Sas Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Shown at an archaeological site in Syria is Steve Renette, recipient of the Maple Hill Foundation Graduate Prize Fellowship, and a PhD candidate in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Graduate Group at the School of Arts and Sciences. For his dissertation, Steve is researching the eastern Tigris and western Zagros region during the Bronze Age.

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Graduate students are a vital link in the intellectual life of a university. They not only are students and emerging scholars, but also serve as teachers, mentors, advisors, and collaborators. They energize the institution and represent the future of scholarship, and those who go on to academic careers establish Penn’s reputation among our peers.

By attracting the very best doctoral students, Penn Arts and Sciences will strengthen its ability to recruit and retain the best faculty, who thrive on their interaction with the next generation of scholars. We will support a vibrant intellectual bridge between our undergraduate students and our distinguished faculty. And we will preserve Penn’s position as a world-class research university.

The commitment to educating the next generation of scholars, teachers, scientists, and leaders comes at a significant cost. Financial assistance includes not only fellowship support, but support for summer stipends and dissertation research. Your gift can ensure that Penn Arts and Sciences remains an institution of choice for the most talented graduate students.

Giving opportunities in support of graduate fellowships:

  • $700,000 would endow a 12-month fellowship for one graduate student. This type of fellowship is the most robust graduate support the College offers and allows for the recruitment of top talent.
  • $600,000 would endow a dissertation fellowship. These are competitively awarded to doctoral candidates in order to support travel, research, and writing as they prepare their dissertations.
  • $100,000 funds a research/conference fellowship, enabling graduate students to perform research at Penn and across the world. Additionally, this fellowship provides financial support for presenting work at academic conferences alongside emerging and established scholars.

To learn more about how to create a fellowship or stipend, contact Laura Weber, Assistant Vice Dean of Advancement, lweber@sas.upenn.edu, or consider making a gift to the Graduate Fellowship Fund.

Announcement:  2017-2018 Urban Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Urban Studies dissertation completion fellowship is a competitive fellowship with a service component for advanced doctoral students in the final year of their dissertation work. In addition to completing his or her dissertation, the fellow will be responsible for teaching one course for the Urban Studies program and taking a leading role in organizing public programs and communication for the Urban Studies graduate certificate program.  As with the Graduate Division’s dissertation completion fellowship, the award is non-renewable.

The Fellowship is open to Ph.D. candidates in any department in the School of Arts & Sciences whose research is relevant to urban studies and who are in their 6th or 7th year of study.  Preference will be given to students in the Urban Studies Graduate Certificate Program, but students in other departments whose work is significantly urban related will also be given consideration.

A completed application must include a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the fellowship and how their work represents an urban focus.  In addition, the application should include:

(1) An up-to-date unofficial Penn transcript or the equivalent information and the status of the preliminary examination, foreign language requirement, etc.
(2) Two current letters of recommendation.
(3) A CV that includes a list of publications and conference papers. (Enclose one or two reprints or provide PDFs.)
(4) The tentative title of the dissertation, the name of the dissertation supervisor, and a 2-page abstract of your Dissertation
Proposal, and an explanation for how it addresses issues or questions in urban studies.
(5) A statement from the nominee discussing his or her specific plans for completing the dissertation in the fellowship period.
(6) A summary of the applicant’s previous teaching experience.


Applicants will be reviewed by a committee composed of the Urban Studies program’s co-directors and two members of the programs teaching faculty. Criteria for selection are: 1) likelihood that the applicant can complete dissertation during the award year; 2) previous research and teaching experience; and 3) relevance of research and teaching for urban studies. The review committee will announce its results several weeks after those for the Graduate Division’s award.

Compensation includes a teaching stipend (based on current graduate student funding in SAS), dissertation fee reimbursement, and benefits.

Send your materials by May 15 to Elaine Simon, Co-Director of the Urban Studies Graduate Certificate Program and the Urban Studies Program c/o Urban Studies, 130 McNeil Building, 3718 Locust Walk, Philadephia, PA 19104-6209 or email to esimon@sas.upenn.edu.  Don’t hesitate to contact Elaine Simon if you have questions.

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