Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (HISTORICAL)

About the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship This award fosters research in academic librarianship by encouraging and assisting doctoral students in the field with their dissertation research.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

$1,500 cash and a plaque donated by Thomson Reuters.

This award is not currently being given out.


The recipient of the fellowship must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be an active doctoral student enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution
  • Be engaged in researching a topic related to academic librarianship
  • Have completed all coursework
  • Have had a dissertation proposal accepted by the institution
  • A recipient of the fellowship may not receive it a second time.
  • Applicant need not be an ACRL member

Applicant Responsibility

Recipients of the fellowship are required to submit a 6-10 page report of the results of their research to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) within two months of the project's completion. A 500-word summary for possible publication in

C&RL News

is also due at that time.

Application Instructions

Qualified students who wish to be considered for the fellowship may apply by e-mailing a brief (ten pages or less double-spaced) proposal that includes the following:

  • Description of the research, including significance and methodology
  • Schedule for completion
  • Budget and budget justification for items for which support is sought. (Must be items for which no other support is available. Examples of acceptable items are printing, computer time, fees to subjects, statistical consulting, photography, artwork, typing, and professional travel.)
  • Name of dissertation advisor and committee members
  • Letter from dissertation advisor endorsing the proposal
  • Completed checklist confirming applicant eligibility

An up-to-date curriculum vitae should accompany the proposal. Because of limits imposed by timing considerations, applications may be made for research under way, e.g., a student who begins research in the fall may apply for support for expenses incurred from the fall until the time the award is made.

Electronic submissions are required.  E-mail the application to Megan Griffin at  If sending multiple files, each file name must contain the applicant's name.  Submissions will be acknowledged via e-mail.

If you have questions or need help compiling a nomination, contact the Doctoral Disseration Fellowship Committee Chair, Brian Doherty, Arizona State University, Phone: (480) 727-1974, E-mail: or Megan Griffin,

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 4, 2009

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

Proposals will be judged primarily on merit with emphasis on the following:

  • Potential significance of the research to the field of academic librarianship. (No attempt will be made to define academic librarianship, but the subject should be consistent with topics usually published in College & Research Libraries or key refereed library and information science research journals or presented at ACRL meetings.)
  • Validity of the methodology and proposed methods of analysis
  • Originality and creativity
  • Clarity and completeness of the proposal
  • Presentation of a convincing plan for completion in a reasonable amount of time
  • Evidence of a continuing interest in scholarship such as a previous publication record