Mellon Dissertation Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and probability of completion; Fellowships include a stipend, health insurance, and dissertation tuition. Students in participating departments who are nearing the completion of their Ph.D. program are eligible to apply. Students who accept the Fellowship for 2014-2015 are expected to defend their dissertation and meet all Graduate School requirements in order to receive their degree in October 2015. The Mellon Dissertation Fellowship may be held as a seventh year of support but recipients will not be eligible for any future funding through the School of Arts and Sciences in the form of a TA, GA, Fellowship, or tuition remission. Mellon Dissertation Fellows cannot accept any other fellowship, stipend, or employment during the fellowship year.