Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF)

UMN Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) supports PhD candidates for an entire year to finalize their work and complete the writing of their dissertations. The DDF program is funded and managed by the Graduate School.
The award includes a stipend of $25,000 for the academic year, tuition for up to 14 thesis credits each semester, and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan.

2021-2022 Graduate School DDF CLA Awardees
  • Abraham Seda, History
  • Allison Steinke, Mass Communication
  • Amber Hamilton, Sociology
  • Angelica Maier, Art History
  • Caroline Doenmez, Anthropology
  • Chelsea Cervantes de Blois, Geography
  • Cristian Aguilera Arellano, Economics
  • Elizabeth Howard, English
  • Elizabeth Hazel Rickard, Theatre Arts
  • Gian Pujakusuma, Music
  • Hon Ki Cheung, Music
  • Jacqueline Patz-DiPiero, English
  • Jason Noer, Theatre Arts
  • Jose Manuel Santillana, Feminist Studies
  • Katherine Pierpont, History
  • Mara McPartland, Geography
  • Natalie Dollison, Theatre Arts
  • Sang Min Lee, Economics
  • Sijin (Cathy) Chen, Psychology
  • Tessa Cicak, Anthropology
2020-2021 Graduate School DDF CLA Awardees
  • Agnès Schaffauser, French
  • Bomi Jeon, English
  • Brittany Krzyzanowski, Geography
  • Caitlin Taborda-Whitt, Sociology
  • Devika Narayan, Sociology
  • Emily Willoughby, Psychology
  • Hannah Berg, Psychology
  • Hannah McVeigh, Political Science
  • Joseph Sannicandro, Comparative Studies In Discourse and Society
  • Joshua Reno, Classical and Near Eastern Studies
  • Kathryn Huether, Historical Musicology/Ethnomusicology 
  • Keavy McFadden, Geography
  • Kristi Oeding, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
  • Maria Heath, Linguistics
  • Maria Jose Carreras Valle, Economics
  • Matthew Tchepikova-Treon, American Studies
  • McKinley Green, Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Comm
  • Nisarg Desai, Anthropology
  • Nithya Rajan, Feminist Studies
  • Runchao Liu, Communication Studies
  • Ryan O’Dell, Music Theory
  • Sarah Garcia, Sociology
  • SeungGyeong Ji, Feminist Studies
  • Siyu Li, Political Science
2019-2020 Graduate School DDF CLA Awardees
  • Amy Neff, Economics
  • Chloe Huelsnitz, Psychology
  • Christine Bachman-Sanders, American Studies
  • Christopher Hunt, Psychology
  • Conor Ryan, Economics
  • Dana DeVlieger, Music
  • Eric Goldfischer, Geography
  • Jenna Dreier, English
  • José Kaire De Francisco, Political Science
  • Keven Joyal-Desmarais, Psychology
  • Maria Méndez, Political Science
  • Mario Cossio Olavide, Hispanic and Luso Literatures, Cultures and Ling
  • Meyer Weinshel, Germanic Studies
  • Mikkel Vad, Comparative Studies In Discourse and Society
  • Mitchell Kinney, Statistics
  • Naimah Petigny, Feminist Studies
  • Patrick Wilz, History
  • Stephen Wulff, Sociology
  • Tatyana Matveeva, Psychology
  • Thomas Vargas Castro, Political Science
  • Udya Kuwar Thapa, Geography
  • Vitoria Rabello de Castro, Economics

CLA Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

The College of Liberal Arts Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award is awarded to a select number of students who applied to, but did not receive, the UMN Graduate School DDF Award and who are enrolled in a graduate program of the College of Liberal Arts. The purpose of the award aligns with the Graduate School DDF terms and conditions.  The purpose of the fellowship is to support outstanding Ph.D. candidates. Fellows are expected to devote full time to the research and writing of the dissertation, as proposed, to assure timely completion of their degree. 

The Fellowship carries a one-semester stipend of $12,500 plus tuition for up to 14 thesis credits and /or required dissertation-related seminars only. The award is to be used the following academic year following the spring CLA DDF competition. 

2021-2022 CLA DDF Awardees
  • Aimzhan Iztayeva, Sociology
  • Christopher Levesque, Sociology
  • Nina Medvedeva, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
  • Ibrahim Oker, Political Science
  • Magaly Ortiz, Spanish & Portuguese Studies
  • Miray Philips, Sociology
  • Patrick Snyder, Political Science
2020-2021 CLA DDF Awardees
  • Adrian Chavana, History
  • Andrew Schumacher Bethke, History
  • Celia Bravo Diaz, Spanish & Portuguese Studies
  • Chieh Kao, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
  • Christian Bell, Theatre Arts & Dance
  • Deniz Coral, Anthropology
  • Garrett Johnson, Political Science
  • Jose Antonio Aguirre Pombo, Spanish & Portuguese Studies
  • Kent Weber, History
  • Paula Armendariz Miranda, Political Science
  • Vanessa Cambier, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
  • Victoria Piehowski, Sociology
  • Wei Ye, Anthropology
2019-2020 CLA DDF Awardees
  • Douglas Addleman, Psychology
  • Genevieve Young, French
  • Jacqueline Daigneault, Geography, Environment and Society
  • Jacqui Frost, Sociology
  • Jan Volek, History
  • Joshua Reno, Classical and Near Eastern Studies
  • Theresa Downing, Art History