Dissertation Fellowship

In an effort to support students working to complete their dissertation, the Graduate School offers a select number of Summer Dissertation Fellowships intended to enable students to work on their projects without seeking summer employment.  The fellowship includes a stipend of $3000 paid over two months (June and July). To be considered for a fellowship, students must submit a letter of application and a letter of support from their dissertation advisor and Graduate Program Director. Spring call for applications are due by April 15th. 

A list of previous dissertation fellows can be found here.


Applications are invited from doctoral candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • Anticipate defending their dissertation within the following twelve months
  • Are seeking support no earlier than the summer before their final year of guaranteed funding
  • Able to commit to the program requirements

Program Requirements

Students who accept this fellowship must commit to the following activities:

  • Participate in the Graduate School’s Dissertation Writing Lab the May before the fellowship begins
  • Commit to regular, biweekly meetings of a writing group that includes all fellowship recipients
  • Agree not to take on other work or assistantships for the duration of the fellowship
  • Enroll for at least one dissertation hour

To Apply

Send a letter of application to Beth_Barr@baylor.edu.  The application letter should provide the following information. 

  • The name and topic of your dissertation
  • A description of the dissertation and progress completed at the time of application
  • An explanation of how the fellowship will allow you to complete your dissertation and the anticipated defense date if the fellowship is received 

Applicants should also request a short letter of support from their dissertation advisor and Graduate Program Director sent to the email address above.  As a reminder, to be selected for the Summer Dissertation Fellowship, registration for the Dissertation Writing Lab is required. 

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