The 2013 Newcombe Competition is now closed.
Winners will be announced in April 2013.
Applications for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship are accepted online only.
The Charlotte W. Newcombe
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
An application is complete when these documents have been successfully submitted:
1.) The online application form, which includes your personal and academic information in addition to the uploading in Word or PDF of your:
Details regarding each of the components may be found below.
The deadline for submission of the online application is 11:59:59 p.m. November 15, 2012.
The deadline for supporting documents only (letters of recommendation and transcripts) has been extended to 5:00 p.m. November 26, 2012.
1.) The online application requires:
- Basic information about you and your academic career to this point.
- An abstract which summarizes concisely your dissertation project. The abstract must demonstrate the centrality of ethical or religious values, as well as show the relevance and significance of ethical and religious values to your project. The abstract should be no more than 200 words in length, using the equivalent of Times New Roman 12 point font. The abstract will be uploaded to the online application form as a double-spaced WORD or PDF document.
- A proposal that describes how your project addresses religious or ethical values, what your objective is and how you will arrive at that objective, and why your work is or will be at the forefront of scholarship in your academic discipline. The proposal should be no longer than six double-spaced pages, using the equivalent of Times New Roman 12 point font, and no less than a one-inch margin. You may use standard footnote formatting where necessary, staying within the 6-page limit. Alternately, you may use the bibliography as your works cited, instead of using space in your proposal. If you choose this, please reference the work in the bibliography with in-text citations (author, year). The proposal will be uploaded to the online application form as a double-spaced WORD or PDF document.
- A bibliography that lists the major theoretical and critical works that bear on your dissertation. It should be no longer than three pages, using the equivalent of Times New Roman 12 point font, in standard bibliographic format (i.e., entries single-spaced, with a double-space between entries). It is important to include the works that most clearly demonstrate your preparation to carry out the work you propose. A single sentence with each entry that describes the source material or its relevance to your project is acceptable, keeping within the three-page limit. The bibliography will be uploaded to the online application form as a double-spaced WORD or PDF document
- A timetable that details the chapter outline, your progress to-date, and your schedule for the academic year of the tenure of the award, to demonstrate to the selection committee that you are truly in your FINAL year of dissertation writing. There is no definitive format for the timetable. It is up to you to determine how best to present your writing schedule. You may use paragraph/narrative form, or bullet points, or a combination of the two. You may summarize, annotate, or describe. The timetable should be no longer than one page, using the equivalent of Times New Roman 12 point font. The timetable will be uploaded to the online application form as a double-spaced WORD or PDF document.
- Additional information should contain relevant professional information that demonstrates your unique position to complete your project. You may include such information as relevant languages; publications; presentations; and classes taught or taken. This is also your opportunity to present the Selection Committee Members with a "snapshot" of yourself as a well-rounded and high-quality candidate.You may also include awards, honors, fellowships, community/volunteer service or a brief personal statement. The format of this information should be "resume" style and should be no longer than two pages, using the equivalent of Times New Roman 12 point font. This information will be considered ONLY under rigorous competition, where two candidates are being evaluated on equal terms based on the proposal, bibliography and timetable. Click here for a sample of a method of presentation of the additional information. (The sample will open as a PDF in a new window/tab.)
Any information that exceeds the page or word count limit on any of the uploaded documents
will not be included in the application.
In the application, you will be asked for the name, email and phone number for the person who will direct your dissertation and two additional faculty recommenders. (A co-director may be listed as a faculty recommender.) The two faculty members may be from your own institution or department or a different institution or department.
When you enter these recommenders' email addresses, an automatic request will be sent immediately upon saving your application to your recommender at that email address with a web link and a key code. Your recommender must click on the link and enter the key code in the login field. This gives them access to an electronic form that they fill out and submit directly. WE ADVISE that you alert your recommenders to this PRIOR to filling in the email addresses, so that they can be prepared for this email. The email will be from "Woodrow Wilson Fellowships" and the subject heading will be "Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: Recommender Invitation." Please be sure to include your recommender's correct phone numbers for verification purposes.
Please see FAQs for more information regarding the recommendation letters.
3.) Doctoral Institution Transcripts
You are required to submit an official transcript from your Ph.D.-granting institution. We advise that you request the transcript immediately. We are not responsible for late submissions due to institutional delay.
Transcripts must be mailed to the Foundation (see address information below) in the sealed envelope that your university provides.
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
P.O. Box 5281, CWN Department
Princeton, NJ 08543-5281
For UPS and FedEx use this address:
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
5 Vaughn Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540-6313
Note that transcripts are the only documents that may be mailed to our office.
All other materials must be submitted online. Please see FAQs for more information regarding the recommendation letters.
The 2013 Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship online application is now closed.
Please check back at a later date for news of the 2013 Fellows.