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September 7, 2020

National Academy of Education Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: October 8, 2020, 5pm ET

The National Academy of Education’s Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, analysis, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. This year 35 fellowships will be awarded.

Although the applicant’s dissertation topic must centrally concern education, graduate study may be in any academic discipline or professional field. Fellowships have been awarded to candidates in anthropology, architecture, art history, communications, economics, education, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, public health, religion, and sociology. Eligibility is not restricted to these academic areas. Candidates should be interested in pursuing research on education once the doctorate is attained.

Additional Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants need not be citizens of the United States; however, they must be candidates for a doctoral degree at a graduate institution within the U.S.
  • The fellowship is not intended to finance data collection or the completion of doctoral coursework but rather to support the final analysis of the research topic and the writing of the dissertation.
    • For this reason, all applicants must confirm via the online application that they will have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1, 2021 and must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one or two-year time frame.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.