Funding Opportunities for MSU Philosophy Graduate Students

Direct Access to Grant Databases:

Link to MSU Internal Fellowships:

Listing of Some Large Awards:

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Note: The Woodrow Wilson Foundation is currently upgrading its application system. The components of the application are outlined below, and you may begin preparing those at any time. The submission process and format of these components will be updated here. More details will be available soon; please check back at a later date.

An application is complete when these documents have been successfully submitted:

The online application form, which includes your personal and academic information in addition to the uploading in Word or PDF of your:





Additional information

Three letters of recommendation

Doctoral transcripts

Details regarding each of the components may be found below. The deadline for submission of the online application is 11:59:59 p.m. November 15, 2013.

Application Components

The online application requires:

Basic information about you and your academic career to this point.

An abstract which summarizes concisely your dissertation project. The abstract must demonstrate the centrality of ethical or religious values, as well as show the relevance and significance of ethical and religious values to your project. The abstract should be no more than 200 words in length, using the equivalent of Times New Roman 12 point font.

A proposal that describes how your project addresses religious or ethical values, what your objective is and how you will arrive at that objective, and why your work is or will be at the forefront of scholarship in your academic discipline. The proposal should be no longer than six double-spaced pages, using the equivalent of Times New Roman 12 point font, and no less than a one-inch margin. You may use standard footnote formatting where necessary, staying within the 6-page limit. Alternately, you may use the bibliography as your works cited, instead of using space in your proposal. If you choose this, please reference the work in the bibliography with in-text citations (author, year).

A bibliography that lists the major theoretical and critical works that bear on your dissertation. It should be no longer than two pages, using the equivalent of Times New Roman 12 point font, in standard bibliographic format (i.e., entries single-spaced, with a double-space between entries). It is important to include the works that most clearly demonstrate your preparation to carry out the work you propose. A single sentence with each entry that describes the source material or its relevance to your project is acceptable, keeping within the two-page limit.

A timetable that details the chapter outline, your progress to-date, and your schedule for the academic year of the tenure of the award, to demonstrate to the selection committee that you are truly in your FINAL year of dissertation writing. There is no definitive format for the timetable. It is up to you to determine how best to present your writing schedule. You may use paragraph/narrative form, or bullet points, or a combination of the two. You may summarize, annotate, or describe. The timetable should be no longer than one page, using the equivalent of Times New Roman 12 point font.

Additional information should contain relevant professional information that demonstrates your unique position to complete your project. You may include such information as relevant languages; publications; presentations; and classes taught or taken. This is also your opportunity to present the Selection Committee Members with a “snapshot” of yourself as a well-rounded and high-quality candidate. You may also include awards, honors, fellowships, community/volunteer service or a brief personal statement. The format of this information should be “resume” style and should be no longer than two pages, using the equivalent of Times New Roman 12 point font. This information will be considered ONLY under rigorous competition, where two candidates are being evaluated on equal terms based on the proposal, bibliography and timetable.

Three Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required as part of the application process: one from the person who will direct your dissertation and letters from two additional faculty recommenders. (A co-director may be listed as a faculty recommender.) The two faculty members may be from your own institution or department or a different institution or department.

Doctoral Institution Transcripts
You are required to submit an official transcript from your Ph.D.-granting institution. We advise that you request the transcript immediately. We are not responsible for late submissions due to institutional delay.Transcripts must be mailed to the Foundation (see address information below) in the sealed envelope that your university provides.
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
P.O. Box 5281, CWN Department
Princeton, NJ 08543-5281

For UPS and FedEx use this address:
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
CWN Department
5 Vaughn Drive
Suite 300
Princeton, NJ 08540-6313

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

            The Online Fellowship Application (OFA) System will open in late July.

            Fellowship Details

  1. 1.Stipend: $25,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000

  2. 2.Tenure: one year beginning summer 2014

  3. 3.Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( no later than 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, October 23, 2013.

  4. 4.Notifications will be sent in late March 2014.

  5. 5.ACLS invites applications for the eighth annual competition for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the Ph.D. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2015. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.

  6. 6.ACLS will award 65 fellowships in this competition for a one-year term beginning between June and September 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year. The fellowship tenure 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.

  7. 7.The total award of up to $33,000 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.  The seminar takes place over three days in the fall of the fellowship year.


  1. 8.The program is open to Ph.D. candidates in a humanities or social science department in the United States. (1)

  2. 9.Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation (obtained ABD status) by the application deadline.

  3. 10.The program is restricted to graduate students who have progressed no further than the sixth year of the degree program.  (This includes time for a master’s degree obtained en route to the Ph.D.) (2)

  4. 11.Graduate students who currently hold or have previously held a dissertation completion fellowship are not eligible for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

  5. 12.Unsuccessful applicants may reapply to this program only once.

            Application Requirements

  1. 13.Applications must be submitted online and must include:

  2. 14.Completed application form

  3. 15.Proposal (no more than five pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font

  4. 16.One-page timeline for the expected completion of dissertation writing and defense

  5. 17.Up to three additional pages of images, musical scores, or other similar supporting non-text materials [optional]

  6. 18.Bibliography (no more than two pages)

  7. 19.Completed chapter of the dissertation (that is neither the introduction, nor the conclusion, nor the literature review) of not more than 25 double-spaced pages, in Times New Roman 11-point font, or a representative 25-page excerpt from a longer chapter. The chapter must be in English, though citations may be in other languages (with translations provided).

