The Office of Graduate Studies offers a small number of fellowships to current Teaching Assistants (TAs) who have had at least two years of service as a TA and are about to enter the final term of their PhD degree program, i.e. in the quarter/semester in which they are writing up and defending their dissertation or who are about to finish their degree requirements prior to going out on clinical internship as in the case of students in Clinical Psychology. For those who are applying for the summer quarter, there must be evidence that they have been TAs during that part of the year in the previous two years. A stipend of up to $4,000 can be awarded that must be used to relieve the student of teaching responsibilities. Though the award may not match dollar-for-dollar the regular stipend that the fellow is expecting to receive, it is expected that the student’s department will be able to find an adjunct or otherwise qualified instructor to stand in for the awardee.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but MUST be submitted by the 6th week of the quarter/semester prior to the tenure of the fellowship. To apply, the student must send the following components (combined in a single pdf file) to the firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Dissertation Fellowship”:
- Application form, fully completed
- A 2-page statement from the student highlighting why the fellowship is particularly timely
- A letter stating the former TA status of the student
- An appointment letter covering the period in which the student hopes to use the fellowship
- Resume/CV (Curriculum Vitae)
- Two letters of recommendation from mentors or advisors, with statements (and evidence such as draft chapters) validating the nearness to graduation of the student and the academic merit contained in the dissertation