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Joyce Turner Dissertation Fellowship


The Joyce Turner Dissertation Fellowship honors the life and work of Joyce Moore Turner- an educator, leader in public health, author, scholar of African American history, and advocate for equality and social justice. The award recognizes graduate students in the humanities or social sciences who have advanced to candidacy but who need financial assistance to complete their research investigating issues of race, class, gender, sexuality or ethnicity. 

One award, in the amount of $10,000, will be granted.

Departments and programs with graduate students at the dissertation stage may nominate one (1) candidate. Nominations must be made by the student's Graduate Program Director (GPD).

Each nomination should include:

  • A letter of nomination from the Graduate Program Director (GPD) indicating evidence of financial need.  If there is a conflict, the Department Chair can provide this  nomination letter in lieu of the GPD.
  • Letters of support from (1) the student's advisor, (2) Department Chair, and (3) another program faculty member.
  • A short summary of the nominee's status as a graduate student. This should include the date of admission, year of study, date of advancement to candidacy, and expected date of completion of the doctoral degree.
  • Dissertation abstract, or similar summary of the project. This should be geared toward a general audience. 
  • The student's C.V.

*   Please Note:     Beginning in 2020, this fellowship will be paid as a bi-weekly fellowship payment through Research Foundation payroll, with the option of electing  fellow health insurance benefits .

Past Recipients 

2020:  Ximena Lopez-Carrillo, History

2019:  Caleb Ward, Philosophy

2018:  Helana Darwin, Sociology

2017: Vanessa Lynn, Sociology

2016: Francisco Delgado, English

2015: Laura James, English