FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I am enrolled in a program that awards a doctoral degree other than a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree. Am I eligible to apply?
The program supports study leading to the award of Ph.D. or Sc.D. degrees only.
I do not see my field of study in the list of eligible fields. Is my program eligible for support?
If you are not able to choose at least one of the fields of study in the Predoctoral, Dissertation, or Postdoctoral list, it is most likely an indication that your field of study is not supported.
I see that the program is divided into three competition levels, predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral. Can you briefly explain the difference between the eligibility requirements for each level?
The predoctoral fellowship is intended for Ph.D. students about to enroll in a Ph.D. program by the following fall term and those who are in the early stages of their Ph.D. study. As of the following fall term, eligible applicants must have at least three years of graduate study remaining.
The dissertation fellowship is intended to support the final year of graduate school, specifically writing and defense of the dissertation. Applicants must submit the Verification of Doctoral Degree Status Form documenting that they have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree, except for writing and defense of the dissertation.
The postdoctoral fellowship is a career-enhancement award for recent Ph.D. recipients (eligible applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree within the past seven years). It is intended to provide an opportunity for recent Ph.D.s to take a year off from other responsibilities so they can conduct research at a host institution of their choice.
I am not currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program but plan to apply for the predoctoral fellowship. I have applied to more than one Ph.D. institution but can enter only one proposed fellowship institution in the fellowship application. What should I do?
Enter your first choice of Ph.D. institution in your fellowship application. Reviewers do often factor in the suitability of choice of the proposed Ph.D. institution for the proposed area of study. If you are notified that you have been chosen as an awardee and will not be attending the proposed fellowship institution indicated in your fellowship application, it will not be a problem as long as you have been accepted in a similar program at another fully-accredited Ph.D. degree granting institution in the U.S.
How are letters of recommendation submitted?
Letters of recommendation are submitted using the notification tool in the online fellowship application. Once the applicant enters and saves the required information for each letter writer in the Letters of Recommendation page of their application, they then click on the "Notify" function next to each writer's name. This action sends the writer an e-mail notification with a unique login ID and password required to log in to the system and submit their letter directly to the applicant's online application. The writer then uploads a .pdf document, views it, then selects Submit.
What is a host letter? Is submission of a host letter required for all three levels of the fellowship competition (predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral)?
Submission of the host letter is a requirement only for postdoctoral fellowship applicants. The host letter must state the willingness of the proposed mentor and the research site to serve as the applicant’s host during their fellowship tenure. This letter is in addition to the required minimum of three letters of recommendation.