Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for the 2020-2021 CES fellowship application?
The application portal opens on October 1, 2019 and closes on December 15, 2019.
To apply, go to: https://ces.smapply.io
From there, you must register (if you do not already have an account). Once you are registered, you can begin the application process.
When is the deadline for the 2020-2021 CES fellowship application?
The final deadline is Sunday, December 15, 2019.
How can I download recommender forms?
You will receive an email confirmation when your recommender accepts the request as well as when the recommendation has been submitted.
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Do you have anything I can give to recommenders who may not be familiar with the Center for Engaged Scholarship?
To download the letter, click here. We also include a link in the form that the recommender has to fill out.
Can I apply if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Can I apply if I am a student at a university outside the U.S.?
I am in an English Department, but I believe that my research represents engaged scholarship. Can I apply?
I am a politically engaged conservative. Can I apply?
Will you be willing to consider an application that is broadly theoretical in content?
Does my dissertation have to have an explicit political conclusion or could the political implications remain implicit?
Is CES looking for a particular methodological approach?
Does CES fellowship have a thematic emphasis for this year’s applications?
Since the CES fellowship is intended for graduate students in U.S. universities does CES expect to support only research on US specific topics?
Can I apply for the CES fellowship although I received another dissertation-year fellowship?
How will my application be evaluated?
Can I submit an application by fax or via email attachment if the online submission system fails?
Can I apply if I plan to reach ABD status after the due date of the application?
You may apply only in the event that you will be ABD by February 28, 2020. We recognize that requirements to be ABD vary by institution, so we are using the definition of your particular institution. The CES fellowship is intended for graduate students who will be writing their dissertations during the fellowship period which begins on October 1, 2019.
Are only full-time students eligible?
Can you tell us what the reviewers will expect to see in our application?
Can recommendations be submitted through Interfolio?
Are we expected to abide by the restrictions on word limit and general formatting requirements?
Can I submit two applications for the fellowship competition?
What will happen if I cannot submit my application through the online portal to meet the deadline?
We recommend you plan to submit well ahead of the deadline to avoid any technical glitches at the last minute. Applications are due Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm PDT. No exceptions.
Can I submit drafts and make changes to the application?
NOTE: Once the application has been submitted, you will no longer be able to go back to make any changes. We strongly suggest you go over your application carefully as well as download it and review it before hitting “Submit”.
Do you have examples of proposals that have been awarded fellowships?
You may find the ‘Exemplary Research’ section on this website helpful to provide you with ideas on how social science research can inform progressive change and social justice.
Is there a template or writing guide available to write a proposal for the CES fellowship?
How should I format the bibliography?
Can I submit my application although my letters of recommendation have not been submitted?
Your application is complete only AFTER all three of your recommendations and other supporting documents have been submitted. However, we urge you to provide your recommenders ample time to write their recommendation letters.
Will I be notified when all of my letters of recommendation have been submitted?
Please remember that you will receive individual notifications after each recommendation is filed.
Am I eligible if I am close to completing my doctoral dissertation?
You are however eligible to apply if you have advanced to candidacy, completed your research, and plan to begin writing up your chapters.
How will you assess whether I am close to completing the dissertation or not?
We gather information about that from the timeline narrative you provide in your application. We also ask your recommenders to specifically comment on your writing plans for the 2019-20 academic year. Your dissertation chair will have to also report on your progress in their recommendation letter.
I received a dissertation fellowship from a different organization for a previous round. Am I still eligible to apply?
However, you may not apply if you have previously received a CES fellowship.
You have not identified education, social work, or public health as being eligible for the CES fellowship. Would you consider work in these fields?
Although I am enrolled in a U.S. university my dissertation research focuses on another country. Am I still eligible for the CES dissertation fellowship competition?
I am planning to be advanced to candidacy in early spring of 2020. Am I still eligible to apply for the CES fellowship?
You may still apply as long as you complete your requirements to be advanced to candidacy on or before February 28th, 2020.
This is a hard deadline and you must provide documentation from your dissertation chair/graduate division that you have advanced to candidacy.
If you do not provide documented proof you will be deemed ineligible for the fellowship.
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