Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Approximately one hundred and seventy (170) dissertation completion fellowships (DCFs) are available annually to allow students to devote full time to writing the dissertation with the goal that the dissertation will be completed during the tenure of the fellowship. Other MSU financial support, held simultaneously with the fellowship, cannot exceed a one-quarter time assistantship or the equivalent.

A progress report from the student is required. Students should check their award letter for progress report deadline dates. The Progress Report form is located on the Graduate School’s Forms page, under Funding: http://grad.msu.edu/forms.

Unlike graduate assistantships, these fellowships do not include student health insurance or tuition/fee waivers.


Selection of fellowship recipients will be made by a student's college. The colleges will set the conditions and application procedures for the Graduate School Dissertation Fellowships and will notify the Graduate School of the recipients. The Fellowship awards will be dispensed by the Graduate School. Students should contact the associate dean's office of their college to find out their college's application procedure.

Funding Amount: 
Semester Due: 
Fall Semester