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

Student eligibility criteria:

  • Students have advanced to doctoral candidacy (post-qualifying/ABD). PhD FT certified students are eligible.
  • Students must be defending their dissertation within the academic year and graduating May 2021.
  • 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.
  • 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):


Nominations are due to the Senior Associate Dean for Research by Friday, March 13, 2020.  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 “2020-2021 Dissertation Fellowship” in the subject line of your email.


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 2020-2021 academic year