Graduate Research Support Fellowship

The purpose of the Graduate Research Support Fellowship program is to stimulate humanities research and support graduate education by providing doctoral students with resources to assist with their doctoral research and the completion of their dissertations.

Graduate Research Support Fellowships provide:

  • up to $1,000 in research support during the fellowship year for travel to an appropriate professional conference, research library, or archive, or for books or other materials needed for the completion of the dissertation;
  • an invitation to participate in the OHC intellectual community by attending OHC Work-in-Progress talks during the year; Books-in-Print talks, and other OHC events;
  • when space is available, an office at the Oregon Humanities Center for one term during the fellowship year.

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

Eligibility Guidelines

  1. 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.
  2. Applicant must expect to be advanced to candidacy between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
  3. 2019–20 Graduate Research Support Fellowship applicants are not eligible to apply for the 2019–20 OHC Dissertation Fellowship.
  4. A Graduate Research Support Fellow may hold a GE appointment during the term of the fellowship.


  1. Upon receipt and acceptance of a Graduate Research Support Fellowship, applicant must sign a letter agreeing to adhere to all terms and conditions of the fellowship program.
  2. The fellow must submit a brief fellowship report within four weeks of the use of fellowship funds (no later than June 30, 2020).
  3. Fellowship recipients must acknowledge the Oregon Humanities Center in any work resulting from research conducted during the fellowship period.
  4. The OHC will provide up to $1,000 for research support in the form of Resource Aid, to be used between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

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 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 your 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: The deadline is 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 the 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 two components into the grey fillable fields in the subsequent pages of the document:
    1. A narrative proposal, limited to two single-spaced pages. Adhere to the format and chronological organization outlined below, using the headings provided. Proposals should address:
      • Topic of your dissertation, explaining the basic humanistic ideas, problems, or questions to be explored.
      • Significance of your dissertation, including its anticipated contribution to the body of research and writing in the area of the humanities in question.
      • Where you are in the dissertation research/writing process.
      • Research support funds description addressing how the OHC funds will assist you in the completion of your project.
      • Proposed budget, itemized, including estimated dollar amounts.
    2. An abbreviated curriculum vitae, not to exceed 2 pages, including:
      • education, including title of dissertation;
      • academic honors or awards received;
      • employment history.

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 front page of application form
  • narrative proposal (2 pages or less)
  • curriculum vitae (2 pages or less)

Email the PDF to and to your department head and dissertation advisor for approval.

The email subject line must read:

“OHC Graduate Research Support Fellowship: Your name”
Example: “OHC Graduate Research Support Fellowship: Jane Doe”

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

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

Department Head AND Dissertation Advisor: To approve my application “reply all” 
to this email to include: 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 indicates that I will be advanced to candidacy during the 
2019-20 academic year, and that this project meets the definition of 
“humanities research” detailed below.

This also serves as a reminder to my dissertation advisor that my application 
will not be complete until the OHC has received your Statement of Support, 
which should be emailed to the above email address by the same deadline, 
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 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 or (541) 346-3221. The OHC will provide recipients and the Financial Aid Office with supporting documents.


Fillable application form