Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Deadline: November 15

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.

Eligible applicants must:

  • be candidates for Ph.D. or Th.D. degrees in an American doctoral program at a graduate school located in the United States. Candidates working on D.Min., law, Psy.D., and other professional degrees are not eligible.
  • have all pre-dissertation requirements fulfilled by the application deadline November 15, 2012, including approval of the dissertation proposal.
  • be in the writing stage of the dissertation. Usually, this means that fieldwork or other research is complete and writing has begun by the time of the award.
  • must expect to complete the dissertation during the tenure of the award and submit completed dissertations by August 2014.
  • have never held a similar national award for the final year of dissertation writing. Applicants who have won such awards as the ACLS, AAUW, Ford, MacArthur, Mellon, Pew, Spencer, or Whiting fellowship are not eligible.
  • plan to write on topics where ethical or religious values are a central concern.
  • have never applied for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship before. Previous applicants may not apply.

Please note that, in general, Newcombe Fellows may not accept other awards that provide similar benefits. The Newcombe Fellowship selection process is highly competitive, and reapplications are not allowed.

For complete description and eligibility, and to apply: