CCAS Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Completion Fellowship

The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences invites eligible PhD candidates to apply for Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowships. Each fellowship includes a stipend equivalent to the normal GA salary,and a stipend in the respective department for one or two semesters (typically $11,250 per semester) as well as an award of required candidacy tuition for the period of the fellowship. Three fellowships are available annually. Fellows will be expected to participate in a number of activities organized by Office of Graduate Studies. These activities include: presenting a chapter of one’s dissertation at a public forum and convening two brown-bag lunch sessions to discuss the research of other graduate students in the College.


Each Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship is intended to facilitate the completion of the PhD. Therefore, applicants must:

  • be in candidacy, ABD (ordinarily year five and above);
  • be US citizens or otherwise lawfully studying in the US;
  • have no more than one full year of dissertation work remaining at the start of the fellowship year, as certified by the dissertation advisor;
  • have no remaining dissertation completion funding available from their academic department or the University.


The annual application period opens October 1. Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before February 1. Applications will be reviewed by a CCAS faculty committee, the Graduate Studies Committee, or their designee.

To apply, submit the following:

  • Proposal (no more than 5 pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font)
  • One-page timeline for the expected completion of dissertation writing and defense/filing
  • Up to three additional pages of images, musical scores, or other similar supporting non-text materials (optional)
  • Bibliography (no more than two pages)
  • Completed chapter of the dissertation (that is neither the introduction, nor the conclusion, nor the literature review) of not more than 25 double-spaced pages, in Times New Roman 11-point font; or a representative 25-page excerpt from a longer chapter. The chapter must be in English, though citations may be in other languages (with translations provided).
  • Two reference letters, one of which must come from the applicant's dissertation advisor
  • An official transcript

Submit all proposals to, the CCAS Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Office of Graduate Studies.