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 Arts and Humanities. There are five full-year dissertation awards — Devaney, Emerson, Lowe, Reynolds, and the CHA Dissertation Fellowship. All fellowships come with the same benefits (50% GPTI stipend, tuition remission for dissertation hours, fees, and health insurance) and the same conditions (no other work allowed, no other fellowships or scholarships). The same qualification criteria, outlined in the following pages, apply to all of the fellowships. There is one selection committee, suitably representative of the faculty, appointed to make the selections. Departments do not rank or nominate their own students. Instead, any graduate student who meets the qualifications may nominate himself or herself. Dissertation Fellowships will be announced in December. Recipients will be asked to submit a letter notifying the Dean’s Office of the completion of their dissertation.

If you have any questions, please contact David Aragoni at 5-3832 or David.Aragoni@Colorado.EDU.

Arts and Humanities Dissertation Fellowships

  • 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
  • CHA Dissertation Fellowship

The purpose of these Dissertation Fellowships is to provide outstanding Ph.D. candidates in the Arts and the Humanities with support to assist in competing their doctoral dissertations. All five fellowships provide full support for a full academic year. Each fellowship comes with a monthly stipend (50% GPTI equivalent), tuition remission (five dissertation hours only), fees, and medical insurance for the academic year.

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 of their dissertation hours nor may they accept another fellowship or grant during the same time.

The Regents approve AY 2018-19 rates in July. The Dean’s Office may be contacted after August 1, 2018 for the exact amounts. The purpose of a Dissertation Fellowship is to allow recipients to devote attention to their 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 an application.


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 materials:

  1. Curriculum Vitae and CU transcript.
  2. Proof of admission to PhD candidacy (may be letter of admission to candidacy).
  3. Synopsis of dissertation (maximum 750 words).
  4. A timeline for completion of the dissertation (one page).
  5. Information concerning the following matters:
    (A): Other research grants, internal or external, to which the applicant has applied
    (B): Other support for dissertation writing and research already awarded and used.
  6. Letter of support/evaluation statement of the dissertation plans and likelihood it will be completed within the fellowship period (750 words maximum); this statement, which is to be submitted directly by its author, should be written by either (a) dissertation advisor, or (b) another member of the dissertation committee.
  7. Application Cover Page / Dissertation Synopsis / Dissertation Timeline / Other Support Applied for and Received (Word document)

  8. Applicants who receive a dissertation fellowship are required to inform the College of Arts and Sciences if they subsequently receive support for their dissertation writing from other sources. If this happens, applicants should contact David Aragoni, Scholarship Coordinator and Analyst.

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


The deadline for submission of all materials is 5:00pm, Monday, November 6, 2017.

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.