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Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Dissertation Completion Fellowships support Harvard doctoral students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and MIT doctoral students in the social sciences as they complete their dissertations. The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) considers applications by doctoral students in law, design, government, and education in exceptional circumstances, and proposals must have the support of a CES-affiliated faculty member.

Joonas Tuhkuri (Ph.D. Candidate, MIT) received a Dissertation Completion Fellowship in 2021.
Joonas Tuhkuri

How to Apply

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are now open via CARAT. The deadline for submission is February 10, 2023.

Application Overview

  • The fellowship allows students to spend a final year dedicated to writing. The dissertation must focus on modern or contemporary Europe (1750 – present).
  • Students must have completed two draft dissertation chapters and submitted them to the dissertation advisor at the time of application (or for students in fields where the dissertation consists of three articles, the existence of one article in draft).
  • Applications will be judged by their overall merit, the importance of the topic, the clarity of the proposal, the potential for scholarly contribution, and the likelihood of timely completion.
  • CES matches its stipend levels to the GSAS standard annual Dissertation Completion Fellowship stipend. The fellowship cannot be deferred and must be used within the ten-month period for which it is awarded. During the Dissertation Completion Fellowship, recipients are expected not to teach, hold other employment, or pursue other projects during this time, as students are expected to complete their dissertations during the period of the award. Students who have previously received writing/completion grants from other sources are not eligible.
  • The fellowship also covers Harvard facilities fees and individual health insurance (HUSHP Basic and Supplemental) fees; MIT students will be issued the equivalent funds and may apply them to their institutional tuition and fees.
Laura Falloon
Laura Falloon

Questions? Contact CES Program Coordinator


Program Coordinator, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Anniki Herranen-Tabibi, 2021 Dissertation Completion Fellowship Recipient

Past Dissertation Completion Fellowship Recipients (2013-2020)

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