Dissertation-Year

UC Presidents Dissertation Year Fellowships/Fletcher Jones Fellowships


Guidelines

Application Deadline: Mid May each year

The Office of the President has allotted UCSD four 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. 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.

Dissertation Fellows receive a stipend of $22,000 and a research/travel allowance of $500. Departments are required to pay the Fellow'’s in-state fees and student health insurance fees from graduate fellowships or other departmental funds.

The Office of the President has allotted UCSD one 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. To obtain such a Fellowship, the doctoral student must demonstrate financial need. 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.

Fletcher Jones Fellows receive a stipend of $25,000. Departments are required to pay the Fellow's in-state fees and student health insurance fees from graduate fellowships or other departmental funds.

Both fellowships are terminal support awards and only candidates projected to finish during the twelve-month award period (July 1 through June 30) should be nominated. Each department may nominate two students. Convincing evidence that the nominee can complete all degree requirements by June 30 will be an important consideration in selecting Fellows.

Eligible students should see their Graduate Advisor or Graduate Coordinator for more information about this opportunity.

Guidelines for the President's Dissertation Year Fellowship Nomination

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

  1. A U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D.degree and 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.
  3. Acceptance that the award precludes other employment obligations for recipients during their tenure as Dissertation Year Fellows.
  4. Eligibility for student support through the award period. 

Awards

Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $22,000 and a research and travel allowance of $490, to be used for travel to another school or campus in California. Departments are required to pay the Fellow's in-state fees and student health insurance fees. Awards will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies before the end of Spring Quarter.

Nomination Requirements

All items are required for Fellowship consideration. Each department may submit two nominations.

  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. Academic timeline with 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.

Guidelines for Fletcher Jones Fellowship Nomination

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

  1. A U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree and 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.
  3. Acceptance that the award precludes other employment obligations for recipients during their tenure as Fletcher Jones Fellows.
  4. Eligibility for student support through the award period.
  5. 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

Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $25,000. Departments are required to pay the Fellow's in-state fees and student health insurance fees. Awards will be made by the Dean of Graduate Studies before the end of Spring Quarter.

Nomination Requirements

All items are required for Fellowship consideration. Each department may submit two nominations.

  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. Academic timeline with 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.

Please Note: The Graduate Division cannot assume responsibility for errors in the applicant's submission. We will do our best to review the format of your proposal; however final responsibility for format, content, and completeness rests with the applicant.

Deadlines

DISSERTATION FACT SHEET
 
This year the program will award approximately 36 dissertation fellowships. The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is intended to support the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation.

Dissertation fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. 

Click on the links below to learn more about each aspect of the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

 
 

 
Dissertation Eligibility

In addition to the other dissertation program level requirements, eligibility to apply for a dissertation fellowship is limited to:

  • All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, political asylees, and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors, or other designations),
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level,
  • Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree candidates studying in an eligible research-based discipline in a dissertation-required program at a non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education who will complete the dissertation in a period of 9-12 months during the 2018-2019 academic year, and
  • Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.
Receipt of the fellowship award is conditioned upon each awardee providing satisfactory documentation that he or she meets the eligibility requirements.
 

Criteria for Selection

The following will be considered as positive factors in choosing successful candidates:
  • Evidence of superior academic achievement
  • Degree of promise of continuing achievement as scholars and teachers
  • Capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds
  • Sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, and scholarship at the college and university level
  • Likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship
  • Membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding:
    • Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo, or other Indigenous People of Alaska)
    • Black/African Americans
    • Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos
    • Native American Indians
    • Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian)
    • Puerto Ricans

Applications will be evaluated by panels of distinguished scholars selected by the National Academies. The panels will use academic records, essays, letters of recommendation, the application itself, and other appropriate materials as the basis for determining the extent to which candidates meet the eligibility requirements and the selection criteria. Review panels may also look at additional factors such as whether the applicant has advanced to dissertation candidacy and will fully utilize 9 to 12 months of fellowship support prior to receiving the Ph.D. or Sc.D.

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Eligible Fields of Study

Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs that include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women’s studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice. Research-based fields of education are eligible if the major field of study is listed above and is used to describe the Ph.D. or Sc.D. program of the applicant (e.g., sociology of education, anthropology and education).

The complete list of eligible fields of study supported at the dissertation level of the fellowship program is available here: Eligible Fields of Study List.

Individuals enrolled in the following practice-oriented programs will not be supported: administration, audiology, business, consumer studies, curriculum development, human resource management, exercise physiology, filmmaking, fine arts, guidance, kinesiology, leadership, library and information science, management, nursing, occupational health, performing arts, personnel, physical education, physical therapy, public health, rehabilitation science, social welfare, social work, speech pathology, and teacher education. In addition, awards will not be made for work leading to terminal master’s degrees, the Ed.D. degree, the degrees of Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), or professional degrees in such areas as medicine, law, and public health, or for study in joint degree programs such as the M.D./Ph.D., J.D./Ph.D., and M.F.A./Ph.D. This program does not support the Ph.D. portion of a dual-degree program. Interdisciplinary areas of study that have major content in ineligible fields listed above will not be included in the competition. 

 
Fellowship Institution

Fellowships are tenable at any fully accredited, non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education offering a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in the eligible fields of study. 

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Verification of Doctoral Degree Status

  • In order to compete, applicants must have successfully achieved doctoral degree candidacy as defined by this program: applicants must have completed all departmental and institutional requirements for their degree, except for writing and defense of the dissertation. These requirements include, for example, required course work, language requirements, admission to doctoral candidacy, and approval of the dissertation proposal. A valid Academies Verification of Doctoral Degree Status Form, signed by the adviser or other authorized official, must be uploaded to the online fellowship application before 5:00 PM ET on January 9, 2018 to confirm that an applicant has advanced to doctoral candidacy. 
  • Applicants should expect to complete the dissertation during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Stipend and Benefits


Tenure

The tenure of a dissertation fellowship will be no less than 9 months and no more than 12 months.

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Conditions of the Fellowship

Dissertation fellows are expected to be engaged in a full-time program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in an eligible field of study. Those who accept a dissertation fellowship must agree to the stipulations in the Terms of Appointment for Ford Foundation Fellows that accompanies the award notification. In addition, Ford Fellows must agree to participate in regular updates of the Directory of Ford Fellows, as well as periodic surveys designed to demonstrate the impact of this program.

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