Giles Dissertation-Year Fellowship Offered through the Graduate School, the Giles Dissertation-Year Fellowship is awarded to promising students in the final stages of their doctoral work who demonstrate strong potential to make a significant contribution to society by completing the terminal degree in their chosen discipline. The purpose of the fellowship is to allow students to focus full-time upon the completion and writing of the dissertation, improving quality and shortening the time required to complete the doctoral degree. Eligibility A U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Advancement to candidacy for the doctoral degree and satisfactory progress towards completing the dissertation such that a dissertation-year award will be sufficient for the candidate to complete all degree requirements during the award year. Acceptance of the award precludes other employment obligations for recipients during their tenure as Dissertation Year Fellows. Must be on campus, engaged full-time on the dissertation including regular communication with advisor. To remain eligible for the fellowship, each recipient must be enrolled full time for the fall and spring terms (doctoral dissertation research credit only). Award A stipend of $20,000 for the Academic Year to be paid in increments of $10,000 per semester. Full tuition support (resident and non-resident available); All required fees; Health insurance through the University Student Health Insurance plan; A travel allowance of $1,000 to support travel associated with the dissertation research or to present the research at an academic conference or professional society meeting. Fields of Study Students in all doctoral programs within the UNC Charlotte Graduate School are eligible. Nomination All items are required for Fellowship consideration. Each program may submit one nomination. 1. Brief autobiographical sketch by the student (half page limit) 2. Two page (maximum) dissertation synopsis written in a non-technical format for a "lay audience". The synopsis must address the relevance of the student's research within the academic field. 3. Academic timeline with projected date of completion. 4. Letter of support from the student's academic advisor addressing how the student meets the program objectives and the eligibility requirements. This may include discussion of relevant non-academic activities, such as community or campus service (three page limit). 5. Letter of endorsement from the department chair or program director. Nominations should be sent to: The Giles Dissertation-Year Fellowship Program, The Graduate School, 210 Cato Hall, no later than 5 pm April 17, 2009.
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