Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Grant

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation has been proud to support more than 22,000 Fellows who collectively have an impressive record of scholarship, teaching, service, and public influence. Among them is a select group whose work advances the disciplines in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. The Foundation’s offerings in these areas are designed to encourage promising scholars early in their career, helping them to complete their dissertation writing.

Learn more about the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation’s 2018 doctoral dissertation fellowships:

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of religious and ethical values in all areas of human endeavor. Eligible proposals have religious or ethical values as a central concern. Previous Fellows have explored such topics as disability and modern medicine, technologies of famine relief, the normalcy of difference, and devotion and the formation of a new urban base. Ph.D. and Th.D. candidates in the humanities or social sciences who will be in the final year of dissertation writing during the 2018-2019 academic year may apply. The competition deadline is November 15, 2017.

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies
The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Previous Fellows have explored such topics as feminist technology design, the complex gender dynamics of transidentity management, women’s electoral success across racial and institutional contexts, women’s sports, and militarism, and the education of American women. The competition deadline is October 15, 2017.

Please see theWoodrow Wilson website for further information.

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Categories:Funding Opportunities, October 2014, September 2014, September 2016, September 2017
Tags:Dissertation, Fellowships, Gender & Women's Studies

Newcombe Foundation Announces Next Executive Director

Dr. Gianna Durso-Finley

September 2016 - The Trustees of The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation are pleased to announce that Dr. Gianna Durso-Finley has been selected from among 130 applicants to serve as the Foundation's next Executive Director, effective December 14. She will succeed Dr. Thomas N. Wilfrid, who, along with Program Officer Diane C. Wilfrid, will be retiring after nine years at the Foundation.

Since 1981, the Newcombe Foundation has awarded more than $65 million toward 39,500 scholarships and fellowships, and its corpus has grown from the original bequest of $16 million to more than $45 million. It has also stimulated and supported the development of 106 Newcombe-endowed Scholarship Funds at sixty-four colleges and universities, which now have a combined market value of nearly $22 million.

Meet Our New Team

Biographies for Executive Director, Gianna Durso-Finley, and Associate Executive Director, Lindsey G. Bohra, are now available. Learn More»

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation announces
grants for the 2016-17 academic year

August 2016 - The Trustees of The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation have approved forty-four grants for 2016-17, awarding $2,145,843 for scholarships and fellowships.

Grants totaling $1,406,834 are designated for student scholarships at forty-three colleges and universities. Within this total, $507,834 will be in the form of matching challenge grants to build Newcombe-endowed scholarship funds at thirty-six institutions. Additionally, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation will receive $739,009 to continue administration of the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships program through 2016-17.

The 2016-17 awards bring the Newcombe Foundation's cumulative grant awards since 1981 to $65.4 million. Based upon thirty-five years of institutional reports to the Foundation, over 39,500 Newcombe Scholarship awards have assisted students at 102 colleges and universities. Also since 1981, 1,214 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships have been funded through annual grants to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. At last report, 106 Newcombe-endowed scholarship funds at sixty-four universities and colleges had a combined market value of $21.7 million; these funds generated $933,000 toward Newcombe Scholarships in 2015-16.


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