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

The American Studies Dissertation Fellowship will be awarded to a doctoral students whose research intersects with American Studies.

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.

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics Dissertation Fellowship is available to students conducting research on a range of contemporary topics. The Center runs a weekly seminar, hosts distinguished lecture series, and organizes conferences following a theme which changes each year. Recent themes have included “War, Patriotism, Resistance,” “Transformative Cities,” “Geopolitics and Insecurity,” “Radical Urbanism,” “Labor, Crisis, Protest,” and “How to Fight.”  Information on the CPCP Fellowship theme for 2017-2018 can be found at:  Application requires additional statement of applicability.

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.

David Garth Dissertation Award in Public Policy, established through gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies, is in honor of the political consultant David Garth who advised New York City mayors, senators, and the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, while also influencing the course of New York City politics and public policy for over 36 years.  The David Garth Dissertation Award will support research on public policy, and the nexus of public policy and public opinion, political communication, political action and campaigns. Preference will be given to students doing research on urban public policy, including the substantive areas of social welfare, health, community development, and immigration integration.

Marilyn J. Gittell Dissertation Fellowship, established in honor of the late Political Science Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center, is for a social science doctoral candidate working on areas that concerned Marilyn Gittell, especially research focused on cities, urban politics, public policy, democratic and civic engagement, social movements, citizenship and governance, and community practices, both domestically and abroad. Fellows will be expected to participate in seminars and activities sponsored by the Marilyn J. Gittell Endowed Chair in Urban Studies.

The Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the America’s and the Caribbean (IRADAC) Dissertation Fellowship will be awarded to a student in any field of the humanities or social sciences who is completing an  interdisciplinary dissertation that treats some significant aspect of the African Diaspora, including the culture and history of African Americans.  Fellows will deliver an IRADAC sponsored public lecture about their projects in the spring of the award year.  They will also have access to the facilities of the IRADAC offices.  In addition, they will be expected to participate in IRADAC activities, particularly those sponsored for and by the IRADAC Fellows

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.

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.