Arts & Humanities applicants: those students in Asian Languages and Civilizations, Classics, English, French and Italian, Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures, History, Philosophy, Spanish and Portuguese, and Theatre and Dance - should apply to the Arts & Humanities Dissertation Fellowships instead of to the Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

This fellowship is intended to provide outstanding PhD candidates with financial support to assist in the process of completing their doctoral dissertations. The fellowship consists of full support for one academic semester (either fall or spring of the following academic year), and includes a monthly stipend equal to that of the current 50% GPTI salary, tuition coverage of up to five dissertation hours, mandatory fees, and coverage under the student gold health insurance plan. Please note that 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, any hours taken by students outside their dissertation hours will not be covered, and fellows may not accept another fellowship or grant during the same time period. The purpose of the fellowship is to allow recipients to devote their full attention to the dissertation.


Doctoral students who have been advanced to candidacy (D status) by the end of spring semester 2024. Any student who is eligible may submit an application. 

Selection Criteria 

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 received (the fewer the better).

Application Procedures

Applicants are required to submit the following information through the online application system as one PDF document:

  • Applicant's Curriculum Vitae.
  • Synopsis of dissertation (750 word maximum).
    • References cited will not be included in the 750-word count.
  • A timeline for completion of the dissertation (one page maximum).
  • Information concerning any other research grants, internal or external, for which the applicant has applied, as well as information concerning any other support for dissertation writing that the applicant has already been awarded and used.
  • Transcript (official or unofficial). 
  • Letter of support: A statement of evaluation (750 word maximum) of the dissertation plans and the likelihood of completion within the fellowship period. This statement is to be written by either the dissertation advisor or another member of the dissertation committee.

All Documents must be in the above order and be clearly designated.

This application will open September 18, 2023 at 5:00pm Mountain Time, and the deadline to submit an application is October 27, 2023 @ 11:59pm Mountain Time.

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