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Hawthorne Dissertation Research Fellowship

Hawthorne Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Hawthorne Dissertation Award is a non-service, merit-based award available to students admitted to candidacy and in the terminal year of Ph.D. studies.  Domestic and International Students are eligible for this award. This award is for one academic year and is non-renewable.  The award named for Edward Hawthorne, former Dean of the Graduate School, is designed to provide tuition for the fall and spring in the amount of $2,600 per semester totaling $5,200 for the academic year.  All award recipients are responsible for paying student fees to maintain their enrollment status.  The student activity fees are not included.  These fees must be paid each semester and are subject to increase.  This award is non-renewable and recipients are expected to receive the Ph.D. degree by May of the following year.


Applicants must have:

  • evidence of terminal year progress towards the dissertationmade sufficient research progress to indicate completion within the year of the award;
  • admitted to candidacy; and
  • obtained a minimum cumulative doctoral study grade point average of 3.2.


NOTE:  Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed and you will NOT be notified.

Deadline Date

Third Friday of January


Applicants should submit a total of SIX (6) completed packages: ONE (1) original complete package and FIVE (5) copies of the completed package:

  • 1 Completed Original Hawthorne Dissertation Award application form (PDF) AND 5 copies
  • 1 Official transcript from current or most recently attended institution AND 5 copies
  • 1 Admission to Candidacy Form AND 5 copies
  • 1 Synopsis dissertation research statement of expected completion date signed by academic advisor
  • 1 Dissertation progress report AND 5 copies
  • Must signed by the dissertation advisor
  • not to exceed 5 pages
  • should include: title, objectives, methodology, preliminary findings, and significance of the research
  • 3 Appraisal of Applicant's forms AND 5 copies of each
  • 1 completed by the major dissertation advisor
  • other persons who are able to evaluate the applicant's competence as a scholar and a researcher.



In addition to the application package, top candidates will be asked to participate in an interview.  Interviews may take place in person or via teleconference.   Applications will be reviewed by the Graduate School’s Financial Aid Advisory Committee and


Applications will be reviewed and judged on the following assessment of:

  1. Dissertation progress report (50%);
  2. Recommendations (20%); and
  3. Academic and professional accomplishments of applicants (30%).



The Hawthorne Dissertation Research Assistance Review Committee
c/o Office of Administration and Finance
Howard University Graduate School
Annex III Building, Room 200
4th & College Streets, N.W.
Washington, DC 20059

Deadline: Friday, January 29, 2021

Funding Type: Fellowship, Scholarship

Related Degrees: Ph.D.