Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship for Doctoral Research

Fellowship Summary

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health invites students from The University of Texas at Austin pursuing a doctorate to submit a proposal for the Harry Estill and Bernice Milburn Moore Fellowship.

To be eligible for the fellowship, candidates must be in the process of completing a dissertation relevant to the mental health needs of Texans. The dissertation should focus on the human experience in crises, including those resulting from natural or other major disasters or, more broadly, stress and adversity. Candidates should have a primary research interest in the mental health impact of crises, stress and adversity. This fellowship reflects Dr. Harry Estill Moore’s concern for and sociological contributions to the study of the human experience in crisis.

The Moore Fellowship award is unrestricted. The fellow is not required to work as a condition of the award. However, upon completion of the dissertation, the fellow must submit a copy of the dissertation with an abstract and/ or summary. There are no restrictions on other awards or employment that the fellow may obtain.

View the application.

Applicant’s dissertation proposal must have been successfully defended by the time of application submission. Applicants must have a strong research background with a primary interest in the mental health impact of crises, stress and adversity. Only doctoral candidates in the nursing, psychology, social work, sociology and other fields relevant to mental health programs at The University of Texas at Austin may apply. Dissertations may be quantitative or qualitative in design.
The fellow will receive a one-time unrestricted award of $20,000.
Submission Process
Applicants must submit the required materials online by 1 p.m. Central on Tuesday, January 23, 2017, to be eligible for review. In order to submit a proposal, applicants must first register with the Hogg Foundation’s grants management system (Fluxx) at least five days before the proposal due date. Please go to https://hogg.fluxx.io and follow the instructions on the right side of the screen.

Online, applicants will enter their contact information, as well as the names and email addresses of the three individuals providing letters of reference (one of which must be the applicant’s dissertation committee chair or advisor). Applicants will also upload the following documents:

  • Cover letter, which must include an explanation of the dissertation project’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 in 12-point font).
  • Current curriculum vitae (no page limit).
  • Timeline for the dissertation project’s completion.

The three signed letters of reference must be emailed to Hogg-Grants@austin.utexas.edu to the attention of the Moore Fellowship Committee by 1 p.m. Central on Tuesday, January 23, 2017.

The foundation will announce the fellowship awardee in April 2017. The fellowship year is June 1, 2017, through May 31, 2018.

Review and Selection Process
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 that will be used to evaluate proposals for this RFP 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 of June 1, 2017–May 31, 2018.

With preference given to:

  • Research which focuses on natural, major or other disasters.
  • Research that includes the participation of recipients of mental health services and their families in designing and implementing the project.
  • Research with important implications for underserved communities in the area of mental health
Questions about the fellowship or submission process may be directed to Hogg-Grants@austin.utexas.edu.
The 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. Moore specialized in disaster studies, including tornadoes and hurricanes that affected the state of Texas.


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