Pruitt Dissertation Fellowships

The Society of Woman Geographers (SWG) Evelyn L. Pruitt National Fellowship for Dissertation Research is made possible by a generous bequest from Ms. Evelyn L. Pruitt. Ms. Pruitt was a research geographer with the United States Navy whose work from the 1940s into the 1970s greatly advanced the study of coastal environments, the use of remote sensing in geography, and field research in international settings.

SWG's Pruitt National Fellowship Program offers fellowships up to $12,000 to woman doctoral candidates in the United States and Canada. These fellowships support dissertation research in geography and geographical aspects of related fields.


SWG invites applications for this fellowship from woman students in Ph.D. programs in geography or in geographical aspects of allied fields. The competition is open to Ph.D. candidates in all geographical specialties. Women are eligible to apply who are enrolled in Ph.D. programs in the United States and Canada in 2024-2025. Preference will be given to those students who have completed comprehensive examinations, have an approved dissertation research proposal, and will be engaged in their research in 2024-2025. This fellowship is available to citizens of the United States and Canada and international students enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States and Canada.


Proposals must demonstrate high standards of scholarship. A review committee will select candidates to receive the Pruitt Dissertation Research Fellowship based on the overall quality of applications. Evidence of the potential significance of the research, promise of future impact on the candidate's area of geographical specialization, and of professional involvement will be considered. Financial need is also considered in the final round of the selection process.

Past competitions for the Pruitt Dissertation Research Fellowship have elicited a significant number of excellent applications. Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with their doctoral committee members to develop their applications.

Applications must be emailed no later than 11:59 pm (EST) April 1, 2024, to Candidates will be notified of decisions in May 2024.

Click here for information about the 2024-2025 Pruitt National Fellowship for Dissertation Research and to download application guidelines.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About the Application

When developing the budget, what time frame should I follow?
The time frame should be your University's 2024-2025 academic year. 

Does the fellowship cover child care expenses?

I attend school in Canada and my budget to date has been in Canadian dollars, should I convert it to US dollars using the current exchange rate?

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