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Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship

An internal fellowship program targeting doctoral students’ degree completion.

Formerly referred to as the “Final Year Fellowship”


This year, we will pilot an internal fellowship program targeting students’ progression to degree completion. Doctoral students with an approved dissertation proposal are eligible to apply for a monthly stipend of $2,000 to support focused effort on dissertation completion. Students must be in their final year and must collaborate with their dissertation adviser to develop an application that presents a realistic and comprehensive plan to complete their final milestone. The plan should be comprised of measurable goals. Once a month, advisers will submit a report on the student’s progress and give an explanation of any deviation from the monthly goals. Fellows’ progress will be evaluated on a triennial basis, and the fellowship will only be renewed when goals are met, for a maximum of 12 months.

Provost Dissertation Fellows must be registered for the mandated number of credit hours according their academic college/schools requirements to receive a full waiver, during the academic year, as per the Graduate Assistant Policy.

The purpose of this fellowship is to provide support to students as they write their dissertation, allowing them to minimize other obligations. When considering taking on additional GTA responsibilities, fellows are expected to stay on track with their dissertation. Fellows should also be aware of the following, taken from the GA policy:

Each semester a student can work no more than 2.5 appointments with a total earning for each semester not to exceed $12,000, or $3,000 per month. For more information, review the Graduate Assistant (GA) Policy.


$2,000 per month for up to 12 months + Tuition waiver

Application Deadline

Spring Deadline: March 15, 2017 for funding to be initiated between July 1 – September, 30 2017 (up to 12 months of funding)

Fall Deadline: September 15, 2017 for funding to be initiated between January 1 – March 31, 2018 (up to 12 months of funding)


1. Monthly check-in with Associate Provost for Graduate Programs

2. Monthly reports of progress from adviser

Materials Needed at time of application:


Click the link below to download the Monthly Completion Plan:

PDF Monthly Completion Plan 2017

Advisors Endorse Here 


Department Chairs Endorse Here 
*Department Chairs do not need to submit a letter of recommendation. Filling out the form is sufficient.


Katrina Helz, Fellowship Advisor, Office of Graduate Programs