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Program Purpose:  The School of Graduate Studies University & Louis Bevier Dissertation Completion Fellowship is designed to provide support during a doctoral candidate’s final year of dissertation work. The award is intended to support completion and recognize excellence. SGS will award 15 University and Louis Bevier Dissertation Completion Fellowships for the 2022-2023 academic year. All SGS doctoral students (School 16) are eligible to apply.
These awards provide:

  • Stipend of $25,000
  • Health insurance (if needed)
  • Tuition remission for up to 2 research credits per semester (no more than 4 total for the academic year)


Eligibility: SGS doctoral students (School 16) who plan to complete their degree requirements and graduate by May 2023. Fellows may not hold other full-time awards concurrently with University and Louis Bevier Fellowships. As such, preference will be given to students who can demonstrate that they do not have promised funding for the 2022-2023 academic year or for students who can demonstrate that by foregoing a teaching assistantship, the fellowship will allow them to concentrate fully on completing their dissertations.


Program Timeline
Competition Opens:  February 4, 2022

Student Deadline:  March 4, 2022

Faculty Letter Deadline:  March 7, 2022

Graduate Program Deadline to return reviews and comments:  March 25, 2022

Applicants and Programs notified of decisions:  April 15, 2022


Evaluation Criteria: Demonstrated excellence of the candidate, including (but not limited to):


Applicant Quality

  • Overall academic record
  • Conference presentations and posters
  • Publications
  • Internal/external fellowships and grants
  • Prizes and other forms of scholarly recognition



Project Quality

  • Intellectual Merit



Plan for Completion

  • Feasible plan to complete dissertation with fellowship support



Availability of other sources of funding


Faculty Endorsement

  • Strength of the letter of recommendation
  • Graduate program/track review and scoring


Application Components: Your application consists of the following items:

  • Your completed application form;
  • Your CV;
  • Transcripts (unofficial) from all of your graduate institutions;
  • 2 letters of recommendation (One letter must be from your dissertation advisor/chair and the other should be from a member of your dissertation committee);
  • A 5-page (double-space 11-point font) proposal describing your dissertation project;
  • A 1-page completion timeline;
  • A 2-page project bibliography



Review Process: Only completed applications will be reviewed.  The review process is a three-stage review process. In stage one, a technical review will confirm your eligibility to be considered for the awards. Only eligible applicants will be moved forward to stage two.  In stage two, your application is reviewed, scored and ranked by your graduate program or track. In stage three, your application is reviewed by the multidisciplinary SGS University & Louis Bevier Fellowship Committee.  All decisions by the SGS Committee are final and confidential.


Questions? Please send your questions about the competition or application process, to SGS_Awards@grad.rutgers.edu.


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GradFund External Funding Application Report

Let us know when you’ve started your application, or when you’ve won. SGS students may be eligible for additional resources from the School of Graduate Studies. Plus, we want to help you develop a competitive application and ultimately, celebrate your success!

In your report, please tell us whether you plan to apply for a specific award, if you have an application in development, have submitted it or have results. You may report one award per form and you should plan to initiate a form for each award that you plan to apply for, each cycle that you apply for external funding.  As you move through the application process, be sure to return and provide an update.


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Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Nomination

The Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann created a perpetual charitable trust designated as “The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund” for the purpose of funding advanced education and graduate study grants, which must be carried out entirely in the United States of America.  The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships are to be awarded only to candidates who have outstanding undergraduate records, have demonstrated a need for financial assistance, are citizens of the United States of America, are enrolled in accredited colleges and universities in the United States and have received baccalaureate degrees.

Mrs. Liebmann was the daughter of a prominent Armenian intellectual, writer and statesman and was married to one of the owners of a successful American business.  She supported students and educational and charitable organizations during her lifetime.  Mrs. Liebmann’s primary concern, as expressed in her Will, was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.  The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.

The amount of each Fellowship will cover the cost of tuition only (no fees) and a stipend to be allocated towards room, board, living expenses and income taxes.  The Trustee has set the stipend at $18,000 for this year.


CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

1.  Fellowships are available to students who are currently enrolled in and pursuing a graduate degree at a designated institution of higher learning located in the United States of America.  Undergraduate students are no longer qualified candidates.

2.  The program of study being pursued by the candidate may include any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).  The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors.

3.  The candidate must have received a baccalaureate degree at the time of application and have an outstanding undergraduate record.  

