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About the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust

The Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore Von Karman, a world-renowned aeronautics expert and teacher, and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, in memory of his sister, Josephine, who passed away in 1951. The purpose of the Fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect Professor Von Karman’s high standards.


About the Josephine de Karman Fellowship

De Karman Fellowships are open to PhD students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university located within the United States. Only PhD candidates who will defend their dissertation in or about June 2021 are eligible for consideration for a 2020-2021 fellowship. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the humanities. To be competitive, applicants should have outstanding letters of recommendation, significant early scholarly contributions, and have completed a significant portion of the dissertation at the time of application. Approximately eight dissertation fellowships in the amount of $25,000 each will be awarded for the regular academic year.


To apply

Applicants must include the downloadable application form, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and two letters of recommendation in their submission. Submissions must be mailed to the fellowship committee in one package and postmarked no later than midnight, January 31, 2020. Submissions must be mailed to the following address:

Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust

PO Box 3389

San Dimas, CA 91773

For more information, see the de Karman Fellowship Trust website.

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