those Congas in the Pulpit?: Hymns, Alabanza y Adoracian Music, and the Evangelical Subculture of Western Cuba," explores themes of religious identity, globalization, and race in Havana's Protestant churches. She was excited to come to Dartmouth because of the access the fellowship provides to excellent faculty and wonderful facilities. Since arriving, Valerie has split her time between the AAAS and music departments-something that has broadened the supportive network that Dartmouth offers. She feels she has greatly benefited from her relationships with senior scholars who have shared advice on dissertation content, job applications, and career advancement. The Chavez and Eastman fellows have also been a source of support. To make her experience at Dartmouth more well rounded, Valerie joined the World Music Percussion Ensemble, became the accompanist for the Morning Glory Community Fellowship, and has given lectures in the Department of Music. She believes that the Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship allows young scholars to continue their growth and enter into the next stage of their professional lives.Dartmouth is fortunate to be able to offer three dissertation fellowships: the Thurgood Marshall, the Charles A. Eastman, and the Cesar Chavez. This year, the three fellowships were awarded to Valerie Dickerson (Music, African and African American Studies), Kendra Field (Native American Studies, African and African American Studies), and Albert Sergio Laguna (Latino American, Latino and Caribbean Studies). The purpose of these fellowships is to support graduate scholars for a year-long residency at Dartmouth, which usually runs from September through August. They offer an opportunity for scholars who plan careers in higher education and have completed all other Ph.D. requirements to finish their dissertations. Fellows may pursue the Ph.D. degree in any discipline or area taught in the Dartmouth undergraduate Arts and Sciences curriculum. Additionally, each fellow is affiliated with a department or program at Dartmouth.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 $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. Like all Spencer Foundation programs, the Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund. This year, up to 600 applications are anticipated and up to 25 fellowships will be awarded.