Charlotte W. Newcombe —
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Note to PIs:  The following program summary is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It does not replace the sponsor’s actual funding opportunity announcement. Always review the most recent version of the sponsor’s full announcement to verify that the deadline has not changed and to identify the most current program requirements.

About the fellowship

The fellowship is designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner.  In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.


Eligible applicants for the 2020 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship must:

  • Be candidates for Ph.D. or Th.D. degrees in an American doctoral program at a graduate school located in the United States. Candidates working on D.Min., law, Psy.D., Ed.D. and other professional degrees are not eligible.
  • Have all pre-dissertation requirements fulfilled by the application deadline November 16, 2020, including approval of the dissertation proposal.
  • Be in the writing stage of the dissertation. Usually, this means that fieldwork or other research is complete and writing has begun by the time of the award.
  • Must expect to complete the dissertation between April 1, 2022 and August 31, 2022.
  • Have never held a similar national award for the final year of dissertation writing. Applicants who have won such awards as the ACLS, AAUW, Ford, Mellon, NAEd/Spencer, or Whiting fellowship are not eligible.
  • Be in a humanities or social science department, writing on topics where ethical or religious values are a central concern.
  • Have never applied for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship before. Previous applicants may not apply.

Award amount

$27,500;  in addition, fellows’ graduate schools will be asked to waive tuition and/or remit some portion of their fees.

Award period

One (1) year.

Application deadline

November 16, 2020.

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Last updated:  July 2021.