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 recipient will teach one course in their area of specialization while completing their dissertation. Recipient will also participate in a formal mentoring program.

The fellowship is named in honor of Dr. Arnold L. Mitchem, who earned his Ph.D. 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.


Marquette academic department in which you want to be based. Please indicate one of the following: Communication Studies, Counselor Education, Education, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Journalism and Mass Communication, Mathematics and Mathematics Education, Statistics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social and Cultural Sciences, or Theology.

The application cycle for the 2015/16 Fellowship has begun. We are currently receiving applications for the 2015/16 fellowship year.

Application materials for 2015-2016 include:

All applications for this position must be initiated through Marquette University’s electronic recruiting system found at: http://employment.marquette.edu/postings/3616

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