Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship in the University Center for Human Values

The Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship program is intended to recognize and support post-generals graduate students with distinguished academic records in any discipline whose dissertation research centrally involves the critical study of human values. In addition to providing tangible support, a main purpose is to enable people working on topics in human values to engage with each other both informally and in a faculty-led fellows' seminar, where they present their work in progress.

The principal considerations in the selection of fellows will be the promise of excellence in an applicant's dissertation work, the applicant's capacity to contribute constructively to the fellows' group and the likelihood that participation in the program will help to shape and improve the applicant's dissertation. Accordingly, preference will be given to applicants who are in the relatively early stages of work on their dissertations. Except in extraordinary cases, we do not expect to support students who would be beyond their fifth year of enrollment during the fellowship year.

Graduate Prize Fellowships provide a stipend for twelve months. (In 2015-16, the stipend is $33,000 and may be adjusted for next year. The stipend will replace the student's University fellowship stipend during the Graduate Prize Fellowship term.) Fellows are expected to make substantial progress towards completion of their dissertations and to participate regularly in the fellows' seminar. They will also be invited to participate in other activities of the University Center. Fellows must be enrolled for the duration of the fellowship and may not take on any teaching or other employment.

Application Procedure

Those wishing to apply should submit an online application available on our website at:

Applicants will be asked to provide the following supporting materials:

  • a current CV, which should include the length of the program in which the student is enrolled and their current year of enrollment;
  • a departmentally-approved dissertation prospectus with a descriptive title, together with a report of progress on research and writing to date and a plan for timely completion of the dissertation (if the applicant’s department does not require approval of a prospectus by the date of this application, please make note of the deadline for approval and submit a complete draft prospectus);
  • a dissertation chapter or other scholarly paper written in the past year (not to exceed 12,000 words); and
  • the names and contact information of two faculty referees (including the dissertation supervisor) who are familiar with the student’s work. Referees will be contacted directly with instructions for uploading letters of reference. Applicants should inform their referees of their intention to apply for the fellowship so that they have ample time to prepare letters.

In addition, applicants should arrange for an electronic version of their current and official graduate transcript to be e-mailed directly to

The deadline for submission of all application materials is Thursday March 3, 2016 for fellowships beginning September 2016. The names of the recipients of the Graduate Prize Fellowships will be announced by Monday, May 2, 2016.

For questions, please contact Maureen Killeen at 609-258-2739 or

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