discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a
university or college located within the United States. A minimum of ten (10)
fellowships, $22,000 for doctoral students and $14,000 for undergraduate
students, will be awarded for the regular academic year. Only doctoral students
and undergraduate students about to enter their final year of study/dissertation
are eligible. The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed or
postponed. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities.
Application deadline: 1 January 2013
Please check the fellowship’s website to confirm deadlines.
The Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late
Dr. Theodore von Karman, world renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first
director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute
of Technology, in memory of his sister, Josephine, who died in 1951. The purpose
of this fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic
achievements reflect professor von Karmans high standards.
2013-2014 FELLOWSHIP GUIDELINES AND QUALIFICATIONS:
Applications are available at www.dekarman.org. If you wish to receive an
application in the mail, submit your request via the website.
Complete applications, including official transcripts of applicantâ€™s
graduate and undergraduate studies at institutions in the United States and
Canada and two letters of recommendation, must be received by the fellowship
committee IN ONE PACKAGE postmarked no later than midnight, January 31, 2013.
Late applications will not be considered.
Announcement of 2013-2014 award recipients will be made approximately April
A minimum of eight (8) fellowships, $22,000 for graduate students and $14,000
for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year (fall
and spring semesters or the equivalent where the quarterly system prevails),
paid through the fellowship office of the university in which the recipient is
enrolled for study in the United States. Study must be carried out only in the
United States and all funds must be expended only within this country.
The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed or
DeKarman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including
international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college
located within the United States. Only candidates for the PhD who will defend
their dissertation by June 2014 and undergraduates entering their senior year
(will receive bachelors degree in June 2014) are eligible for consideration.
Postdoctoral and masters degree students are not eligible for consideration.
Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities.
Potential applicants should note that the competition for DeKarman
fellowships is extreme. For the 2012-2013 cycle, the committee reviewed 356
applications and awarded ten (8) fellowships. To be competitive, graduate
applicants should have outstanding letters of recommendation, significant
publications, and have completed several chapters of the dissertation at the
time of application. Undergraduate applicants should have exceptional
recommendations and grades plus a compelling record of original research or
scholarship. Although the competition is open to students from any US university
or college, the vast majority of awards go to students at top-tier schools.
Additional Information of Interest to Applicants:
1. Students who are not citizens of the may apply for a Josephine de Karman
Fellowship if they are already enrolled in a university located in the United
States and if they will be in the by the July preceding the fall semester of the
academic year for which they have enrolled.
2. The fellowships will be paid directly through the fellowship office of the
university in which the successful candidate is enrolled for study in the
.United States. One half will be paid in September and one half the following
February. NO UNIVERSITY OVERHEAD MAY BE APPLIED TO THE FELLOWSHIP AWARD.
UNIVERSITY FINANCIAL SUPPORT IS VIEWED AS SEPARATE FROM DE KARMAN FELLOWSHIP
SUPPORT. THE FELLOWSHIP IS FOR MERIT, BASED ON A NATIONAL COMPETITION.
THEREFORE, ONGOING UNIVERSITY SUPPORT COMMITMENTS ARE MAINTAINED WHILE A DE
KARMAN FELLOWSHIP IS HELD.
3. The names, universities, and departments (and dissertation titles of PhD
candidates) of Josephine de Karman Fellowship awardees may be published on the
4. By the end of December following completion of their fellowship year,
awardees are required to submit a one to two page report on their achievements
as a result of having held a Josephine de Karman Fellowship. This will normally
be in the form of a letter to the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Committee,
.P.O. Box 3389, San Dimas, CA 91773. Graduate student awardees are asked to
include with this letter a current abstract of their dissertation.