Fellowships and Grants

Dissertation Completion Fellowships

To assist doctoral students who are poised to complete distinguished dissertations and enter the job market during their sixth year of study, the Graduate School awards dissertation completion fellowships that provide $20,000 in living support and an opportunity for independent teaching, as well as full remission of tuition, fees and the single student health insurance premium. Details regarding the nomination process are announced annually in late February.

Dissertation Research Grants

In collaboration with the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs and the University of Virginia’s Society of Fellows, the Graduate School awards grants of up to $5,000 to doctoral students in the arts, humanities and social sciences to support preliminary dissertation research during the summer months.  These grants fund research travel to archives, collections and field sites that will enable the student to determine the feasibility of prospective dissertation projects, survey available sources and clarify the research focus, thus better positioning the student to apply for support from external funding agencies to support the advanced stage of research and writing.  Details regarding the application process are announced annually in late February.                        

External Funding Opportunities

Graduate students are strongly encouraged and supported in their efforts to pursue funding opportunities that will supplement their financial aid from the Graduate School.  Such awards are a valuable credential on the job market in any sector and provide the student with important experience in articulating their research interests to varied audiences. Students may combine financial support awarded upon admission with external funds as outlined in the Graduate School's external award policy.

Various resources to assist graduate students in identifying funding opportunities are available through the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs. Before applying for a grant or fellowship, students should seek guidance and feedback on draft materials from their faculty and advanced peers.  The Graduate School also co-sponsors workshops and tutorials for grant writing and research statements through the Office of Graduate Career Development.