  8. 20.Two reference letters

  9. 21.A statement from the applicant’s institution (preferably from the applicant’s department chair or dean). The provided form asks the institutional representative to (1) attest to the viability of the proposed timeline for completion; (2) stipulate that, in the event of an award, the university will not charge the student tuition or fees beyond a limit of $5,000 and will provide for any additional costs, such as health insurance; and (3) pledge that if an ACLS award is made, the university will not provide the applicant with any subsequent aid. The person submitting the statement cannot be one of the reference letter writers.

  10. 22.Note that transcripts are not required.

        Criteria Used in Judging Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship Applications

  1. 23.Scholars asked to review applications in this program are instructed to use the following four criteria:

  2. 24.The potential of the project to advance the field of study in which it is proposed and make an original and significant contribution to knowledge.

  3. 25.The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.

  4. 26.The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed timeframe.

  5. 27.The scholarly record and career trajectory of the applicant. 

  6. 28.In special circumstances an applicant and his or her advisor may petition to have seventh-year application considered. Such applicants must present a compelling case for eligibility. Back to text.

  7. 29.- See more at:

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program


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. The Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund. This year, up to 600 applications are anticipated and about 25 fellowships will be awarded.

The online application will be accessible in mid-Summer, please check back regularly.

Previous Fellowship Recipients

2013-2014 Cohort
2012-2013 Cohort
2011-2012 Cohort
2010-2011 Cohort

Fellowship Awards

Fellows will receive $25,000 for one academic year. 

Fellowships must begin during the 2014-2015 academic year. 

Fellows will be included in professional development retreats with members of the National Academy of Education and other senior scholars. 

Approximately twenty-five dissertation fellowships will be awarded in 2014.

Selection will be made by a committee of NAEd members and other senior scholars.

Qualifications and Guidelines

The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program is open to all eligible applicants regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Basic selection criteria are as follows:
Importance of the research question to education
Quality of the research approach and feasibility of the work plan
Applicant’s future potential as a researcher and interest in educational research

Applicants need not be citizens of the United States; however, they must be candidates for the doctoral degree at a graduate school within the United States.

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 June 1, 2014 and must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one or two-year time frame.

Applicants should have a demonstrated record of research experience in education.

Proposed project must be an education research project. NAEd/Spencer funds studies that examine the efficacy of curriculum and teaching methods, however, we do not fund the initial development of curriculum or instructional programs.

Applications will be judged on the applicant's past research record, career trajectory in education research, and the quality of the project described in the application.

Fellows may not accept employment other than as described in the application, nor may they accept other awards without prior approval (including awards from NAEd or Spencer) that would provide duplicate benefits.

Applications must be made by the individual applying for the fellowship; group applications will not be accepted.


Awardees for the 2014 program will be notified in May 2014.

The application deadline for the 2014 program will be October 4, 2013. 

To be notified when the fellows are announced, please join our mailing list.

To Apply and Important Information/Links

Before submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to read The Art of Writing Proposals. Applicants are also encouraged to seek feedback from respected colleagues prior to submission.

Application Components:

Online application form

Dissertation abstract

Project description and work plan

Graduate transcripts

Two reference letters

Personal statement

National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Bioethics, Predissertation Fellowships [AWAITING 2013 UPDATE]


Students with an undergraduate degree who are planning to pursue MD, JD, PhD, or other graduate degrees are encouraged to apply for a post-baccalaureate/pre-doctoral fellowship. Students who have achieved MD, JD, PhD, or other advanced degrees in relevant fields are encouraged to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship. No bioethics experience is required or expected.

The department prides itself on being a diverse and interdisciplinary community. Fellows have come from a variety of academic and social backgrounds and have pursued research on a wide range of topics. An intellectual environment composed of such different points of view has greatly added to the rigor and success of our program. Fellows are selected on the basis of their previous academic achievements, commitment to scholarship, and the contribution they are likely to make in the field of bioethics.

Two-year positions begin September 2013. Salary is commensurate with federal guidelines.


To apply, please mail or email the following materials to Becky Chen:


Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts

One or more writing sample(s) that demonstrate analytical or critical thinking ability (not to exceed 30 pages collectively)

Three letters of recommendation (preferably from individuals familiar with your academic work)

A 1000-word statement of interest which may include discussion of how the fellowship fits into your career goals and potential topics you would like to investigate while here. You might also discuss how you can lend a unique perspective to the department or contribute to the department’s diversity.

Post-doctoral application deadline is December 31, 2012. Post-baccalaureate/pre-doctoral application deadline is January 15, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be in March 2013. Contact Becky Chen for questions regarding the application process.

Send completed applications to:

Becky Chen

Department of Bioethics

Clinical Center

National Institutes of Health

Building 10, Room 1C118

10 Center Drive

Bethesda, MD 20892-1156

Tel: 301.496.2429

Fax: 301.496-0760


National Endowment for the Humanities: Fellowships*

*Note: All U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible.

Division of Research Programs

Receipt Deadline May 1, 2014 for Projects Beginning January 2015


In the meantime, please use the guidelines for the previous deadline, to get a sense of what is involved in assembling an application.

Brief Summary

Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Fellowships program received an average of 1,261 applications per year. The program made an average of 88 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 7 percent.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely from year to year, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from


Contact NEH’s Division of Research Programs at 202-606-8200 or Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.

National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grants for Science and Technology Studies (including Philosophy of Science)

SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG)

SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG)

Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program
Division of Social and Economic Sciences  
Fred Kronz, Program Director

 STS DDRIG Deadline Dates: February 1st and August 1st

Indirect Costs Notice: Please note an important change to the treatment of indirect costs that was incorporated into the SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG) program solicitation (NSF 11-547). NSF's long-standing policy regarding the reimbursement of administrative costs is full reimbursement of indirect costs, based on the awardee's current Federally negotiated indirect cost rate agreement. To ensure consistency with Foundation and Federal-wide policies, proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation are subject to the awardee's current Federally negotiated indirect cost rate.

Proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants submitted to the STS Program must comply with or have information about the following bulleted items:

Project Budget: The usual limit on a dissertation award is $15,000 (including indirect costs) for research in North America. The usual limit for international research is $18,000 (including indirect costs).

Proposal Title should begin, "Doctoral Dissertation Research: ...”.

Project Description must not exceed 15 single pages.

The dissertation advisor should be listed as the Principal Investigator. The dissertation student should be listed as the Co-Principal Investigator.

All proposals must be submitted electronically via Fastlane or

Proposals which violate these regulations in an attempt to squeeze in more information antagonize reviewers and may be returned without consideration.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Program Director:
Fred Kronz, (703) 292-7283

Dissertation Advice to Students

Doctoral students eligible to apply have to be enrolled in U.S. graduate programs and must have passed -- or will pass -- the qualifying exams and completed all course work required for the degree prior to receiving the award. It is also preferred that students should have had their Ph.D. topic approved by their Ph.D. dissertation committee prior to receiving the award. These awards provide funds for dissertation research expenses not normally available through the student's university. Follow the proposal preparation guidelines in the SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants Solicitation, and the Science, Technology, and Society Program Solicitation .

Awards are not intended to cover the full costs of a student's doctoral dissertation research. Funds may be used only for valid research expenses for conducting field research in settings away from campus that would not otherwise be possible. Those include data collection and sample survey costs, payments to subjects or informants, specialized research equipment, analysis and services not otherwise available, supplies, travel to archives, specialized collections, and facilities or field research locations, and partial living expenses for conducting necessary research away from the student's university. Funds are to be used exclusively for the actual conduct of dissertation research. These funds may not be used as a student stipend, for tuition, textbooks, journals, or for the typing, reproduction, or publication costs of the student's dissertation. Funds may be requested for research assistants only in very special circumstances, which should be carefully justified.

The proposal must include a letter from the faculty advisor. This document is not intended as a traditional recommendation, but should evaluate the student's promise as a researcher, the student's capabilities for undertaking this project, and the value and status of the proposed research. It should also discuss the student's current progress in the graduate program, affirming when the student passed -- or will pass -- the qualifying exams, completed all course work required for the degree, and had the dissertation topic approved. If the doctoral student will use the award for travel expenses to work at a particular facility (library, archive, field site, etc.) the proposal should provide a justification for this choice and a letter from the institution allowing the student to conduct research there. These requirements must be met before an award will be made. Letters should be included as supplementary documents.

The Project Description section should describe the significance of the work, including its relationship to other current research, and the design of the project in sufficient detail to permit evaluation. It should also present and interpret progress to date if the research is already underway. The Results from Prior NSF Support section is not required with these proposals.

Outstanding proposals are those that will generate new knowledge and new interpretations. Such projects should advance our understanding of the topic as well as make an important contribution to the discipline as a whole.

Use a clear and concise writing style. Reviewers will include scholars from a variety of specialty areas. It is possible that no specialist from your particular area of research will be on the panel. Defining key terms and keeping your proposal free of jargon will ensure that all reviewers will be able to understand your proposal and evaluate it fairly. One of the areas in which the proposal will be evaluated is "Research Competence of the Student." That information should be provided in the letter from the student's supervisor, which is to be placed in the "Supplementary Documents" section of the proposal.

The following are suggested criteria for the Project Description. These are not hard-and-fast rules but indicate what reviewers carefully consider when reading and evaluating a proposal.

A clear statement of the research problem, hypothesis or theory, and your aims and expectations.

Research plan or design. Based on the research question that you are asking, what are the important topics, themes or issues that you will be examining. Readers should be able to gain a clear understanding of what the researcher is going to do. The major research question, the plan or means for addressing that question, and the method employed should all be tightly linked.

Describe the research site(s) where you will be working, and how and why they are
relevant to the project.

Describe the methodology you will be employing, and be specific. If you are doing archival research describe the collections you will be examining and explain their relevance to the project. If you will be conducting interviews describe the questions you will be asking. If you will be conducting a survey or doing ethnographic research, define the populations you will be studying. As one example the term "participant observation" is extraordinarily general and should be unpacked into its specific components and related to the information you are seeking to obtain and to the research design.

References or bibliography. These may be done either as notes or bibliography, but in addition to citations to the literature, reviewers want to know that you are engaged with the literature and can situate your work in relation to the literature.

Research schedule

Budget. Be able to justify your budget, especially in relation to travel, and provide an itemized budget of anticipated expenses.

Reviewers are well aware that there are no perfect strategies for conducting research, but will be looking for evidence that you understand the strengths and weaknesses of the approach selected. In a competitive review process where only a subset of excellent proposals can be funded, reviewers need to be told how your particular study will advance our understanding of the topic, yield new knowledge, and significantly contribute to the discipline.

* Note: Students doing international research, having a formal affiliation with a foreign research institution, may be eligible for additional funding. Please contact the appropriate program in NSF's Office of International Science and Engineering.

FORD FOUNDATION DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching* [AWAITING 2013 UPDATE]

*Note: Open to U.S. citizens only

The 2013 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship application deadline is November 19, 2012. 

This year the program will award approximately 35 dissertation fellowships. The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.  

