T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowships

These fellowships provide 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.

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.

The T. Anne Cleary Fellowship is intended to support travel, subsistence, and/or research expenses. Tuition and fees are not covered by this award.

Awards will be made up to $5,000 per proposal. Proposed budgets should be as specific as possible, with as much supporting information as possible. Before travel begins and funding to awardees can be released, relevant approval documents from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), if appropriate, must be provided. 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 fellowship is intended primarily to supplement other research/travel funding received. Indications of applications for other funds to supplement the fellowship will increase the chances for receiving a Cleary Award; additional funding received will be considered in determining the amount of a Cleary Fellowship.

Recipients of the Cleary Fellowship will be required to share their research experiences with other graduate students across campus through a short series of blog posts. Information will be provided along with award notification.

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.

Students must submit their part of the application materials to their department for them to submit in workflow. Check with your department as soon as possible for their deadlines as well as to inform them that you intend to apply.


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

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 description of proposed research activities (500 words), 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.
  • CV

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. Check with your department as soon as possible for their deadlines as well as inform them that you intended 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.

Please call or email with questions: