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About The Dissertation Year Fellowships

There are three types of Dissertation Year Fellowships that are offered annually during the Spring Quarter.

  • UC President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship (PDYF)

  • Fletcher Jones Fellowship (FJF)

  • Dissertation Year Fellowship funded by the Marye Anne Fox Endowed Fellowship Fund (MAF)

Each fellowship is named and detailed below. All three fellowships are terminal support awards and only candidates projected to finish during the twelve-month award period (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022) should be nominated. Convincing evidence that the nominee can complete all degree requirements by June 30, 2022 will be an important consideration in selecting Fellows. Fellowship recipients will be selected from one pool of nominations. Fellowships will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary group of faculty and staff

Applicants should be nominated by their graduate programs, no self-nominations will be accepted. Graduate Programs may nominate a total of three candidates across all three dissertation year fellowships. This is a combined total of three nominations for the Dissertation Year Fellowship, the Fletcher Jones Fellowship, and the Marye Anne Fox Endowed Fellowship.

The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, May 10, 2021. 

Fellowship Descriptions and Nomination Guidelines

UC President's Dissertation Year Fellowship

The Office of the President has allotted UCSD five (5) President's Dissertation Year Fellowships. The program is designed to identify doctoral candidates who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged or whose research or planned career direction focuses on problems related to disadvantaged segments of society. Dissertation Year Fellowships are to be awarded to promising students in the final stages of their doctoral work who demonstrate strong potential for university teaching and research. Because the President's Dissertation Year Fellowship is one of the University-wide fellowship programs for diversity, we hope to obtain a diverse pool of nominees.

Guidelines

Program Objectives

Fellowships will be awarded to students:

    • Who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged, or
    • Whose research or planned career direction focuses on problems related to disadvantaged segments of society, and
    • Who demonstrate strong potential, promise and a desire for a university teaching and research career.

Eligibility Requirements

    1. A U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
    2. Candidate must have advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D.degree at the time of nomination.
    3. Candidate must be making satisfactory progress towards completing the dissertation such that a dissertation-year award will be sufficient for the candidate to complete all Ph.D. degree requirements during the award year.
    4. Acceptance that the award precludes other employment obligations for recipients during their tenure as Dissertation Year Fellows.
    5. Eligibility for student support through the award period. 

Awards

Five (5) candidates will be awarded the UC President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship. Each award will include:

    • $23,500 stipend
    • Payment of tuition and fees
    • $500 travel allowance, to be used for travel to another school or campus in California 

This fellowship is a terminal support award. Nominated candidates must be projected to finish during the twelve-month award period (July 1 through June 30). Convincing evidence that the nominee can complete all degree requirements by June 30 will be an important consideration in the selection process. Awards will be made by the Dean of The Graduate Division.

Nomination Materials

All items are required for Fellowship consideration. 

    1. Brief autobiographical sketch by the student (half page limit)
    2. Two-page dissertation synopsis written in a non-technical format for a "lay audience." The synopsis must address the relevance of the student's research within the academic field.
    3. Provide an academic timeline for completion of the dissertation with a projected date of completion.
    4. Letter of support from the student's academic advisor addressing how the student meets the program objectives and the eligibility requirements. This may include discussion of relevant non-academic activities, such as community or campus service (three-page limit).
    5. A completed nomination form with the signature of the department/program chair.

Fletcher Jones Dissertation Fellowship

The Office of the President has allotted UCSD one (1) Fletcher Jones Fellowship for each academic year. The Fletcher Jones Fellowship Program, which is supported by gifts received from the Fletcher Jones Foundation of Los Angeles, offers one of the University's most prestigious and generously funded fellowships. 

Guidelines 

Program Objectives

Fellowships will be awarded to students who are economically disadvantaged as demonstrated through dependence on student loans or greater than 50% employment as a means to finance their education.

Eligibility Requirements

    1. A U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
    2. Must demonstrate financial need
    3. Candidate must have advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree at the time of nomination.
    4. Candidate must be making satisfactory progress towards completing the dissertation such that a dissertation-year award will be sufficient for the candidate to complete all Ph.D. degree requirements during the award year.
    5. Acceptance that the award precludes other employment obligations for recipients during their tenure as Fletcher Jones Fellows.
    6. Eligibility for student support through the award period.
    7. All disciplines offered by the General Campus are eligible, with the exception of Business Management. The disciplines offered in the Health Sciences are also eligible, with the exception of Medicine.


