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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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