Hosted at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship Program is intended to increase the presence of underrepresented ethnic groups by supporting doctoral candidates in completing their final academic requirement, the dissertation.

Award Terms

The fellowships provide two students from other U.S. universities with one year of financial support, including a stipend, fringe benefits, and research and travel funds. The fellows will be in residence at Marquette for an academic year, during which they will teach one course in their area of specialization while completing their dissertations. They will also participate in a formal mentoring program.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are well under way in their dissertation writing and who belong to a racial or cultural group historically underrepresented in the U.S. professoriate. African-American, Native-American and Hispanic-American candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
  • The Mitchem Fellowship Program is especially interested in receiving applications from individuals whose research focuses on African American, Latinx, First Nations/Native American Studies, or Race and Ethnic Studies.
  • Applicants should be in one of the following fields: Anthropology, Communication Studies, Counseling Psychology, Counselor Education, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Educational Policy and Leadership, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, Philosophy, Political Science/International Relations, Psychology, Social Work/Welfare, Sociology, or Theology.

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