The Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship supports Ph.D. students from across the university as they complete their dissertations, allowing them to minimize other obligations, such as teaching. Applicants may apply for up to twelve months of funding to support focused efforts toward dissertation completion, which they will lay out in a plan detailing their monthly goals. It is expected that this plan will be written in collaboration with the applicant’s dissertation advisor and should be realistic and comprehensive. Every month, fellows will meet with the dean of The Graduate School to discuss their progress and the students’ advisors will submit monthly status reports. Funding may be suspended at any time should a fellow fall behind on their monthly goals. Though fellows may request up to 12 months of funding, funding will end one month following completion of the dissertation defense.
In order to be eligible for the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship, students must meet the following criteria:
- Applicants must have an approved dissertation proposal at the time of application.
- Applicants must be within 12 months of graduating from the time the fellowship begins
- The Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship is awarded in the form of a Graduate Assistantship. Once awarded, fellows must comply with the requirements of the GSU Graduate Assistantship Policy.
- Fellows who are international students must be eligible to work in the United States.
- Fellows cannot be paid under another job classification (e.g., part-time faculty) within the University System of Georgia.
- Fellows will receive a tuition waiver, which requires the student to sign up for at least 9 credit hours during the academic year and 6 credit hours during the summer. Note that your home college may require registering for more credit hours. For example, the College of Arts and Sciences requires students receiving tuition waivers sign up for at least 18 credit hours during the academic year and 15 credit hours in the summer semester.
Applicants are evaluated based on the feasibility of their monthly plan, their letters of recommendation, and their scholarly accomplishments.
Fellows receive a $2,000 monthly stipend (for a maximum of 12 months), plus a tuition waiver. Fellows will still be responsible for paying student fees and health insurance.
Spring Deadline: March 13, 2020 for funding to be initiated between July 1 – September, 30 2020 (up to 12 months of funding)
Fall Deadline: Unfortunately, due to fiscal constraints, there will not be an application cycle this Fall 2020. Please check back in Spring 2021.
Note: Applicants may apply for as little as 1 month of funding or as many as 12 months of funding, depending on how much time is needed to complete the dissertation and graduate.
1. Fellows will be expected to complete their monthly goals.
2. Once a month fellows will meet with the Associate Provost for Graduate Programs.
3. Once a month the fellows’ dissertation advisor will submit a progress report.
Please have all the materials and information ready to be entered and uploaded when you begin the application. It is not possible to save parts of the application and return later to complete it. It must all be completed in one sitting. Your application includes the following:
1. Basic Information about the applicant
2. Updated CV
3. Monthly Completion Plan (click link to download template)
4. Abstract of the Dissertation
5. Narrative describing progress toward degree completion
6. Description of how the fellowship would assist you