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Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Social Professions

2016-17 NOMINATION DEADLINE:  Friday, April 1, 2016; 12 noon (PDT)

The Graduate School Presidential Dissertation award is intended to assist Ph.D. candidates in the final stages of writing and completing their dissertations.

The 2016-17 Dissertation Fellowship is a one-quarter award established with support of the University President.

Two committees will meet to evaluate nominees, one for nominees in the arts and humanities and one for nominees in the social sciences and social professions. Each unit listed at the end of this announcement may submit NO MORE than two nominees for this award. We ask that you not rank your nominees.

The purpose of these awards is to relieve graduate students of their teaching duties or other employment not directly related to the dissertation in order that they may devote their full time to writing the dissertation. These are non-service awards, during the tenure of the award service responsibilities must be suspended. The award must be used during the 2016-17 academic year (summer 2016 through spring 2017). The choice of the quarter will be left to the discretion of the graduate student in consultation with his/her supervisory committee chair.

Questions can be directed to Marilyn Gray in the Fellowships and Awards Office, 206.685-4248.


  • The student must have passed the General Examination and attained candidate status by the time of nomination and
  • The student must have demonstrated progress on the dissertation which indicates completion by the end of Summer Quarter 2017 or sooner.
  • The student must be in a tuition-based program; students in fee-based programs are not eligible.
  • The student may not have received another dissertation award from the Graduate School (e.g., Gatzert, GO-MAP)

Nomination Process

Nominations should be submitted to the Catalyst Collect-It Box
Nominations are due no later than 12 noon, Friday, April 1, 2016. No late materials will be accepted; nominations will not be considered unless they are complete and submitted by the deadline.

Departments can nominate no more than two students.

Nomination materials should be submitted only by the department as one file per nominee in Portable Document Format (pdf). (If that is not possible, submission as separate documents is acceptable.) Nominations must include the following:

  1. A completed cover sheet
  2. A letter of nomination from the GPC or chair of the department. Information about the nominee’s current status and performance in the program or comparison with other recent students would be useful. If you submit two nominees, please do not rank your nominees.
  3. A one-page statement from the dissertation adviser demonstrating his/her opinion
    • of the significance of the research and
    • of the progress made to date, including the anticipated completion date.
    • Where appropriate, the nature and importance of the nominee’s contribution to a team project should be included.
  4. A statement from the candidate, not to exceed four pages (12 pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1 inch margins), describing the dissertation project, including its title, relation to current literature, methodology and goals (footnotes can be 10 pt, single-spaced and are included in the four pages). Any bibliography or endnotes are limited to one page (12 pt Times New Roman, single-spaced, 1 inch margins) and is not considered part of the four pages.
  5. Timeline of expected dissertation activities in 2016-17 and specifically during the planned fellowship quarter (not to exceed one page (12 pt Times New Roman, single-spaced, 1 inch margins)
  6. The nominee's curriculum vitae, including names of publications.
  7. An unofficial copy of the student's current UW transcript.

These awards are made on the basis of academic merit. Statements about the student's financial need should not be included.

Selection Criteria and Process

Two interdisciplinary faculty committees (one committee for Arts and Humanities nominees and one committee for Social Sciences and Social Professions nominees) will evaluate proposals, and nominees should be encouraged to consider this audience when preparing the project description.
Criteria used in evaluating nominations include:

  • the significance and originality of the dissertation project
  • evidence of scholarly promise, such as publications or presentations at scholarly meetings
  • evidence that the dissertation will be completed during the 2016-17 academic year

The specific information provided in the nomination packet on these issues is important in the evaluation process.
Awards will be announced in May.

Terms of Award

  • This is a one-quarter award.
  • Award must be used during the 2016-17 year (summer 2016 through spring 2017).
  • Students must enroll for at least 10 credits during the quarter they receive the award (except in summer when it is two credits).
  • During the quarter of award, students may not receive funding or employment from another source without prior approval of the Fellowships Office.
  • The award provide a stipend equivalent to the stipend of a standard Predoc TA II (currently $2,378 month), GAIP insurance, and UW state tuition and fees (excluding U-PASS and International Student Fee) up to 18 credits.
  • The number of awards will be determined by the caliber of the applications and the amount of funding available.
  • Students in fee-based programs are not eligible.

More Information

Questions regarding this opportunity may be directed to Marilyn Gray in the Office of Fellowships and Awards, 685-4248.

Eligible programs for the Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship competition:

 Arts and Humanities
  • Art History
  • Asian Languages and Literature
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Digital Arts and Experimental Media
  • Drama
  • English
  • French and Italian Studies
  • Germanics
  • History
  • Individual Ph.D. Program
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Slavic Languages and Literature
  • Spanish and Portuguese
 Social Sciences and Social Professions
  • Anthropology
  • Business School--social science emphasis only
  • Built Environment--social science emphasis only
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental and Forest Resources--social science emphasis only
  • Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Human Centered Design and Engineering--social science emphasis only
  • Individual Ph.D. Program
  • Information School--social science emphasis only
  • International Studies (Jackson School)
  • Law
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--social science emphasis only
  • Public Affairs
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences--social science emphasis only
  • Urban Design and Planning