Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship Award

Degree Level: Graduate

Enrollment Status: Full-time

Field of Study: Arts & Humanities, or Social Sci., Business, Law, Education

Special Consideration: Extreme financial need

Location: United States

Duration: One year

Deadlines: February. Please check website below for the specific date.


The Foundation has created the Cooke Dissertation Fellowship to focus more scholarly attention on high-achieving, low-income students to better understand their educational pathways and experiences and enable parents, policymakers, and practitioners to better support such students in achieving their full potential.

Dissertation fellowships are available for advanced doctoral students and are intended to support the student for work done after the student’s dissertation proposal has been accepted. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines such as, but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, statistics, and psychometrics. Eligible applicants must have completed all pre-dissertation requirements.

The fellowship is a one-time award of $25,000, which may be used for a period of not less than nine months and up to 18 months.

Visit the Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship Award site.

Award Details

Amount: Up to $25,000/year

Additional Qualifications:

  • Fellows must be enrolled in a graduate degree program, and provide documentation of academic progress each term.
  • Fellows must participate in Fellowship activities, including the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholars Weekend in August. The Foundation will provide travel expenses, lodging, and meals.
  • Fellows must be willing to present their research to Foundation staff and/or Scholars.

Fields of Study: Education, sociology, economics, psychology, statistics, and psychometrics, and others