Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Religious commitments and ethical ideals can be found in every time and place. Newcombe Fellows are late-stage Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences whose research in some way attends to those commitments and ideals and seeks to understand the communities, social practices, and political arrangements that embody them.

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation created this Fellowship in 1981. Now in its fifth decade, the Newcombe Fellowship has become a nationally noted award that distinguishes recipients within their fields. Fellows receive a $31,000 stipend to complete the writing stage of their dissertation.


Deadline: Nov. 15, 2023

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants for the 2024 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship must:

  • be candidates for Ph.D. degrees in any field of study in the humanities and social sciences at accredited graduate schools in the United States. Candidates working on D.Min., law, Psy.D., Ed.D. and other professional degrees are not eligible.
  • be ABD, and have completed all pre-dissertation requirements fulfilled by the application deadline November 15, 2023, including approval of the dissertation proposal.
  • be in the writing stage of the dissertation. Usually, this means that fieldwork or other research is complete and writing has begun by the time of the award.
  • expect to complete the dissertation between April 1, 2025 and August 31, 2026.
  • have never held a similar national award for the final year of dissertation writing. Applicants who have won such awards as the AAUW, Ford, NAEd/Spencer, Mellon/ACLS, or Mellon-CES fellowship are not eligible.
  • be in a humanities or social science department, writing on topics where ethical or religious values are a central concern.
  • Prior applicants who did not receive the award when they first applied may reapply if their revised timeline meets Newcombe Fellowship guidelines for completion and defense.
Duke Awardees

2021: Nathaniel Berndt • Duke University, history
Descendants of Zabarkan, Citizens of the World: A History of Cosmopolitan Imagination in Decolonizing Niger, 1958-1974

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