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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 Resident Faculty member or Faculty Associate.

Carmelo Ignaccolo (Urban Studies and Planning, MIT)
Elaine Fitz Gibbon, Ph.D. Candidate in Music
Elaine Fitz Gibbon, Ph.D. Candidate in Music

Four graduate students from Harvard University and MIT were awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2023-2024 academic year. For a list of recipients, see here.

Elaine Fitz Gibbon, Ph.D. Candidate in Music

How to Apply

Applications for graduate students seeking funding for the 2024-2025 academic year have now closed.

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.

Past Dissertation Completion Fellowship Recipients (2013-2022)