dissertation fellowships


Applications for the 2019-20 academic year are now closed.
Submissions will open again in Spring 2020. 

Deadline: May 6, 2019

The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) is pleased to announce that applications for Dissertation Fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year are now being accepted. Northwestern University doctoral students who either have advanced to candidacy or will advance in the current academic year, and whose dissertation relates to the topic of sexuality (including health in social context), are invited to apply.


This application has three components:

  1. An online application.
  1. Within the application, you will be asked to upload a summary of your dissertation (no more than 3 pages, double-spaced, with standard fonts and margins). Your summary should be explicit about your research questions, research methods, and the connections to sexuality studies (including, if relevant, to sexual orientation and/or health in social context). Please also indicate succinctly your current stage in the project (e.g., completing dissertation proposal, collecting data, completing write-up, etc.).
  2. In addition, please ask your dissertation chair to send an email to sexualities@northwestern.edu that reports on your status in the doctoral program and indicates when you will advance to candidacy. This need not be a formal letter of recommendation.

Your application will not be complete until we have received all three components: the online application, the summary, and the email from your dissertation chair. You will receive a confirmation from sexualities@northwestern.edu once your application is considered complete. If you do not receive an email confirming its receipt within one week, please inquire at that email address.


Additional information

Applications will be judged both on the merits of the project and in relation to the degree of closeness SPAN’s mission. In other words, while any project related to sexuality is potentially eligible, those projects that rely on social science approaches will be given priority, including those that have health implications.

A total of three quarters of funding are available, including a standard monthly stipend along with a tuition waiver from The Graduate School. The selection committee may award all three quarters to one student or may fund more than one student for one or two quarters each. Faculty advisers of awardees will be asked to verify eligibility. Unless they are out of the area, awardees will be expected to participate, during their award period, in one of SPAN’s graduate student mentoring sessions. Awardees will be required to submit a short progress report at the completion of the fellowship term.

Please note: Students are encouraged to apply for a SPAN Dissertation Fellowship or a SPAN Summer Research Grant or both. Students who apply for but do not receive a dissertation fellowship are welcome to reapply in a subsequent year. Students who have received a SPAN dissertation fellowship in the past may reapply the following year, but their applications will be assigned lower priority.

Substantive questions about the fellowship program can be directed to SPAN Co-Directors Héctor Carrillo (hector@northwestern.edu) and Gregory Ward (gw@northwestern.edu). Questions concerning the electronic submission should be directed to Cassilyn Ostrander (sexualities@northwestern.edu).


For information on dissertation fellowships that have been awarded in the past, click here.


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