4.  The candidate must demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

5.  The candidate must be a citizen of the United States of America.

6.  The candidate may be of any national descent or background.  

FELLOWSHIP DETAILS

1.  The amount of each Fellowship will cover actual tuition costs (no fees) plus an $18,000 annual stipend to be allocated towards room, board and ordinary living expenses, as well as any income taxes thereon.

2.  The recipient of a Fellowship shall be known as a Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellow.

3.  Fellowships are awarded annually.  Each Fellow MUST APPLY FOR A RENEWAL of his or her fellowship by March 31 of the following year in accordance with the terms in effect at the time the fellowship is awarded.  (No reminder will be sent.)  Fellowships will be limited to a maximum of three years.

4.  Awarded fellowships may not be deferred.  

5.  A Fellowship may be canceled at any time if a Fellow engages in misconduct affecting the Fund, breaches any of these rules or provides false information to the Fund either directly or indirectly.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications for nomination must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies by January 10, 2023.  Three applicants will be selected as candidates for consideration.  

In order to be considered for nomination, a completed application form and all required supplemental documentation must be submitted through the Submittable platform by January 10, 2023.  The application form for the nomination is available here, on the GradFund Resources Sharepoint.  If you are unable to access the sharepoint, please email fellowship_advisor@gradfund.rutgers.edu for assistance.

Required Supplemental Documentation

1. Your completed application form (download a copy from the GradFund Sharepoint)
2. One copy of your personal vitae or résumé.

3.  One certified copy of each undergraduate and graduate transcript to date.

4.  One copy of your graduate exam test scores.

5.  A Statement of Purpose up to three pages long (double spaced) which considers the relationship between your graduate level study and your intended personal and/or professional goals.  Your Statement of Purpose must include a 10-15 line abstract at the top (included in the three pages) that explains, in LAYMAN’S terms, the essence of your proposed topic of study or dissertation, the methodology of its treatment and its anticipated impact on your field of study.

6.  Letter of Recommendation from your Graduate Program Director or Track Director.  (Optional) (Due January 13, 2023)

7.  Letters of Recommendation from at least two professors who have taught or worked closely with you. (Required) (Due January 13, 2023)

8.  One copy of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

9.  One copy of your Financial Aid Summary from your school.

10.  One copy of your Federal Income Tax Return(tax form only -no schedules or attachments)  for the prior two years (including spouse’s returns, if applicable).

Application Process

The application process is handled entirely by your graduate school.  For more information on applying, please contact the office at your graduate school where you obtained this application.  Do not contact JPMorgan or members of the selection committee.

Fellowship Conditions


  1. Fellowships are available to students who are enrolled in a graduate program and pursuing a graduate degree at a designated institution of higher learning at the time of application.  Individuals applying to graduate programs are no longer qualified candidates.  The list of designated institutions can be reviewed on-line at http://foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/liebmann/.
  2. An applicant may be pursuing a program of study that includes any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).  The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors.
  3. An applicant must have an outstanding undergraduate record.  
  4. An applicant must demonstrate financial need.  
  5. An applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America.
  6. The amount of each Fellowship will cover actual tuition costs plus an $18,000 annual stipend to be allocated towards room, board and ordinary living expenses, as well as any income taxes thereon. 
  7. The recipient of a Fellowship shall be known as a Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellow. 
  8. A Fellowship is awarded on an annual basis.  Each Fellow must apply for renewal of his or her Fellowship by March 31 of the following year in accordance with the terms in effect at the time the fellowship is awarded.  Fellowships are limited to a maximum of three years. 
  9. An awarded Fellowship may not be deferred.  
  10. A Fellow must remain enrolled in a graduate program and pursuing a graduate degree at a designated institution.
  11. A Fellow must conduct studies in the United States of America.
  12. A Fellowship may be canceled at any time if a Fellow engages in misconduct affecting the Fund, breaches any of these rules or provides false information to the Fund either directly or indirectly. 
  13. A Fellow agrees to have his or her name published and identified as a Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellow.




The qualifications and selection of candidates to receive the benefits of the Fellowship, the selection or approval of the programs of study to be pursued and the places or the institutions where such studies are pursued, and the meaning, interpretation and application of the provisions of the Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann establishing the Fellowship, shall be determined in the sole judgment and discretion of the Trustee, based upon the advice and counsel of a Selection Committee.



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