The Center for Humanities & the Arts, the Graduate School, and the College of Arts & Sciences have unified the Dissertation Fellowship Award process for graduate students in humanities and arts.

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 five dissertation hours, and coverage of fees and health insurance). Students may not engage in other forms of paid employment (working, teaching, or off-campus employement) during thier fellowship. Additionally, students may not take classes outside of their dissertation hours or accept other fellowships, scholarships, or grants during the same time. 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 by 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 humanities and arts with support to assist in completing their doctoral dissertations. All six fellowships provide full support for the academic year.  

    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: Art and Art History, Asian Languages and Civilizations, Classics, English, French and Italian, Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, History, Philosophy, Spanish and Portuguese, and Theatre & Dance.

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

        Applicants must submit the following information:

        1. The application cover page
        2. A copy of the applicant’s CV
        3. A copy of the applicant’s CU Boulder transcript (official or unofficial version)
        4. Proof of admission to Ph.D. candidacy (e.g. letter of admission to candidacy)
        5. A synopsis of the dissertation (750 words maximum)
        6. A timeline of the dissertation completion (one page)
        7. Information concerning the following
        (A) Other research grants (internal or external) to which the applicant has applied
        (B) Other support for dissertation writing and research already received and used
        8. Letter of support and evaluation statement of the dissertation and likelihood it will be completed within the fellowship period. This should be written by a dissertation advisor or another member of the dissertation committee and it should be submitted directly byits author (750 words maximum).

        Applicants who receive a fellowship are required to inform the Dean’s Office in 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 AY 20-21 deadlines and application procedures will be posted soon. Contact David Aragoni, A&S Scholarship Coordinator and Analyst with questions. 
        To apply for an Arts and Humanities Dissertation Fellowship, please submit the information outlined under the application requirements. The letter of support should be submitted directly by its author.
        Submit all information to David Aragoni by email: David.Aragoni@Colorado.EDU APPLICATION DEADLINE: TBD