Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship: 2019-20

Documentation Required for Complete Nomination

Each nomination is uploaded by program staff, as a single PDF  to the electronic nomination form, and must include:

  1. Nominee's Education Statement
  2. Nominee's Summary of Accomplishments
  3. Nominee's Statement of Research
  4. DGS Evaluation
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation

1.  Nominee's Education Statement

Nominee downloads Education Statement form and provides to nominating program.

2.  Nominee's Summary of Accomplishments

Nominee downloads Summary of Accomplishments Template

  • Delete any unnecessary headers from template, including instructions. 
  • Include a description of the convention for listing authorship at the top of the summary. 

Accomplishment headers on the template include:

Honors and Awards

University of Minnesota
External Sources


Books or Monographs
Refereed Journal Articles
Non-refereed Journal Articles, Essays, or Book Chapters
Proceedings of Conferences
Review of performances/exhibitions
Software, Product and Web Resource Development

Pending Publications

See publications format above.

Presentations, Posters and Exhibits

Invited Presentations at professional Meetings, Conferences, etc.
Contributed Papers Presented at Professional Meetings, Conferences, etc.
Posters or Exhibitions
Professional Artistic and Creative Experience

Public and Other Service

3.  Nominee's Statement of Research

Nominee writes a Statement of Research using the following guidelines, and provides final document to nominating program:

  • Maximum three-pages, single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins.  Key references, diagrams or pictures may be included (but they are not required) on a single additional appendix page (no formatting requirements).
  • Include a working title for your research at the top of the proposal.
  • Under the title, include an abstract, limited to 100 words, in terms that are jargon-free and accessible to the non-specialist.

This statement should provide a clear summary of the student's dissertation research, highlighting the student's original contributions to the research (especially when part of a larger research project), placing the research within the context of existing research in the field, and describing the potential significance and contribution it will make to the discipline.  The statement should also include a brief description of long-range career and professional goals.

Specialized terminology must be defined; faculty reviewers are drawn from many different fields across the University.  The nominee is encouraged to have the statement reviewed and critiqued by persons completely outside the field and unfamiliar with the discipline to assure that it meets the wide-audience test of accessibility.  Many excellent nominees have not received awards in past years because their statements contained undefined specialized words and dense syntax, making the statement incomprehensible to reviewers.

4.  Evaluation from the DGS

DGS downloads the Evaluation form and provides to program staff for inclusion in nomination pdf. 

The DGS evaluation is a critical component of the nomination and is carefully considered by the Fellowship Selection Committee. Faculty reviewers rely heavily on the DGS statement to help them evaluate the file from the vantage point of the broad discipline. The DGS should not quote extensively from the nominee’s recommendation letters.  Reviewers ask that the DGS comment on each of the following three points:

  • The quality of the nominee's research and likely impact on the field.
  • The productivity, scholarly accomplishments, and scholarly potential of the nominee.
  • The nominee's progress in relation to the program's expectations and norms; note any unusual circumstances.

5.  Two Letters of Recommendation from Faculty

Two faculty recommendation letters, one of which is from the advisor or co-advisors, and one from a non-advisor.  Co-advisors may co-author one letter. Letters should include detail on: 

  • The specific contribution(s) the student made to the research project, demonstrating the student's independence, originality and resourcefulness.
  • The importance and significance of the research and its impact on the broader discipline.
  • The student's publication, presentation or performance record in relation to other students in the field.
  • The timeliness of progress toward the degree.
  • IMPORTANT: Please provide the Recommendation Instructions link to your recommendation letter writers.

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