Doctoral Fellowships

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Subject to budget allocations and the availability of funds, support will be available for up to 12 months to enable students to dedicate their time exclusively to their dissertation. The stipend level will be $2,000 per month and it may be augmented from other sources (but the student is not to have additional employment). In addition, up to $2,500 may be awarded for research supplies and to support student travel for presentations at national/international meetings. EPSCoR award recipients are ineligible. 

Because of the limited number of awards, we will accept only ONE application per program. Applications must be made by the students and include the attached form signed by the graduate program coordinator (or department chair/head if there is not a graduate program coordinator). Students must have advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. before funding can begin. In addition, students are expected to complete their dissertation during the year of funding.

Dates and Deadlines

The application period for the 2018-2019 academic year has passed. Check back for next year's application period.

Primary Evaluation Criteria
  • Quality & Clarity of Research Summary and Credentials of the Ph.D. student
  • Likelihood of completion of degree requirements during the fellowship period
Proposal Requirements Checklist

Submit your materials as one electronic document in the following order: 

  • Cover Page – Cover page should state the student's name, department and/or program, contact information, date student passed or is scheduled to complete candidacy examination (prelims), GPA, as well as the adviser's name, office address, phone number, and email address.
    • In addition, please provide a list of your committee members, their contact information, and their department or program. 
  • Research Summary – A two-page narrative describing the proposed research written by the student in nontechnical language. The research summary may not be a project description that is taken from a grant proposal or other document. The summary should be double-spaced and use Arial font no smaller than 11 pt.
  • Projected Timeline – Timeline for completion of the doctoral degree by the applying student. The timeline should include what has been completed on the dissertation project, what work remains, and any other remaining degree requirements.
  • Student's Credentials – Credentials should include a vita and unofficial transcript obtained through Campus Connection.
  • Budget – Budget should include:
    • Stipend, benefits, travel to meetings, and research supplies
    • Budget justification
  • Adviser Letter – A letter evaluating the likelihood of the student completing their degree requirements during the fellowship year (no more than one page).
  • Program Endorsement Form – Form should be completed by Graduate Program Coordinator or Department Head

Please direct your questions to Brandy Randall, Associate Dean of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies at 231-7033 or brandy.randall@ndsu.edu.