Strategies for successful dissertation completion

This page is for dissertation fellowships for 2015-16 (including research fellowships, dissertation completion fellowships, and other predoctoral opportunities).

The dissertation completion award competition must meet the following guidelines:

The College also offers additional dissertation fellowships to students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowships are intended for students who will be actively writing their dissertations during the 2016-17 academic year and who expect to submit their completed dissertations and enter the job market before the beginning of the fall 2017 semester. Each Dissertation Completion fellowship will carry a stipend of $25,000 plus health insurance. There are no fee remissions included with this award.


Share Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Information Session

American Council of Learned Societies Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship

What you need to know about the “nuts and bolts”, as well as the complexities of completing the dissertation, selecting an advisor and what you must do in order to successfully navigate the dissertation completion process from beginning to end.


Factored into the department’s standard five-year fellowships are the Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship (DNTF; for students admitted prior to 2010) and the Dissertation Completion Fellowship (DCF; for students admitted in 2010 and after). These fellowships provide a two-semester stipend plus fees. For more information, please see . Students accepting the DCF should note that they will receive no further University funding (except loans) after reaching one year beyond normative time.All doctoral students in good standing are guaranteed five years of support, in keeping with the very best institutions. Completing the dissertation can, however, require more than five years with circumstances often differing by discipline. The Graduate School provides sixth-year doctoral students in the Humanities and Social Sciences who are in good standing tuition scholarships and support for health insurance and health services. Through the Dissertation Completion Proposal (DCP) process, rising sixth-year students in the Humanities and Social Sciences are able to request stipend support. Rising seventh-year or later students seeking tuition scholarships and health insurance may apply through the Dissertation Extension Proposal (DEP) process. See application details below.