Although many students complete their doctoral study in four years, some need a fifth year of support to complete the dissertation. Rutgers University Dissertation Fellowships are available to help these students. Although we cannot guarantee that a student will obtain this fellowship, we do award a substantial number each year. In order to be considered, a student must (1) defend a dissertation proposal by March 1 of their fourth year, and (2) apply for a dissertation fellowship from outside the university. All students who meet these conditions, including those who have not been previously supported by the program, are eligible to apply. Priority is given to students who are making the best progress towards completing their dissertation.
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