Dissertation Research Fellowships

Deadline

Applications for 2020-21 scholarships are not currently being accepted. This page will be updated and the application will open in Fall term.


Overview

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2019-20 Dissertation Research Fellowships, which include:

UO Doctoral Research Fellowship

For students in any UO PhD program, this fellowship is awarded to the most outstanding doctoral student as determined by a faculty selection committee.

Dissertations to be considered can be on any topic and are judged on the quality of the written proposal and the potential impact of the research both within and beyond the student’s field.

This fellowship carries an award stipend of $20,000 for three terms or $13,333 for two terms. Both options include a University tuition waiver, GE fee subsidies, and GE health insurance.

Recipients must register for at least 9 dissertation credits during each term of the fellowship. The tuition remission, fee subsidies, and health insurance will commence in fall term.

Eric Englund Fellowship

For students in any UO PhD program whose dissertation project is focused on research in American literature, history, philosophy or other related fields.

Selection will be based on the quality of the written proposal and the potential impact of the project on the field. For purposes of this award, “American” refers broadly to work related to the literature, history, and philosophy of the Americas.

This fellowship carries an award stipend of $19,500 for three terms or $13,000 for two terms. Both options include a University tuition waiver, GE fee subsidies, and GE health insurance.

Recipients must register for at least 9 dissertation credits during each term of the fellowship. The stipend, tuition/fee remissions, and health insurance will commence in fall term.

College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Research Fellowships

These fellowships will be awarded to students in each of the three academic divisions of the college: humanities, science, and social science.

A faculty committee will select the recipients on based on the quality of the written proposal and the potential impact of the project within and outside the students’ fields.

The fellowship carries an award stipend comparable to the standard Level III GE appointment in the recipients’ home departments, which must be at least a .40 FTE.

The fellowship will also include a University tuition waiver, and fee and health insurance subsidies comparable to those received by students appointed as Graduate Employees.

Recipients must register for at least 9 dissertation credits during each term of the fellowship.

School of Journalism and Communication Dissertation Research Fellowships

This fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding PhD student in the School of Journalism and Communication on the basis of the quality of the written proposal and the potential impact of the dissertation on the student’s field and in related fields.

The fellowship carries an award stipend comparable to the standard Level III GE appointment in the recipients’ home department, which must be at least a .40 FTE.

The fellowship will also include a University tuition waiver, and fee and health insurance subsidies comparable to those received by students appointed as Graduate Employees.

Recipients must register for at least 9 dissertation credits during each term of the fellowship.

College of Education Dissertation Research Fellowship

This fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding PhD student in the College of Education on the basis of the quality of the written proposal and the potential impact of the dissertation on the student’s field and in related fields.

The fellowship carries an award stipend comparable to the standard Level III GE appointment in the recipients’ home departments, which must be at least a .40 FTE.

The fellowship will also include a University tuition waiver, and fee and health insurance subsidies comparable to those received by students appointed as Graduate Employees.

Recipients must register for at least 9 dissertation credits during each term of the fellowship.

Lundquist College of Business Dissertation Research Fellowships

This fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding PhD student in the Lundquist College of Business on the basis of the quality of the written proposal and the potential impact of the dissertation on the student’s field and in related fields.

The fellowship carries an award stipend comparable to the standard Level III GE appointment in the recipients’ home departments, which must be at least a .40 FTE.

The fellowship will also include a University tuition waiver, and fee and health insurance subsidies comparable to those received by students appointed as Graduate Employees.

Recipients must register for at least 9 dissertation credits during each term of the fellowship.


Award Details

These fellowships are designed to support outstanding doctoral students and promote excellence in research at the University of Oregon.

The Dissertation Research Fellowships provide financial support for exceptional doctoral candidates to complete their dissertations.

Award amounts vary depending on the fellowship awarded but include:

  • Stipend at least equivalent to a level 3 GE appointment in the student's home department
  • Tuition waiver
  • GE fee and insurance subsidies as per GTFF collective bargaining agreement

Application Process

PRIOR to applying for the UO Dissertation Research Fellowships, all applicants MUST first submit their application materials to their department, school, or college.

