Madelyn Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship Application

Madelyn Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship Application

The Association for Academic Women (AAW) at the University of Florida established the Madelyn Lockhart Fellowship to honor a Ph.D. candidate who is both an outstanding researcher and who has contributed to creating a more inclusive and diverse community. One Fellowship in the amount of up to $2,000 will be awarded annually to assist in the dissertation phase of the doctoral degree. The recipient must be enrolled in dissertation credits the semester s/he receives the fellowship. This award was established to honor Dr. Madelyn Lockhart, who served as Dean of the Graduate School and Dean of International Studies and Programs at the University of Florida from 1985 to 1993 (and also as Associate Dean 1981 to 1985, and Assistant dean 1973 to 1977 and 1979 to 1981), and who aided students in many ways, including implementation of this Fellowship program to assist students working on their dissertations. A nomination can come from a faculty member or from the candidate; the candidate can be from any UF Ph.D. program.


  1. The applicant must be a full-time Ph.D. candidate (as defined by the Graduate School) at the University of Florida who has completed doctoral course work
  2. The applicant must have passed the qualifying exam, be ready to write the dissertation, and enrolled/registered in dissertation research (7980)
  3. The dissertation proposal must be approved by the applicant’s graduate committee by the due date for the application
  4. Preference will be given to candidates in the later stages of their dissertation research


  1. The candidate must demonstrate both achievement and promise in their chosen field
  2. The project must have a potential transformative impact on the candidate’s field of study
  3. In addition, reviewers will favorably consider: (1) an applicant’s success in overcoming barriers— or helping others to overcome barriers (including low socio-economic background) to academic achievement; (2) an applicant’s commitment to break down barriers, create a welcoming environment, and include individuals who are racial minorities or women (or otherwise reflect broad diversity) in academic, co-curricular, and/or research endeavors; and (3) an applicant’s commitment to contribute to the university, local or larger community.


Completed applications must be submitted via the form below to the College of Medicine, Office of Graduate Education (as a SINGLE PDF file) by close of business on Monday, November 15.  Completed applications must include:

  1. Completed Madelyn Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship Application Form
  2.  A 3-5 page double-spaced proposal describing the dissertation and how it addresses Criteria #1 and #2
  3.  A 3-5 page double-spaced statement pertaining to Criterion #3
  4. Three letters of recommendation – one letter must be from the committee chair/mentor and describe the applicant’s progress toward the degree
  5. An official graduate transcript
  6. Current CV


The College of Medicine can submit ONE fellowship nomination; a panel of judges will review all completed packets to determine the nominee.  Please contact Amy Davis with any questions.

2022 Madelyn Lockhart Dissertation Fellowship Application Submission


Eligibility Requirement Information Confirmation:

In order to be considered for this fellowship, you must be able to answer YES to the following questions.
Have you passed your qualifying exam?(Required)
Are you registered/enrolled in dissertation research (7980)(Required)
Does your application submission contain a recommendation letter from your committee chair/mentor?(Required)

Application Submission

Application MUST include: (1.) Completed application form, (2.) A 3-5 page double-spaced proposal describing the dissertation and how it addresses Criteria #1, (3.) A 3-5 page double-spaced statement pertaining to Criterion #3, (4.) Three letters of recommendation. One letter MUST be from the committee chair and describe the applicant's progress toward the degree, (5.) An official graduate transcript, and (6.) Current CV.
Max. file size: 125 MB.

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