Call for Applications

isa Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The International Studies Association (ISA) invites applications for a new graduate student fellowship for 2022-2023. The new ISA Dissertation Completion Fellowship is open to applicants from across the social sciences and humanities working in the broad field of International Studies. It is intended to support graduate students in the final stages of dissertation writing, typically in the last year of their PhD program. While the fellowship is open to all eligible graduate student members of ISA, the committee particularly encourages applications from groups, genders, and nationalities that have been historically under-represented in the field of International Studies. Preference will also be given to students without access to other sources of funding to assist with dissertation completion.

Applicants may request up to $5000 to cover expenses explicitly related to the costs of carrying out the final stages of dissertation research and writing.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants must be members of ISA to apply and must maintain their membership during their fellowship year.
  2. Students must be doctoral candidates or the equivalent by the time the award is received. A student may apply before achieving candidacy, but cannot receive funds without proof of candidacy or equivalent confirmation of permission to proceed to PhD thesis.
  3. The student must be working on a topic in the international studies field.
  4. Preference will be given to students from underrepresented groups within ISA to support diversity and equity in scholarly achievement. 
  5. Preference will also be given to students without other sources of funding during their dissertation work.
  6. All funds must be expended in a single fiscal year (running July 1 to June 30).
  7. Funds may be used only to support expenses explicitly related to dissertation completion (e.g., travel for field research, travel to an archive, interview work, supplemental living expenses during writing period). The funds may not be used for payment of tuition.
  8. A proposer may request up to $5000. It is the committee’s sole discretion to award lesser amounts than requested, as they deem appropriate.

Application Materials

Students must submit the following for consideration:

  1. A 1000-1500 word proposal laying out the dissertation project.
  2. A one-page narrative budget, including other sources of funding to which the student has access (e.g., other fellowships, on-going home department or institutional support). At the time of disbursement of funds, a student must disclose any further funding received after the time of acceptance. The committee reserves the right to redistribute funds to other applicants at their sole discretion in such cases where additional funding has been received since acceptance.
  3. A current CV.
  4. A letter of recommendation from the student’s dissertation major advisor, which should be submitted separately with the applicant's name in the subject line.
  5. Proposals are due by October 1 each year and awards start on July 1 of the following year.

Submission Process & Deadline

Application should be submitted directly to the ISA Dissertation Completion Fellowship Committee at by 1 October, 2021. The applicant's last name should be clearly specified in the subject heading.

Any questions about the application process, or the Fellowship more broadly, should be directed to


Reed M. Wood, University of Essex – Chair
Stacie Goddard, Wellesley College
Heather L. Johnson, Queen's University Belfast
Kerstin Fisk, Loyola Marymount UniversityCharity Butcher, Kennesaw State University


All application materials must be submitted electronically to on or before October 1, 2021.