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CSSH offers competitive, semester-long fellowship opportunities to its full-time PhD students. These include experiential fellowships, fieldwork fellowships, and dissertation completion fellowships.

Experiential Fellowships

Semester-long experiential fellowships will facilitate experiential endeavors for doctoral students interested in a placement with an external partner who is not able to otherwise support the student.


To qualify for the experiential fellowship, the doctoral student must have identified and secured interest from an external partner organization.

Fieldwork Fellowships

Semester-long fieldwork fellowships will permit doctoral students to retain their stipend while they collect data or conduct fieldwork directly related to their own dissertation work.


For the fieldwork fellowship, the doctoral student must have successfully defended their dissertation proposal at the time of application.

Dissertation Completion Fellowships (DCF)

Semester-long Dissertation Completion Fellowships offer support for doctoral students approaching degree completion. Offered in partnership with the Office of the Provost.


For the DCF, the doctoral student must have successfully defended their dissertation proposal at the time of application. The student should be in the final stages of writing/revising. The expectation is that DCF recipients will successfully defend their dissertation in the term of the award.

How To Apply

A call for applications will be sent to active PhD students when the application portal opens for the upcoming award cycle.

A CSSH Fellowship application consists of an application form, supporting materials, and letters of support and recommendation. Note: DCF applicants must also submit the required materials to the Office of the Provost. Details will be provided in the call for applications.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all required materials are submitted by the application deadline.

Application Deadlines*

June 1 (for Fall semester fellowships)
October 15 (for Spring semester fellowships)
February 1 (for Summer semester fellowships)

*DCF deadlines may vary. Please visit the PhD Network’s Opportunities portal for dates.

Application Form

Complete the Fellowship Application, specifying the type of fellowship and including sufficient detail about the opportunity and information about past and current funding from Northeastern or from external sources. 

Supporting Materials

Email supporting materials as attachments to with the subject “CSSH Fellowship Application Supporting Materials.”

Experiential Fellowship Applicants

If applying for an experiential fellowship, please provide:

  1. A description of the opportunity and its connection to your research program, and
  2. A letter of interest or intent from the proposed partner entity or organization. (A copy of an email will suffice.)

Fieldwork Fellowship and DCF Applicants

If applying for a fieldwork fellowship or dissertation completion fellowship, please provide:

  1. A description of the current status of the dissertation with a detailed timetable for completion,
  2. A copy of the approved dissertation proposal, and
  3. Evidence of IRB approval. 

Letters of Recommendation and Support

The letters of recommendation and support should be sent by the writer in a sealed envelope to the graduate office or via email to with the subject “Fellowship Recommendation” and the applicant’s last name.

  1. Letter of recommendation from the advisor that describes the importance of the work and includes a clear assessment of the feasibility of the proposed activity. Letters of recommendation for fieldwork and dissertation completion fellowships must include a statement about the student’s timeline and likely program completion trajectory.
  2. Letter of support from the Graduate Committee and/or Graduate Program Director evaluating the merit of the proposed activity and the fellowship application. The letter of support should describe the student’s standing in the program and must include a statement regarding the feasibility of the student taking a fellowship semester should one be awarded.