Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

This fellowship encourages original and scientific study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences.

Deadline: November 1, 2015

Sponsor: The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation


The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help PhD candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. Dissertation topics might include:

  • Religious studies or ethics (philosophical or religious).
  • Ethical implications of foreign policy.
  • Values influencing political decisions.
  • Moral codes of other cultures.
  • Religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.

For complete information about the program, eligibility information and application, visit the fellowship website.

About the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation administers the Newcombe Fellowship competition at the request of and in consultation with the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, a private foundation created under the will of Philadelphia philanthropist Mrs. Newcombe, who died in 1979. In addition to the Newcombe Dissertation Fellowships, the Newcombe Foundation funds three college scholarship programs: for students with disabilities, for returning women students, and by establishing and augmenting Special Scholarship Endowment funds at selected colleges and universities, helping students complete degrees in higher education.


Applicants for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship must:

  • Be candidates for PhD or ThD degrees in doctoral programs at graduate schools in the United States. 

  • Be able to fulfill all pre-dissertation requirements by the application deadline.

  • Be in the writing stage of the dissertation. 

  • Have never held a similar national award for the final year of dissertation writing. 

  • Have never applied for the fellowship before.

How to Apply

The 2016 application will open in August, 2015.

Past Recipients

2008: Nosheen Ali, Patricia Arzaga, Elizabeth Barre, Andrew Blom,  Angus Burgin, Ezra Davidson, David Dick, Diana Finnegan, Lauren Fleming, Gregg Gardner, Daniel Groll, Hans Martin Hägglund, Joseph Hankins, James Hebbeler, Nicolas Howe, James Jessup, Adam Jortner, Jacob Klein, Daniel Koltonski, Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, Katherine Lemons, Fabiola Lopez-Duran, Kelby Mason, Masaki Matsubara, Ryan Skinner, Kabir Tambar, Farzin Vejdani, Keith Woodhouse, Jennifer Woodruff.