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.

Agency - Department of Defense

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Zander, Cecily $ 10,000   2019-09-302020-09-29
Mortimer, John $ 10,000   2019-09-302020-09-29
Makowicki, Shane $ 10,000   2019-09-302020-09-29
Redacted Due To Pii $ 10,000   2020-04-212020-04-21
Redacted Due To Pii $ 10,000   2020-04-212020-04-21
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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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 Procedures

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).


Jan 15, 2018


National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1993, Public Law 102-484, 106 Stat. 2511-2512, 10 U.S.C 4317.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

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 sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Recipient will submit to Center of Military History one hard-bound copy of dissertation within one year of completion of degree.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.


No audits are required for this program.


The terms and conditions of any grants issued will specify the records requirements.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Fellowships)) FY 16 $20,000; FY 17 est $20,000; and FY 18 est $20,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Individual awards total $10,000 per fellowship. The program offers between two (2) and three (3) fellowships per year depending upon funding availability.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

AR 870-5 Section 2-4

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Jeffrey Seiken U.S. Army Center of Military History Ft. Lesley J. McNair 102 Fourth Avenue, S.W. , Washington, District of Columbia 20319 Email: jeffrey.j.seiken.civ@mail.mil Phone: 202.685.2305

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.

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