Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship

Understanding Religious and Ethical Values

Religious commitments and ethical ideals can be found in every time and place. Newcombe Fellows are late-stage Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences whose research in some way attends to those commitments and ideals and seeks to understand the communities, social practices, and political arrangements that embody them.

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation created this Fellowship in 1981. Now in its fifth decade, the Newcombe Fellowship has become a nationally noted award that distinguishes recipients within their fields. Fellows receive a $31,000 stipend to complete the writing stage of their dissertation.


Limited institutional support for dissertation-stage students, particularly those working on issues related to religion and ethics


Over 1,300 Newcombe Fellows, among whom are a number of MacArthur Fellows, university presidents and provosts, and leaders in their fields


Greater understanding of the ways in which religious and ethical values shape society

The Newcombe Fellowship offered not only the financial support that I needed to complete my dissertation but, just as importantly, the motivating recognition that my scholarship mattered.”

Annie Wilkinson
Annie Wilkinson 2020 Fellow

Accelerating Scholarship and Understanding

Newcombe Fellows often call the award a career accelerator. Hear from Fellows from the past 40 years on the impact of the program.

Vital Dissertation Support for Emerging Scholars

The Newcombe Fellowship has supported more than 1,300 doctoral candidates with essential time and resources to complete their writing. Newcombe Fellows have gone on to be noted faculty at domestic and foreign institutions, leaders in their fields of study, Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows, and more.

Featured Newcombe Fellows

Saidiya Hartman

Saidiya Hartman

University Professor, Columbia University

Dr. Hartman is an American writer and academic focusing on African American studies.

Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore

David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, Harvard University

Dr. Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker, and the host of the podcast, The Last Archive.

Andrew Perrin

Andrew Perrin

Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Perrin is a cultural and political sociologist working on issues of democracy, including civic engagement, effects of higher education, and public deliberation.

Shaping Understanding for Future Generations

The Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship helps promising scholars generate momentum, strengthen their fields of study, and prepare new generations of citizens of the academy and scholars of the world. These leaders in higher education will help shape generations of citizens through their teaching and research.

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