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Application Requirements

The Humanities Center Fellowship program brings together scholars, faculty fellows and two graduate students, from various disciplines – both within the College of Social Sciences and Humanities as well as from other colleges of Northeastern University – around a common theme.

CSSH Dean’s Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities Center:

Graduate student fellows will join a group of 6-8 faculty fellows.

This graduate fellowship program seeks to provide a focused period of time to pursue late-stage dissertation research and writing, to collaborate with others around a common theme, and to share work with the Northeastern community.

Fellows will receive:

  • $22,500 in stipend, which will release Graduate Fellows from teaching for Fall and Spring semesters;
  • Continuation fees for Fall and Spring semesters;
  • Health insurance;
  • Access to Humanities Center resources.

Requirements and Eligibility:

  • The program is open to PhD candidates at Northeastern University. The College of Social Sciences and Humanities will be able to fund two fellowships for its own PhD candidates.
  • Applicants must be funding eligible and have completed all requirements for the PhD except the dissertation by July 31, 2022.
    • For the purposes of this fellowship, students are considered funding eligible if still within their first five years of funding at the time of application.
    • Completion of all requirements except the dissertation requires a defended dissertation prospectus and having achieved candidacy status.
  • Graduate students who currently hold or have previously held a dissertation completion fellowship are not eligible.
  • Because the fellowship is designed for full-time work on the dissertation, fellows may not be otherwise employed at Northeastern or elsewhere while holding the fellowship.


  • Bi-weekly meetings among fellows with a rotating schedule of research reporting and collaboration;
  • Research colloquium presentations (audience is NU faculty, staff, and students);
  • Yearly summit that celebrates the theme and shares the research of all fellows.
  • Graduate fellows will submit a one-paragraph mid-year report and an end of year report.

Required Application Materials:

  • Indicate the year you began the PhD program, whether or not you began with a Masters degree, and if you are funding eligible for the coming year.
  • Narrative (approximately 750 words) that addresses the way in which your work connects with the Humanities Center’s mission and Fellowship’s annual theme. Please specify when candidacy was reached (semester and year);
  • Abstract of dissertation project (approximately 100 words);
  • Timeline for the expected completion of the dissertation (one page);
  • Bibliography (two pages);
  • Short CV (two pages);
  • Letter of Support from Dissertation Advisor;
  • Brief statement of support from the graduate program director indicating that you are in good standing, at the dissertation stage, and eligible for funding support for the coming year.

Letter of Support for Graduate Fellowship Application, please submit here.

The Humanities Center Board expects to provide notification on awards by April.  Feel free to contact Ángel David Nieves, Director of the Humanities Center with any questions at