The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships 2019, USA


November 15, 2018

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The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships 2019, USA

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.

Since the first round of competition in 1981, more than 1,200 Newcombe Fellows have been named. Fellows from early years of the program are now senior faculty members at major research universities and selective liberal arts colleges, curators and directors at significant scholarly archives, and leaders and policymakers at nonprofit organizations and in cabinet-level government agencies. In the past decade, national honors such as the MacArthur Fellowship, Pulitzer Prize in History, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences have been accorded to more than a dozen Newcombe Fellows—a number that will continue to grow as more and more Fellows enter the most productive phases of their careers.


The Newcombe Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at American institutions located in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the academic year 2019-2020. In the current Newcombe competition, at least 20 non-renewable Fellowships of $25,000 will be awarded for 12 months of full-time dissertation writing; in addition, Fellows' graduate schools will be asked to waive tuition and/or remit some portion of their fees. Successful candidates will be notified, and the public announcement of new Fellows made, in spring 2019.


Eligible applicants for the 2019 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship must:

• be candidates for Ph.D. or Th.D. degrees in an American doctoral program at a graduate school located in the United States. Candidates working on D.Min., law, Psy.D., Ed.D. and other professional degrees are not eligible.

• have all pre-dissertation requirements fulfilled by the application deadline November 15, 2018, including approval of the dissertation proposal.

• be in the writing stage of the dissertation. Usually, this means that fieldwork or other research is complete and writing has begun by the time of the award.

• must expect to complete the dissertation between April 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020.

• have never held a similar national award for the final year of dissertation writing. Applicants who have won such awards as the ACLS, AAUW, Ford, Mellon, NAEd/Spencer, or Whiting fellowship are not eligible.

• be in humanities or social science department, writing on topics where ethical or religious values are a central concern.

• have never applied for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship before. Previous applicants may not apply.

Please note that, in general, Newcombe Fellows may not accept other awards that provide similar benefits. Smaller local awards and/or those involving opportunities to teach may be permitted, at the discretion of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Fellows’ graduate schools are asked to remit tuition and fees. Fellows may undertake no more than six hours of paid work a week during the tenure of the Fellowship, and then only with the written permission of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. The Newcombe Fellowship selection process is highly competitive, and reapplications are not allowed. If you have not completed enough work on your dissertation to present a compelling case for it, or to convince the selection committees that you will be able to finish within the 12-month tenure of the award, you should postpone your application for another year. If under these requirements you are eligible to apply for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, click here for more information about the application process.


A complete Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship application consists of these required components:

•  a submitted online application;

•  the online submission of the required supplemental items PDF files (See this template for the proposal document, which provides greater detail;

•  doctoral transcript; and

•  three (3) letters of recommendation.

Please note:

• All document submissions must be properly labeled. Incorrect file labeling may delay the processing of the application.

• Inquiries may be directed to

• The deadline for ALL components of the application is November 15, 2018 11:59 p.m. ET. It is strongly recommended that all components be submitted at least one day prior to the application deadline, to ensure the documents have been received.

• You will be able to login and return at any time to your account to edit your personal information, change your password, start and/or complete your application, and verify receipt of supplemental items.

• If all components are not received by the deadline, the application will be incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please note, you may SUBMIT your application at any time, once it is completed. You may SUBMIT your application before or after you have uploaded your supplemental items or transcript, and before or after the letters of recommendation are received.

A. Obtain a copy of your doctoral transcript. The transcript may be official or unofficial for the initial submission. Finalists will be required to submit an official transcript. Save it/all pages into a single PDF file, correctly labeled.

B. Prepare the proposal document, which includes the cover sheet, abstract, proposal, bibliography, timetable, and C.V.  Save into a single PDF file, correctly labeled.

C. Return to your account page and scroll to the bottom. Click on “Submit Supplemental Items.” Upload the transcript and the proposal document in the supplemental items section of the online application.


A. Select recommenders who can attest to your scholarly competence and quality. We recommend that letters be personal and submitted specifically for the Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship. Generic or outdated letters do not typically strengthen an application. One of your recommenders must be your Dissertation Advisor.

B. Register your recommenders in the online application. Return to your account page and scroll to the bottom.  Click on “Submit Supplemental Items.” In the Recommendation Request Section, click on “Start” next to each listed letter of recommendation to initiate the recommendation request process. This will initiate an email request to your recommender to submit a letter.

C. After entering your recommender’s name and email address, you will have the opportunity to include a personal note in the notification email.  It is strongly advised that you provide a “submit by” deadline in this area for your recommenders.

D. Once you have started the process, your recommenders will receive an email requesting they submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  They have the option to accept or decline this request. Recommenders who accept the request will be taken to an online form where they will enter some information before uploading and submitting their recommendation letter. If a recommender declines your request to provide a recommendation, you will be notified by email.  If you receive a “decline” notification, you will need to return to your account page and “Start” a new recommendation process with a different recommender.

E. You also have the ability in this same area of your account page to change a recommender by clicking on “Cancel” and then following the procedures to “Start” a new recommendation process with a different recommender, or to “Resend” a request to one of your recommenders, if necessary.

F. You will be able to track receipt of your letters of recommendation in the “supplemental items” section of your application. It is your responsibility to follow up with your recommenders to ensure that they have submitted their online recommendation prior to deadline, November 15, 2018, 11:59 p.m. ET.  We strongly recommend that Letters of Recommendation be submitted as early as possible to ensure they are received prior to deadline.

Application Important Dates


November 15, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST

Notification of Status (Finalist and Non-Finalist)

By March 15, 2019

Fellows Notified

By April 5, 2019

Public Announcement of Fellows

By May 1, 2019

Term of the award

Chosen Fellows will serve the tenure of the Fellowship from September 1, 2019-August 31, 2020.

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL"  below.

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October 16, 2018
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