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Funding Opportunites for Dissertation Writing and Completion

Available to post-field research graduate students these programs are typically aimed at providing dissertation writers with financial support for one year in order to facilitate the completion of their dissertations. Specific prerequisites vary, but applicants are generally expected to have met all their graduate program requirements, except for submission of their dissertation("All But Dissertation - ABD"), in order to be eligible for funding.

Off-Campus Grants

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowships

Deadline: mid to late October

  • Application form, proposal (5 double-spaced pages), one-page timeline, up to 3 additional pages of images, musical scores or supporting non-text materials;
  • Bibliography;
  • Completed chapter of the dissertation not more than 25 double-spaced pages;
  • Two (2) reference letters; and
  • A statement from the applicant’s institution (1) statement attesting to the viability of the proposed timeline for completion, (2) stipulation that, in the event of an award the university will not charge the student or fees beyond the limit of $5,000, and (3) applicant will not be provided with a subsequent aid. The person submitting the institutional statement cannot be one of the reference letter writers.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Deadline: mid November

  • Applicants may not apply again,
  • Writing on topics where ethical or religious values are a central concern,
  • Must expect to complete between April 1, 2016 and August 31, 2016,
  • Three (3) letters of recommendations, and

The Hanry Frank Gugenheim Foudation, Dissertation Fellowship

Deadline: early February

  • 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,
  • Title, abstract, survey questions, advisor’s letter (directly emailed by the advisor, letter is due February 15, 2015), advisor’s cv, applicant’s cv, transcript, project description (15 double-space pages).

The Peace Institute, Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship

Deadline: mid December

  • Topics related to international conflict management and peace building,
  • Consisted with the Institute’s mission (?) and a research agenda with relevance to the policy issues,
  • Three (3) letters of reference,
  • Proposal: abstract/summary, significance & objectives, research schedule, products, and likelihood of completion.

The Institute of Turkish Studies, The Dissertation Writing Grant

Deadline: early March

  • Two-page application cover sheet ,
  • Project proposal (max. 6 double-spaced pages) (dissertation tittle, amount of research & writing carried out so far, major thesis & relation to the current literature, location & duration of research, methodology, assessment of originality of the work and the contribution to will make to your field, a short list of primary and secondary sources.,
  • Budget, no university overhead costs can be covered, the other sources applied to, if matching university fellowships, it must be stated too. ,
  • Three (3) letters of recommendations, hard copy, sealed by the referee, mailed by the applicant inside the application package.,
  • A current CV,
  • Transcripts of Graduate work ,
  • The package to be sent through the UPS to this address:
          Dr. Sinan Ciddi
          Institute of Turkish Studies
          Intercultural Center 305R
          Georgetown University, 37th & O Street
          WASHINGTON DC, DC 20057-1033, United States
  • Stipends range from $5,000 to $15,000 Note: The Institute supports works in the field of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies. It has mostly supported historians but there are a few anthropological projects supported as well.

On-Campus Grants

Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies

Deadline: October to December

Stanford Humanities Center

Deadline: early to mid January
a. Geballe Dissertation Prize
b. Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
c. G.J. Lieberman Fellowship, requires a distinguished record of university teaching

  • contact & biographical info,
  • CV,
  • current unofficial transcript (download from AXESS),
  • timetable for completion of the degree,
  • a statement for significance (100 max. words),
  • a brief description of the research project (1,000 max. words),
  • Two (2) reference letters, one from the advisor, and
  • For Lieberman applicants, a teaching statement (1-2 pages), info on courses taught, teaching evaluation summary sheets for 3 courses

Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (RICSRE)

a. Graduate Dissertation Fellowship:

  • The online application form,
  • A 2 page CV,
  • A 3-5 page research statement (including all notes and references). The statement should include:
    1. A summary of your dissertation research, including its contribution to your field,
    2. A discussion of how your research contributes to the study of race, ethnicity, and culture,
    3. A description of how your research relates to the aims of CCSRE and how you will benefit from participating in the Center’s interdisciplinary fellowship program,
    4. Your current transcript (from Axess),
    5. A timetable for the completion of your degree, and
    6. Two (2) letters of recommendation from Stanford faculty. Letters should evaluate the quality of the research project and what is needed for its successful and timely completion. One must be from the principal dissertation advisor.

b. Graduate Teaching Fellowship:
Fellow duties:

  • Serve two TA quarters and one fellowship quarter;
  • Serve as a TA in one or two CSRE courses—lead two discussion sections per course (as needed); read and grade all student papers, exams, and other required assignments (in consultation with the faculty instructor); meet weekly with the course instructor and other TAs; and hold weekly office hours;
  • Depending on enrollments and the need of the CSRE courses offered in 2014-2015, fellows may have the opportunity to teach his/her own course on a subject approved by the CSRE Curriculum Committee. The course should be designed in consultation with the student’s Ph.D. advisor;
  • Pursue dissertation research and writing during the fellowship (non-teaching) quarter;

Required documents:

  • The online application form;
  • A 2 page curriculum vitae;
  • Your current transcript (from Axess);
  • A 3-5 page course proposal describing a class that the applicant might teach for CSRE. Proposals should include course readings;
  • Copies of course evaluations or teaching portfolio (if available); and
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from Stanford faculty. Letters should evaluate the quality of the applicant's teaching experience and graduate studies.

Additional on-campus grants to consider:

O'Bie Shultz Dissertation Completion Grant

Application Info:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Detailed Project Description. This description should be clear and concise, especially to readers outside of your discipline, and should be no longer than five double-spaced or three single-spaced typewritten pages. The description should include the following:
    1. The principal focus of the topic; and
    2. How the data will be organized in the dissertation;
-Your interpretation of how your topic relates to international studies.
  • Research Timetable Explain where the research now stands, what will be accomplished during the grant period, and what will remain to be done. Estimate the date of completion of the research. Should be no longer than one page;
  • Statement of Income: A statement of anticipated grants, loans, and other sources of income should be disclosed with every application. Cost of living awards to students in the dissertation write-up stage of their academic career will be awarded at a standardized level (to be established annually by FSI) and a detailed expense budget is not required, unless living outside of the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Transcripts Transcripts should cover all graduate work, including evidence of work recently completed. Current printouts from Axess are accepted; and
  • Required, but not necessarily included in packet from student: Recommendation Letters (not required to be included in packet from student) No more than three (3) letters of recommendation. Applicants should provide a copy of the Request for Letter of Recommendation and Instructions for Letter of Recommendation (contained in application file) to each individual asked to write a letter of recommendation. The form contains information pertaining to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Applicants must indicate by signature whether or not s/he waives the right to inspect the completed recommendation. The letters should come from faculty members, one of whom is the applicant's major advisor, directly to the Fellowship Coordinator. All envelopes should be addressed to the FSI O'Bie Shultz Committee. Letters may be included with the applicants materials if the letters are in individually signed and sealed envelope(s), accompanied by the Request for Letter of Recommendation form

Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law’s Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

Approximate deadline: mid-January.
Application Info:

  • Applicants are required to submit a completed application form, letter of application of no more than 3 typed pages, current resume, three (3) letters of recommendations, a statement of proposed research (5-10 pages) and a complete set of transcripts (undergraduate and graduate). The Center Committee will only review complete files. Notifications will be sent in mid to late-March.

Center for International Security and Cooperation’s Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

a. Social Sciences or Humanities International Security Fellowship (a variety of security topics, including: nuclear weapons policy and nonproliferation; nuclear energy; cybersecurity, cyberwarfare, and the future of the Internet; biosecurity and global health; implications of geostrategic shifts; insurgency, terrorism, and homeland security; war and civil conflict; consolidating peace after conflict; as well as global governance, migration, and transnational flows, from norms to criminal trafficking) and

b. Law and International Security Fellowship in partnership with Stanford Law School (open to lawyers, law students, and social scientists who wish to conduct research projects at the intersection of law and international security). The fellowship is currently closed but the deadline for last year was mid January.

Application Info:

  • Completed online application form;
  • Resume/CV;
  • Graduate school transcript (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. All pre- and postdoctoral applicants must include a transcript. Junior faculty and professionals may include a transcript, but are not required to do so.);
  • Research project prospectus or description of dissertation (1,500 words max., not including footnotes/endnotes);
  • Research abstract (200 words max.);
  • Writing sample (50 pages max.); and
  • Three (3) confidential letters of recommendation. Please note that recommendation letter services, such as Interfolio, may not use our online recommendation letter submission system. Please advise your recommenders to upload their letters directly to the CollegeNET system. Alternatively, letters may be submitted via email to the address listed below or by mail to the address listed below.