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2024 dissertation

Dissertation Fellowship

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi annually awards fifteen Dissertation Fellowships of $10,000 each to active members who are doctoral candidates and are completing dissertations.

At the 2022 Biennial Convention, Phi Kappa Phi designated one of the fellowships as The Missy Hopper Dissertation Fellowship to honor Dr. Hopper’s many years of exceptional volunteer leadership.

Dissertation Fellowships support students in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study. Awards are for 12 months of dissertation writing. All pre-dissertation requirements should be met by the application deadline, including approval of the dissertation proposal.


Oct. 1, 2024: Application portal opens

Nov. 30, 2024: Application deadline

March 1, 2025: Recipients will be notified


The Dissertation Fellowship is open to all active (dues current) Phi Kappa Phi members or those who have accepted membership by Nov. 30, 2024, and:

  • attend a U.S. regionally accredited, doctoral-granting institution of higher education
  • have completed all pre-dissertation requirements
  • have endorsement of the dissertation chair
  • are not a sitting Phi Kappa Phi board member, divisional vice president, member of the Dissertation Fellowship Award committee or Society employee at time of application or announcement.

*Please note applicants should not hold other doctoral degrees; this should be their first doctoral program.

Application Process

Submit your application through our online portal after Oct. 1, 2024.

Selection is based on applicant letter addressing how the award will contribute to the completion of the dissertation, answer to prompt explaining significance of the original research, 300-word abstract, CV and certification/endorsement by the dissertation chair. (The endorsement letter is automatically emailed to the address listed for your dissertation chair and must be received before the application deadline.)

Winners will be notified by March 1, 2025.


For a list of the most recent recipients, FAQ and additional applicant resources, click here.