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Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship

Deadline: Determined by School

Program Description

The Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship provides support to outstanding Ph.D. candidates in their final year of doctoral degree completion. Bilsland Fellows are expected to devote full-time effort to the completion of all doctoral degree requirements to receive the doctoral degree at the conclusion of the fellowship tenure.Qualifications / Eligibility

Qualifications / Eligibility

Recipients of Bilsland Dissertation Fellowships must be enrolled as Ph.D. candidates in a degree-granting doctoral program at Purdue and have demonstrated superior academic abilities and scholarly achievements. The recipients must have completed all degree requirements, except for the dissertation.

Application Selection Process

Students do not apply directly for the Bilsland Fellowship, but are nominated and selected by members of the graduate faculty in the college or school. At a minimum, the selection process considers the students academic and scholarly achievements and the promise of degree attainment at the conclusion of the fellowship of the fellowship tenure.


The tenure of the award is by semester and up to one year, as determined by the college or school. Summer only awards are not permitted. The Graduate School provides:

  • Stipend of $20,000 (estimated, twelve months);
  • Payment of tuition and most fees (differential fee is not paid);
  • Medical insurance supplement.

At the completion of the fellowship, Bilsland Dissertation Fellows are expected to have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree.

Terms and Conditions

Bilsland Dissertation Fellows must:

  • Complete all doctoral degree requirements to receive the doctoral degree at the conclusion of the fellowship tenure;
  • Be enrolled and maintain status as Ph.D. candidates in a degree-granting graduate program at Purdue;
  • Consult with their major advisor for registration recommendations since they have obtained candidacy. Fellows who are not registered during the summer session will not receive a stipend in June and July;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic and scholarly performance and progress and satisfactory work performance;
  • Maintain a valid e-mail address with the Fellowship Office;
  • Submit an Academic Progress Report each semester to the Fellowship Office;
  • Adhere to the Graduate School Fellowship guidelines

Contact Information

The Bilsland Dissertation Fellowships are administered by the Graduate School. Consult the Graduate School Fellowship Manual at for complete details regarding the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship and other Graduate School Fellowships. Questions may be addressed to the Fellowship Office, Graduate School, at 4-2598 or

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