Purpose:

The Dissertation Fellowship is intended to facilitate the timely completion of high-quality manuscripts and dissertations. Grants up to $5,000 

2018-2019 Dissertation Fellowship Guidelines (PDF)

Student eligibility criteria:

  • Students have advanced to doctoral candidacy (post-qualifying/ABD) and have one year remaining of dissertation writing. PhD FT certified students are eligible.
  • Primary consideration is given to students who are conducting outstanding research in their discipline and have established a notable record of scholarship during their doctoral studies.
  • Students must be making adequate academic progress toward their degree.
  • If awarded, recipients must attest that they will work full time on their dissertation during the period of the fellowship and will not work more than 25% effort outside of the university during that time.

Nomination Procedures:

  • Each PhD granting department/program may nominate up to three students (unranked). All nominations will be submitted to the Graduate School Office by the acting graduate director.

Application and Submission:

Applications should include (total application not to exceed 5 pages):

  • 2018-2019 Dissertation Fellowship Student Application (writable)
  • A dissertation abstract (1 page)
  • A narrative description of the work to be completed during the award year (1 page)
  • A statement explaining how your current means of financial support precludes or significantly interferes with your ability to complete your dissertation in a timely manner and how this award would enhance your research productivity.
  • A numbered list of published or accepted manuscripts from work done at Rutgers University – Camden. Provide full citation and number of pages. Indicate clearly if the manuscript is an original article, book chapter, or refereed conference proceeding.
  • A numbered list of professional presentations (given or accepted) from work done at Rutgers University – Camden. Only list presentation that have not been previously listed. Provide conference name, location, and date.
  • A summary of previous and ongoing financial support during Doctoral Studies at RU-C (e.g. TA, GA, Fellowships, scholarship, etc.).
  • A list of all external funding applied for by the student. Indicate if funding was awarded, the amount awarded, and period of support provided. Please designate internal funding vs. external funding.
  • Clear and detailed timeline that indicates the student will finish dissertation during the academic year of the award.
  • 2018-2019 Dissertation Fellowship Nomination Form (writable)

Deadline:

Nominations are due to the Senior Associate Dean for Research by Friday, March 9, 2018.  Electronic submissions (Adobe PDF) are required and should be sent to fasresearch@camden.rutgers.edu. Save your file name as LastName_Department_Dissertation Fellowship.  Please indicate “2018-2019 Dissertation Fellowship Nomination” in the subject line of your email.

Evaluation:

The Research Funding Committee will evaluate and rank all proposals. Nominations will be evaluated by:

  • Academic and research performance at Rutgers-Camden
  • Originality and scholarly promise of dissertation project
  • Potential impact of research
  • Evidence of likely completion during the 2018-2019 academic year

For research reimbursement policies and guidelines, please see the Procedures for Requesting Reimbursement.