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 six full-year dissertation awards — Devaney, Emerson, Lowe, Reynolds, the CHA Dissertation Fellowship, and the Graduate School Dissertation Award. All fellowships come with the same benefits (50% GPTI stipend, tuition remission for up to 5 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 rate or nominate their own students. Instead, any graduate student who meets the qualifications may nominate themselves.

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 303-735-3832.

  • 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
  • Graduate School Dissertation Award

The purpose of these Dissertation Fellowships is to provide outstanding Ph.D. candidates in the Arts and the Humanities with support to assist in completing their doctoral dissertations. All six fellowships provide full support for the 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. 

    Doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy (D status) in the following departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible to apply for a Dissertation Fellowship: Asian Languages and Civilizations, Classics, English, French and Italian, Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, History, Philosophy, Spanish and Portuguese, and Theatre & Dance.

    Doctoral students in the College of Music (D status) are eligible for the Devaney Dissertation Fellowship, but will not be considered for the others due to the terms of the various endowments.

    Any student who is eligible may submit an application. 

      The selection committee will base their decisions on the following criteria:

      1. The quality of the research project
      2. The quality of the applicant’s CV (presentations, publications, awards, creative work, etc.)
      3. Probability of completing dissertation within the fellowship period (the higher, the better)
      4. Other teaching-free fellowships the applicant has already received (the fewer, the better) 

        Applicants must submit the following materials:

        1. Curriculum Vitae and CU transcript
        2. Proof of admission to Ph.D. candidacy (may be letter of admission to candidacy)
        3. Synopsis of dissertation (750 words maximum)
        4. Timeline of dissertation completion (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.

        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, A&S Scholarship Coordinator and Analyst.

        AY 19-20 deadlines and application procedures will be posted soon. Contact David Aragoni, A&S Scholarship Coordinator and Analyst with questions.