Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship Program

In 2002, Marquette established the Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship Program, intended to increase the presence of underrepresented ethnic groups by supporting doctoral candidates in completing their final academic requirement, the dissertation.

The fellowship provides a student from other U.S. universities with one year of financial support, including a stipend, fringe benefits, and research and travel funds. The fellow will be in residence at Marquette for an academic year, during which the recipient will teach one course in his or her area of specialization while completing his or her dissertation. The recipient will also participate in a formal mentoring program.

The fellowship is named in honor of Dr. Arnold L. Mitchem, who earned his doctorate from Marquette in 1981 and is an internationally recognized champion of educational opportunity. Mitchem founded Marquette's Educational Opportunity Program and served as its director from 1969–86. Previously, he was president of the Council for Educational Opportunity in Washington, D.C.

Past recipients of the Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship


Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are well under way in their dissertation writing and who belong to a racial or cultural group historically underrepresented in the U.S. professoriate. African-American, Native-American and Hispanic-American candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

The application cycle for the 2016–17 fellowship begins October 1, 2015.

Application materials for 2016–17 will include:

For more information, please send an inquiry via our contact form.