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.

We are not accepting applications at this time. We will resume accepting applications in December 2017.


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

The application process is closed and will reopen in December 2017.

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–May 31.

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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