Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for International Students in USA 2021

The Institute for Citizens and Scholars invites applications for the Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in the USA 2021/22 academic session.

The Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage the original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner.

In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.

Worth of Award

Newcombe Fellows receive $30,000 for 12 months of full-time dissertation writing. (No half-year or partial awards are allowed.)

  • 21 non-renewable fellowships of $30,000 will be awarded in the spring of 2022.
  • Fellows’ graduate schools will be asked to waive tuition and fees while maintaining health insurance for Newcombe Fellows.
  • Fellows become part of a network of more than $1,300 Newcombe Fellows leading the way in their various fields.
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Eligible applicants for the 2022 Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship must:

  • be candidates for Ph.D. or Th.D. degrees in any field of study in the humanities and social sciences at accredited graduate schools in the United States. Candidates working on D.Min., law, Psy.D., Ed.D., and other professional degrees are not eligible.
  • have completed all pre-dissertation requirements including approval of the dissertation proposal.
  • be in the writing stage of the dissertation. Usually, this means that fieldwork or other research is complete and writing has begun by the time of the award.

Similarly, they must

  • expect to complete the dissertation between April 1, 2023, and August 31, 2023.
  • have never held a similar national award for the final year of dissertation writing. Applicants who have won such awards as the AAUW, Ford, NAEd/Spencer, Mellon/ACLS, or Mellon-CES fellowship are not eligible.
  • be in humanities or social science department, writing on topics where ethical or religious values are a central concern.

Prior applicants who did not receive the award when they first applied may now reapply if their revised timeline meets Newcombe Fellowship guidelines for completion and defense.

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How to Apply

A complete Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship application consists of these required components:

  • a submitted online application (applications for the 2022 competition will open in fall 2021);
  • the online submission of the required supplemental items PDF files
  • doctoral transcript; and
  • three (3) letters of recommendation.

Deadline: The application deadline is November 15, 2021.


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