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Joyce Turner Dissertation Fellowship


The Joyce Turner Dissertation Fellowship honors the life and work of Joyce Moore Turner- an educator, leader in public health, author, scholar of African American history, and advocate for equality and social justice. The award recognizes graduate students in the humanities or social sciences who have advanced to candidacy but who need financial assistance to complete their research investigating issues of race, class, gender, sexuality or ethnicity. 

One award, in the amount of $10,000, will be granted.

Departments and programs with graduate students at the dissertation stage may nominate one (1) candidate. Nominations must be endorsed by the student's Graduate Program Director (GPD).

Submit a Nomination

The Google Form link above includes entry fields/document upload sections for the following:

  • A letter of nomination indicating evidence of financial need. 
  • GPD Endorsement checkbox 
  • Financial Need checkbox
  • 2-3 Faculty Letters of Support
  • A short summary of the nominee's status as a graduate student: date of admission, year of study, date of advancement to candidacy, and expected date of completion of the doctoral degree.
  • Dissertation abstract, or similar summary of the project. This should be geared toward a general audience and should not exceed two pages. 
  • The student's C.V.

*   Please Note:     This will be paid as a bi-weekly, academic-year fellowship through Research Foundation payroll, with the option of electing fellow health insurance benefits .

Past Recipients 

2022: Willie Mack, History
2020:  Ximena Lopez-Carrillo, History
2019:  Caleb Ward, Philosophy
2018:  Helana Darwin, Sociology
2017: Vanessa Lynn, Sociology
2016: Francisco Delgado, English
2015: Laura James, English