Awards

One (1) candidate will be selected for the Fletcher Jones Dissertation Fellowship. Each Award will include:

    • $25,000 stipend
    • Payment of tuition and fees

This fellowship is a terminal support award. Nominated candidates must be projected to finish during the twelve-month award period (July 1 through June 30). Convincing evidence that the nominee can complete all degree requirements by June 30 will be an important consideration in the selection process. Awards will be made by the Dean of The Graduate Division before the end of Spring Quarter.

Nomination Materials

All items are required for Fellowship consideration.

    1. Brief autobiographical sketch by the student (half page limit).
    2. Two-page dissertation synopsis written in a non-technical format for a "lay audience." The synopsis must address the relevance of the student's research within the academic field.
    3. Provide an academic Academic timeline for completion of the dissertation with a projected date of completion.
    4. Letter of support from the student's academic advisor addressing how the student meets the financial need requirement.
    5. Completed nomination form with the signature of the department/program chair.

Dissertation Year Fellowship funded by the Marye Anne Fox Endowed Fellowship Fund

Guidelines

Program Objectives

Fellowships will be awarded to students who demonstrate highly distinguished academic records.

Eligibility Requirements

    1. Candidate must demonstrate a highly distinguished academic record for the field.
    2. Candidate must have advanced to candidacy for an academic doctoral degree at the time of nomination.
    3. Candidate must be making satisfactory progress toward completing the dissertation such that a dissertation-year award will be sufficient for the candidate to complete all doctoral degree requirements during the award year.
    4. Acceptance that the award precludes other employment obligations for recipients during their tenure as Dissertation Year Fellows.
    5. Eligibility for student support through the award period.
    6. All disciplines under the jurisdiction of the VC Academic Affairs are eligible.  Business Management and Health Sciences are not eligible.

Awards

One (1) candidate will be selected for the Dissertation Year Fellowship funded by the Marye Anne Fox Endowed Fellowship Fund. Each award will include:

    • Stipend of $23,500
    • Payment of tuition and fees

Nomination Materials

All items are required for Fellowship consideration.

    1. Brief autobiographical sketch by the student (half page limit)
    2. Two-page dissertation synopsis written in a non-technical format for a "lay audience". The synopsis must address the relevance of the student's research within the academic field.
    3. Provide an academic Academic timeline for completion of the dissertation with a projected date of completion.
    4. Letter of support from the student's academic advisor.
    5. Completed nomination form with the signature of the department/program chair.

Deadline

In addition to the nomination materials specified above, attach the cover page below to each nomination packet. Each nomination packet should be combined into a single PDF and uploaded to the Google Application Form. 

Deadline for Submission:  Monday, May 10, 2021.

Awardees

2021-2022 Awardees

Read the campus announcement.

2021 Fletcher Jones Fellowship: The Fletcher Jones Dissertation Year Fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend plus tuition and fees.

Brianne Itaya, Visual Arts


2021 President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship: The President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship includes a $23,500 stipend plus tuition and fees.

Alexia Arani, Anthropology

Dang Do, Political Science

Olga Lazitski Torres, Communication

Sydney Plummer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Daniela Zarate, Biological Sciences


2021 Marye Anne Fox Endowed Fellowship: The Marye Anne Fox Endowed Fellowship includes a $23,500 stipend plus tuition and fees.

Uyen Mai, Computer Science and Engineering



2020-2021 Awardees

Read the campus announcement.

2020 Fletcher Jones Fellowship:

Samantha Streuli, Anthropology


2020 President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship:

Sean Bearden, Physics

Elizabeth Clausing, Anthropology

Sam Mitchell, Theatre and Dance

Tashiana Osborne, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Belinda Ramirez, Anthropology 


2020 Marye Anne Fox Endowed Fellowship:

Qiaowan Chang, Nano-engineering 



2019-2020 Awardees

2019 Fletcher Jones Fellowship:

Ellen Yelena Gluzman, Communication


2019 President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship: 

Amy Kennemore, Anthropology

William Ricardo Valdez, Bioengineering

Riley Taitingfong, Communication

Olivia Quintanilla, Ethnic Studies

Julian Ramirez, Nano-engineering

Osinachi Ajoku, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Marye Anne Fox Endowed Fellowship:

Bayan Abusneineh, Ethnic Studies

Yanqi Luo, Nano-engineering



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