Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will offer a one year doctoral dissertation fellowship of $25,000 for the academic year 2018-2019.
This doctoral dissertation fellowship will be given to a graduate student whose research engages and intersects issues within religion and philanthropy or faith and giving. The fellowship is intended to support the final year of dissertation writing.
The fellowship award will be paid in three installments: $11,000 at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year; $11,000 at the mid-point of the 2018-2019 academic year; $3,000 upon the successful completion of the dissertation.
The application process for the 2018-2019 Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship will open this fall. All applications materials must be received by January 15, 2018. When uploading the required documents, please save your files with your last name followed by a dash and the name of the document, for example Smith-bibliography.
- Required criteria for applicants
Applicants for the Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship must:
- Be a candidate for a Ph.D. degree at a graduate school in the United States.
- Fulfill all pre-dissertation requirements by December 31 of the applying year, including approval of the dissertation proposal with the expectation that the dissertation will be completed no later than July of the year following the fellowship grant year.
- Must not have received a similar grant or fellowship for the writing of the dissertation. Please note that Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellows may not accept other awards that provide similar benefits in the same academic year. Smaller awards and/or those involving limited opportunities to teach may be permitted, at the discretion of the Research Advisory Committee of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving.
- Recipient recieves
- Receive three award payments totaling $25,000
- Be invited to special research-focused Lake Institute engagements
- Have the opportunity to take advantage of the Lake Institute’s resources and expertise
- Share your research through our website and citations in our seminars
- What to submit
- Application form (below)
- Resume/CV (upload)
- Executive summary (upload)
- No longer than 15 pages summarizing your topic and its relevance for the understanding of an important question(s) or issue(s) related to religion and philanthropy or faith and giving. Please write this executive summary so that scholars outside of your discipline would not have difficulty comprehending your proposal.
- Copy of the approved dissertation proposal (upload)
- Describing the proposed work, demonstrating relevance to the field of religion and philanthropy, describing source materials and their availability, commenting on any special skills or interests you have for carrying out the proposed work, and giving a clear statement of the research or scholarly methodology to be employed.
- A selected bibliography (upload)
- No longer than two pages, double-spaced, indicating the major theoretical, practical and critical works that bear on your dissertation. “Selected” means you should include those works that most clearly demonstrate your command of the scholarship necessary to write the proposed dissertation. In most cases this will already be part of your proposal.
- A timetable (upload)
- Detailing your chapter outline, your progress to date, and your schedule for the fellowship year. It should be no longer than one page, double-spaced.
- Three letters of recommendation (share this link with recommenders to upload letters)
- One from your dissertation director and two from faculty members familiar with your work
- Official transcript from the graduate school which will award the Ph.D. degree (mail, Attn: Lake Institute) or upload unofficial transcript.