The John Tracy Ellis
Dissertation Award

The Ellis Dissertation Award at a Glance

Please be sure to consult the submission rules and the rest of the information on this page for the full award requirements.
What it is:

The Ellis Dissertation Award is awarded to a doctoral student in the field of Catholic Studies with a promising, but not-yet-completed dissertation.

Who is eligible:

Any U.S.- or Canada-based doctoral student with all-but-dissertation (ABD) status.

Awarded:

Annually

Purse:

$1,500

Winner announced:

Winter 2019/2020

Submission instructions:

Many materials, in addition to the online form, are required. Please see the full requirements below.

Submission deadline: September 30, 2019

Required Materials

The online form with your information

A statement from the chairman (or director of graduate studies) of the applicant’s department certifying that he or she has completed all the degree requirements for the doctorate except for the dissertation, and has received departmental approval to undertake work on a dissertation topic dealing with some aspect of the history of the Catholic Church.

This statement should be sent to the prize committee chair. (Contact information is in the “Prize Committee” section below.)

A statement written by the applicant, not exceeding 1,000 words in length, describing the dissertation project and the way in which the award would be used to further its completion.

Please submit this via the online form as a Word or PDF attachment.

Two sealed letters of recommendation from scholars familiar with the applicant’s work, one of whom must be his or her dissertation director. 

Please address hard copies of these letters to the prize committee chair.

A sample chapter of the dissertation, or a segment thereof, not exceeding 25 pages. Please submit this via the online form as a PDF attachment.

About the Ellis Dissertation Award

The John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award memorializes the scholarship and teaching of Monsignor Ellis (1905-1992). Its purpose is to assist a graduate student working on some aspect of the history of the Catholic Church.

Any author who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is eligible. The award consists of $1,500.

Prize Committee

Chair

Dr. Sandra Yocum
Department of Religious Studies
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469

syocum1@udayton.edu

 

Judge

John Farina
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Robinson Hall B445
Fairfax, VA 22030

jfarina@gmu.edu

 

Judge

Robert W. Shaffern
St. Thomas Hall 308F
The University of Scranton
Scranton, PA 18510-4699

robert.shaffern@scranton.edu

 

Submission Rules

The general rules for submission are:

  1. The student must be a citizen or authorized resident (e.g., permanent resident or student-visa holder) of the United States or Canada.
  2. The student must be enrolled in a doctoral program at a recognized institution of higher education.
  3. The student must have completed all degree requirements for a doctoral degree except for the dissertation, and have received departmental approval to undertake work on a dissertation topic dealing with some aspect of the history of the Catholic Church.
  4. All completed application materials must be received by the submission deadline.

Submission deadline: September 30, 2019

Past Winners

YearAwardeeWorkUniversity
2018Elisabeth Davis
Elisabeth “The Centralization Controversy: Nuns, Bishops, and the Development of the American Catholic Church, 1800-1865.”University at Buffalo
2017Sean RostA Call to Citizenship: Anti-Klan Activism in Missouri, 1921-1928University of Missouri