Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship
This award application is currently open. See eligibility and application process below.
The Moore Fellowship was established in 1995 by the estate of Bernice Moore in memory of her husband, Dr. Harry Estill Moore, a professor and sociologist at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). Moore specialized in disaster studies, including tornadoes and hurricanes that affected the state of Texas.
Doctoral students at UT Austin who are in the process of completing a dissertation relevant to the mental health needs of Texans are invited to submit a proposal. To be eligible for the fellowship, candidates must also demonstrate a primary research interest of the human experience in crises, including those resulting from natural or other major disasters or, more broadly, stress and adversity.
The selected fellow receives a one-time, unrestricted award of $20,000. Upon completion of the dissertation, the fellow must submit a copy of the dissertation with an abstract or summary. There are no restrictions on other awards or employment that the fellow may obtain, and the fellow is not required to work as a condition of the award.
Eligibility and Application
Doctoral candidates in nursing, psychiatry, psychology, social work, sociology and other fields relevant to mental health at The University of Texas at Austin may apply.
The applicant’s dissertation proposal must have been successfully defended by the time of application submission. Dissertations may be quantitative or qualitative in design. Applicants must have a strong research background with a primary interest in the human experience in crises, including those resulting from natural or other major disasters or, more broadly, stress and adversity.
Application Submission and Selection
This award application is currently open.
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Applications: Three signed letters of reference must be emailed to email@example.com (attn: Moore Fellowship Committee). All other application materials must be submitted through Fluxx, the foundation’s online grant portal.
When applying online through Fluxx, applicants will be prompted to enter their contact information, as well as the names and email addresses of three individuals providing letters of reference (one of which must be the applicant’s dissertation committee chair or advisor). Applicants should also upload the following:
- Cover letter, which must include an explanation of the dissertation’s fit with the fellowship’s focus on the human experience in crises (no page limit)
- Summary of the dissertation’s rationale, research questions and methods (maximum 10 double-spaced pages, 12-point font)
- Current curriculum vitae (no page limit)
- Timeline for dissertation completion (use template provided)
Selection criteria: Foundation staff will use a rating instrument to evaluate the merits of the proposals and select the fellow. The foundation may partner with an external reviewer to evaluate the proposals.
Factors used to evaluate proposals include:
- The fit between the dissertation project and the fellowship’s focus on the human experience in crisis.
- Demonstration of respondent’s strong research background with a primary interest in the mental health aspect of crises, stress and adversity.
- Compelling case made for the research significance to the field of mental health. If research is being conducted outside of Texas, respondent should explain the significance to the people of Texas.
- Amount of time remaining to complete the dissertation is reasonably in line with the fellowship period.
Preference is given to research:
- That focuses on natural, major or other disasters.
- That includes the participation of recipients of mental health services and their families in designing and implementing the project.
- With important implications for underserved communities in the area of mental health.
Questions: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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