Each year the Franke Institute for the Humanities awards a limited number of Residential Dissertation Completion Fellowships to doctoral students in the Humanities Division of the University of Chicago. Fellowships are awarded for the academic year and provide tuition, the required student life fee, University student health insurance (if elected), plus a stipend of $39,500; there is an additional award of $2,500 if degree work is completed by the end of the fellowship year. The Fellowship also includes basic logistical support such as use of a photocopier and scanner, network hookup, and shared office space conveniently located in the Regenstein Library. Usually four Franke Residential Dissertation Completion Fellowships are awarded annually.

A Fellow’s principal obligation, above and beyond the dissertation, is to attend regular lunchtime workshops along with the Faculty Residential Fellows. On each occasion one Fellow presents their project and the group discusses a pre-circulated paper or manuscript. These meetings occur roughly every two weeks for ninety minutes and are at the heart of the intellectual community of the Institute. Under ordinary circumstances these workshops are in-person.

Fellows are expected to be in residence throughout their fellowship year but are under no obligation to use the Franke facilities beyond participation in the Fellows’ workshops. It is understood that students on the job market may need to miss workshop meetings from time to time.

The Franke Institute also funds two Non-Residential Dissertation Completion Fellowships. These non-residential DCFs are identical to Humanities Division Dissertation Completion Fellowships in terms of their requirements, stipend, etc.; the terms and stipulations described in the preceding paragraphs do not apply.

Applying for Franke Residential Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Franke Dissertation Completion Fellows are selected in coordination with the Humanities Division Dissertation Completion Fellowships Selection Committee. There is no separate application for a Franke Residential DCF: if you are interested this fellowship, you need only indicate as much on the regular online application for a divisional DCF. Awards are announced in early May.

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