Dissertation Fellowship

The Oregon Humanities Center (OHC) offers the Dissertation Fellowship in partnership with the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.

The goal of this fellowship program is to provide the fellow with one term free from teaching in order to allow full-time work on the dissertation. The fellowship provides:

    1. A one-term Research GE3 appointment in your home department for the fellowship term. As a GE you will receive the following GE benefits:
      • GE salary and OPE totaling $6,050 for the fellowship term. The FTE of your GE3 appointment will be prorated by your department in order to total the $6,050 supplied by the OHC for your salary and OPE. Your department may hire you using the OHC’s index to pay for your salary.
      • A one-term tuition waiver (up to 16 credits; you must register for at least 9 credits).
      • A fee subsidy covering all but $61 of mandatory student fees.
      • GTFF health insurance eligibility with the university covering 95% of the premium (GE is responsible for 5% of premium)*
    2. When space is available, an office at the OHC during the term of the fellowship

*The GE benefit amounts are subject to change due to ongoing negotiations between the University of Oregon and the Graduate Employee union (the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation).

Please read all guidelines, conditions, and instructions completely before beginning to work on your application.

Eligibility Guidelines

      1. Full-time doctoral students who have been advanced to candidacy at the time of application and are conducting research for and/or writing an approved dissertation in a humanities-related field are eligible to apply.
      2. This fellowship is intended to be used for work on the dissertation and may not be taken during the term in which the student plans to defend.
      3. Applicants must expect to defend within one year of the fellowship term.
      4. Fellows may not teach during the fellowship term. If the recipient holds a GE teaching appointment during the 2019–20 academic year, they will be required to give it up for the fellowship term in order to hold a GE research appointment.
      5. Research projects must be humanistic, but applicants may be enrolled in any department, college, or school. The term “humanities” as used here includes literature; philosophy; history; religion; ethics; the history, theory, and criticism of the arts; and historical or interpretive aspects of the social and natural sciences and the professions.
      6. 2019–20 Dissertation Fellowship applicants are not eligible to apply for the 2019–20 OHC Graduate Research Support Fellowship.


      1. Upon receipt and acceptance of a Dissertation Fellowship, the fellow must sign an agreement outlining their commitment to make significant progress toward the completion of the dissertation during the fellowship term and their willingness to adhere to all other conditions of the program.
      2. Dissertation Fellows will be hired for a one-term GE3 appointment in the home department for the fellowship term, with a salary and OPE for the fellowship term totaling $6,050. All GE requirements apply. (For details see https://gradschool.uoregon.edu/gtf)
      3. The Dissertation Fellow must give a Work-in-Progress talk (WIP) during the fellowship term.
      4. At the conclusion of the fellowship term, the fellow must submit a brief report on the fellowship term.
      5. Fellows must acknowledge the Oregon Humanities Center in any work resulting from research conducted during the fellowship term.
      6. Fellowship recipients must immediately notify the OHC of any conflicts with the guidelines and conditions of this fellowship program. Fellows who receive another fellowship, doctoral research award, or appointment for the same academic year (September 16, 2019 through June 15, 2020), whether internal or external, must inform the OHC immediately, and may be required to choose between the OHC fellowship and the other opportunity.
      7. While we recognize that limited travel (maximum of 2 weeks during the fellowship term) may be necessary, we expect that Dissertation Fellows will be in residence in Eugene and/or on the UO campus during their fellowship term, and will attend the fall orientation luncheon, a luncheon with the VP for Research and Innovation sometime during the fellowship year, OHC WIPs, and, when possible, other OHC events. Dissertation fellows are expected to participate in the OHC intellectual community.

*These amounts are subject to change due to ongoing negotiations between the University of Oregon and the Graduate Employee union (the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation).

Application deadline: Monday, February 4, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Departmental approval and Statement of Support deadline: Monday, February 11, 2019 at 4 p.m.

NEW for 2019-20: Application and supporting materials will only be accepted electronically. All application materials including fillable form, department and advisor approvals, and advisor’s statement of support must be submitted to ohcapplication@uoregon.edu and email time stamped by the deadline. In order to be fair to all applicants, emails time stamped later than the deadline will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made.

Overview of the application process

Application components:

  1. Your application: the fillable form with abstract, narrative proposal, and CV (due by 4 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2019)
  2. Statement of Support from dissertation advisor (due by 4 p.m. Monday, February 11, 2019)
  3. Department head’s approval (due by 4 p.m. Monday, February 11, 2019)
  4. Dissertation advisor’s approval (due by 4 p.m. Monday, February 11, 2019)

It is your responsibility to communicate with your department head and dissertation advisor in advance of the deadline so they have time to review your application and send their approvals and Statement of Support before the deadline.

