Application Guide

Online Application

Supporting Documents Checklist

The fellowships focus on the branch of linguistics that studies the relationship between language and the structure or functions of the nervous system. Applications to support dissertation research that do not directly investigate that relationship will not be considered.

1. The nominee will be selected by a process to be decided upon by his/her program or department.

2. The nomination should be made in a letter from the Department/Program Head or Graduate Director that briefly (1) describes the selection process, (2) summarizes the considerations that led to the selection of this particular doctoral candidate as the program’s nominee, and (3) describes the nominee’s additional funds, if any, including amounts, sources, purposes (such as travel expenses, research costs, living expenses, etc), and any requirements for duties to be performed.

3. In support of the nomination, the nominee should submit

  • a summary of his/her dissertation proposal OF NOT LESS THAN 500 AND NOT MORE THAN 1000 WORDS and whatever preliminary data are available
  • an official transcript of his/her grades in graduate school, and
  • the nominee’s curriculum vitae and bibliography of published papers and presentations at professional meetings.

If definite arrangements have been made for a post-doctoral fellowship, the name of the institution, its location, and the name of the postdoctoral mentor should be noted in the CV.

4. In addition to the 1000 word description of the research, the application may contain a maximum of three additional pages of supplementary materials such as tables, photos, figures, etc. Supplementary material in excess of three pages will not be considered by the reviewers.

5. Three letters of recommendation are required:

  • one from the dissertation supervisor
  • two additional letters from faculty or other professionals who have been actively involved in the nominee’s research activities or who are otherwise knowledgeable about the nominee’s abilities and potential.

The sealed letters should be given to the nominee for inclusion in the packet of materials to be sent to the Foundation. Each letter should be signed across the back flap by the recommendation writer. The dissertation supervisor should also write “dissertation supervisor” across the flap of his/her sealed reference letter.

The nominee is responsible for assuring that the nomination letter and supporting documents arrive at the William Orr Dingwall Foundation by the deadline (see Item 6 below). The Check List of Nomination Materials (HERE) should be downloaded from the Foundation’s web site and completed by the nominee to assure that all of the required materials are sent to the Foundation. The completed checklist, the letter of nomination, the three sealed letters of recommendation, the CV, the bibliography, and the student’s statement should be all mailed to the Foundation in the same envelope. Please note that nominations that are incomplete when the Foundation evaluates the nominations will not be considered.

6. The deadline for submission of a nomination for the 2017-2018 academic year is May 1, 2017. Nomination packets must bear a postmark of May 1, 2017 or earlier.

7. Applicants will be notified of the Foundation’s decision July 15, 2017.

8. If the nominee has not completed all requirements for the doctorate apart from the actual dissertation by the end of the Foundation’s current funding cycle (June 30, 2017) , the fellowship will not be awarded. The student may, however, be re-nominated by his/her program for a future competition.

Nomination materials should be sent to:

Fellowship Coordinator The William Orr Dingwall Foundation PO Box 57088 Washington, DC 20037

Questions should be addressed to the Fellowship Coordinator by e-mail at nl@