Dissertation Fellowships


Deadline   April 8 (if this falls on a weekend, deadline is 4 pm the following Monday)
Value   Approximately $17,000
Number   There are two fellowships each year. The Fellowship is intended to support the students' completion of their dissertation. Thus, it is expected that award recipients will dedicate themselves full-time to working on their dissertations. Priority will be given to those nominees who, in the opinion of the Faculty Awards Committee, will have a high probability of completing the dissertation during the academic year of the award.

Must be enrolled in Lynch School Ph.D. program
Must have passed comprehensive examination (in exceptional cases, students may be scheduled to take examination no later than September of the year in which application is submitted). An exception is made for students for whom clinical internships are a requirement of the doctoral program. All coursework must be completed, however.
Must receive approval for Intent to Propose or Dissertation Proposal no later than April 1 of academic year preceding year in which award is granted
Must provide a statement setting forth his or her plans for using the Dissertation Fellowship and clarifying any plans he or she may have for employment during the award period. If the candidate intends to be otherwise employed during the course of the fellowship, he or she should include a description of the position and the weekly time commitment it requires.
Note: Dissertation Fellowship recipients are not eligible for any additional Boston College-based employment during the course of their Fellowship, including graduate or teaching assistantships, internships, or instructor positions. Any exceptions to this must be approved by the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.


Only the Chair of the Dissertation Committee may nominate a student.

Submission by the Dissertation Chair should include the following:

Original and four copies   One copy

Statement by nominee setting forth plans for using the fellowship,* including any details regarding planned employment during the fellowship period (see above)
1000-word abstract of Intent to Propose or Dissertation Proposal
Curriculum vitae
Official copy of academic transcript

* Due to the competitive nature of this fellowship, students are advised to indicate whether they would like to receive a Summer Dissertation Development Grant if they are not chosen for the Dissertation Fellowship, and, if so, how they would use such funds.


Intent to Propose or Dissertation Proposal
Letter of nomination** from Chair of student's Dissertation Committee

** Given the competitive nature of the award, Dissertation Chairs are requested to present the case for their nominee in some detail, recognizing that the persuasiveness of their arguments will be central in advancing the nomination. The letter of nomination should address each of the following five points, elaborating where appropriate:
Nominee's record of scholarly achievement (e.g., awards, honors, publications, presentations at conferences, collaboration with professionals in the field, excellent grades, etc.)
Nominee's skills, conceptual ability, knowledge, and capacity to complete the study
Nominee's likelihood to complete dissertation within the year in which the award is given
Quality of the design of the study and its appropriateness to the research question
Significance of the research question

Application materials are to be submitted by the Dissertation Chair in a single package to the Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid and Student Services, Campion 135, no later than 4 pm, April 8 (or the following Monday if this falls on a weekend).

Nominations will be reviewed by the Faculty Awards Committee and winners will be announced by the Graduate Office no later than May 15 (or the following Monday if this falls on a weekend).