Dissertation fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Click on the links below to learn more about each aspect of the Dissertation Ford Foundation Fellowship


Dissertation Eligibility

Criteria for Selection

Eligible Fields of Study

Fellowship Institution

Verification of Doctoral Degree Candidacy

Stipends and Benefits


Evaluation and Selection of Fellows

Conditions of the Fellowship

Dissertation Eligibility

In addition to the general eligibility requirements, eligibility to apply for a dissertation fellowship is limited to:

All citizens or nationals* of the United States regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation (must have become a U.S. citizen by November 19, 2012),

Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree candidates studying in an eligible research-based discipline at a U.S. educational institution, and

Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

(The term “national of the United States” designates a citizen of the United States or a native resident of a possession of the United States. It does not refer to a U.S. permanent resident who is a citizen of another country.)

Criteria for Selection

The following will be considered as positive factors in choosing successful candidates:

Evidence of superior academic achievement

Degree of promise of continuing achievement as scholars and teachers

Capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds

Sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, and scholarship at the college and university level

Likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship

Membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding:

Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo or other Indigenous People of Alaska)

Black/African Americans

Mexican American/Chicanas/Chicanos

Native American Indians

Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian)

Puerto Ricans

Review panels may also look at additional factors such as the suitability of the applicant's proposed institution and the likelihood that the applicant will fully utilize 9 to 12 months of support prior to receiving the Ph.D. or Sc.D.

Eligible Fields of Study

Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs that include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, urban planning, and women’s studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice. The complete list of eligible fields of study supported at the dissertation level of the fellowship program is available here: Dissertation Fields (.pdf).

Individuals enrolled in the following practice-oriented programs will not be supported: business, management, administration, occupational health, nursing, consumer science, library and information science, speech pathology, audiology, personnel, guidance, social work, social welfare, public health, physical education, physical therapy, kinesiology, rehabilitation science, educational administration and leadership, fine arts, filmmaking, and performing arts. In addition, awards will not be made for work leading to terminal master’s degrees, the Ed.D. degree, the degrees of Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), or professional degrees in such areas as medicine, law, and public health, or for study in joint degree programs such as the M.D./Ph.D., J.D./Ph.D., and M.F.A./Ph.D.

Fellowship Institution

Fellowships are tenable at any fully accredited, nonprofit U.S. institution of higher education offering a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in the eligible fields of study.

Verification of Doctoral Degree Candidacy

A valid National Academies Verification of Doctoral Degree Candidacy Form, signed by the adviser or other authorized official, must be received by the Fellowships Office of the National Academies by January 9, 2013 to confirm that an applicant has advanced to doctoral candidacy.

Applicants should expect to complete the dissertation during the 2013-2014 academic year, but no later than fall 2014.

Stipend and Benefits

One-year stipend: $21,000

Expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows

Access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons, a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current fellows.


The tenure of a dissertation fellowship will be no less than 9 months and no more than 12 months, with tenure beginning no earlier than June 1, 2013 and no later than September 1, 2014.

Evaluation and Selection of Fellows

Applications will be evaluated by panels of distinguished scholars selected by the National Academies. The panels will use academic records, essays, letters of recommendation, the proposed timetable and plan for completion of the doctoral degree, the application itself, and other appropriate materials as the basis for determining the extent to which candidates meet the eligibility requirements and the selection criteria.

Conditions of the Fellowship

Dissertation fellows are expected to be engaged in a full-time program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in an eligible field of study. Those who accept a dissertation fellowship must agree to the stipulations in the Terms of Appointment for Ford Foundation Fellows that accompanies the award letter. In addition, Ford Fellows must agree to participate in regular updates of the Directory of Ford Fellows, as well as periodic surveys designed to demonstrate the impact of this program.

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)/German Academic Exchange Service [AWAITING 2013 UPDATE];jsessionid=2b8qfpas87ei0

The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst is a private, publicly funded, self governing organization of higher education institutions in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic relations and cooperation by offering mobility programs primarily for students and faculty, but also for administrators and others in the higher education realm.

Research Grant

Research grants are awarded primarily to highly qualified PhD candidates who are early in their academic/professional careers or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany. Funding may also be granted to recent PhDs who would like to conduct research.

This grant is open to applicants in all fields. However, there are restrictions for those in healthcare related fields, including dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine; please contact the DAAD New York office if your academic pursuits are in these fields.

Eligibility Requirements
Terms of Award
Application Guidelines
Application Deadline

Application Deadline

November 15, 2012 (postmark) for 10-month and short-term grants. Results will be announced at the end of March/beginning of April.

May 15, 2012 (postmark) for short-term grants. Results will be announced by mid-August.

May applicants: Please apply at least four months before your projected research stay in Germany and not much more than a year ahead.

Terms of Award

Research Grants are awarded for periods of one to 10 months. Applicants wishing to complete a doctoral degree program in Germany can only apply for the long-term research grant. They may receive up to three one-year extensions.

Ten-month scholarships must take place during the German academic year (October 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014). Short-term grants (one to six months) with the November deadline must be started between six and 12 months after the application deadline. Short-term grants with the May deadline must be started between four and 12 months after the application deadline.

Monthly stipend is approximately €1,000. In addition, DAAD will pay for health insurance and provide a flat rate subsidy for travel costs (US East: €775-850 / West: €1.000-1.075; Canada East: €925 / West: €1.300).

A very limited number of grantees for periods of seven months or longer may be awarded an additional two-month language course grant. This language grant is decided upon by the independent selection committee and does not require a separate application

Grantees may not hold a DAAD grant with funding from another German, German-American or German-Canadian organization for the same period.

  1. Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited doctoral degree program or engaged full-time in a post-doctoral position. Those wishing to pursue a complete doctoral degree program in Germany do not have to meet this requirement. (Click here to search a database of international doctoral programs in Germany.)

