Once Application Materials are Complete, Submit your Application Here by 5pm on October 1, 2019!
Graduate Dissertation Completion Fellowships provide a one-semester stipend to outstanding Ph.D. candidates who would benefit from the financial security and the freedom to focus on their final semester writing. The award is one semester of support and the awardees are expected to graduate at the end of the semester in which they hold the DCF.
The PhD Network will form a subcommittee to review applications according to the overall strength of the candidate’s application and with regard to the likelihood of timely completion of a quality dissertation. Application packages that are not complete or are late will not be considered and it is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure all required materials are received by the deadline.
Submission Requirements: A complete application contains the following materials:
- Letter of application for the fellowship from the student that includes a) the expected date of dissertation defense, b) detailed information about past and current funding for every year of the PhD, c) the timeline of completion thus far (when each stage of the research/dissertation was completed – e.g. Chapter/Part 1: August 1, 2018; Chapter/Part 2: January 1, 2019; Chapter/Part 3: June 1, 2019; final chapter/part: December 1, 2019).
- Letter of recommendation from the dissertation advisor that describes the importance of the work and indicates when the dissertation will be completed (this confidential letter must be sent from the advisor to the PhD Network, c/o Margaret Wald, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Curriculum vitae
Documents other than the letter of recommendation must be submitted in a single PDF to the Dissertation Completion Fellowship form at the bottom of this page.
The stipend for one semester will be the standard semester stipend rate for the department where the student’s primary affiliation resides. In addition, both the student’s one-credit registration fee and health insurance will be covered by the award for the semester in which the student holds the fellowship. The award must be used during the semester for which it is awarded and may not be deferred. Students are expected to complete their dissertation during the period of the award and may not hold any employment, internal or external, or awards during that term including outside fellowships, research assistant appointments, or teaching assistant appointments. For students on federal loan, a concurrent DCF award may result in an adjusted loan amount. Please consult the Student Financial Services Offices (email@example.com) for additional information.
Submit your Spring 2020 DCF Application here:
1 semester, must be the final semester of the PhD.
One semester of stipend, tuition, and health insurance.
Currently enrolled Ph.D. students at Northeastern who have been in their programs for at least 4 years and completed all course requirements including comprehensive exams and dissertation proposal defense (if required) may apply. The fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis.
Margaret Wald, Assistant Director