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March 16 Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Provost’s Office is pleased to announce the following pre-dissertation fellowship competition for doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences. These summer awards provide $4,000.

This fellowship program has two objectives:

  • To allow students to conduct pre-dissertation research and training following completion of the first exam.
  • To support the development of a dissertation research proposal suitable for submission to an external funding agency.

This program seeks to facilitate the transition from coursework to advanced individualized research. Early research awards allow students to strengthen their proposals by:

  • Refining their research topic into a well-defined research problem;
  • Determining appropriate research design, methods, research locale(s), and language(s);
    Assessing project feasibility and determining necessary affiliations and approvals.


  • Students must be level II, exceptions will be made for students in programs where a formal dissertation prospectus/proposal is not submitted for approval until after advancing to level III. Such level III students will only be eligible if they have not officially submitted a prospectus/proposal to their program.
  • Applicants must conduct at least six weeks of summer research away from their home institutions.
  • N.B.. Students who have already received a Dissertation Fellowship from the Provost’s Office are ineligible to receive these awards

Each application must include the following:

  1. Cover Sheet (attached).
  2. Research Proposal
  3. Two-page curriculum vitae.
  4. Current Graduate Center transcript. (Students may submit the unofficial student copy that can be printed from banner.)
  5. One letter of reference to be submitted electronically by your adviser or faculty mentor (see instructions below).

For more information click 2015 Provost’s Office Summer Research Awards Guidelines and Instructions

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