  1. PhD Candidates applying for short-term grants (one to six months) should have ABD status by the time of application, but no more than four years before applying. Those applying for long-term grants (seven to 10 months) should have reached ABD status by the time of the grant period, but no more than four years before applying. Post Docs applying for short-term grants (one to six months) should have completed their degrees no longer than four years before the time of application. Those applying for long-term grants (seven to 10 months) should have completed their degrees no longer than two years before the time of application.

  1. Applicants should have a well-defined research project that makes a stay in Germany essential. Preference will be given to applicants who have been invited by a faculty member at a German university to study or do research in a particular university department.

  1. Applicants in the arts, humanities and social sciences should have a good command of German.

  1. Applicants should have received their last degrees no longer than six years before the application deadline.

  1. At the time of application, applicants may not be living in Germany for a period of more than one year.

  1. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada. Foreign nationals are eligible if they have been full-time students/scholars at an accredited US or Canadian University for at least two years at the time of application.

  1. Prior recipients of a DAAD grant/scholarship should contact DAAD New York before applying to determine their eligibility.

Application Guidelines

Check if your university is a DAAD Partner University by clicking here.

If your school is a Partner University, contact the designated DAAD campus coordinator (at the list above). All materials should be submitted to your coordinator before your university's deadline. For the May 15th deadline (Short-term research grant) please apply directly to the DAAD New York office.

If your university is NOT a Partner University, send your application directly to the DAAD New York office. Do NOT send any materials to the DAAD Bonn office, DAAD Information Centre Toronto or DAAD Information Center in San Francisco.

The application form must be completed online.

Please disregard the "Information regarding your application," the last page of the online application. The information relevant to your application is the following as well as the instructions DAAD New York provides in the Online Application Guidelines and the Instructions for Completing the DAAD Online Application.

Collate, but DO NOT staple, each copy of the application in this order:

1. Signed Application Form
2. CV/Résumé
3. Research Proposal
4. 2 Letters of Recommendation
5. Evidence of Contact with German Institution
6. DAAD Language Certificate
7. For PhD candidates, confirmation of ABD status
8. Transcripts

Submit a total of FOUR copies (1 original, 3 photocopies) of all the above application materials. You may open your official transcript to make photocopies of it. Exception: You may submit just ONE of each of your original, sealed recommendation letters (i.e. no photocopies needed of recommendation letters).


1) Application Form - Fill out the online application form. Please answer all questions on the form completely. Do not fill in any blanks with the phrase "see attached," even if you must refer to additional material. Do not forget to sign your application.

2) Curriculum vitae or résumé - in chronological/tabular form. Narrative/paragraph-form CVs are not acceptable. Your name should appear on each page.

3) Research Proposal - A precise description of your research plans. The proposal (excluding references) should be not more than five to six pages in length, double spaced. You should include the current status of research being done around the world on your topic (including a footnote/reference section) and a description of why your project is different and important. You should mention the progress of your research thus far in your academic career. You should pay careful attention to theoretical and methodological planning and you should make it very clear exactly what you propose to do in Germany, as well as an explanation of why a stay in Germany is absolutely essential to your project. Your name should appear on each page.

4) Letter of Recommendation - Submit two original letters of recommendation printed on university letterhead, from professors at North American institutions in your field of study. Referees have the option of using the recommendation form available at (referred to as “Reports on scholarship applications”) though it is not mandatory. The form gives a general outline of the points that selection committees expect to find in a recommendation. Recommendations must include an original signature, and enclosed in a sealed envelope. You should submit these with your application package; if your referee prefers not to give them to you or you do not receive them by the deadline date, you may have them sent to the DAAD New York office directly. In some circumstances we would accept faxed letters.

5) Evidence of Contact with a German Institution - Your application will be greatly advantaged if you can provide evidence of any existing contact, or attempt at establishing contact, with academics at your chosen German host institution. It is not necessary to translate the letters of invitation from German faculty. E-mails can be accepted as evidence of contact.

6) DAAD language evaluation form (Sprachzeugnis) (click here to download) - Applicants with any knowledge of German must submit this document. The document should be signed by a faculty member of the German Department at your institution. If you have no knowledge of German and your research/study language in Germany is in English, be sure to submit this certificate anyway, indicating that your research/study language is in English, and write at the top "No knowledge of German." We cannot accept Fulbright forms nor can we accept evaluations from teaching assistants.

7) Confirmation of ABD status - For PhD candidates, submit a letter on university letterhead from your department chair confirming that you are an ABD (All But Dissertation) or that you will be an ABD before you leave for Germany.

8) Transcripts- Submit official transcripts of all post-secondary studies, including explanations of the grading systems. You may submit one official copy and three photocopies of each transcript.

MITCHEM FELLOWSHIPS (Marquette University)*

*Note: Open to U.S. citizens only


Marquette University is pleased to offer a fellowship program named in honor of Dr. Arnold L. Mitchem, internationally-recognized champion for educational opportunity. A Marquette alumnus (Ph.D., Education, 1981), Dr. Mitchem founded Marquette’s Educational Opportunity Program and served as its Director from 1969-1986. Since 1986, he has served as the President of the Council for Opportunity in Education in Washington, D.C. The Fellowship honors Dr. Mitchem’s contributions and convictions by offering another avenue by which to advance his goal of moving a highly-educated, articulate, and compassionate cadre of women and men of color into our citizenry to bring about authentic democratic change.

About the Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship Program

The primary aim of the Arnold L Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship Program is to help increase the presence of currently underrepresented racial and cultural groups in the U.S. professoriate by supporting doctoral candidates as they complete the final academic requirement, the dissertation.

