Dissertation/Thesis scholarships

If you’re looking to fund a dissertation or thesis, these scholarships may interest you.

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)

Outstanding Dissertation Competition
The competition is open to those who have completed a dissertation within the stated period of time that either focuses on Hispanics in higher education or on select disciplines by an Hispanic student. 

Council of Graduate Schools/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award

Award for dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. Two awards are given annually in two different broad areas (biological sciences; social sciences; mathematics, physical sciences and engineering; and humanities and fine arts).  Individuals must be nominated for these awards by a member institution.

Five College Fellowship

The fellowship is open to ABD scholars in all liberal arts fields, supporting scholars from underrepresented groups and/or scholars with unique interests and histories who will enrich scholarship and teaching.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships

The Ford Foundation awards 20 dissertation fellowships providing one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree.

Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program is an annual competitive program that awards to Ph.D., D.B.A., or other doctoral students at accredited U.S. universities to support dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship.

Frederick Kettner Scholarships

The Frederick Kettner scholarship is for doctoral students in their last phases of dissertation work, for scholarly work that furthers the objectives of the Institute. Students in any academic discipline may apply.

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

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.

Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity:  

Dissertation-Year Visiting Diversity Fellowships for Advanced Graduate Students in All FieldsTo support graduate students as they write their dissertations, several campuses in the Northeast host diverse Visiting Scholars-in-Residence. The campuses include U. Rochester, Colgate U., Allegheny College, Northeastern U., and Monmouth U.

United States Institute of Peace Fellowships

These fellowships are intended to support the research and writing of doctoral dissertations addressing the sources and the nature of international conflict and ways of preventing or ending conflict and sustaining peace. Dissertation projects from all disciplines are welcome.

Western Association of Graduate Schools/UMI Distinguished Master's Thesis Award

This award recognized distinguished scholarly achievement in a formal written master's thesis.

Western Association of Graduate Schools/UMI Innovation in Technology Award

This award may be given to a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation for the development of an innovative technology and its use for the creative solution of a major problem.

William Barton Graduate Scholarship

The American Heraldry Society offers the William Barton Graduate Scholarship in an amount up to $1,500 to support Master's and doctoral students in the preparation and completion of a thesis, dissertation, or equivalent degree capstone project relevant to the use of heraldry - coats of arms, seals, badges, and related symbols.

The Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries.