Fellowships and Scholarships

Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Due Date October 15 (Spring), February 15 (Summer), May 15 (Fall)
How to Apply:


Application/Nomination Process:

Direct from the doctoral candidate. A letter of recommendation from your major professor and 500 word description of the dissertation project. The student must be engaged full-time in the completion of the research and writing of the dissertation, including continued communication with the major professor/s. This Fellowship is not to be used for funding after a successful dissertation defense.

The description of the dissertation project should present an abstract of your research prospectus (not to exceed 500 words):

  • Purpose, Objective, and Rationale: This section should summarize your study accurately and concisely by explaining the overall purpose of the study and the research problem you intend to investigate.
  • Methods: Clearly and precisely describe your intended methodology and procedures and why you have selected these particular approaches. This should summarize the basic design of your study. Your study should follow the accepted paradigms, discourses, and current approaches in your field.
  • Major Findings: Specify how your work will contribute to your field of study, how it will answer your research questions, and the overall impact of your study in your academic area. Report any current findings already completed and clarify your remaining timeframe.
  • Timeframe: Specify the timeline in which your project will occur and develop time limits for individual components of your project.

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Selection Process: The Policy/Fellowship committee of the Graduate Council will review the candidates, rank the applications, and make the award selections.
Award Specifics:
  • Stipend: $9,000 for one semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer).
  • Tuition: A tuition waiver and payment of student fees will be provided.
  • Health Insurance: USF Student Health Insurance will be provided for individual coverage for the duration of the award.
  • Outside Employment: No Graduate Assistantships or other USF fellowships/scholarships or outside employment may be held during the award period.
  • Prior USF Fellowships: Students that have received 5-year fellowships are not eligible for these awards.