Currently Mitchem Fellowships provide one year of support for students with advanced candidacy in their doctoral programs in other U.S. universities. Fellows are to be in residence at Marquette University for the 2013-2014 academic year (August 19 – May 18) during which they teach one (1) course in their area of specialization, interact with faculty and undergraduate students, give a public presentation, and devote their primary energies to the completion and defense of their dissertations. During their residence, Mitchem Fellows will also be mentored by a senior faculty mentor in his or her discipline, appointed by the fellow’s department chair and collegiate dean in consultation with the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion.

Marquette University Mitchem Fellows will receive a $35,000 stipend, fringe benefits, plus research and travel monies for the 2013-2014 academic year. The University will further provide library privileges, office space, access to computer, and clerical support equivalent to that enjoyed by regular faculty members in the department with which a Fellow is affiliated.


Persons are eligible to apply who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time or in any field, are U. S. citizens, have completed all other requirements for the Ph.D. and are at the writing stage of their dissertation work, and belong to a racial-cultural group historically underrepresented in the U.S. professoriate. African American, Native American, and Hispanic American candidates are especially

encouraged to apply.

ZILBER HALL P.O. Box 1881 MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN 53201-1881 TELEPHONE (414) 288-7511 FAX (414) 288-6400

Applications for the 2013-2014 Fellowships are invited from the following academic areas:

Communication Studies, Counseling Psychology, Educational Policy and Leadership, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social and Cultural Sciences, or Theology/Religious Studies.

All applications for this position must be initiated through Marquette University’s electronic recruiting system found at

The full application packet should include:

A completed online application with the following attachments:

-Current curriculum vitae

-A letter of interest in the fellowship program and in Marquette University

-Dissertation prospectus limited to ten pages

-Description of teaching interests

The following forms should be sent via USPS to the address below:

-A progress toward degree form signed by the director of graduate studies or an academic dean in
the student’s graduate school or college

-Official graduate transcripts

-Three confidential letters of recommendation, including one from the applicant’s dissertation
Dr. William Welburn
Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Marquette University
Office of the Provost – Zilber Hall 454
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881

For application materials please visit program.shtml. The application deadline is January 4, 2013.

A multidisciplinary faculty selection committee will review all applications in February 2013 and submit nominations to the deans of the appropriate colleges, who appoint Mitchem Fellows in consort with the Office of the Provost. Finalists will be invited to campus for interviews. Fellowship recipients will be notified by the end of March 2013. For further information, please write to “Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship Program” at the abovementioned address, call (414) 288-8028, or e-mail


John William Miller Fellowship Fund

 Candidates are welcome to send a letter of application with the manuscript of the essay to the Miller Fund care of Sue Galli or directly to the John William Miller Fellowship Fund, no later than January 15th of any given year.

Williams College, in conjunction with the John William Miller Fellowship Fund, announces essay prizes and research fellowships to advance the study of the philosophy of John William Miller.

Send any inquiries, as well as essays and applications to: Librarian, Williams College, Williamstown MA 01267. Applications can also be sent electronically courtesy of Sue Galli or directly to the John William Miller Fellowship Fund.

Research Fellowships

Candidates are welcome to send applications to the Miller Fund care of Sue Galli or directly to the John William Miller Fellowship Fund. Applications should be received by January 15 and at least 6 months prior to the academic year for which fellowship support is desired.

Weatherhead Fellowship (School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe)

The School for Advanced Research, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1907 as a center for the study of the archaeology and ethnology of the American Southwest. Since 1967, the scope of the School’s activities has embraced a global perspective through programs to encourage advanced scholarship in anthropology and related social science disciplines and the humanities, and to facilitate the work of Native American scholars and artists. SAR realizes its mission through an array of programs, including the Indian Arts Research Center; fellowships for scholars-in-residence; week-long gatherings of scholars in advanced seminars; the annual J. I. Staley Prize for excellence in anthropological writing; residential fellowships for Native American artists; and SAR Press, which publishes scholarly books arising from SAR’s programs as well as general-interest books on the Southwest and Native American arts.

Two fellowships are available for either Ph.D. candidates or scholars with doctorates whose work is either humanistic or social scientific in nature. Fellows receive a $40,000 stipend ($30,000 for Ph.D. candidates) and housing and office space on the SAR campus.

Fall 2012 EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships For Graduate Environmental Study* [AWAITING 2013 UPDATE]

*Note: Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only

Note: an updated call for proposals will appear sometime in the fall.


Synopsis of Program:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. The deadline is November 8, 2011 at 4:00 PM ET for receipt of paper applications, and November 8, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM ET for submittal of electronic applications via Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 80 new fellowships by July 31, 2012. Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of five years. The fellowship program provides up to $42,000 per year of support per fellowship.

Award Information:
Anticipated Type of Award: Fellowship
Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately 80 awards
Anticipated Funding Amount: Approximately $4.5 million for all awards
Potential Funding per Fellowship: $42,000 per year per fellowship. Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years for a total of up to $84,000. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years for a total of up to $126,000, usable over a period of five years. Cost sharing is not required.  Eligible applicants as defined in Section III below, including those attending institutions with significant minority enrollment, are particularly encouraged to apply.  Examples of such institutions include Accredited Postsecondary Minority Serving Institutions as defined in 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1061; 20 U.S.C. Secs. 1059(c) and 1059g(a)(2); and 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1101a(a)(5). 

If selected to receive a fellowship, you will be contacted no later than May 1, 2012 and should subsequently receive your official notification of award by July 31, 2012, for the fall term. Please note that this schedule may be changed without notification due to factors that were not anticipated at the time of announcement. The earliest anticipated start date for these awards is September 1, 2012.

Eligibility Information:

  1. 1.Students must attend a fully accredited U.S. college or university (located in the U.S. or its territories) for their graduate studies.

