Call for Applications Doctoral dissertation fellowship in religion and philanthropy‏





The Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at the Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University will offer a one year doctoral dissertation fellowship of $22,000 for the academic year 2012-2013. This doctoral dissertation fellowship will be given to a scholar whose primary research focus is in the area of religion and philanthropy or faith and giving. The fellowship is intended to support the final year of dissertation writing. The fellowship stipend will be paid in three installments: $10,000 at the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year; $10,000 at the mid-point of the 2012-2013 academic year; $2,000 upon the successful completion of the dissertation.


Applicants for the Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship must:

· be candidates for the Ph.D. degree at a graduate school in the United


· fulfill all pre-dissertation requirements by December 31, 2011,

including approval of the dissertation proposal with the expectation

that the dissertation will be completed no later than June 1, 2014.

· have not received a similar grant or fellowship for the writing of the

dissertation. Please note that Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellows may

not accept other awards that provide similar benefits in the same

academic year. Smaller awards and/or those involving limited

opportunities to teach may be permitted, at the discretion of the

Research Advisory Committee of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving.

Application Information

All application materials must be received by January 31, 2012.

Applications must include the following:

· an application form.

· a current resume.

· an executive summary no longer than 15 pages in length summarizing

your topic and its relevance for the understanding of an important

question(s) or issue(s) related to religion and philanthropy / faith and

giving. Please write this executive summary so that scholars outside of

your discipline would not have difficulty comprehending your proposal.

· a copy of the approved dissertation proposal describing the proposed

work, demonstrating relevance to the field of religion and philanthropy,

describing source materials and their availability, commenting on any

special skills or interests you have for carrying out the proposed work,

and giving a clear statement of the research or scholarly methodology to

be employed.

· a selected bibliography no longer than two pages, double-spaced,

indicating the major theoretical, practical and critical works that bear

on your dissertation. “Selected” means you should include those works

that most clearly demonstrate your command of the scholarship necessary

to write the proposed dissertation. In most cases this will already be

part of your proposal.

· a timetable detailing your chapter outline, your progress to date, and

your schedule for the fellowship year. It should be no longer than one

page, double-spaced.

Supporting materials

· Three letters of recommendation must accompany your application: one

from your dissertation director and two from faculty members familiar

with your work.

· One official transcript from the graduate school which will award the

Ph.D. degree.

All requested materials must be mailed to:

Please find details below.

The Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

The Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University

ATTN: Dissertation Fellowship

550 West North Street

Suite 301

Indianapolis, Indiana, 46202-3272