University and Louis Bevier Fellowships

Eligible doctoral students may submit their application through our Submittable application portal, available here.  The student deadline is March 3, 2021.


Program Purpose

The School of Graduate Studies’ University & 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 2021-2022 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.



SGS doctoral students (School 16) who plan to complete their degree requirements and graduate by May 2022. 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 2021-2022 academic year or for students who can demonstrate that by foregoing a teaching or graduate assistantship, the fellowship will allow them to concentrate fully on completing their dissertations.


Program Timeline

Competition Opens: February 4, 2021

Student Deadline: March 3, 2021

Faculty Letter Deadline: March 6, 2021

Graduate Program Deadline to return reviews and comments: March 24, 2021

Applicants and Programs notified of decisions by the end of April.


Evaluation Criteria

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

    Applicant Quality

  • Overall academic record
  • Conference presentations and posters
  • Publications
  • Internal/external awards
  • 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 letters of recommendation
  • Graduate program/track ranking


Application Components:

The University and Bevier Fellowship application consists of the following items:

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


Application Submission Process

The Bevier Fellowship application portal is located here.  Students will need to create an account and then log into the site to initiate an application. 


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 (After the March 3rd deadline, Graduate Program and Track Directors who have Bevier applicants will be added to the Bevier application portal to access their program/track applications for evaluation and ranking.)

In stage three, your application is reviewed by the multidisciplinary SGS Bevier & University Fellowship Committee.

All decisions by the SGS Bevier & University Fellowship Committee are final and confidential.



Please send your questions about the competition or application process, to


Application Portal:  The application portal is available here.  We use the university's single sign on (SSO) tool on the Submittable platform. If you have used our platform in the past, click on the "Have an Account? Sign In" button and follow the links for Single Sign On. If you are a first time user, click on the "Create Your Account" button and follow the links for Single Sign On.