Dissertation Grants

Dissertation Grants General Information 

The Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) received a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., to provide HTI Dissertation Scholars the opportunity to compete for ten $22,500 HTI/Lilly Dissertation Fellowships.To be considered for a fellowship, the dissertation proposal/prospectus must show evidence of the engagement of Latinx subject matters via one or more of the following: ideologies, methodologies, authors, etc. The Selection Committee needs to see clear evidence of this engagement and also the bringing of new arguments from a Latinx perspective in the applicant’s field. These fellowships are not based on financial need, and they are highly competitive.  

Due to a collaboration with the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), the application process for the HTI/Lilly Dissertation Fellowships and the FTE Fellowships for Latino/a, Asian and First Nations Doctoral Students is now combined.  Before you can begin the process for the HTI/Lilly Dissertation Fellowship application, you must be enrolled by an HTI Member School.  Once you are enrolled you will need to open an account through the application web page, and then you will have access to the HTI application.

Please carefully read the Dissertation Grant Requirements listed to ensure you are eligible.*

Dissertation Grant Requirements

    • Applicant must be a full-time Latinx PhD student at an HTI consortium member institution.
    • The HTI consortium school must enroll the HTI scholar before they can apply for the fellowship.
    • Applicant must be: 1) US-born Latinx/Hispanic student, or 2) born in a Spanish-speaking and/or Portuguese-speaking Latin American country or Caribbean Island.
    • Applicant must submit evidence of passed comprehensive exams and a full copy of an approved dissertation proposal/prospectus, including bibliography.
    • The dissertation proposal/prospectus must show evidence of the engagement of Latinx subject matters via one or more of the following: ideologies, methodologies, authors, etc.
    • In addition to completing the application form, students must submit the following items:
      • Curriculum vitae
      • Academic form (This form will include the date your dissertation proposal was approved)
      • Two-page vocational essay (maximum length, single-spaced)
      • Two academic letters of reference (one must be a letter from the applicant’s adviser)
      • One community letter of reference
      • Current official graduate transcripts (mailed or emailed separately)
      • One-paragraph biographical profile (maximum length, single-spaced)
      • Headshot (high-resolution, no selfies)
      • Dissertation prospectus and bibliography
      • A one-page abstract of the Dissertation
      • Dissertation Committee List: Provide a list of all members on your dissertation committee, indicating the name of the adviser (to be submitted within the application form).
      • Writing Timeline

* Please be informed that if you are also applying for any other grants funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc. (e.g., the Louisville Institute, or the Forum for Theological Exploration), and are awarded, you will need to relinquish one of the grants. Before doing so we encourage a conversation with HTI executive director. Lastly, HTI Scholars are only eligible to receive one HTI Dissertation Grant during this grant cycle.