Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Dissertation Grants

These grants provide graduate students at the critical juncture of completing their graduate degrees with support to spend a year finishing the writing of the dissertation.

Sponsor: Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation

The dissertation grant offers up to $20,000 for a 12-month period. Winners who do not receive dissertation support from their own institutions are eligible to receive the full amount. The grant will be reduced by funding from other sources to ensure that each awardee receives a maximum award from all sources of $20,000. Woodrow Wilson will ask graduate schools to waive tuition for winners of the MMUF Dissertation Grant. Candidates must arrange for their own health insurance coverage.
Applicants must be Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows and candidates for the Ph.D. degree in fields recognized under the terms of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. Candidates must have completed all pre-dissertation requirements preceding the application deadline. Specifically, each applicant must have passed all comprehensive examination, completed all coursework for the degree, received approval of the dissertation topic, and completed most or all of the fieldwork and/or research necessary to begin writing.
How to Apply
Fellows are encouraged to apply for dissertation grants from their home institutions. Applications must include the following: a three-page prospectus; a draft dissertation chapter; a three-page personal statement; an official graduate transcript; two letters of recommendation—one from the dissertation director and one from another academic knowledgeable about the Fellow’s academic performance and/or familiar with the Fellow’s dissertation project and its contribution to the field of scholarship; the official budget form; and a declaration of previous fellowship awards. Applicants who have held a similar (non-institutional) dissertation award for the final year of dissertation writing are not eligible. At present, applications for the MMUF Dissertation Grants may be submitted in hard copy only; there is no online application as yet. If you are interested in applying to the MMUF Dissertation Grants Program or need more information, please email Sylvia Sheridan, Assistant Director, You may also write to: Dr. Richard Hope, Director, MMUF Dissertation Grants, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, P.O. Box 2995, Princeton, NJ 08543-2995.