FAQ: Dissertation Fellowships

Can current or past Graduate Research Support fellows apply for a Dissertation Fellowship?

Yes. However, you may not apply for both a Dissertation Fellowship and a Graduate Research Support Fellowship in the same year; you may only apply for one type of fellowship.

I’m not sure if my project is “humanistic.”

Review the definition of “humanities” in the Dissertation Fellowship Eligibility Guidelines, #5. If you are still unsure, check with your advisor. If you and your advisor are unsure of the eligibility of your project, contact Jena Turner and Paul Peppis, providing a copy of your Abstract with your email.

What should I do if one of my approvers is unavailable by email?

You are responsible for communicating with your department head/dean and dissertation advisor in advance to obtain approvals and letter of support by the deadline. If one of your approvers will be traveling remotely or for some other reason unavailable by email, the approval of an acting dean/department head or other signatory designee will be accepted in lieu of that of your dean or department head.

Can I review successful applications from previous years?

We have a selection of successful applications that you may view at the Oregon Humanities Center. Please contact Melissa Gustafson at (541) 346-3934 to make an appointment. You will not be permitted to photograph, make copies, or remove the application samples from the OHC.

I have a question about registration, tuition, FTE limits, or something else related to the GE appointment.

As a GE, all GE requirements apply. For more information or for specific questions about GE requirements, please contact the Graduate School. GE information may also be found on the Graduate School website: https://gradschool.uoregon.edu/gtf.

Will this award affect my summer tuition waiver?

The Dissertation Fellowship will not jeopardize your eligibility for a Summer Tuition Waiver because Dissertation Fellows are hired as Research GEs during the fellowship term. For details on the Summer Tuition Waiver (formerly known as the “summer sandwich”), see the Graduate School Website at https://gradschool.uoregon.edu/node/167.

Will this award affect my health insurance eligibility/coverage during the fellowship term?

All OHC Dissertation Fellows will have GE appointments during the fellowship term, and therefore will receive health insurance coverage through the GTFF during their fellowship term. You will be responsible for paying 5% of your insurance premium for your health insurance coverage for the term*. The Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation collaborate with the Oregon Humanities Center on the Dissertation Fellowship to provide your tuition waiver and health insurance. If you are already covered though the GTFF health insurance plan, your insurance plan will continue uninterrupted during the fellowship term. If you are not a GE and/or did not previously have health insurance coverage through the GTFF, you will need to contact the GTFF for enrollment information in order to set up coverage.

*This amount is subject to change due to ongoing negotiations between the University of Oregon and the Graduate Employee union (the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation).

I don’t see my question here. Who should I contact?

Contact Jena Turner, (541) 346-1001.