Dissertation Year Fellowship


The U.S. Army Center of Military History Dissertation Year Fellowship program is designed to support scholarly research and writing among qualified civilian graduate students preparing dissertations in the history of land warfare. The area of study is broadly defined, and includes military campaigns, biography, military organization and administration, policy, strategy, tactics, weaponry, technology, training, logistics, and the evolution of civil-military relations. Topics focusing on the history of the U.S. Army are preferred but not required.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of The Army, Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2023 Graduate students were able to have their research funded.
National Defense Authorization Act PL 115-230, Title 10, Part USC, Section 7417, Public Law 102-484, 10 U.S.C. 4317, Statute 106,2511-2512
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must be civilian U.S. citizens pursuing a doctoral degree in history. They must be unaffiliated with the federal government. Military personnel, civilian federal service employees, and contractors with the U.S. government are ineligible. Awards will be issued to individual (natural person) recipients vice to institutions that an individual is attending for their doctoral degree.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Applicants must provide official copies of all transcripts along with a statement from their graduate committee advisor indicating that the applicant has met all requirements for the doctoral degree except for the disseration.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Deadlines are usually Jan. 15 of a given year; however, please see funding announcement to see if any change to that date in a given year. Three months before the application deadline, cover letter signed by the Chief Historian and brochure describing the Dissertation Year Fellowship will be mailed to colleges, universities, and historical societies. Notice of the fellowship program and instructions on how to apply will also be posted on the Society for Military History website and Facebook page. Solicitations for the grant will also be posted on grants.gov.
Award Procedure
Upon selection for the award, fellows must sign a statement formally accepting the fellowship and agreeing to its terms. Paperwork is then submitted by CMH and the fellow to the Army Contracting Command which issues payment in the form of a lump-sum grant (fixed amount award).
Deadlines are usually Jan. 15 of a given year; however, please see funding announcement to see if any change to that date in a given year. Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Selection criteria are based upon a combination of the dissertation proposal's relevance to the program's objectives, the feasibility of the research program described in the application, and the applicants overall credentials (as reflected in letter's of recommendation, a writing sample, and transcripts). A special panel of U.S. Army Center of Military History historians review the proposals, rate them, and send recommendations to the Chief of Military History for a final selection.
How may assistance be used?
The fellowships can be used to cover any costs related to dissertation research, required visits to the Center of Military History, or as supplemental income during the writing/editing phase of the dissertation.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
The terms and conditions of any grants issued will specify the records requirements.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is issued at the beginning of the fellowship year, based upon the academic calendar. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Dr. Peter Knight
U.S. Army Center of Military History Ft. Lesley J. McNair 102 Fourth Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20318 USA
Phone: 202-685-2726
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Fellowships)) FY 22$30,000.00; FY 23 est $30,000.00; FY 24 est $30,000.00; FY 21$20,000.00; FY 20$0.00; FY 19$20,000.00; FY 18$20,000.00; FY 17$20,000.00; FY 16$20,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Individual awards between $10,000-$15,000 per fellowship. The program offers between two and three fellowships per year depending upon funding availability.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
AR 870-5 Section 2-4
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 This program funds a diverse selection of proposals that vary in fields of study. Therefore, please review the funding annoucement to identify the agency priorities for each year.
Fiscal Year 2019 1. How soldiers of the British and German armies obtained, exchanged and consumed everyday luxuries during World War I. Both sides employed these products (such as sugar-based goods, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco products) as a means to mediate relationships and influence troop morale. 2. Examining military justice in Irish regiments during the Civil War allows us to better understand how these units operated on the day-to-day basis. This focus allows the experiences of these soldiers to be contextualized as part of the broader war effort.
Fiscal Year 2023 $15,000 per graduate student. This is funding to do research for their dissertations in the history of land warfare.


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