  2. 2.Applicants must also be citizens of the U.S. or its territories or possessions, or be lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. Resident aliens must include their green card number in their application (you must have your green card at the time of application to be eligible for this Fellowship opportunity). EPA may verify this number with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service of the Department of Homeland Security.

Application Materials:
The following application materials must be submitted:

  1. Item 1. Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form (SF) 424 (for electronic submissions via or Standard Form (SF) 424 I-Individual (for paper submissions)
    Item 2. EPA Key Contacts Form (5700-54)
    Item 3. Front Page
    Item 4. Personal Statement
    Item 5. Proposal Description
    Item 6. Background Information:

  2. Education & Relevant Experiences

  3. Publications & Presentations

  4. Course Work

  5. Item 7. Letters of Recommendation (sent by referees)

You may submit only one application under this announcement, which means you can only submit an application underone Funding Opportunity Number (FON) as described below.  In instances where more than one application is submitted, EPA will contact the applicant to determine which application(s) will be withdrawn.

You may submit either a paper application or an electronic application via but not both for this announcement (electronic applications are encouraged). The necessary forms for submitting a STAR Fellowship paper application can be found on the NCER web site, To apply electronically, you must use the application package available at (see "Submission Instructions for Electronic Applications"). See Section IV for further information on application submission procedures.

The Josephine De Kármán Fellowship Trust [AWAITING 2013 UPDATE]


The Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore von Karman, world renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, in memory of his sister, Josephine, who died in 1951. The purpose of this fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect professor von Karmans high standards.


Applications are available at If you wish to receive an application in the mail, submit your request via the website.

Complete applications, including official transcripts of applicant’s graduate and undergraduate studies at institutions in the United States and Canada and two letters of recommendation, must be received by the fellowship committee IN ONE PACKAGE postmarked no later than midnight, January 31, 2013. Late applications will not be considered.

Announcement of 2013-2014 award recipients will be made approximately April 15, 2013.

A minimum of eight (8) fellowships, $22,000 for graduate students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year (fall and spring semesters or the equivalent where the quarterly system prevails), paid through the fellowship office of the university in which the recipient is enrolled for study in the United States. Study must be carried out only in the United States and all funds must be expended only within this country.

The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed or postponed.

DeKarman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States. Only candidates for the PhD who will defend their dissertation by June 2014 and undergraduates entering their senior year (will receive bachelors degree in June 2014) are eligible for consideration. Postdoctoral and masters degree students are not eligible for consideration. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities.

Potential applicants should note that the competition for DeKarman fellowships is extreme. For the 2012-2013 cycle, the committee reviewed 356 applications and awarded ten (8) fellowships. To be competitive, graduate applicants should have outstanding letters of recommendation, significant publications, and have completed several chapters of the dissertation at the time of application. Undergraduate applicants should have exceptional recommendations and grades plus a compelling record of original research or scholarship. Although the competition is open to students from any US university or college, the vast majority of awards go to students at top-tier schools.

Additional Information of Interest to Applicants:

1. Students who are not citizens of the may apply for a Josephine de Karman Fellowship if they are already enrolled in a university located in the United States and if they will be in the by the July preceding the fall semester of the academic year for which they have enrolled.

2. The fellowships will be paid directly through the fellowship office of the university in which the successful candidate is enrolled for study in the .United States. One half will be paid in September and one half the following February. NO UNIVERSITY OVERHEAD MAY BE APPLIED TO THE FELLOWSHIP AWARD. UNIVERSITY FINANCIAL SUPPORT IS VIEWED AS SEPARATE FROM DE KARMAN FELLOWSHIP SUPPORT. THE FELLOWSHIP IS FOR MERIT, BASED ON A NATIONAL COMPETITION. THEREFORE, ONGOING UNIVERSITY SUPPORT COMMITMENTS ARE MAINTAINED WHILE A DE KARMAN FELLOWSHIP IS HELD.

3. The names, universities, and departments (and dissertation titles of PhD candidates) of Josephine de Karman Fellowship awardees may be published on the website.

4. By the end of December following completion of their fellowship year, awardees are required to submit a one to two page report on their achievements as a result of having held a Josephine de Karman Fellowship. This will normally be in the form of a letter to the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Committee, .P.O. Box 3389, San Dimas, CA 91773. Graduate student awardees are asked to include with this letter a current abstract of their dissertation.

Contact Information:
Judy McClain,
Fellowship Secretary Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust P.O. Box 3389
San Dimas, CA 91773

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program

The Jennings Randolph (JR) Program for International Peace awards nonresidential Peace Scholar Dissertation Scholarships to students at U.S. universities who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to peace, conflict, and international security.

Each year the program awards approximately ten Peace Scholar Fellowships. Fellowships last for 10 months starting in September. Fellowships are open to citizens of any country.

Dissertation projects in all disciplines are welcome.

The 2013-2014 Peace Scholar Competition is now open. Please note the new and earlier deadline for this competition: December 14, 2012. Read about the application process on our How to Apply page.

Applicants MUST use the online application system.

Eligible Candidates

Selection Process

Selection Criteria

Terms of Award

Components of a Successful Proposal

Letters of Reference 

The JR Program for International Peace awards Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are researching and writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to peace, conflict and international security.

Proposals from all disciplines are welcome.

Proposals should be consistent with the Institute's mandate and present a research agenda with clear relevance to policy issues. Historical topics are appropriate if they promise to shed light on contemporary issues. Area studies projects and single case studies will be competitive if they focus on conflict and its resolution, apply to other regions and cases, or both.

Peace Scholar awards may not be made for projects that constitute policymaking for a government agency or private organization, focus to any substantial degree on conflicts within U.S. domestic society, or adopt a partisan, advocacy, or activist stance.

