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Lee Thornton Dissertation Fellowship

The Graduate School One-semester Dissertation Fellowships currently include the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship and the Lee Thornton Dissertation Fellowship.

The Lee Thornton Dissertation Fellowship provides support to a University of Maryland doctoral candidate who has excellent qualifications and is in the latter stages of writing a dissertation that serves the public good. This is a full‐time, semester‐long fellowship that can be used in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. This Fellowship provides a $15,000 stipend, a Graduate School Candidacy Tuition Award, and a credit for mandatory fees.

Eligiblity: Eligible candidates are current University of Maryland doctoral students who will have advanced to candidacy by April 1, 2017 and should expect to graduate by August 2018. Candidates must be writing a dissertation that serves the public good.  Selection decisions will be reached on the basis of the likelihood of the student’s completing the dissertation during the fellowship year, the quality of the student’s work, and the potential contribution/significance of the dissertation to the student’s field of research.

Nomination Process:  Lee Thornton Fellowship is a One-Semester Dissertaion Fellowship.  Students must be nominated by a UMD department or program.  Programs are limited to nominating no more than two students for the One-Semester Dissertation Fellowships.   Departmental deadline is noon on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

*Eligible students must contact their department for the department’s internal deadline.

One-Semester Dissertation Fellowship Guidelines

Nomination Form

Advisor and DGS Letter Instruction Sheet


 Award Recipients

 Lee Thornton Dissertation Award Recipients