6th Year Hanna Fellowship

Each year the Graduate School awards a number of partial fellowships to graduate students who require additional funds in order to complete their dissertation requirements in a timely manner and without significant educational debt. 

The Hanna Fellowship is awarded annually, and will provide one semester of stipend paid out in equal installments for the fall or spring semester. Stipend funding, and DCE fees (if applicable), will be disbursed in equal monthly installments either from August through December or January through May.

Funding is intended to support students in their final year of study. Therefore, students in disciplines with two, three, and/or four-year program lengths will be eligible for third, fourth, or fifth year of funding. However, 6th-year doctoral funding is prioritized for Hanna Fellowship funding.

Applicants for the Hanna Fellowship must meet the following qualifications:

Applicants must be graduate students in one of these three categories below:

  1. Doctoral students in any discipline who will begin their sixth year of study in fall.
  2. Doctoral students in the natural sciences and engineering who will begin their fourth or fifth years in fall and who will be supporting themselves primarily through an assistant in instruction appointment when they have already met their program’s teaching requirement.
  3. Current masters students in a 2+ year program who will be registered for their 2nd final/year in fall, and who have demonstrated significant financial need related to their educational expenses.

Applicants must be able to:

  1. Exhibit significant academic merit and intellectual promise as well as a contribution to enhancing diversity.
  2. Submit two letters of recommendation from faculty members detailing the students’ qualifications and potential to pursue advanced scholarship in the field.
  3. Not have received substantial sixth-year funding from a department, internal non-departmental source (e.g. Center for Human Values, PIIRS), the Dean’s Completion Fellowship, or a banked year of funding from the Graduate School. Preference will be given to students with little or no sixth-year funding.>

*Please note that during the year of their award, students on the Hanna Fellowship may not apply to the Graduate Student Support Fund (GSSF). All applicants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the financial planning resources available  On the Princeton Financial Literacy website: https://finlit.princeton.edu/.


Application Requirements

The Hanna Fellowship Application requirements are submitted via the GPS portal. You may save your work and return to it another time; however, you must SUBMIT each of the following prior to the deadline:

  • Hanna Fellowship General Information Questionnaire
  • Hanna Fellowship Funding Questionnaire
  • Hanna Fellowship Application Questions
  • Upload your current Academic Curriculum Vitae
  • Upload your most recent graduate transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Read and acknowledge the Hanna Fellowship Verification Statement
  • Request, through this portal, two letters of recommendation from faculty members detailing your qualifications and potential to pursue advanced scholarship or play a leadership role in the field. These letters should confirm that you are in good academic standing and on track to complete your degree by the end of your regular program length.


Application Process

To be considered, students must submit all application materials by the June 15th deadline. Award determinations are generally made by August 1st.

Please direct questions to Associate Dean Joseph Lewis at [email protected].