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Dissertation Fellowship — Resources

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

Applicants cannot be a sitting Phi Kappa Phi board member, divisional vice president, member of the Dissertation Fellowship Award committee or Society employee at the time of application or announcement.

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

Funds can be used for living expenses and/or expenses directly related to writing, including release time from teaching.

Your application must be submitted and endorsed by 11:59 p.m. CT on Nov. 30, 2024.

Please submit your application through our online portal.

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.

Funds will be disbursed directly to the recipient via direct deposit.

Call the national office at 800-804-9880 or email

Award recipients are required to submit a W-9 to the Society.  Based on this award type and eligibility criteria, the Society will not issue a 1099-MISC to the recipient.  However, award proceeds may be taxable to the recipient depending on various factors.   Recipients should consult with their tax advisor regarding the taxability of award payments.

* Foreign persons, including nonresident aliens, must provide Form W-8 BEN. Depending on the award type and the information provided, Phi Kappa Phi may be required to withhold 30% of the award for tax purposes per Internal Revenue Service regulations.

Instructions for completing W-8BEN.