Dissertation Fellowships


  • Internal Pre-Application to Department/Program: Varies by unit. Check with your department head or director of graduate studies. 
  • Graduate School online application (submit only if you have been nominated by your home department/school/college): Monday, February 15, 2021
  • Deadline for submission of letters of recommendation: Monday, February 22, 2021


By submitting a Dissertation Fellowship application, candidates are first considered for the UO Doctoral Research Fellowship.

Those not selected for the UO Doctoral Research Fellowship will be considered for the Eric Englund Fellowship and the Lokey Graduate Science Fellowships. Students cannot be selected for more than one fellowship. 

The same nomination/application makes nominees eligible for each of the three fellowship categories: 

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 and includes a University tuition waiver, GE fee subsidies, and GE health insurance. The student receiving this fellowship will be hired as a Research GE and the stipend will be paid out monthly, on the same schedule as a regular Graduate Employment position.

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 and includes a University tuition waiver, GE fee subsidies, and GE health insurance. The student receiving this fellowship will be hired as a Research GE and the stipend will be paid out monthly, on the same schedule as a regular Graduate Employment position.

Lokey Doctoral Science Fellowships

Made possible by a generous donation of Mr. Lorry I. Lokey, the Lokey Doctoral Science Fellowships support students during their final year of doctoral study to allow them to focus on their research endeavors and to prepare for the next steps in their academic career. We anticipate awarding as many as 4 Lokey Fellowships this year. Students in programs that fall into one of the following NSF research areas are eligible for consideration: 

  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Education and Human Resources
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Research and Education
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

These awards include the following components.  

  • Fall, Winter, and Spring Research GE position, including GE salary at home department’s graduate employee rate, paid on the same monthly schedule as a regular GE appointment
  • Graduate employee remission (tuition, fee subsidy, insurance) provided by the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation
  • $6,000 supplemental award
  • $3,000 research/travel fund

School/College-Specific Dissertation Research Fellowships

No fellowships in this category will be offered for 2021-22. 

Eligibility and Criteria

To be eligible, doctoral students must be advanced to candidacy and have their dissertation committee on file with the Graduate School by the end of the spring 2021 term and will be expected to complete their doctoral degree in winter, spring, or summer 2022.

In the case that a student who has not advanced to candidacy is selected to receive the award, they will officially receive the award only if they advance to candidacy by the end of spring 2021.

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

Nomination and Application Process

Step 1: Department/School/College Nominations

Internal Pre-Application Process and Deadline

Each PhD program may nominate one PhD student. Each program should establish an internal pre-application process and deadline for students to be considered for nomination. The internal deadline should be early enough so that students who are selected for nomination can submit the Graduate School application by February 15th. The Graduate School has disseminated information by email to PhD programs with suggestions on how to handle the internal pre-application.

Step 2: Student Application and Letters of Recommendation

PRIOR to submitting a Dissertation Fellowship application, all applicants MUST first be selected for nomination by their department or program. If you are selected for nomination by your program, you must submit the following materials via the online application no later than Monday, February 15th: 

  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
    • Should 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 two faculty recommenders who will be asked to write a letter outlining the candidate’s research, academic background, and potential as a developing scholar. These letters should not exceed two pages. Once the student enters the recommenders’ information in the online award application, the recommenders will receive an email with instructions for submitting their letters. The deadline for submission of letters of recommendation is Monday, February 22nd. 

Step 3: Nomination Confirmation

Once students have submitted their application materials in the online application system, the Graduate School will contact the Directors of Graduate Study in each unit to confirm that the student who applied is the student that was selected for nomination by that program. 

Selection Process and Timeline

  • Applications will be evaluated by a subcommittee of the Graduate Council.
  • Fellowship decisions will be made by early May. 
  • The stipend, tuition remission, fee subsidies, and health insurance will commence in Fall 2021.

Other Conditions

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

If you are the nominee from your program, submit your application in the UO Scholarship Dashboard using the link below: 

 Program Nominees - Click here to apply via the UO Scholarship Dashboard

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.