Dissertation Research Fellowships

Deadlines

  • Internal Pre-Application to School, College, or Department: Varies by unit. Check with your home department (CAS) or your school/college dean's office (all other schools and colleges). 
  • Graduate School online application (submit only if you have been nominated by your home department/school/college: Monday, February 17th at 11:59 pm. 
  • Deadline for submission of letters of recommendation: Monday, March 2nd at 11:59 pm. 

Overview

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 be considered for the Eric Englund Fellowship, the Lokey Graduate Science Fellowships, and the appropriate school/college/department level Dissertation Research Fellowships. Students cannot be selected for more than one fellowship. 

The same nomination/application makes nominees eligible for each of the four 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. Both options include a University tuition waiver, GE fee subsidies, and GE health insurance. The stipend will be paid out monthly, on the same schedule as Graduate Employment positions.

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

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. The stipend will be paid out monthly, on the same schedule as Graduate Employment positions.

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

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. 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: 

  • Nine-month stipend at home department’s graduate employee rate, paid on the same monthly schedule as a regular GE appointment
  • $6,000 award
  • $3,000 research/travel fund
  • Graduate employee remission (tuition, fee subsidy, insurance) provided by the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation
  • Recipients must register for at least 9 dissertation credits during each term of the fellowship.

School/College-Specific Dissertation Research Fellowships

These fellowships will be awarded to:

  • Students in each of the three academic divisions of the College of Arts and Sciences: humanities (2), natural sciences (4), and social science (2).
  • Up to 2 students in the School of Journalism and Communication
  • Up to 2 students in the Lundquist College of Business
  • 1 student in the College of Education
  • 1 student in the College of Design

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.


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 2020 term and will be expected to complete their doctoral degree in winter, spring, or summer 2021.

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 2020.


Nomination and Application Process

Step 1: Department/School/College Nominations

Internal Pre-Application Process and Deadline

Each CAS department and each of the professional schools 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 17th. The Graduate School has disseminated information by email to departments, schools, and colleges with suggestions on how to handle the internal pre-application. 

Number of Nominations

  • Each department in the College of Arts and Sciences may make up to TWO nominations
  • School of Music and Dance: up to TWO nominations
  • College of Education: up to THREE nominations
  • College of Design: up to THREE nominations
  • Lundquist College of Business: up to FOUR nominations
  • School of Journalism and Communication: up to FOUR nominations

Step 2: Student Application

PRIOR to applying for the UO Dissertation Research Fellowships, all applicants MUST first submit their application materials to their department, school, or college. If you are selected for nomination by your department/school/college, you must submit the following materials via the online application no later than Monday, February 17, 2020, 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
    • 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, March 2nd. 


    Step 3: Nomination Confirmation

    Once students have submitted their application materials in the online application system, the Graduate School will contact each each unit to confirm that the student(s) who applied are the students that were selected for nomination in Step 1. The Graduate School will contact the following individuals to confirm the nominations:

    • College of Arts and Sciences Departments: The department head of the student's department
    • College of Education: Maggie Bosworth, Executive Assistant to the Dean
    • School of Journalism and Communication: Chris Chavez, Director of the Doctoral Program
    • Lundquist College of Business: Angela Davis, Senior Associate Dean
    • School of Music and Dance: Leslie Straka, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
    • College of Design: Erin Moore, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

    Selection Process and Timeline

    • Applications will be evaluated by a subcommittee of the Graduate Council.
    • Fellowship decisions will be made by early- to mid-April the first week of May. 
    • The stipend, tuition remission, fee subsidies, and health insurance will commence in Fall 2020.

    Other Conditions

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


    Department/School/College 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.