ISLA Dissertation Fellows Program

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Available to Students

Deadline: September 22, 2023

Funding Amount: $1,000 stipend


A limited number of fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis.


ISLA invites applications for the 2023-24 Dissertation Fellows Program. Through this program, ISLA aims to help determined graduate students make significant progress on their dissertations. A limited number of fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Fellows will meet 4 times in late fall and 5 times in early spring semester from 12:00 - 3:30 p.m. on the Fridays, listed below:

  • Fall 2023: November (3rd, 10th, 17th) and on December 1st.

  • Spring 2024: Jan. 26th and every Friday in February (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd).

At each meeting, after a catered lunch and a brief goal-setting check-in, fellows will work on their dissertations. Each meeting will also include one fifteen-minute break and a final goal-setting check-in at the end of the session.

ISLA will provide the following to each dissertation fellow:

  • A $1,000 stipend. Half of the stipend will be awarded at the midterm and half will be awarded at the end of the fellowship.
  • Lunch, coffee, and tea at each meeting.
  • Structured writing time in a quiet, dedicated space.
  • Goal setting check-ins at the beginning and end of each writing session.

Dissertation fellows must agree to:

  • Attend all scheduled meetings throughout the semester. Exceptions can be made for 1 academic event with prior approval.
  • Remain focused on writing during designated times; phones and email will only be permitted during breaks or in the case of an emergency.
  • Support and encourage other participants.
  • Submit a final report upon the completion of their fellowship period.


This opportunity is open to doctoral candidates currently enrolled in a graduate program in the College of Arts & Letters. Applicants must have passed candidacy examinations (both oral and written) by the application deadline. J-1 visa holders must obtain authorization to work in the United States. Previous Dissertation Fellows are not eligible.

Application Instructions:

A complete application will include the following:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. A 250-word dissertation abstract
  3. A 500-word work plan for the fellowship period. This work plan should outline in detail what you plan to achieve during the fellowship period and how you hope to benefit from the fellowship program.
  4. A two-page CV.
  5. A completed reference form from the dissertation advisor (submitted through ISLA's online system).

Applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. on September 22, 2023. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the scholarly promise of the dissertation project, the feasibility of the work plan, and the academic record of the applicant. Depending on the numbers of applications received, applicants with greater seniority in their respective doctoral programs may be preferred.


Timing: Academic Year

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