Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship

The goal of the Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship is to promote student and faculty diversity at Dartmouth, and throughout higher education, by supporting completion of the doctorate by underrepresented minority scholars and other graduate scholars with a demonstrated commitment and ability to advance educational diversity.

The Fellowship supports graduate scholars for a year-long residency at Dartmouth that generally runs from September through August. Scholars who plan a career in higher education and have completed all other Ph.D. requirements may finish their dissertations with access to the outstanding libraries, computing facilities, and faculty of Dartmouth College. In addition, Fellows may participate in classroom activities with scholars who are dedicated to undergraduate teaching. Fellows can be pursuing the Ph.D. degree in any discipline or area taught in the Dartmouth undergraduate Arts and Sciences curriculum. Each Fellow will be affiliated with a department or program at the College.

The Fellowship provides a stipend of $36,000, office space, library privileges, and a $2,500 research assistance fund. Fellows will be expected to complete the dissertation during the tenure of the Fellowship and may have the opportunity to participate in teaching, either as a primary instructor or as part of a team.

For more information about the Dissertation Fellowships and how to apply, see the Dissertation Fellowships page

2016-17 Thurgood Marshall Fellow

Tanya Jones, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, UC-Berkeley

Tanya Jones is currently a Thurgood Marshall Fellow at Dartmouth College and a Fellow at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research is focused on global health policy, governance, development studies and institutional change. Her dissertation, “Health Equity for the Millennium: The Scaling-up of the Community-based Health and Planning Initiative in Ghana," explores the implementation of a community-based health policy in Ghana over a 15-year period. Her research analyzes the contributions to policy adoption of a variety of stakeholders, including Ministry of Health leadership, donor partners, community members and the international NGO community. Jones examines the ways in which this health sector reform effort has been contested, adapted and modified to respond to the changing conditions in the political and fiscal space in Ghana and globally. Jones’ career embodies the path of a practitioner-scholar, as for over a decade she has held leadership roles in several non-profit organizations as an international health practitioner and as a global health funder stewarding institutional and individual philanthropic awards within the sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia regions.