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Thomas Edwin Devaney
Dissertation Fellowships

The Center for Humanities and the Arts, the Graduate School, and the College of Arts & Sciences have unified the Dissertation Fellowship Award process for graduate students in Humanities and the Arts. There are five full-year dissertation awards — Devaney, Emerson, Lowe, Reynolds, and the CHA Dissertation Fellowship. These awards all carry the same benefits (50% GPTI stipend, tuition remission for five dissertation hours, fees, and medical insurance each semester); the same conditions apply to all (no other work is allowed, no other scholarships or fellowships); the same selection criteria (spelled out below) apply; and there is one selection committee, suitably representative of the faculty, to rank the applications and make the awards. We do not ask departments to nominate students or rank their own students. Any student who meets the qualification criteria may nominate him/herself.

Questions? Please contact Wendy Webster at 303-492-7294.



  • James R., Anne M., and R. Jane Emerson Student Support Fund in the Humanities
  • The Florence Husted Lowe and F. Rex Lowe Student Support Fund Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities
  • The Reynolds Dissertation Fellowship
  • The Thomas Edwin Devaney Dissertation Fellowship
  • The CHA Dissertation Fellowship

The purpose of these fellowships is to provide outstanding PhD candidates in the Humanities and the Arts with financial support to assist in the process of completing their doctoral dissertations. All five fellowships will provide full support for one academic year. Each award is the equivalent of a stipend, fees, insurance, and tuition remission (five dissertation hours only) for the academic year. The Regents approve AY rates in July and the Dean's Office may be contacted after August 1st for exact amounts. Under any of these awards, students may not engage in other forms of paid employment (working, teaching, or off-campus employment) during the time they receive a Dissertation Fellowship. Additionally, students may not take classes outside their dissertation hours nor may they accept another fellowship or grant during the same time period. The purpose of the fellowship is to allow recipients to devote their attention to the dissertation.


Doctoral students who have been advanced to candidacy (D status) in the following departments and programs of the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible to submit an application for a Dissertation Fellowship: Classics, Comparative Literature, English, French and Italian, Germanic and Slavic, History, Philosophy, Spanish and Portuguese, and Theatre and Dance. Additionally, doctoral students in the College of Music (D status) are eligible to apply for the Devaney Dissertation Fellowship. Any student who is eligible may submit a nomination.


The Selection Committee will base their selection on the following:

  • the quality of the research project;
  • the quality of the candidate's CV (conference presentations, publications, awards, etc.);
  • the probability of completion within the period of the fellowship (the greater the probability, the better chance of receiving a fellowship);
  • other teaching-free fellowships that the candidate has already enjoyed (the fewer the better).


Applicants are required to submit the following information to the Fellowship Committee, along with the Application Cover Sheet (Word document):

___ 1. Applicant's Curriculum Vitae and CU transcript.

___ 2. Proof of admission to PhD candidacy (can be copy of initial letter of admission to candidacy).

___ 3. Synopsis of dissertation (maximum 750 words).

___ 4. A timeline for completion of the dissertation (max one page)

___ 5. (i) Information concerning any other research grants, internal or external, for which the applicant has applied. Applicants are also required to inform the Dean of the College if they subsequently receive support for their dissertation research or writing from other agencies; and (ii) information concerning any other support for dissertation writing that the applicant has already been awarded and used.

___ 6. Letter of support: statement of evaluation (maximum 750 words) of the dissertation plans and the likelihood of completion within the fellowship period. This statement, which is to be sent directly to the committee by the author is to be written by: EITHER (a) the dissertation advisor OR (b) another member of the dissertation committee.

All materials should be submitted to: Chair, Arts and Humanities Dissertation Fellowship Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, Old Main 1-43, 275 UCB. University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO 80309-0275. You may also email materials as Word attachments to Wendy Webster.

The deadline for submission of all materials is 5:00pm, Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Applicants will be evaluated by a committee appointed by the Associate Dean for Humanities and the Arts in the College of Arts & Sciences, the Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and the Director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts. Awardees will be asked to submit a letter notifying the Dean's Office of completion of their dissertation.