John and Elizabeth Phillips Dissertation Year Fellowship


The purpose of the John and Elizabeth Phillips Dissertation Year Fellowship is to provide doctoral students who are in the last year of their dissertations and who might not otherwise consider careers in a residential secondary school the opportunity to gain experience of such a community while working on their dissertations. This opportunity is for rising scholars and teachers who are historically underrepresented in independent secondary schools. This year, priority consideration will be given to scholars who are researching topics related to race, identity, and culture.

Fellows in the 2022-23 school year receive a stipend of $23,500. Additionally, Fellows will receive a stipend to cover tuition fees and health insurance at their institution, not to exceed $3,000. The scholar is asked to provide two online seminars per term for Academy students. The scholar may also make themselves available to student organizations related to their fields of study.

How to apply

Applications no longer are being accepted for the 2022-23 academic year. Please check back in Spring 2023 for our 2023-24 recruitment.

Applications should include:

  1. a current resume
  2. a statement of interest (500-750 words) describing the appropriateness of the fellowship to your situation and your sense of what you will contribute to the intellectual life of the Exeter community
  3. an approved dissertation prospectus
  4. a 15-page writing sample (an article or a seminar paper)
  5. a letter of recommendation from the chair of your dissertation committee, confirming your ABD (All But Dissertation) status