Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

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The purpose of the Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship is to encourage original study of ethical and religious values in all areas of human endeavor. The program is administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Be candidates for Ph.D. or Th.D. degrees in doctoral programs at graduate schools in the United States. Candidates working on D. Min., Psy. D, law, and other professional degrees are not eligible
  • Be able to fulfill all pre-dissertation requirements by the application deadline, including approval of the dissertation proposal and expect to submit completed dissertations by summer 2017.
  • 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
  • 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, MacArthur, Mellon, Pew, Spencer, or Whiting fellowships are not eligible.
  • Plan to write on topics where ethical or religious values are a central concern
  • Have never applied for the Newcombe Fellowship before. Previous applicants may not apply

The Newcombe Program will award at least twenty-two (22) nonrenewable dissertation fellowships each year. Winners receive a stipend of $25,000 over 12 months of full-time dissertation writing. In addition, their graduate schools will be asked to waive tuition and/or remit some portion of their fees. Fellowship tenure begins in September.

Application Procedure
All components of the application must be submitted to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation by November 15, 2015. Information on submitting an application will be found in August at Please be sure to review the Frequently Asked Questions and Eligibility/Application Information pages of the website. If, after reviewing these pages, you have further questions, please contact Susan Billmaier, Assistant Program Director, by email at or telephone (609) 452-7007, ext. 310.

Other Information
Recipients are notified in April.

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