The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I am a foreign citizen. Can I apply for the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies?
A: Yes, foreign citizens may apply if they meet the following criteria:
- They are enrolled in a doctoral program at an American university located in the United States.
- They have completed all pre-dissertation requirements. See eligibility requirements.
Q: I am a U.S. citizen studying abroad. Am I eligible to apply for the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies?
A: No. Only students currently enrolled in a graduate program in the U.S. are eligible to apply.
Q: Who should apply for the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies?
A: Ph.D. Candidates may apply if all pre-dissertation requirements are met, if questions of women and gender studies are of central to their dissertations, and if they can reasonably expect to complete their dissertations during tenure of the award.
Q: If I have applied previously, can I re-apply?
A: No. The Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies is a dissertation completion fellowship, intended for the final year of dissertation writing. An applicant is not eligible for a second year because there is only one year that is the year of completion. If you have not completed enough work on your dissertation to present a compelling case for it or to convince the selection committees that you will be able to finish within the 12-month tenure of the award, you should postpone your application for another year.
Q: How do I know if I have met all of the “pre-dissertation requirements” necessary to apply?
A: The Fellowship is open to doctoral candidates, which means that a doctoral student has fulfilled all of the institutional and departmental criteria prior to writing the dissertation. The requirements for candidacy may vary between institutions and departments—some require a language exam, others do not; some may require a proposal defense, others may not. Candidacy is determined by each department’s individual criteria. A departmental administrator can tell you whether or not you have advanced to candidacy.
Q: Can the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies be held concurrently with other dissertation fellowships?
Q: Is this funding opportunity open to all doctoral applicants completing a dissertation?
A: No. Eligibility is limited to candidates in the social sciences and humanities working toward a Ph.D. or Th.D. degree. Candidates must me enrolled in an American doctoral program at a graduate school located in the United States. Candidates working on D.Min., law, Psy.D., Ed.D., and other professional degrees are not eligible.
Q: Who should I ask to be my recommenders?
A: You should ask the person who is directing your dissertation and an additional faculty member. (A co-director may be listed as a faculty recommender.) The faculty member may be from your own institution or department or a different institution or department.
Q: What if my recommender declines my request to submit a letter of recommendation?
A: If a recommender declines your request to provide a recommendation, you will be notified by email. If you receive a “decline” notification, you will need to return to your account page and Start a new recommendation process with a different recommender.
Q: What if I need to change the name of one of my recommenders, but I have already submitted my application?
A: If the recommender in question has not submitted a letter, go to the Submit Supplemental Items section of your account, in the Recommendation Request Section. To change a recommender click on Cancel and then following the procedures to Start a new recommendation process with a different recommender, or to Resend a request to one of your recommenders, if necessary. If the recommender in question has submitted a letter, no change is possible.
Q: What if my recommender does not receive the automated request to submit a letter of recommendation?
A: Go to the Submit Supplemental Items section of your account, in the Recommendation Request Section. Click the button to Resend a request to one of your recommenders. Please remind your recommender to check the spam folder, as these emails are occasionally marked as spam.
Q: What if my doctoral department or concentration is not listed in the field of study list in the online application?
A: The fields of study listed in the application reflect the fields in which the Women’s Studies competition has selection panels. If you do not see your precise field listed, choose the field most closely aligned with your work. For example, if you are in a classics department, decide whether your particular project should be read as art history, early world history, philosophy, or world literature.
Q: I am a graduate student interested in applying for the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies. I am also interested in applying to the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, but am wondering if applying to both affects eligibility?
A: You may apply to both without affecting eligibility. Simply submit the two different online applications, with separate supplemental items, transcript, and recommendation letters.
Q: What materials are required for a completed application?
A: The online application, doctoral transcript, supplemental items (cover sheet, abstract, proposal, bibliography, timetable, personal statement, and C.V.), and two letters of recommendation. See this template for the proposal document, which provides greater detail.
October 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EST
Notification of Status (Finalist and Non-Finalist)
By January 15, 2020
By February 28, 2020
Public Announcement of Fellows
By May 1, 2020
Term of the award
The 2020 Fellows will serve their tenure from September 1, 2020– August 31, 2021.