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The Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship Award supports advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students. We seek to provide funding for doctoral candidates whose work informs and advances the following populations/aspects of our mission:
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, through its scholarship and grant making programs, advances the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Our work allows us to see first-hand how high-achieving students with financial need overcome obstacles and excel academically. Our research, however, has shown that many high-potential, low-income students are unable to successfully navigate these obstacles.
In The Achievement Trap (2007), we found that there is a significant drop off in the number of low-income students who are identified as high-achieving throughout the primary and secondary education system. These student experiences raise important questions about the factors and contexts that help some students with financial need overcome personal adversity, limited educational opportunities, and challenging socioeconomic circumstances to excel academically, and how a deeper understanding of such matters can be used to design programs and interventions that will help more low-income students identified as high achieving early in their primary and secondary school years to sustain their academic achievement levels through college and beyond.
In response to this gap in knowledge, the Foundation has created the Cooke Dissertation Fellowship for advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The fellowship is intended to focus more scholarly attention on the population of students the Foundation serves in order to enable practitioners, parents, schools and communities to better support such students in achieving their full potential.
Dissertation fellowships are intended to support the doctoral student for work done after the student’s dissertation proposal has been successfully defended. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines such as, but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, statistics, and psychometrics.
The fellowship is a one-time award of up to $25,000, which may be used for a period of not less than nine months and up to 18 months, beginning in June 2013. Award decisions are announced in May. See this link for 2013 timeline. We expect to offer four this year, with plans to increase the number in the coming years.
Eligible applicants must have completed all pre-dissertation requirements.
In 2011, the Foundation awarded fellowships to four individuals.
Brian Galla University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D. Psychological Studies in Education
Dissertation Proposal Title: Clarity in the eye of the storm: The role of inhibitory control in low-income adolescents' daily emotion regulation and its consequences for academic achievement
Rose Honey Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.D. Educational Policy, Leadership, and Instructional Practice
Dissertation Proposal Title: The moose and the moon: Culturally integrated science education with American Indian students
Rachel Lambert Graduate Center of City University of New York, Ph.D. Urban Education
Dissertation Proposal Title: Authoring a mathematical self: Processes of identification with mathematics for young people in an urban school
Ricardo Ortega University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D. Chicana/o Studies
Dissertation Proposal Title: Latina/o undergraduates navigating the u
Attention Fellowship applicants: the 2012-2013 application is closed. We are no longer accepting materials.
Selected Fellows agree to comply with Foundation requirements and requests for the duration of the fellowship. Some key requirements and terms are:
The Cooke Dissertation Fellowship must be used to support a graduate student while writing his or her dissertation. How the funds are expended depends on each recipient’s individual need. We determine need through the Cost of Attendance of each recipient's school; we do not provide fellowship money directly to the recipient. More information can be found on how the fellowship funds are disbursed in the FAQs and the Guidelines.
This fellowship does not provide funding for distance learning programs or for degrees heavily dependent on distance learning components. The fellowship does not cover overhead.
The Foundation will notify recipients in May 2013.