Summary of the application process:

  1. Download the fillable application form at the bottom of this page.
  2. Complete the application following the instructions below (“Completing the fillable form”).
  3. Request a Statement of Support from your advisor: Ask your dissertation advisor to submit a Statement of Support explaining why you and your project are worthy of support; where you are in the dissertation writing process; and how this fellowship will facilitate the completion of the project. The statement must be submitted directly to the OHC by your dissertation advisor via email to: ohcapplication@uoregon.edu any time between now and 4 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019. If the statement is not received by the deadline the application will not be considered.
  4. Submit your application via email following the instructions below (“Submitting your proposal”) by 4 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2019.
  5. Your department head and dissertation advisor must “reply all” to your application submission email to indicate their approval of your application, by 4 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019.
  6. Your dissertation advisor must submit the Statement of Support by 4 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019.

Completing the fillable form

      1. Download the application form (a fillable Word file) and save it to your computer.
      2. Complete the first page.
      3. Paste the following three components into the grey fillable fields in the subsequent pages of the document:
        1. An abstract of the dissertation (250 words or less) in language clear to a non-specialist.
        2. A narrative proposal (limited to 3 single-spaced pages). Bibliographic information is optional and is included in the 3-page limit. Adhere to the format and chronological organization outlined below, using the headings provided. Proposals should address:
          • Conception and definition of the dissertation: Describe the topic of the dissertation, explaining the basic humanistic ideas, problems, or questions to be explored. Make clear the relationship of the project to your own future research objectives. In cases where the humanistic content of the project may not be readily apparent, address this issue thoroughly.
          • Significance of the dissertation: Explain the significance of the dissertation and its anticipated contribution to the body of research and writing in the area of the humanities in question.
          • Plan of work and methodology: Specifically outline the plan of work, methodology, and schedule for the work to be completed during the fellowship term. Briefly describe any work already completed, the present state of the dissertation, and any stages to be completed after the fellowship term. Be as precise as possible about the activities you plan to undertake during the fellowship period. If you plan to engage in off-campus research or other travel during the fellowship period, you must explicitly address and justify your plans here.
        3. An abbreviated curriculum vitae (not to exceed 2 pages) including:
          • education, including title of dissertation;
          • academic honors or awards received;
          • employment history;
          • scholarly accomplishments;
          • the names and affiliations of two academic references in addition to your dissertation advisor.

All applications must:

      • use language that is jargon-free and clear to readers outside of your discipline
      • have one-inch margins
      • be set in 12-point Times font
      • strictly adhere to specified page limits

Submitting your proposal

Save the complete application document as a single PDF. A complete application document includes:

      • completed application form
      • abstract (250 words or less)
      • narrative proposal (3 pages or less)
      • curriculum vitae (2 pages or less)

Submit your application PDF: Email the PDF to ohcapplication@uoregon.eduand to your department head and dissertation advisor for approval. The deadline to send this email is 4 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2019.

The email subject line must read:

“OHC Dissertation Fellowship: Your name”
Example: “OHC Dissertation Fellowship: Jane Doe”

The message body, addressing your department head and dissertation advisor, must read:

“This email constitutes my OHC Dissertation Fellowship application, which will 
not be complete without your approval. Contact me directly with any questions or 

Department head AND dissertation advisor: To approve my application “reply all” 
to include: ohcapplication@uoregon.edu and me (the applicant). Approval email 
must be received by the OHC no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019
or my application will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made. 
Your approval confirms that:

I expect to defend my dissertation within one year of my requested fellowship
term; my project meets the definition of “humanities research” detailed below*;
if my application is successful, my academic unit will hire me for a one-term 
Research GE3 during the academic quarter specified, for which the Oregon 
Humanities Center will provide $6,050 for my salary and OPE (These amounts are 
subject to change due to ongoing negotiations between the University of Oregon 
and the Graduate Employee union (the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation).

Please review the full guidelines and conditions on the OHC website for details
about the requirements, what the Dissertation Fellowship provides, and how the
fellowships are administered: https://ohc.uoregon.edu/fellowships/dissertation/

Note to dissertation advisor: This also serves as a reminder that my 
application will not be complete until the OHC has received your Statement 
of Support, which should be emailed to ohcapplication@uoregon.edu by Monday, 
February 11, 2019 at 4 p.m.

*The term “humanities” as used here includes literature; philosophy; 
history; religion; ethics; the history, theory, and criticism of the 
arts; and historical or interpretive aspects of the social and natural 
sciences and the professions.”

Review and notification

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of UO tenured faculty members from a variety of disciplines who serve on the Oregon Humanities Center Advisory Board. Applicants will be notified via email by April 5, 2019.

Questions and FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions may be viewed here: FAQs.

For additional information, contact Jena Turner, Associate Director, at jenap@uoregon.edu or 346-1001.

This award may affect your financial aid eligibility. Please read the FAQs and contact the appropriate resources listed below for more information. Federal regulations require students to notify the Financial Aid Office as soon as they know that they will receive any educational resources so that necessary revisions to their financial aid package can be made.  For more information about how this fellowship may affect your financial aid, go to https://financialaid.uoregon.edu/Reporting_Other_Resources or (541) 346-3221. The OHC will provide recipients and the Financial Aid Office with supporting documents.


Fillable application form