Dissertation Research Fellowships

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2018-19 Dissertation Research Fellowships, which include the UO Doctoral Research Fellowship, the Eric Englund Fellowship, and the school/college/department level Dissertation Research Fellowships. 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 stipends at least equivalent to a level 3 GE appointment in the student's home department, as well as a university tuition waiver during award terms, mandatory fees (less $61 per term), and health insurance (95% of the premium).


PRIOR to applying for the UO Dissertation Research Fellowship, 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 2018 in order to receive an award.


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.  The College of Design and School of Music and Dance may nominate up to TWO candidates. The College of Education may nominate up to THREE candidates. The Lundquist College of Business and the School of Journalism and Communication may each nominate up to FOUR candidates.


After doctoral students have been notified of their nomination by the department/college/school, they should apply for the UO Dissertation Research Fellowship here:

Awards and Fellowships Application

Deadline to apply: Friday, February 15, 2019

Award Information

Eligibility, Nomination Process and Deadline

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 2018 term and will be expected to complete their doctoral degree in winter, spring, or summer 2019.

NOMINEE'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 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019:

  1. A research prospectus of the dissertation of no more than 1500 words (submitted on no more than five pages), excluding works cited pages (works cited may not exceed three pages). The prospectus should be written in language accessible to faculty who are not necessarily specialists in the subject area.
  2. A CV/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.



Each department will identify a contact for the nomination letter that will be entered by the nominee/applicant 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 signed by the department head, which must also be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019.


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 nominee/applicant enters the recommenders’ information in the online award application, they will receive an email with instructions for submitting their letter of recommendation.

PLEASE NOTE: When the student fills out their online awards application (after being notified of their nomination by the department/school/college), the applicant will enter the information for the nominator and the recommenders. This generates an email to each letter writer and department contact, where they are requested to upload their letter or contact the department’s graduate coordinator/secretary for assistance in uploading. The nominating department is responsible for ensuring their letter of nomination is signed by the department head.

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 2018. All fellowships (except the UO Dissertation Research Fellowship and the Eric Englund Fellowship) will be paid each term they are received, 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.

Each department in the College of Arts and Sciences may nominate up to TWO candidates.  The College of Design and School of Music and Dance may nominate up to TWO candidates each. The College of Education may nominate up to THREE candidates. The School of Journalism and Communication and the Lundquist College of Business may each nominate up to FOUR candidates. 

Note for 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.

For more information, please contact: Jered Nagel at jnagel@uoregon.edu

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