Lang Dissertation Fellowship
Call for Applications
Submission Deadline: May 16, 2023
This dissertation fellowship will support one Human Development Family Science (HDFS) graduate student to complete their dissertation during the 2023 – 2024 academic year. Dissertation topics should contribute to the field of human development family science by advancing our understanding of children, youth and/or families. The fellowship will provide funding equivalent to one .25 FTE (10 hrs/week) position in the Fall and Spring semesters. Funding is available for student time only, and does not include research-related costs (e.g., participant payments, travel, etc.).
- Doctoral student in the HDFS program at the University of Arizona
- On-track to complete their dissertation in Spring 2024
- Passed comprehensive exams by Spring 2023
- Successfully proposed their dissertation by May 2023, or can demonstrate that they are on schedule to do so in summer 2023 or very early Fall 2023.
Evaluation Criteria include the following:
- Quality and feasibility of research proposal (based on significance of the research question, theoretical rationale, and methodological appropriateness and rigor)
- Extent to which the proposed work contributes to the field of human development and family science.
- Qualifications of the applicant (based on CV, recent annual student evaluation and advisor recommendation)
- Extent to which the fellowship will contribute significantly to the applicant's professional development and productivity
- Extent to which the proposal reflects a realistic timeline to complete the dissertation in Spring 2024
Please send all inquiries regarding eligibility requirements and submission content to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit application materials electronically as one PDF for the applicant materials and a separate letter of recommendation file submitted directly by the primary advisor on or before May 15, 2023 to email@example.com.
Please use APA formatting guidelines (7 th edition) and include each of the following:
1. Abstract of the dissertation study (250 words): We will post the winning abstract on our website.
2. Project summary (5 pages maximum, double-spaced): Summary of the dissertation project, including background and rationale, significance, a description of the research design (e.g., methods, data sources, analytical plan, etc.), and how the project fits your areas of expertise and skills and interests. Include a list of dissertation committee members. If your proposal includes funding from another source for data collection, please indicate
the source and amount.
3. Timeline (1-page maximum, single-spaced): Detailed timeline for completion of the dissertation.
4. Curriculum Vitae:
- A letter of recommendation from your primary advisor is required. This letter should include a statement of support and approval, attest to the feasibility of the dissertation study on the proposed timeline, and explain why the research is worth of the award. The advisor must comment on the student's academic standing as well as the student's current progress on the dissertation to verify that the dissertation proposal stage will be complete no later than early Fall 2023. Letters should be in PDF format and submitted by your advisor to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The fellow will be asked to complete a brief research status report at the end of the fall semester. This report must be co-signed by their primary advisor.
- Award recipients must acknowledge support from the Frances McClelland Institute on Children, Youth, and Families and the Janet and Barry Lang Dissertation Fellowship in any resulting publications from the dissertation project.
- All application materials must be submitted via email. Incomplete applications and applications exceeding set page limits will not be reviewed.