Any graduate student in an Arts & Sciences department who has advanced to doctoral candidacy during the current academic year, or who has a faculty-endorsed plan for achieving candidacy prior to the Fellowship period, is eligible to apply for a Jefferson Fellowship in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. If you intend to apply for the Jefferson Fellowship, it is strongly encouraged that you indicate your intent on the application portal by December 14 in order to confirm your eligibility (the application portal will open on December 1).

Jefferson Fellowships in GSAS disciplines are designed to accelerate the research activity of outstanding doctoral students and to foster an interdisciplinary community that offers opportunities for collaborative conversation and professional enrichment.

The strongest applicants will be those who have exhibited a capacity for the highest levels of scholastic achievement, who have (or will have) advanced to candidacy within the standard timeline outlined by their home department, and who are prepared to pursue ambitious dissertation projects that have the potential to transform their disciplines. Successful applicants will also demonstrate a commitment to sharing their knowledge discovery with a broader audience through achievements in teaching and academic outreach.

Jefferson Fellows in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will receive:

  • A stipend in the amount equivalent to the recipient’s standard living support from GSAS (for two years)
  • Research funds of $5,000
  • Exemption from all assistantship responsibilities (i.e., GTA or GRA) during the fellowship
  • Health insurance

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