Summer Dissertation Writing Fellowships

What: Awards of $4000 for dissertation writing during summer 2021
Who: Current UCR ABD graduate students with humanities-related dissertation topics
When: June 15, 2021 through September 30, 2021
Deadline to apply: March 15, 2021

Through a grant from the UC Humanities Consortium (UCHC), the Center for Ideas and Society will award two Summer Dissertation Writing Fellowships for the summer of 2021. These fellowships offer stipends to advanced UCR graduate students in Ph.D. programs in the humanities who need dedicated time for dissertation writing. Fellows agree to participate in virtual writing sessions over the summer and to attend a virtual convening of Humanities Graduate Fellows from across the UC system in Fall 2021. Fellows may also participate in professionalization workshops hosted by the Consortium in 2021-22. Though not a requirement of award, fellows are encouraged to forgo summer teaching if feasible, to allow sustained focus on writing.

Applications will be evaluated based on demonstrated progress toward dissertation writing goals, with preference for those who could successfully complete a major portion of writing over the summer. Applicants must have active student status, be eligible to receive summer funding through financial aid and be advanced to candidacy at the time of application.

The application deadline is midnight, March 15, 2021. Submissions are accepted via email to with the subject line “Dissertation Grant + Your Name,” with PDF attachments of supporting documents.

Applications must include:

  • Description of the dissertation project (500 words or less)
  • An advanced draft of one complete chapter
  • Optional: COVID-19 impact statement

The following required recommendations should be emailed by the deadline to

  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s dissertation director.
  • A statement from the graduate advisor for the student’s department that affirms the student’s good standing, program status and eligibility for award.

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