The department/school/college will set their own internal deadline prior to the Graduate School deadline to ensure timely review of the application materials and ample time to notify the nominee to proceed with applying through the Graduate School online award application. Please check directly with your department/school/college for their specific deadline.

Once the department or school has had a chance to review materials, they will nominate two to four applicants depending on the school or college guidelines. The nominating units will then notify the selected individuals who may, at that time, complete the online application below.

Please note that students must be advanced to candidacy by the end of spring 2019 in order to receive an award.


Selection Process

By applying for the UO Dissertation Research Fellowship, candidates are first considered for the UO Doctoral Research Fellowship.

Those not selected for the UO Doctoral Research Fellowship will become eligible for the Eric Englund Fellowship and/or the appropriate school/college/department level Dissertation Research Fellowship.

The same application/nomination makes nominees eligible for each of the three awards.


Department Nominations

  • Each department in the College of Arts and Sciences may nominate up to TWO candidates

  • College of Design and School of Music and Dance may each nominate up to TWO candidates

  • College of Education may nominate up to THREE candidates

  • Lundquist College of Business and the School of Journalism and Communication may each nominate up to FOUR candidates

Eligibility and Criteria

To be eligible, doctoral students must be advanced to candidacy and have their dissertation committee on-file at the Graduate School by the end of the spring 2019 term and will be expected to complete their doctoral degree in winter, spring, or summer 2020.


Application

STUDENT'S ROLE

If your department, school, or college nominates you, you will then apply for the award and submit the following materials via the online application no later than Friday, February 15, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.:

  1. A research prospectus of the dissertation

    • Up to 1,500 words
    • No more than 5 pages, excluding works cited pages
    • Works cited may not exceed three pages
    • Be written in language accessible to faculty who are not necessarily specialists in the subject area
  2. A CV or résumé identifying academic awards, honors, and scholarly activity

  3. Contact information for the department/school/college nominator
  4. Contact information for the three faculty recommenders

 

NOMINATING DEPARTMENT, SCHOOL or COLLEGE'S ROLE

Nomination Letter

Each nominating unit will identify a contact for the nomination letter that will be entered by the student in the online award application. The identified nominator from the department, school, or college will receive an email with instructions for submitting the letter of nomination. Please submit the nomination letter as early as possible, but no later than Friday, February 22, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.

The nomination letter must be signed by:

  • College of Arts and Sciences Departments: Department head of the student's department
  • College of Education, School of Journalism and Communication, Lundquist College of Business, School of Music and Dance, and College of Design: Dean, associate dean, or other appropriate individual who can confirm that the school or college has selected the student for nomination

Letters of Recommendation

Each applicant will have identified three faculty recommenders to write a letter outlining the candidate’s research, academic background, and potential as a developing scholar. These letters should not exceed two pages.

The letters are first submitted to the department/school/college by their internal deadline. Students that are nominated by their department will fill out recommendation information in the online awards application.

Once the student enters the recommenders’ information in the online award application, they will receive an email with instructions for submitting their letters of recommendation.


Selection and Timeline

Applications will be evaluated by a subcommittee of the Graduate Council. Fellowship awards will be made by late March.

In the case that a student who has not advanced to candidacy is tentatively selected to receive the award, they will officially receive the award only if they advance to candidacy by the end of spring 2019.

All fellowship stipends will be paid out monthly, on the same schedule as Graduate Employment positions.


Other Conditions

Dissertation Research Fellowships may not be held concurrently with other forms of public or institutional support.


Applications for 2020-21 scholarships are not currently being accepted. The application will open in Fall term.

For more information, please contact Jered Nagel.

Graduate Students with Financial Aid
Receiving this award may reduce your financial aid award. Please contact the Financial Aid Office prior to applying for this (and any other type of) support.