University and Louis Bevier Fellowships

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 2019-2020 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 2020. 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 2019-2020 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.


Evaluation Criteria


  1. Demonstrated excellence of the candidate, including (but not limited to):
  • Conference presentations and posters
  • Publications
  • Internal/external awards
  • Prizes and other forms of scholarly recognition
  1. Project quality
  • Richness and conceptual complexity of the project
  • Broader significance and contributions of the project
  1. Plan for completion
  • Feasible plan to complete dissertation with fellowship support
  1. Financial need


  1. Quality of written proposal


  1. 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 applicant eligibility to be considered for the award. Only eligible applicants will be moved forward to stage two.


In stage two, the application is reviewed and ranked by the applicant’s graduate program or track.  (After the March 1 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, the application is reviewed by the multidisciplinary SGS Bevier & University Fellowship Committee.

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


Program Timeline


Competition Opens: January 22, 2019

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

Graduate Program Deadline to return rankings and comments: March 15, 2019

Applicants and Programs notified of decisions: April 8, 2019



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