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Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Fellowships
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The Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Fellowship is intended to assist Ph.D. candidates with the expenses of travel to national and international collections to conduct research projects connected with their dissertations. The total award amount of $3000 is typically divided into three equal awards.


Ph.D. candidates who have begun working on their dissertations. The project must be part of the dissertation research.


Application must include:

  • A 500-word description of the proposed project, including specific information about the nature of the project, a research strategy, the current status of the project, and a rationale for the project in terms of its contribution to the discipline;
  • A statement describing how the award will be used (i.e., a research budget and detailed summary of travel costs that will be allayed by the award) and how the research award will help the project;
  • A curriculum vitae, including information on academic training and foreign languages relevant to the area of research;
  • A statement of the dissertation timeline, including projected filing date; and
  • A verification statement from the dissertation chair, confirming that the applicant is in the dissertation research phase, and approving of the projected filing date indicated in the timeline. This should include the dissertation chair’s signature, and should be submitted by the applicant with the other application materials.

Please upload application documents in PDF or Microsoft Word (.doc, or .docx) format. Whenever possible, all requested materials should be consolidated into a single zip file before being uploaded.


Committee members will evaluate applications according to the following standards:

  • Clarity – Is the proposal accessible to a committee composed of specialists from a range of areas within theatre and performance? Are the "stakes" of the project clear?
  • Critical rigor – Are the guiding questions that frame the project conceptually sophisticated? Is the project "in conversation" with other research in the field?
  • Originality – Does the project open up new areas of research within the field or offer us refreshing methods for considering canonical traditions or texts?

While we encourage re-application if an individual does not receive a fellowship on their first attempt, individuals may only receive the Chinoy fellowship once during their graduate careers.

Please direct questions to Committee Chair Tara Rodman at rodman[at]


Applications are due July 16, 2021. Early submissions encouraged. 

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