Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships and Grants

Dissertation Fellowships and Awards

Dissertation Fellowships and awards are available on a highly competitive basis for advanced doctoral candidates who are close to completing their dissertations. Students who are at Level III may apply for a Dissertation Fellowship through a yearly competition. Many Dissertation Fellowships provide a Level III tuition scholarship.  Award amounts vary between $5,000 and $22,000. Applications are available through the Office of the Provost.

General and Named Dissertation Fellowships

Dissertation-Year Fellowships are awarded to students in any field.

B. Altman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is awrded to students in any field.

Mario Capelloni Dissertation Fellowship for students of high academic merit who show exceptional promise in their field of study.

Carell Dissertation Fellowship, for students of high academic merit and financial need who plan to pursue careers with limited earnings expectations.

Helaine Newstead Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities, named in honor of the late Professor Newstead, who was a faculty member in English and in Comparative Literature.

Mina Rees Dissertation Fellowship in the Sciences, named in honor of the founding president of the Graduate Center, who was a faculty member in Mathematics.

Frances Degen Horowitz Dissertation Fellowship, named in honor of Dr. Horowitz, president emerita of the Graduate Center and professor of developmental psychology.

William Randolph Hearst Dissertation-Year Award is for an African American or Latino/a doctoral student (citizen or permanent resident) who expects to complete the dissertation during the award year.

MAGNET Dissertation Fellowships are established to aid outstanding African American and Latino/a doctoral students (citizens or permanent residents) in completing the dissertation.

Special Focus Fellowships and Awards

Randolph L. Braham Dissertation Award, an award for dissertation-level students whose doctoral research is in the area of Eastern European, Jewish, or Holocaust-related studies.

Ralph Bunche Dissertation Fellowship, an award for a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or foreign national who is an advanced social science doctoral candidate working on areas of special concern to Ralph Bunche, especially the United Nations and multilateralism, international politics, African and Middle Eastern affairs, U.S. foreign policy, race relations, and human rights.

Lane Cooper Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities, for a student in the humanities who shows promise as a scholar and teacher.

European Union Studies Center Dissertation Fellowship, for a dissertation in the Social Sciences on topics relating to the European Union.

Ford Foundation Award for Dissertation Research Expenditures is for studens whose dissertation research deals with issues of gender, race, identity, sexuality, or higher education policy. The stipend covers expenses such as travel, transcriptions, materials, and other costs and may be combined with other grants, subject to approval. An itemized budget is required.

Frances Degen Horowitz Travel Award, named in honor of the president emerita of the Graduate Center and professor of developmental psychology, is for travel expenses related to dissertation research.

Leon Levy Center for Biography Dissertation Fellowship is available to students whose dissertations take a biographical approach to their subject matter. The center encourages the connection between university-based and independent biographers working in print, visual arts, and other media.  Fellows are required to attend public programs and a seminar throughout the academic year.

Mellon Dissertation Fellowships are supported by the Mellon Foundation and sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, which directs the selection process. The theme and guidelines for each year's fellowship are available in December on the Center for the Humanities website.

Alexander C. Naclerio Research Award is for a doctoral student conducting research in the area of housing and urban development.

Athena Pollis Fellowship in Human Rights, for outstanding students whose research involves international, comparative, or theoretical human rights studies, with preference for applicants of color or from other countries.

Harold M. Proshansky Dissertation Fellowship, for an outstanding student writing a dissertation that addresses the human condition in urban settings, with a focus on New York City. The award amount varies.

Rose Kfar Rose Dissertation Award is for an outstanding chemistry student, to be selected by the program.

The Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Dissertation Proposal Award recognizes an outstanding proposal for research into historical aspects of a topic involving America's past, present, or future.

Martin E. Segal Dissertation Fellowship, awarded to a student currently writing a dissertation on a New York City-based subject. Preference will be given to dissertations that explore New York’s cultural life, its theatre, its music, its arts, and its letters, but any New York-focused dissertation will be considered.

Andrew Silk Dissertation Award, for a student whose dissertation proposal focuses on people suffering economic hardship, social discrimination, or political repression.

Martin M. Spiaggia Dissertation Award in the Arts and Humanities is for students of high academic merit.