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Dissertation Writing Fellowship

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The Dissertation Writing Fellowship offered by the Center for Human Rights and International Justice provides $5,000 in funding to support Stanford students in the process of completing a doctoral dissertation who plan to include at least one chapter focusing on a human rights or international justice case study or issue. Applicants should be in the fifth, sixth, or seventh year of their PhD. Recipients of the fellowship will be expected to present their chapter at a workshop to be convened by the Center sometime during the spring quarter of 2020.


This fellowship is open to doctoral students in any Stanford department or program who are in their fifth, sixth, or seventh year currently, and expect to complete their dissertation by the end of AY2019-20.


To apply for this fellowship, applicants should submit:

(1) an abstract of their dissertation

(2) a description of no more than 1,000 words of the proposed chapter

(3) a copy of their Stanford transcript

(4) a letter of support from their dissertation advisor

Applicants should submit items (1)-(3) via webform.

The letter of support should be submitted separately, via email. Dissertation advisors should email their letters to Penelope Van Tuyl ( with the subject line: "PhD Fellowship LoR for [APPLICANT FULL NAME].” Questions about the fellowship program can also be emailed to Penelope Van Tuyl.

All applications materials are due no later than Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Applicants can expect notification of award decisions by November 1, 2019.