IRCPL Dissertation Fellowships are available to Columbia University students enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) who have completed the 5th year of the PhD program. The dissertation must focus in a significant way on the study of religion, secularism, or closely related topics.

The IRCPL Dissertation Fellowship provides students with $5,000 towards the completion of the dissertation over the course of an academic semester (typically the fall semester). Fellowship recipients must be in residence at Columbia University for the duration of the award period and are expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the Institute.

IRCPL Dissertation Fellows are expected to attend a monthly seminar/roundtable with the Director of IRCPL. This monthly seminar will take place on the second Friday of each month. Each fellow will have the opportunity to present a chapter on which they are working and receive feedback.

Applications for the 2019 IRCPL Dissertation Fellowships are due on Monday, May 6th, 2019, at 12pm. 

Application Requirements:

All proposals must be submitted in English. Emphasis should be placed on completeness of the application and clarity of content. Proposals must be submitted through the online application form. All attachments should be titled Last Name_First Name_Document Name.

  1. Completed application form
  2. A curriculum vitae, not to exceed two pages. Please include your departmental affiliation and up-to-date contact information.
  3. Proposal (no more than five pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font)
  4. One-page timeline for the expected completion of dissertation writing and defense/filing
  5. Bibliography (no more than two pages)
  6. One completed chapter of the dissertation
  7. A printed transcript, though unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  8. A letter of reference from your dissertation advisor, including a section which attests to the viability of the proposed timeline for completion. Letters should be submitted through this online form. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the faculty member sends a letter of reference. Late letters will not be accepted.
  9. A statement from the applicant’s department (preferably from the applicant’s department chair, director of graduate studies, or director of administration and finance) indicating the faculty on the dissertation committee, expected submission date, and other sources of funding.

Selection Process:

Eligible applications are sent to the three-person review committee for assessment. The Fellowship Committee shall make its final assessment within thirty days of receiving the applications.

Applications for the 2019 IRCPL Dissertation Fellowships are due on Monday, May 6th, 2019, at 12pm. Questions may be directed to Walid Hammam, at wh2326@columbia.edu.