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Dissertation Year Fellowships

  • UC President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship

  • Fletcher Jones Fellowship

  • Dissertation Year Fellowship funded by the Marye Anne Fox Endowed Fellowship Fund

Eligible students should see their Graduate Advisor or Graduate Coordinator for more information about this opportunity. Applicants should be nominated by their graduate programs, no self-nominations will be accepted.

Graduate Programs may nominate a total of three (3) candidates across all three dissertation year fellowships. This is a combined total of three nominations for the Dissertation Year Fellowship, the Fletcher Jones Fellowship, and the Marye Anne Fox Endowed Fellowship.

UC President's Dissertation Year Fellowship

The Office of the President has allotted UCSD five (5) President's Dissertation Year Fellowships. The program is designed to identify doctoral candidates who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged or whose research or planned career direction focuses on problems related to disadvantaged segments of society. UC President's Dissertation Year Fellowships are to be awarded to promising students in the final stages of their doctoral work who demonstrate strong potential for university teaching and research. Because the President's Dissertation Year Fellowship is one of the University-wide fellowship programs for diversity, we hope to obtain a diverse pool of nominees.

Guidelines

Program Objectives

Fellowships will be awarded to students:

  • Who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged, or
  • Whose research or planned career direction focuses on problems related to disadvantaged segments of society, and
  • Who demonstrate strong potential, promise and desire for a university teaching and research career.

Eligibility Requirements

Nominees for the President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship must have the following qualifications.

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Candidate must have advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D.degree at the time of nomination.
  3. Candidate must be making satisfactory progress towards completing the dissertation such that a dissertation-year award will be sufficient for the candidate to complete all Ph.D. degree requirements during the award year.
  4. Candidate must accept that the award precludes other employment obligations for recipients during their tenure as Dissertation Year Fellows.
  5. Be eligibile for student support through the award period. 

Awards

Five (5) candidates will be awarded the UC President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship. Each award will include:

  • $22,000 stipend
  • Payment of tuition and fees
  • $500 travel allowance, to be used for travel to another school or campus in California 

This fellowship is a terminal support award. Nominated candidates must be projected to finish during the twelve-month award period (July 1 through June 30). Convincing evidence that the nominee can complete all degree requirements by June 30 will be an important consideration in the selection process. Awards will be made by the Dean of The Graduate Division.

Nomination Requirements

All items are required for Fellowship consideration. 

  1. Brief autobiographical sketch by the student (half page limit)
  2. Two page dissertation synopsis written in a non-technical format for a "lay audience". The synopsis must address the relevance of the student's research within the academic field.
  3. Provide an academic timeline for completion of the dissertation with a projected date of completion.
  4. Letter of support from the student's academic advisor addressing how the student meets the program objectives and the eligibility requirements. This may include discussion of relevant non-academic activities, such as community or campus service (three page limit).
  5. Completed nomination form with the signature of the department/program chair.

Fletcher Jones Dissertation Fellowship

The Office of the President has allotted UCSD one (1) Fletcher Jones Fellowship for each academic year. The Fletcher Jones Fellowship Program, which is supported by gifts received from the Fletcher Jones Foundation of Los Angeles, offers one of the University's most prestigious and generously funded fellowships. 

Guidelines 

Program Objectives

Fellowships will be awarded to students who are economically disadvantaged as demonstrated through dependence on student loans or greater than 50% employment as a means to finance their education.

Eligibility Requirements

Nominees for the Fletcher Jones Dissertation Year Fellowship must have the following qualifications.

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Must demonstrate financial need
  3. Candidate must have advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree at the time of nomination.
  4. Candidate must be making satisfactory progress towards completing the dissertation such that a dissertation-year award will be sufficient for the candidate to complete all Ph.D. degree requirements during the award year.
  5. Candidate must accept that the award precludes other employment obligations for recipients during their tenure as Fletcher Jones Fellows.
  6. Be eligibile for student support through the award period.
  7. All disciplines offered by the General Campus are eligible, with the exception of Business Management. The disciplines offered in the Health Sciences are also eligible, with the exception of Medicine.

Awards

One (1) candidate will be selected for the Fletcher Jones Dissertation Fellowship. Each award will include:

  • $25,000 stipend
  • Payment of tuition and fees

This fellowship is a terminal support award. Nominated candidates must be projected to finish during the twelve-month award period (July 1 through June 30). Convincing evidence that the nominee can complete all degree requirements by June 30 will be an important consideration in the selection process. Awards will be made by the Dean of The Graduate Division before the end of Spring Quarter.

Nomination Requirements

All items are required for Fellowship consideration.

  1. Brief autobiographical sketch by the student (half page limit)
  2. Two page dissertation synopsis written in a non-technical format for a "lay audience". The synopsis must address the relevance of the student's research within the academic field.
  3. Provide an academic Academic timeline for completion of the dissertation with a projected date of completion.
  4. Letter of support from the student's academic advisor addressing how the student meets the financial need requirement.
  5. Completed nomination form with the signature of the department/program chair.

Dissertation Year Fellowship funded by the Marye Anne Fox Endowed Fellowship Fund

Guidelines

Program Objectives

Fellowships will be awarded to students who demonstrate highly distinguished academic records.

Eligibility Requirements

Nominees for the Dissertation Year Fellowship funded by the Marye Anne Fox Endowed Fellowship Fund must have the following qualifications:

  1. Candidate must have advanced to candidacy for an academic doctoral degree at the time of nomination.
  2. Candidate must be making satisfactory progress toward completing the dissertation such that a dissertation-year award will be sufficient for the candidate to complete all doctoral degree requirements during the award year.
  3. Candidate must accept that the award precludes other employment obligations for recipients during their tenure as Dissertation Year Fellows.
  4. Be eligible for student support through the award period.
  5. All disciplines under the jurisdiction of the VC Academic Affairs are eligible.  Business Management and the Health Sciences are not eligible.

Awards

One (1) candidate will be selected for the Dissertation Year Fellowship funded by the Marye Anne Fox Endowed Fellowship Fund. Each award will include:

  • Stipend of $22,000
  • Payment of tuition and fees

Nomination Requirements

All items are required for Fellowship consideration.

  1. Brief autobiographical sketch by the student (half page limit)
  2. Two page dissertation synopsis written in a non-technical format for a "lay audience". The synopsis must address the relevance of the student's research within the academic field.
  3. Provide an academic Academic timeline for completion of the dissertation with a projected date of completion.
  4. Letter of support from the student's academic advisor.
  5. Completed nomination form with the signature of the department/program chair.

Important Information

The Graduate Division does not assume responsibility for errors or omissions in the applicant's submission. We will do our best to review the format of the proposal; however final responsibility for format, content, and completeness always rests with the applicant. Please proofread the application fully and connect with both the graduate fellowship advisor and departmental fund manager for additional guidance prior to submission.