Eligible Candidates

Citizens of any country may apply. Applicants must be enrolled in recognized doctoral programs (for example, Ph.D., S.J.D., Ed.D., Th.D.) in accredited universities in the United States. Successful candidates must have completed all course work and examinations towards their doctoral degrees by the time their fellowships begin.

Selection Process

Peace Scholar applications are vetted through a rigorous, multi-stage review that includes consideration by independent experts and professional staff at the Institute. The final authority for decisions about Peace Scholar awards rests with the Institute's Board of Directors.

Selection Criteria

Selection of fellowship candidates is based on the following factors:

Project Significance. Does the project address an important topic of relevance to the USIP mandate and the field of international peace, conflict, and security studies?

Project Design. Is the project soundly conceived? Does it identify a key problem to be analyzed, and does it have a clear methodology?

Potential as a Peace Scholar. What is the applicant's record of achievement and/or leadership potential? What is the applicant's capacity to benefit from and make professional use of the fellowship experience in subsequent years?

Terms of Award

Peace Scholar Awards are currently set at $20,000 for 10 months and are paid directly to the individual. Peace Scholar awards may not be deferred. They generally may not be combined with any other major award or fellowship except in special circumstances and with the written approval of the Institute.

Peace Scholars carry out their fellowship work at their universities or other sites appropriate to their research. They are expected to devote full attention to their work and provide periodic reports to the Institute. Peace Scholars may be invited to give a presentation at the Institute and to participate in Institute workshops, conferences, and other activities.

Components of a Successful Proposal

There is no single formula for preparing a sound proposal. However, many successful applications for USIP Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowships have certain elements in common. These elements are outlined in the document attached below.

  Read "Components of a Successful Proposal" (.pdf)

Letters of Reference

Peace Scholar applicants must submit three reference letters with the online application. In the Reference Letters section, you will list the names and emails of your three referees, and as soon as you submit your application the system will generate automatic emails to them with links they open to upload their letters to your application. Letters are accepted up to one week after the application deadline. However, because it is possible that these notifications will be sent to spam filters, please contact your referees to confirm that they have received the emails. If a referee did not receive the email and is unable to submit electronically, he or she must email the letter as a PDF attachment with the applicant's name in the subject line to Lili Cole (

The Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies

Note: “Details about the 2014 Women’s Studies competition are forthcoming. Please check back in late summer.”


  2. The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Previous Fellows have explored such topics as transnational religious education for Muslim women, the complex gender dynamics of transidentity management, women’s electoral success across racial and institutional contexts, women’s sports, militarism and the education of American women, and the relationship between family commitments and women’s work mobility.

  3. The WW Women’s Studies Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. Since the first Women’s Studies Fellows were named in 1974, nearly 500 emerging scholars have been funded, many now prominent in their fields. They are college presidents, distinguished faculty members, artists and novelists, and (in some cases) leaders in business, government, and the nonprofit sector. They include a Pulitzer Prize winner, two MacArthur Fellows, seven Guggenheim Fellows, a number of Fulbright Fellows, and many others who have achieved significant distinctions. Notably, a number of the Fellows volunteer their time as reviewers to help select new Women’s Studies Fellows and enthusiastically support the next generation of scholars exploring women’s issues and matters of gender.


  5. The Women’s Studies Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at institutions in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year. 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.

  6. The Women’s Studies competition is for projects in the humanities and social sciences; projects in fields such as management, the clinical and biological sciences, and law are not eligible unless they have a demonstrable academic grounding in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants working on health-related issues in the social sciences should consider carefully whether their work demonstrably centers on the topic’s social, cultural, and individual aspects.

  7. In 2014, ten Fellows will receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies.


  9. Please see the information on the following pages:

  10. FAQ

  11. Eligibility

  12. Application Information

  13. You may also browse the selection committee members and Fellows from the most recent competition:

  14. 2012 Selection Committee

  15. 2012 Fellows


  17. For general program, application and Fellowship questions:
    If you have further questions, after reviewing information on this Web site, including application information, eligibility requirements, and FAQ, please contact

  18. For questions when filling out the application or for technical difficulties:
    If you have registered and/or begun an application and have questions about filling out the application, submitting recommendation letters, or if you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact technical support at, with a concise, specific question and a number where you can be reached.

Smaller Awards:

Kristeller-Popkin Travel Fellowships

Sponsored by the Journal of the History of Philosophy, these fellowships are in recognition of the scholarship and generous support that two of the founding members of the JHP Board of Directors have given to the journal: Paul Oskar Kristeller (renowned Renaissance scholar) and Richard Popkin (first editor of JHP and noted historian of skepticism).

Two awards of up to $4000 (depending upon the project budget) are offered annually to young scholars in the history of philosophy to defray expenses while travelling to do research. Applicants must have received their Ph.Ds but may not have received them more than six years prior to applying. Applicants who do not receive awards in one year's competition are invited to apply in successive years.

Application forms may be downloaded here.

Annual application deadline: December 1.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Summer Stipends*

*Note: All U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible.

Division of Research Programs

Receipt Deadline September 26, 2013 for Projects Beginning May 2014

Brief Summary

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.

Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months.

Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.

Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Organizations are not eligible to apply.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Summer Stipends program received an average of 953 applications per year. The program made an average of 75 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 8 percent.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely from year to year, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from


Contact NEH’s Division of Research Programs at 202-606-8200 or Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.

The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Prize in Ethics


The 2014 Contest will open

for submissions in Fall of 2013.


This year's suggested topic:

Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have

encountered and analyze what it has taught you

about ethics and yourself.

The deadline for submissions will be December 2013.

For examples of previous prize-winning essays, check out

An Ethical Compass: Coming of Age in the 21st Century