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The Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship, 2014-2015

The College of Arts and Humanities is seeking nominations for the Mary S. Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship for 2014-2015.  The Mary S. Snouffer Scholarship Fund will support up to three fellowships for qualified students pursuing the doctorate in any discipline in the humanities, including the study of language, literature, culture, philosophy, history or the arts.  Preference will be given to students in English, but scholarships can be awarded to students in other disciplines in the humanities and arts.  Recipients of the scholarship shall be selected by a committee appointed by the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.  Criteria for selection shall be based upon both academic merit and need.  Each department should put forward its very best candidate and no department should submit more than three nominations.  Proposals should be written with a non-specialist audience in mind.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Must be a graduate student who has reached the dissertation stage.

  • Must have completed all course work and passed the qualifying examination for the doctorate degree.

  • Students receiving the Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship are expected to enroll full-time and to devote full time to work on their dissertation. To be certified as a full-time student, recipients of the Fellowship must be officially registered for 6 credits of 899.

  • Recipients are not allowed to hold on- or off-campus jobs of more than ten hours per week.

Benefits:

The 9.5-month stipend for the Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship for the 2014-2015 Academic Year is $20,000.  This amount does not cover health benefits and is not tax exempt. 

  • The Graduate School has agreed to cover the candidacy tuition remission for each fellowship recipient and will process all paperwork through Student Financial Aid at http://www.financialaid.umd.edu or 301-314-9000.  The fellowship is non-renewable.

Deadline:

Nominations for the Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship must be received by  March 14, 2014

Nomination packets should be sent as a single pdf from each department and should include the following for each student (in this order):

  • Nomination letter (by Chair or Graduate Director)

  • Project description (2-3 pages) by the nominee

  • Copy of the nominee's curriculum vita

  • Letter of recommendation from the nominee's advisor

Send nomination packet to Ashley Richerson Miller at arichers@umd.edu.

For further information please contact Mary Corbin Sies at 301-405-1361 or sies@umd.edu.

Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship Awards for the year 2013-2014:

Fatemeh Hosseini: "Whores or Wives: Prostitution and Temporary Marriage in Modern Shi'i History."

Jeremy Metz: "The trauma of the Caribbean text: Ethics and problems of victimizers and victims, authors and readers."

 

University of Maryland Distinguished Dissertation-ARHU Award

The University of Maryland Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. Both methodological and substantive quality will be judged. Awards will be given each year in four broad disciplinary areas: 1) Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering; 2) Social Sciences; 3) Humanities and Fine Arts; and 4) Biological and Life Sciences. The Council of Graduate Schools uses these categories for its annual national dissertation awards. Recipients of the Distinguished Dissertation Award will receive an honorarium of $1000 and may be nominated by the University for the CGS national award.

This will be our fourth year for this competition. The Distinguished Disseration Award competition for spring 2014 is for PhD dissertations defended and submitted to the Graduate School in calendar year 2013. The selection process for the fourth annual Distinguished Dissertation will occur in Spring 2014. please click HERE for more information about the Distinguished Dissertation Award.

ARHU will be able to submit a total of three nominations to the Graduate School for the 2014-15 award.

Eligibility: PhD dissertations defended and submitted to the Graduate School in the calendar year 2013. (This year's selection process will occur in Spring 2014.)

Below is a brief description of the nomination process and materials for the College of Arts and Humanities. Your department is responsible for compiling the necessary components.  Please note two additional stipulations for the ARHU process, so this is not an exact replication of the Grad School description:

  1. an electronic copy of the whole dissertation in PDF form.
  2. a PDF attachment to include the remaining required elements of the nomination package (with bookmarks, if possible), in the following order:
    • a Distinguished Dissertation Award cover sheet (available at this link)
    • two letters of nomination: one from the dissertation supervisor and one from an additional faculty member that evaluate the significance and quality of the dissertation (the College will append its own letter describing the substantive contribution of the dissertation.)
    • a double-spaced abstract of the dissertation in PDF form not to exceed 10 pages (appendices containing non-textual material, such as charts or tables, may be included; the pages should be numbered, and each should bear the name of the nominee)
    • the nominee’s brief CV, including correct contact information
    • the thesis advisor, in consultation with the student, should indicate in the letter which chapter the ARHU commitee should read in detail.

Jan 31st is the deadline set for submitting applications to the ARHU office for the Distinguished Dissertation Award. Each unit may nominate one dissertation. Nominations should be forwarded to: Ashley Richerson Miller arichers@umd.edu on behalf of Mary Corbin Sies, Chair of the ARHU Grad Fellowships Committee.

Nomination packages from Colleges are due in the Graduate School on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, by 12 noon. Updated award guidelines and nomination forms are available below.

Distinguished Dissertation Award Guidelines (AY 14-15)

ARHU Distinguished Dissertation Award Guidelines

Nomination Cover Sheet (PDF)

 

Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowships

Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowships provide support to outstanding doctoral students at “mid-career,” that is, in the period approximately before, during, or after achievement of candidacy, and are intended to enable students to prepare for or complete a key benchmark in their program’s requirements. Summer Research Fellowships carry stipends of $5,000. 

Each department or program may submit 2 nominations. Programs must submit their nominations by Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at noon.

**Students should consult the Director of Graduate Studies for their doctoral program’s deadline. 

Summer Research Fellowship Guidelines (Summer 2014): PDF 
Nomination Cover Sheet: PDF 
Recommendation Form: PDF

 

Wylie Dissertation Completion Fellowships

These fellowships, designed to help expedite time to degree for students in the final stages of their dissertation writing, include a stipend of $10,000, tuition remission, and $800 towards the cost of health insurance. Students are nominated by their departments.

The Graduate School awards approximately 40 Wylie Dissertation Fellowships per year. 

Each department or program may submit 2 nominations. Programs must submit their nominations byWednesday, February 19, 2014 at noon.

**Students should consult the Director of Graduate Studies for their doctoral program’s deadline. 

Ann G. Wylie Fellowship Guidelines (AY 14-15): PDF 
Nomination Cover Sheet: PDF or Word Document 
Advisor and DGS Letter Request Form: PDF

 

Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship

Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowships are one-year awards intended to support outstanding doctoral students. The Fellowship carries a stipend of $25,000 plus candidacy tuition remission and $1600 toward the cost of health insurance for the academic year. The Graduate School will award 10 Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowships during this inaugural year. 

Each department or program may submit 1 nomination. Programs must submit their nomination byWednesday, February 19, 2014 at noon.

**Students should consult the Director of Graduate Studies for their doctoral program’s deadline. 

Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship Guidelines (AY 14-15): PDF 
Nomination Cover Sheet: PDF or Word Document 
Advisor and DGS Letter Request Form: PDF