Competitive Fellowships


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, the UCHV fellowship and the Prize Fellowship in Social Sciences. (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.


The deadline for 2022-23 nominations is  March 1, 2022

Hyde Fellowships

Hyde Fellowships in the Humanities are awarded to outstanding doctoral 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 or 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. 

The Hyde Academic Year Research Fellowship will provide a 10 month stipend that is greater than the regular stipend, to cover expenses of living abroad for up to 10 months, as well as the cost of travel from and back to the United States. The Hyde Academic Year Research Fellowships are endowed graduate school funds that replace the normal university stipend and are not external funds that would qualify a student for a year of Dissertation Completion Enrollment (DCE) funding.

Application Process

Students must complete an application via GPS (Global Programs System) to be considered for a Hyde Academic Year Research Fellowship. Application rules and procedures are sent to relevant departments via memo by the dean each year in February, at which time the applications will be made available on GPS.


The deadline for 2022-23 applications is March 15, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact the dean’s office by email.

University Center for Human Values (UCHV) Graduate Prize Fellowship

The GPF program recognizes and supports post-generals graduate students with distinguished academic records (in any discipline) whose dissertation research centrally involves the critical study of human values. In addition to providing tangible support, a main purpose is to enable scholars working on topics in human values to engage with each other both informally and in the yearlong faculty-led course, Dissertation Seminar, where they present their work in progress and participate in workshops on career development and placement.

The GPF seminar meets about 14 times during the school year. Ten of those sessions involve one GPF giving a talk, a Q&A period, and presentational feedback to the speaker. In addition, there are four professional development sessions. Topics include: problems and strategies (or “hacks”) for making dissertation progress and dealing with advisors, the job market, teaching, publishing, and presenting at conferences. These fellowships provide full tuition support and a stipend in excess of the base stipend rates. The fellowship also awards $2,000 in funding to support research expenses.

Application Process

Application instructions are sent to Directors of Graduate Studies and Graduate Program Administrators via memo each year in mid-January. Post-generals graduate students must complete an application via GPS (Global Programs System). For questions, please contact UCHV’s Director of Early Career Research, Elizabeth Harman ( or UCHV’s Assistant Director, Regin Davis (


The deadline for the 2022-23 fellowship cohort is February 18, 2022.

Prize Fellowship in the Social Sciences

The Prize Fellowship in Social Sciences, formally known as 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, the graduate student and faculty fellows meet twice a month for presentations given by faculty fellows and dissertation discussions led by graduate student fellows to examine multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives in relation to important issues of international and domestic public policy.

This fellowship provides full tuition support and a stipend in excess of the base stipend rates. The fellowship also includes a grant to support some research expenses.

Professor Tali Mendelberg of the Department of Politics succeeded Professor Dean Knox of the Department of Politics as acting director for the Prize Fellowship in Social Sciences in 2020-21.

Selection Criteria and Nomination Process

Faculty Fellows

Faculty are appointed fellows with normal terms of one year. 

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.


A letter from the director of the Prize Fellowship in Social Sciences 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, 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 Desirée Leonardi.