Dissertation Completion Fellowship Selection

Dissertation Completion Fellowship Selection Rubric
Category Category Measures
Academic Record Applicant has a strong academic record as evidenced through one or more of the following: publications/presentations; awards/honors, professional experience, grants/fellowships, etc. listed on their CV and/or referenced by the advisor or nominator; scholarly, professional, or community activities that have enhanced their teaching and/or research qualifications; cross-disciplinary research endeavors.
Ability to Complete Applicant's proposed timeline is feasible and supported by previous efforts; Applicant has successfully defended dissertation proposal (if applicant has not successfully defended dissertation proposal, it is scheduled within an acceptable timeframe and applicant, advisor, and nominator all concur on likelihood of approval; fellowships will not be awarded unless the dissertation proposal is approved by the start of the fall semester); Degree completion is achievable within the academic year; advisor and nominator statements demonstrate clear confidence that applicant will complete all degree requirements and graduate within the academic year.
Readibility Applicant's materials are clearly written and understandable to a general audience outside of their field and utilize appropriate use of text, charts, and graphs.
Research Design Applicant's research goals are clearly outlined, explore specific and important questions, acknowledge potential benefits and limitations, and are supported by appropriate quantitative or qualitative methodology; IRB approval has been granted, if necessary.
Research Significance The contribution of the proposed research project to the field is clearly outlined and supported by advisor and nominator; Research question and/or approach is novel and will advance understanding in the applicant's field.
Service to UNC Applicant has engaged in service to the Carolina community above and beyond their primary research and teaching duties and other program requirements as demonstrated by their leadership, mentorship, volunteerism, activism, cross-disciplinary endeavours, etc.
Values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Applicant's materials reflect an understanding of and commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion through their lived experience, cultural awareness and competency and/or research methodology and reflections.
Dissertation Completion Fellowship Scoring Considerations
Score Scoring Considerations
1 Applicant qualifications are evident for all category measures and compelling, relevant, numerous, and clearly-articulated for all measures
1.5 Applicant qualifications are evident for all category measures and compelling, relevant, numerous, and clearly-articulated for most measures
2 Applicant qualifications are evident for most of the category measures, but are not as compelling and numerous as a “1” or “1.5” score
2.5 Applicant qualifications are evident for most of the category measures, but are not as compelling, numerous, and well-articulated as a “1” or “1.5” score
3 Applicant qualifications are lacking for some category measures or are not as compelling or clearly-articulated as a “2” or “2.5” score
3.5 Applicant qualifications are lacking for some category measures and are not as compelling or clearly-articulated as a “2” or “2.5” score
4 Applicant qualifications are insufficient for some or most of the category measures or cannot be assessed because the information provided is poorly articulated

Overview of Selection Process

Each application will be reviewed by a minimum of three faculty reviewers who will assign a score in each category. Scores will range from 1-4, with “1” respresenting the strongest score. Half-point scores (1.5, 2.5, 3.5) will be available. Scores will be standardized and averaged to create a composite score for each applicant. All applicants will be ranked according to their composite score, lowest to highest (with 1 being the strongest score).

Selection will first take place for the Royster SOF Dissertation Completion Fellowships. The strongest scoring applicants who submitted materials for Royster SOF consideration will be considered, and a selection will be made for each available fellowship. After that selection is complete, the committee will select for the general Dissertation Completion Fellowship using the composite score until funding is no longer available. In the event of a tie, priority will be based on program ranking and expanding program diversity within the cohort, as appropriate.

Contact Us
Graduate School Fellowships Office
gradfunding@unc.edu