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.

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.

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 OMB Circular No. A-87.

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 OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

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.


Jan 15, 2014


National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1993, Public Law 102-484, 106 Stat. 2511-2512, X U.S.C 1076.

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 calender. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


No reports are required.


No audits are required for this program.



Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Fellowships)) FY 12 $30,000; FY 13 est $20,000; and FY 14 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

Brian F. Neumann Bldg 35
102 Fourth Ave. SW, Fort McNair, District of Columbia 20319 Email: brian.f.neumann.civ@mail.mil Phone: 2026852393

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection criteria is 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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