The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York



Applications Due: Wednesday, January 16, 2019, no later than 12:00pm



Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be registered or on an approved leave of absence during the 2018-2019 academic year to be eligible to apply.
  • Students must be officially advanced to candidacy (level III) before February 14, 2019.
  • Students who have previously received a dissertation fellowship of more than $10,000 from the Graduate Center are not eligible.
  • Dissertation fellowships are intended for students who expect to complete the dissertation during 2019-2020 award year; the applicant’s likelihood of completing the dissertation during this period may be taken into consideration in the selection process.
  • All applicants will automatically be considered for all relevant dissertation awards, with the exception of those listed on the checklist of special focus awards (on the online portion of the application).  Students wishing to apply for these special focus awards should check off the awards for which they are eligible.
  • Students must use their Graduate Center email address to submit the application.


Combining Dissertation Fellowships with Other Awards

  • A student holding a five-year fellowship from the Graduate Center (e.g., Graduate Center Fellowship, Math Fellowship, CUNY Science Scholarship) may not hold a dissertation fellowship concurrently with the five-year award.  A student with a five-year award may apply, but if selected for a dissertation fellowship the student will have to choose between the five-year fellowship funding and the dissertation fellowship funding.
  • Students who are beyond year five may apply, even if they have previously held a five year fellowship.
  • A student holding a Graduate Center fellowship that is not part of a five-year award (such as a freestanding Graduate Assistantship A, B, C, or D) may apply for the dissertation fellowships but, if offered an award, the total funding (combined Graduate Assistant salary and financial aid fellowships) may not exceed $45,000.


Terms of the Fellowship

  • Fellowship recipients are required to be registered during the award year.
  • Dissertation Fellowships of more than $10,000 may provide NYSHIP health insurance eligibility.
  • Students who qualify for the Ph.D. in time for an October 2019 degree are not eligible to receive funding.
  • Please be advised that if you are planning any travel as part of your research, the university requires you to have travel insurance.  Please see the International Travel Requirements Page for complete details.
  • Students must have met Human Subjects Research Protection guidelines before commencing research with human subjects and IACUC clearance before commencing research with animal subjects.






Please see the “instructions” section below for complete details about how to submit your application.  Each application must include the following:


  1. Cover sheet (included in this packet and attached separately in email notification)


  1. Proposal


  1. 9-page project description including a 150 word abstract (the abstract should be single-spaced at the top of page one).  The project description should include discussion of the background, relevant literature, methodology, data, projected results, and a time-line/description indicating expected progress.


  1. 1-page selected bibliography


The text describing the dissertation project should be double-spaced using a 12-point font with numbered pages and a 1-inch margin.  The abstract and bibliography can be single-spaced.


Students are advised to keep in mind that the review committees are interdisciplinary and grouped by cluster (sciences, social sciences, and humanities).


  1. Two-page curriculum vitae.


  1. Current Graduate Center transcript.  (Students may submit the unofficial student copy that can be printed from CUNYFirst.)


The application materials should be assembled AS A SINGLE DOCUMENT in pdf or word format in the following order:


  1. Application cover sheet
  2. Statement of applicability for special focus awards (if applicable, see award descriptions for details)
  3. 9-page proposal
  4. 1-page bibliography
  5. 2-page CV
  6. Graduate Center Transcript (unofficial student copy is sufficient)


One letter of reference to be submitted electronically by your adviser (see instructions page).


If you have questions, please contact Rachel Sponzo at, or 212-817-7282.





The completed application must be submitted no later than 12:00noon on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. The applications are to be submitted as per the following instructions. Your adviser must submit a letter of recommendation by the same deadline, January 16, 2019.


Instructions for submitting your application:


  1. Combine your cover sheet, proposal (including abstract and bibliography), curriculum vitae, and transcript, into a SINGLE file (either as a pdf document or a word document).
  • Use the following format when naming your document:

Last Name, First Name, Program


  1. Email the single application file to:


  1. Complete the electronic coversheet through the following form:


Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowship Competition


* You must use your Graduate Center email address when you submit both parts of the application. All award notifications will also be sent to your Graduate Center email.


Instructions for Faculty Recommenders


  1. Prepare your reference letter as a regular word or pdf document, on letterhead.


  • Please use the following format when naming your document:

Student Last Name, First Name


  1. Email your letter as an attachment to




If you have any questions please contact