T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship

This fellowship program provides support for UI Ph.D. candidates to conduct dissertation research outside of North America, and is available to all disciplinary areas. The fellowship is named in honor of Professor T. Anne Cleary, former Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor in the College of Education, Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations. Dr. Cleary was strongly committed to the ideals of international education in its many forms.



Awards of up to $5,000 per proposal will be made. Proposed budgets should be as specific as possible, with as much supporting information as possible. If appropriate, relevant approval documents from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) must be provided before travel begins and funding to awardees can be released. Students will also need to contact International Programs to clear travel plans in advance of departure. Be sure you start this process well-ahead of travel since international research can also require additional in-country approval. Please contact the IRB or IACUC for assistance as soon as possible.

The T. Anne Cleary Fellowship is intended to support travel, subsistence, and/or minimal research expenses. Travel costs will be prioritized and those awarded may receive less funds than proposed. Tuition and fees are not covered by this award.


Fellowship money may not be used for:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Language study
  • In-country expenses for advisor(s)
  • Salaries (except for honoraria for in-country data collectors, research assistants, or interviewers)
  • Publication costs
  • Transportation or maintenance for dependents
  • Purchase of equipment
Minimum Requirements

Ph.D. candidates must have completed all pre-dissertation requirements, including the comprehensive examination and approval of a dissertation topic by the application deadline. Past recipients of this award are not eligible. DMA students taking the essay option are not eligible.

Students who have not met pre-dissertation requirements by the application deadline should consider applying for the Stanley Graduate Award for Pre-Dissertation International Research, which is coordinated through International Programs.

Application Requirements

Online applications must include the following items as separate PDF files:

Student materials:

  • Please fill out the fillable pdf application form (if you are unable to access the fields in this form, open it in Adobe Reader). The form requires information about your dissertation including a list of proposed research sites/countries, a description of previous research experience in the geographic areas proposed (300 words), a statement of formal study and practical experience in languages necessary for research (300 words), a list of names of contacts and institutional affiliations in proposed research sites, a series of questions related to budget expenditures, and a description of other sources of financial assistance available or pending.
  • A statement of proposed research activities (500 words)
  • A one-page CV of educational and professional experience, honors and awards and publications

Letters of recommendation:

  • A letter of support from the student’s advisor
  • A signed statement from the DGS or DEO confirming the student has completed all approved dissertation requirements and that the dissertation topic is approved


  • A transcript (unofficial is acceptable)

Applications must be submitted online. Students must submit their part of the application materials to their department at least two weeks prior to the Graduate College deadline. Students should check with their department as soon as possible for departmental deadlines as well as inform them they intend to apply. Applications submitted by the student (and not someone in the department such as the DGS, DEO or grad coordinator) will be voided and not considered.


The application deadline is rolling. Applications will be reviewed as they come in. Once all money is allocated for a given year, applications will no longer be accepted. Check the website for updates. All applications must be submitted at least 10 weeks before travel would begin. Approved funds will not be issued until the International Programs' review of the international travel request is completed. Read more information about this process.

Additional Information

Please direct any questions to Graduate Administrative Affairs Coordinator Katie Bottorff (467-4307) or Associate Dean Shelly Campo (335-2136) or via email at grad-fellowships@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail)).