Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Award Amount: $25,000 each

Number of Awards: 20

Deadline: November 15, 2017

Winner Announcement: April 5, 2018

Brief Description:

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation in consultation with the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation is pleased to offer the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships. The programs are designed to encourage the original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. The program is open to doctoral candidates are enrolled in a doctoral program at an American university located in the United States.The program designed particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner.

Host Institution:

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation was an educational nonprofit created in 1921, organized under the laws of New York, for the “perpetuation of Wilson’s ideas” via periodic grants to worthy groups and individuals.The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation is an independent foundation that began in 1979 as the result of a bequest from the estate of Mrs. Newcombe, a Philadelphia philanthropist.


Eligible applicants for the 2018 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 15, 2017, 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, 2019, and August 31, 2019.
  • 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 humanity 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.
  • Only students currently enrolled in a graduate program in the U.S. are eligible to apply.

Instructions for Applying:

To apply, the applicants can submit an online application by creating an account through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

  • Obtain a copy of your doctoral transcript. The transcript may be official or unofficial for the initial submission.
  • Prepare the proposal document, which includes the cover sheet, abstract, proposal, bibliography, timetable, and C.V.
  • Letters of recommendation

Award Description:

  • In the current Newcombe competition, at least 20 non-renewable Fellowships of $25,000 will be awarded for 12 months of full-time dissertation writing.
  • In addition, Fellows’ graduate schools will be asked to waive tuition and/or remit some portion of their fees.

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Contact Information:

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