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Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship

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The SDSU dissertation fellowships are designed to recruit and support the early development of scholars from underrepresented communities completing dissertation research, and who show promise of distinguished research careers. In accord with these goals, scholars can take advantage of SDSU programs and faculty expertise and have access to libraries and the resources of the South Dakota region.

Length of Fellowship: 1 year Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to persons in disciplines in which people from diverse communities have been traditionally underrepresented and to persons who have significant experience in educational programs and environments characterized by a strong emphasis on diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion. Applicants must be dissertation stage doctoral degree candidates.

Award Details

Excellence in teaching, research/creative activity and service is expected.

  • Teach one course each semester in an area related to their academic preparation and a need of the department hosting the fellow.
  • Devote significant time to the completion of the dissertation.
  • Opportunity to be paired with a faculty mentor.
  • Present their research at university and professional venues.


Fellows will receive academic year faculty appointments, an annual salary of $30,000, plus basic health benefits, office space (contingent upon departmental availability), support for research, professional travel, and other related expenses. It is expected that fellows will not be employed outside of the University or receive additional fellowships or awards during the fellowship period, unless approved by the University.


Eligible Fields of Study

Awards will be made for study in a field taught at SDSU, housed in the following six academic Colleges:


How to Apply

Visit and follow the electronic PeopleAdmin employment process.  Applicants will submit a letter of application, a CV, a copy of an official transcript from your current institution, and the name and contact information of your dissertation chair or advisor.  For questions or assistance with the electronic employment process, contact SDSU Human Resources at 605-688-4128.  SDSU is an AA/EEO employer.  If you have additional questions please contact Kas Williams, Interim Director of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Access at or call 605-688-4033. 

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Administration 318, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone: 605-688-4128.