Competitive Fellowships

Overview

Competitive fellowships provide funding support for students in their later years of study.

These fellowships include Honorific Fellowships awarded by the Graduate School, as well as Hyde fellowships and the Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars. (See list of Student Awards.)

Honorific Fellowships

The Graduate School awards Honorific Fellowships to exceptional students across all divisions in their later years of study.  Collectively, the Honorific fellowships (Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship, Harold W. Dodds Fellowships, Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowships, and Wallace Memorial Fellowships in Engineering) provide funding to students displaying the highest scholarly excellence in graduate work during the year.  These fellowships provide full tuition support and a stipend in excess of the base stipend rates.

Nomination Process

Students must be nominated by their department to be considered for an Honorific Fellowship. Information regarding eligibility and nomination procedures is currently available for directors of graduate studies and graduate program administrators.

Deadline

The deadline for submissions has passed. Please check back in the spring for this year's deadline. 

Hyde Fellowships

Hyde Fellowships in the Humanities are awarded to outstanding students in the departments of Art and Archaeology, Classics, East Asian Studies, English, French and Italian, German, Near Eastern Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese.  These travel grants allow for summer and full-year travel.  Applicants must be enrolled full-time in doctoral studies in one of the eight departments listed above and have passed their General Examination by the start of the award period.  Students conducting dissertation research abroad must be registered as in absentia for the duration of the award period.  Preference is given to projects requiring residence in England.

Nomination Process 

Students must be nominated by their department to be considered for a Hyde Fellowship. Nomination rules and procedures are sent to relevant departments via memo by the dean each year.

Deadline

The deadline for submissions has passed. Please check back in the spring for this year's deadlines.

Woodrow Wilson Fellowships

The Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars was initiated in 1994, bringing together graduate students and faculty in the fields of greatest concern to President Wilson (mostly the social sciences and history). Today, approximately 15 faculty members and 24 graduate students meet monthly to examine multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives in relation to important issues of international and domestic public policy. The Fellows meet monthly for dinner, at which one of the Faculty Fellows speaks, and once a month for lunch at which one of the Graduate Fellows presents a dissertation chapter.

The fellowship provides support at a level comparable to a Princeton University teaching or research assistantship and also covers tuition expenses.  The fellowship also includes a grant to support some research expenses and a meal allowance for the lunch meetings.

Professor Joanne Gowa of the Department of Politics succeeded Professor Stanley N. Katz of the Woodrow Wilson School as director for the Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars in 2013-14.

Selection Criteria and Nomination Process

Faculty Fellows

Faculty are appointed fellows with normal terms of three years. (Obviously this time can be adjusted for sabbaticals and other events that punctuate faculty careers.)

The process for choosing faculty fellows is rather informal. We are concerned with finding fellows who are interested in, and willing to comment on, a wide variety of social science thesis projects, and who have projects of their own that they would be willing to present to the group at a dinner meeting. The task here involves a willingness to communicate about one's own work in ways that are accessible to a broad audience of highly selected social science graduate students.

A second crucial selection criterion is that the faculty member be able to commit to attending many of the scheduled events of the society. At the beginning of the year we set up the schedule for the year and send it to the fellows.

If you know a faculty member who you think would be interested in this activity, email a paragraph about him or her. If you would yourself be interested, e-mail a note about that. The departments from which the fellows generally come from are listed below; however we would consider fellows from other departments and units as well.

Graduate Student Fellows

Generally, Graduate Student Fellows are at the stage of their graduate careers in which they are well launched into their thesis work, having solved the problems of the general feasibility of the chosen topic and the identification of research methods used to attack the problem.

The selection criteria for the fellowship program involve not only the credentials of the candidate, but other considerations such as the ways in which the candidate's thesis project and thesis research methods will contribute to providing an intellectually rich mix of approaches that will illuminate policy problems and solutions. It is also the case that the Fellowship will seek fellows who are distributed across the various departments that participate in the Fellowship program.

Students are nominated by their advisers and must agree to complete an application process once notified of their nomination.

Deadline

A letter from the director of the Fellows of Woodrow Wilson Scholars is distributed to the directors of graduate studies of the relevant campus departments on or about February 1 each year, with information concerning the fellowship and a date by which the notice of the intention to nominate a fellow should be received from faculty members. Once an intention to nominate is received at the Woodrow Wilson School - 432 Robertson Hall, and we see that we do not have an excess of nominations from a department, students are notified in writing that they have been nominated, and asking them if they wish to apply. A form listing the information that students must provide to complete the application is included with the notification letter. Application materials and the faculty reference letters are due mid-March and are submitted to Sandy Paroly, at 432 Robertson Hall (609-258-5023).