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External Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of some external sources of fudning for graduate study ordered by deadline date.

Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship

The Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship Program is intended to increase the presence of underrepresented ethnic groups in the professoriate by supporting doctoral candidates in completing the final academic requirement, the dissertation.

 

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities

These awards are made to individuals who 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. Fellowships are granted to individuals with membership in one or more of groups whose under-representation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding.

Josephine De Kármán Fellowship Trust

For ABD candidates; applicants should have manifested exceptional ability and serious purpose. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities and to graduate students who will have completed their dissertations by the end of calendar 2006.

German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Summer Language Grant

Scholarships are awarded to graduate students in all fields of study except English, German, or any other modern language or literature. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their academic record and statements of projected academic and professional future. Applicants must have completed three semesters of college German or have achieved an equivalent level of language proficiency.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (HFG) welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence, aggression, and dominance in the modern world.

German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Short-Term Grants

Applicants are requested to have a well-defined study or 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. Applicants in the humanities and social sciences should have a good command of German.

Fulbright Program

Doctoral-degree candidates must demonstrate capacity for independent study or research, together with a general knowledge of the history, culture, and current events of the countries to which they are applying. Applicants should demonstrate the dynamism and flexibility necessary for active involvement in the host culture.

Jacob Javits Fellowship Program

Graduate students who have not yet completed their first year of graduate study and who intend to pursue a doctoral degree may apply. Fellowships are granted to applicants who demonstrate superior academic ability and achievement; exceptional promise; and financial need to undertake graduate study leading to a doctoral degree.

Spencer Foundation 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 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.

Woodrow Wilson Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences.

Social Science Research Council International Research Fellowship

The International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship program provides support for social scientists and humanists conducting dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world. Up to fifty fellowships will be awarded in the year 2006. The program is administered by the Social Science Research Council in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies. Funds are provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship

American Fellowships support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations or scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave from accredited institutions. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence, teaching experience, and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

 

German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Annual Grant

Applicants are requested to have a well-defined study or 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. Applicants in the humanities and social sciences should have a good command of German.

School of American Research Weatherhead Fellowships

Six Resident Scholar Fellowships are awarded each year to six scholars (ABD minimum) who have completed their research and analysis and who need time to think and write about topics important to the understanding of humankind. Resident scholars may approach their research from the perspective of anthropology or from anthropologically informed perspectives in such fields as history, sociology, art, law, and philosophy. Both humanistically and scientifically oriented scholars are encouraged to apply.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship

The International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program provides support for social scientists and humanists to conduct dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world. It is open to full-time graduate students, regardless of citizenship, enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States.

 

Internal Funding Opportunities

Graduate Funding and Awards - College of the Liberal Arts

This website provides a comprehensive list of additional funding opportunities available to graduates on assistantships and/or fellowships.

Crawford Family Fellowship in Ethical Inquiry

Applicants must exhibit academic excellence and the thesis must involve work that can be broadly construed to fall under the umbrella of "ethical inquiry." Previous fellows have written on sentencing guidelines, the reproductive care and advice women received in the 19th century, various aspects of the conduct of war, and so forth.

  • See Director of Graduate Studies for information
  • Deadline: April 15

The Humanities Initiative Dissertation Semester Release

ABDs are eligible if they belong to a humanities discipline, have had their dissertation proposals approved, have not already received a comparable dissertation release in the past, and are being supported by graduate assistantships or their equivalent; release is for one semester.