Doctoral Evidence Acquisition (DEA) Fellowship

Doctoral Evidence Acquisition (DEA) Fellowship Guidelines – Spring 2023

The Doctoral Evidence Acquisition (DEA) Fellowship is specifically intended to support doctoral students for whom their current means of financial support would significantly interfere with or preclude their ability to collect the evidence needed for their doctoral research.* A DEA Fellow is awarded a stipend to enable evidence acquisition that otherwise would not be possible. *Evidence acquisition activities that might be supported by the DEA Fellowship include, but are not limited to, off-campus library/archive research, fieldwork, experiments, interviews, collection of specimens, etc.

While we will strive for university-wide representation in the selected fellowships, in awarding fellowships, priority will be given to programs that are able to affect performance metrics in this fiscal year or next, are in strategic areas as defined by the Board of Governors, and prior performance in meeting graduation expectations will be considered.

Applicants should submit their complete application by 11:59pm on Sunday, September 18, 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for a DEA, applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled for a minimum of three (3) dissertation credits
  • Have reached doctoral candidacy at the time of this Fellowship application (D2 approved by UGS in Summer 2022 or earlier)
  • Have dissertation proposal (D3) approved with UGS, or be in the process of submitting the proposal to UGS in Fall 2022 (If awarded, an approved dissertation proposal is required)
  • Full-time students who will be in the program for more than four years at the time of receiving the award (students who will be in their 13th term or beyond in Spring 2023) are not eligible to apply. If you were admitted in Spring 2019 or earlier, you are not eligible to apply *
  • If awarded, recipients must attest that they will work full-time on their dissertation research during the period of the fellowship and will not hold any other employment during that time

Please Note: UGS Fellowships can be awarded consecutively but not simultaneously.

Questions? Contact –

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Supplemental Questions
  1. Have you reached doctoral candidacy at the time of this Fellowship application (D2 approved by UGS in Summer 2022 or earlier)?
  2. Proposed Title of Dissertation
  3. Summarize the significance of the project in non-specialist language.
  4. Summarize your research methodology and describe where your evidence acquisition will take place. Please indicate how being awarded a DEA will enhance your training, research experience, etc.
  5. Provide a timeline for acquisition of doctoral evidence, including collection of pilot data or preliminary research. Please include travel dates and be specific. Be clear about where the research currently stands. Include only evidence acquisition activities, i.e., do not include analysis, writing or presentation activities.
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