MMUF Dissertation Grants

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MMUF Dissertation Grants

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is delighted to announce MMUF Dissertation Grants. These grants are available to graduate students who participated in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.

The 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. The dissertation grant offers up to $25,000 for a 12-month period.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • 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 before the application deadline.
  • Specifically, each applicant must have passed all comprehensive examinations, completed all coursework for the degree, and received approval of the dissertation topic, and completed most or all of the fieldwork and/or research necessary to begin writing.

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To apply, the applicants must download the application form and Email with all application materials in a single pdf to


  • Eligible Fields
    • Humanities: American and English Literatures, Foreign Languages and Literatures (including Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies), Art History, Classics, Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus) History, Linguistics, Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Performance Studies (theoretical focus), Philosophy and Political Theory, Religion and Theology, Theater (non-performance focus)
    • Social Sciences: Anthropology and Archaeology, Demography, Geography, and Population Studies, Sociology
    • Physical Sciences: Computer Science, Earth/Environmental/Geological Sciences, Ecology, Geology, Mathematics, Oceanographic/Marine/Atmospheric/Planetary Science, Physics and Astronomy
  • The Personal Statement and Prospectus must be double-spaced and 12-pt. font.
  • Do not scan in the application form or written components.
  • Letters of recommendation should be written on institution letterhead, signed, and emailed directly by referees.
  • Application Documents:
    • Official Application form: Fill out completely via the fillable pdf.
    • Curriculum Vitae/Resume.
    • Personal statement (three-page maximum): Your personal statement should be a narrative that addresses how your professional and/or personal life influenced you to undertake your dissertation project and graduate degree.
    • Describe how your scholarship or presence/service in the academy speaks to your commitment to eradicating racial disparity and promoting cross-cultural understanding on your campus.
    • Label the document as the Personal Statement.
    • Prospectus (three-page maximum): This should include a description of the proposed dissertation including major features and/or topical organization.
    • Explain how the award will allow you to complete the dissertation within one year.
    • The final page should include a schedule or timeline for the year’s work.
    • The prospectus is separate from the personal statement; they are not the same.
    • It cannot be combined into one document with the personal statement. Label the document as the Prospectus.
    • Draft chapter (50-page maximum): Draft chapter will not be returned.
    • Official graduate transcript: Your institution must send the transcript directly to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
    • Budget: Complete the enclosed Budget Form. Allocate funds (up to $25,000 maximum) for the 12-month grant period (e.g., necessary living expenses, research-related expenses, and other relevant costs).  Include the amount of dissertation funding requested from your institution, if applicable.
    • Two letters of recommendation: Letters should not exceed two pages.
    • The first letter should be from your dissertation advisor and the second from an academic scholar who is knowledgeable about your graduate performance and/or familiar with your dissertation project.
    • Recommenders should comment on your research and scholarship to date and your ability to finish the dissertation within one year.


  • The dissertation grant offers up to $25,000 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 $25,000.
  • Woodrow Wilson will ask graduate schools to waive tuition for winners of the MMUF Dissertation Grant.

Application Deadline:

All application materials must be received by 11:59 pm on the November 30, 2018, deadline.

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