Graduate Research Support Fellowship

2020–21 Graduate Research Support Fellows

About the OHC Graduate Research Support Fellowship Program

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 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.

Students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Overview of the application process

  1. Download the fillable application form at the bottom of this page.
  2. Complete the form following the instructions below.
  3. Request a Statement of Support from your advisor, following these guidelines (direct your advisor here and/or copy this language in your request):
    • The Statement of Support must be in PDF format
    • Statement must be submitted directly to the OHC by your dissertation advisor, via email to:
    • The Statement of Support submission deadline is 4 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020. If the statement is not received by the deadline, the application will not be considered.
    • If the dissertation committee is co-chaired, either advisor may submit the Statement of Support, or it may be co-authored – but only one Statement of Support may be submitted.
    • Statement of Support should address:
      1. Why the applicant and their project are worthy of support
      2. Where the applicant is in the dissertation writing process
      3. How this fellowship will facilitate the completion of the project.
  4. Submit your application via email by 4 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2020. (APPLICATION PERIOD NOW CLOSED)
  5. Your department head and dissertation advisor both must “reply all” to the email to indicate their approval by 4 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020.
  6. Your dissertation advisor must submit the Statement of Support directly to the OHC by 4 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020.

Note on timing: It is your responsibility to communicate with your dissertation advisor in advance of the deadline so they have time to review your application and send their Statement of Support before the deadline.

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; linguistics; 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, 2020 and June 30, 2021.
  3. 2020-21 Graduate Research Support Fellowship applicants are not eligible to apply for the 2020-21 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 two weeks of the use of fellowship funds (no later than June 30, 2021).
  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 disbursed between September 16, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Disbursal dates for each term are posted by the Office of the Registrar’s Academic Dates website.
  5. Fellow must be an enrolled student at UO at the time of the Resource Aid disbursement.

Instructions: Completing the fillable application form

  1. Scroll to the bottom of this page and download the application form (a fillable Word file). Save it to your computer.
  2. Complete the first page.
  3. Prepare your Narrative Proposal and CV according to the instructions below.
  4. Copy and paste them into the grey fillable fields in the subsequent pages of the application document. (Note: there is a page break after each section, to preserve the formatting for the reviewers.)

Narrative proposal

Limited to two single-spaced pages. Insert into first fillable field after the cover sheet of the application. Adhere to the format and chronological organization outlined below, using the headings provided. Proposals should address:

  1. Topic of your dissertation, explaining the basic humanistic ideas, problems, or questions to be explored.
  2. Significance of your dissertation, including its anticipated contribution to the body of research and writing in the area of the humanities in question.
  3. Where you are in the dissertation research/writing process.
  4. Research support funds description addressing how the OHC funds will assist you in the completion of your project.
  5. Proposed budget, itemized, including estimated dollar amounts.

Curriculum vitae

Abbreviated CV, not to exceed 2 pages. Insert into the second fillable field, at the end of the application. CV should include:

  • 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

Instructions: Submitting your application

Application PDF

Save the complete application document as a single PDF, using the file naming convention “Last name_First name_2020-21_OHC_GRS_Fellowship” (for example, “Doe_Jane_2020-21_OHC_GRS_Fellowship”. Check that it is complete. A complete application PDF includes:

  • completed fillable Word form (cover sheet) with the following attached in the appropriate fields
  • narrative proposal (2 pages or less)
  • curriculum vitae (2 pages or less)

Application email

  1. Attach the PDF to an email.
  2. Address the email to:, your department head, and your dissertation advisor. All three should be included in a single submission email. (Do not send separately.)
  3. The email subject line must read: “Your last name, first name: 2020-21 OHC Graduate Research Support Fellowship”. Example: “Doe, Jane: 2020-21 OHC Graduate Research Support Fellowship”
  4. Copy and paste the “Application email text” (found immediately below this list) into the email.
  5. Send the email no later than Monday, February 3, 2020 at 4 p.m. (APPLICATION PERIOD NOW CLOSED)

Application email text (required; copy and paste the 4 paragraphs below into your email):

“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 about my attached application. Department Head and Dissertation Advisor: To approve my application “reply all” to include: and me (the applicant). Approval email must be received by the OHC no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020 or my application will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made. Your approval confirms that:

  • I will be advanced to candidacy during the 2020-21 academic year;
  • My project meets the definition of “humanities research” detailed below*

Dissertation Advisor: My application will not be complete until the OHC has received your Statement of Support, which should be emailed to by Monday, February 10, 2020 at 4 p.m.

For full guidelines and conditions, fellowship requirements, and details about how the fellowships are administered, please visit the OHC Graduate Research Support Fellowship website. *The term “humanities” as used here includes literature; philosophy; history; religion; ethics; linguistics; 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 Faculty Advisory Board. Applicants will be notified via email by April 6, 2020.

Questions and FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions may be viewed here: FAQ: Graduate Research Support Fellowships.
For additional information, contact Jena Turner, Associate Director, at or 541-346-1001.

Financial Aid Notice

This award may affect your financial aid eligibility. Please visit FAQ: Graduate Research Support Fellowships 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, visit the Financial Aid Office website or call (541) 346-3221. The OHC will provide recipients and the Financial Aid Office with supporting documents if required.


Download the fillable application form 

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