Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Uconn Huskies

Funding has been made available to support a limited number of graduate students for the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.   Please note that fellowship funds are NOT guaranteed to any student who applies for the award.  The fellowship is awarded in the amount of $2,000 to each eligible applicant.

To be eligible for the fellowship, an applicant must:

  1. Certify that his/her total personal income will not exceed $35,000 during the twelve-month period of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017;
  2. Document satisfactory completion and approval of the General Examination prior to 4:00 pm on November 30, 2016;
  3. Document satisfactory completion and approval of the Dissertation Proposal, including full and current IRB or IACUC approval, prior to 4:00 pm on November 30, 2016;
  4. Certify that he/she will be enrolled for the spring 2017 semester at The Graduate School.
  5. Certify that he/she has never before been awarded the University of Connecticut Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

Applications will be accepted from 9:00 am on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 until 4:00 pm on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.  Applications received prior to November 1, 2016 or after November 30, 2016 will not be considered.  To apply please fill out the online application form by clicking here.  Notifications will be e-mailed to each applicant in December, 2016.

This fellowship can only be awarded to an individual once.  Doctoral students based at UConn Health and UConn Law School are not eligible to apply.


The Graduate School at UConn Internal Fellowship Awards

The Graduate School is pleased to announce its internal fellowship competition for the 2018-2019 academic year. Deadline for applications is January 29th.

The Jorgensen Fellowship (JF) (formerly the Outstanding Scholar Program (OSP)) and the Harriott Fellowship (HF) (formerly the Giolas-Harriott Fellowship (GHF)) are available  to outstanding young scholars who have been admitted to doctoral programs at the University of Connecticut. The Crandall Fellowship (formerly the Crandall-Cordero Fellowship (CCF)) is available to outstanding young scholars who have been admitted to master’s programs at the University. These fellowships are intended to recruit and support the most promising students entering graduate programs at the University of Connecticut. Recipients of these fellowships will represent the very best applicants to graduate programs at the University. In addition, to be eligible for either the HF or CF fellowship, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education and/or a commitment to enhancing diversity in their field of study.

Fellowship Package Components

Stipend amount

These awards consist of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend ($17,000 during the academic year, $3000 during the summer). Departments may couple the fellowship with a partial or full assistantship. A student receiving a ½ assistantship in addition to one of these awards will receive a total stipend of approximately $31,500 and a tuition waiver. A student receiving a full assistantship in addition to one of these awards will receive a total stipend of approximately $43,000 and a tuition waiver. (Fellowships that are not accompanied by an assistantship do not provide a tuition waiver.)

Duration of the award

Recipients of the JF and the HF are eligible for up to 5 years of fellowship support. Recipients of the CF are eligible for 2 years of fellowship support, except for recipients who applied to and are accepted in an MFA program. Recipients of the CF in an MFA program are eligible for 3 years of fellowship support. Students may elect to defer one or more years of support for which they are eligible, but the award must be used within the usual time limits for a degree (8 years for PhD, 6 years for master’s).

Eligibility for the award

JF and HF awards are available only to students in PhD programs who have been nominated by the department to which they are applying. CF awards are available only to students in master’s programs who have been nominated by the department to which they are applying. To maintain their eligibility for the award students must enroll full time and must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Because the JF, HF, and CF awards are intended to enhance recruitment of outstanding young scholars to the University of Connecticut, they are intended primarily for incoming students who have received or are earning degrees at other institutions. Current University of Connecticut students are eligible for the awards, but only when the nominating department or program can make a strong case that the nominee is an outstanding scholar who is likely to be recruited by a peer or aspirant institution.

Award criteria

Recipients of these fellowships will be the most academically promising members of the entering class of graduate students at the University of Connecticut. The criteria used to select recipients include:

  • Evidence of scholarly or creative achievement highlighted by the department or program in their nomination and evidence that the department or program provides the environment necessary for success in the areas of interest highlighted by the applicant.
  • Evidence of any prior scholarly or creative achievement by the nominee, e.g., publications, presentations, exhibits, performances.
  • Evidence that the nominee has been successful at previous academic institutions, e.g., letters of recommendation.
  • Quantitative evidence of academic accomplishment, e.g., undergraduate grade point average, GRE/GMAT (when available).

Additional information regarding diversity commitment for HF and CF awards

Nominees for HF and CF awards are expected to demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity either within their field of study or more generally in all areas of higher education.

Students can demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education through participation in organizations or activities that (a) directly relate to increasing access to higher education and retention in higher education of individuals, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs or (b) that help to ensure that individuals are welcomed and included in higher education environments regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs. Such organization and activities might include participation/affiliation with TRIO programs, cultural/affinity organizations/centers, volunteer experiences, and college or university committees focused on these goals. Students provide evidence of this commitment through research and educational experience reflected on their CV/resume (articles, presentations, internship, and research experience), in their personal statement, or in letters of recommendations.

Students can demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in their field of study by providing evidence in their application (a) that they have been involved in disciplinary organizations or activities that seek to engage individuals without regard to age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs, (b) that in their previous teaching, research, or other work they have sought to include individuals without regard to age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs, or (c) that their personal experiences and background will significantly broaden the perspectives represented within their chosen field of study. Students provide evidence of this commitment through research and educational experience reflected on their CV/resume (articles, presentations, internship, and research experience), in their personal statement, or in letters of recommendations.

Nomination Procedures for the JF/HF and CF awards

To nominate a student, graduate faculty and/or their designee must submit an online application to The Graduate School and mark application materials in Hobsons’ ApplyYourself.

Fill out this online application to submit the cover sheet.

Application Materials

The nominated student’s UConn application, transcripts including GPA, GRE scores, personal statement and letters of recommendation need to be marked with the JF/GF/CF group in Hobsons’ ApplyYourself.

If you nominate more than one student (a maximum of four is allowed), please rank the nominees. This ranking should be listed on a separate sheet of paper and e-mailed to Megan Petsa (Megan.petsa@uconn.edu) by the deadline. Please note that it is likely that only one fellowship will be awarded to each program.

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