Dissertation Year Fellowship
Dissertation Year Fellowships in International Studies fund advanced Notre Dame graduate students in the social sciences, history, theology, and international human rights law. The fellowships are intended for students to do field research or to complete their dissertations.
March 11, 2013
The dissertation topic must pertain to international studies. The Institute will prioritize projects on one or more of the thematic priorities of the Kellogg Institute: democratization and the quality of democracy and human development; growth and development; religion and society; social movements and organized civil society; public policies for social justice. Applicants must be enrolled and in good standing in the departments of Economics, Political Science, History, Sociology, or Theology, or in the JSD program in International Human Rights. Students who have other stipend (basic living expenses) support equal to a full departmental graduate student stipend from Notre Dame sources for the time period being considered are not eligible. Students applying for this fellowship are not eligible for the Institute's Graduate Research Grant competition.
Levels of Support
The awards will usually be equal to the respective department's academic year stipend for graduate student assistants. Award recipients are required to notify the Kellogg Institute of any funding received from other sources; the Institute may adjust the award.
We strongly encourage students to apply for external grants and we will usually allow you to combine Kellogg stipend funding with other kinds of funding in a total amount that exceeds a normal annual stipend from the Graduate School. For example, we would usually allow you to combine full Kellogg stipend funding and external funding for direct research expenses such as travel costs to your research site, funds to underwrite a survey or data collection, etc.
A complete application consists of 5 hard copies of each of the following:
A research prospectus that does not exceed 15 double-spaced pages, including a summary of bibliographical references, clearly stating how the proposal fits into the priorities of the Institute. Proposals that exceed the page limit may be downgraded.
A curriculum vitae, including education, awards, professional experience, and publications.
A list of all grants already obtained for the project as well as other funding sources to which the candidate has applications pending, or will apply. Applicants who have received a Kellogg Graduate Research Grant (formerly called “Seed Money Grant”) must provide evidence of having applied for additional funding from non-Notre Dame sources.
In addition, applicants must submit -
An official transcript
A letter from the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) confirming successful completion of all predissertation requirements. Recipients of the Dissertation Year Fellowship must have departmental approval of the dissertation prospectus. Applicants who have not completed their predissertation requirements by the deadline may still apply for funding. However, if these students are awarded funding, they must complete predissertation requirements by the first day of exams of the semester when they apply. Students awarded the Dissertation Year Fellowship but who do not have the above-mentioned letter from the DGS on file with the Institute by the final day of exams, will not receive funding.
Three faculty recommendations - one from the principal dissertation advisor and two from other faculty members, preferably including an applicant's graduate professor. The Faculty reference form (Microsoft Word) should be forwarded to the three reference writers. Reference letters should be submitted in a sealed envelope with the application materials or sent directly by the professor to the Institute. At least one of the letters must come from a Kellogg faculty fellow.
Please contact Program Coordinator Denise Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about eligibility and Kellogg priorities.
Submissions that do not comply with the above specifications will not be considered. This includes the request for 5 full sets of your application.
We highly recommended that applicants read the article "On the Art of Writing Proposals: Some Candid Suggestions for Applicants to JCLAS Competitions" by Adam Przeworski and Frank Salomon. Copies are available in the office of the Program Coordinator and on line.
Please submit applications to:
Denise Wright, Program Coordinator
Dissertation Fellowship Competition
University of Notre Dame
Kellogg Institute, 237 Hesburgh Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5677