Any graduate student in an Arts & Sciences department who has advanced to doctoral candidacy during the current academic year, or who has a faculty-endorsed plan for achieving candidacy prior to the Fellowship period, is eligible to apply for a Jefferson Fellowship in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. If you intend to apply for the Jefferson Fellowship, it is strongly encouraged that you indicate your intent on the application portal by December 1 in order to confirm your eligibility (application portal will open on November 1).

Jefferson Fellowships in GSAS disciplines are designed to accelerate the research activity of outstanding doctoral students – typically during their fourth and fifth years of study – and to foster an interdisciplinary community that offers opportunities for collaborative conversation and professional enrichment.

The strongest applicants will be those who have exhibited a capacity for the highest levels of scholastic achievement and who are prepared to pursue ambitious dissertation projects that have the potential to transform their disciplines. Successful applicants will also demonstrate a commitment to sharing their knowledge discovery with a broader audience through achievements in teaching and academic outreach.

Jefferson Fellows in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will receive:

  • A stipend in the amount equivalent to the recipient’s standard living support from GSAS (for two years)
  • Research funds of $5,000
  • Exemption from all assistantship responsibilities (i.e., GTA or GRA), typically during years four and five of study
  • Health insurance

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