The President’s Diversity Dissertation Fellowship was established in 2014 to provide one year of support to advanced doctoral students who are completing Ph.D. dissertations. These are one time fellowships meant to offset a scholar’s living expenses while completing the dissertation. This competition is specifically aimed at graduate students who are underrepresented minorities (URMs) in their field. The URM designation applies to racial, ethnic, gender, and disability classification. Graduate students in the natural, physical and life sciences, technology, and math fields, are especially encouraged to apply. In order to apply for this award, applicants must have been admitted to candidacy and receive Ph.D. recorder approval at least one month prior to the application deadline. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a strong likelihood of filing the dissertation at the end of the fellowship period.
Stipend and Benefits
- One-year stipend: $20,000 (non-STIM) – $25,000 (STIM-sciences, technology, informatics, and mathematics) depending upon discipline
- Student health insurance for fellowship recipients
- Opportunity to participate in workshops in the newly formed Graduate Mentorship Institute and the IUPUI Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals program. Possibility for expenses to be paid to attend the Teaching and Mentoring Conference by the Southern Regional Board’s Compact for Faculty Development (value: $3,750); and, the possibility for expenses to participate in one of the semester-long activities sponsored by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
- Doctoral candidates in Ph.D. programs at Indiana University (Bloomington) and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Purdue Ph.D. programs at IUPUI are not eligible. Applicants must have been admitted to candidacy and received Ph.D. recorder approval at least one month prior to the application deadline.
- Citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the U.S.A.
- Individuals belonging to one or more of the following classes: (a) ust be an underrepresented minority, URM, in their particular discipline. The term URM includes DOMESTIC African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, or Pacific Islanders/Native Hawaiians; (b) Person with disabilities. Under the ADA, an individual is considered to have a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of his or her major life activities and has a record of such impairment; (c) A gender minority (< 30% of the current graduate population in the department); (d) A first generation college student (a student whose legal custodian(s) did not complete a four- year college degree).
- Individuals who have not received a dissertation fellowship.
The departmental deadline for complete applications is one week prior to the College deadline, or Friday January 29th.
Students must be nominated by their department. In nominating the student, the 2016-17 President’s Diversity Dissertation Fellowship (for IUB)department must submit a completed application verifying that the student has completed all requirements for their Ph.D. except for submission of the dissertation in their graduate program and has been admitted to candidacy. In nominating the student, the department also agrees to ensure that recipients do not accept other graduate awards or employment during the award period (fall 2016 and spring 2017) and will submit a final report on behalf of the student. If submitting multiple nominations, the department must rank the nominees.
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