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John & Elizabeth Phillips Dissertation Year Fellowship

Phillips Exeter Academy
Exeter, New Hampshire, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 18, 2024

Job Details


The purpose of the John and Elizabeth Phillips Dissertation Year Fellowship is to provide doctoral students in the last year of their dissertations the opportunity to gain experience of careers in a residential secondary school while finishing the writing process. This opportunity is for rising scholars and teachers who are historically underrepresented in independent secondary schools. Interested candidates should explore the Academy’s Courses of Instruction and departmental structures while noting the other opportunities to collaborate across campus such as with the Office of Multicultural Affairs or with the Dean of Students Office.

Fellows in the 2024 – 2025 school year will receive a stipend of $23,500. Fellows will also receive a stipend to cover tuition fees and health insurance at their institution, not to exceed $3,000. The scholar is asked to provide two online seminars (approximately 90 minutes each) per term for Academy students and/or faculty. Additionally, the scholar is asked to come to campus to engage with student groups, visit classes, and present two identical one-hour workshops over Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend (January 17-20, 2025). The scholar may also make themselves available to students interested in and student organizations related to their fields of study.

How to Apply

Applications should include:
  • a current resume or curriculum vitae
  • a statement of interest (500-750 words) describing the appropriateness of the fellowship to your situation and your sense of what you will contribute to the intellectual life of the Exeter community
  • a 15-page writing sample (an article or a seminar paper)
  • a letter of recommendation from the chair of your dissertation committee, confirming your ABD (All But Dissertation) status
Deadline to apply is May 24th, 2024

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 Phillips Exeter Academy

Phillips Exeter Academy, co-founded by John and Elizabeth Phillips in 1781 who believed every student should have access to the very best education, embraces the ideals of both goodness and knowledge.

Phillips Exeter Academy is located in Exeter, a southern New Hampshire town settled by European colonists nearly 400 years ago.

The Academy campus, set in the town's village, is divided by the three principal streets of the community, creating a walkable atmosphere. Dormitories and dining halls are easily accessible from classrooms and other facilities like the student center, library, art gallery, theater, and athletic buildings and fields. Downtown stores and restaurants, as well as a riverside pathway, are just off campus.

Now a coeducational residential school with more than 1,000 high school students from the U.S. and 33 foreign countries, Exeter has a centuries-old tradition of academic excellence and a commitment to empowering Exonians to find their place in the world.

We are a community that celebrates curiosity and cultivates potential. With a student-to-teacher ratio of 5:1, more than 450 courses in 18 subject areas, and the opportunity to study on five continents, Exeter provides unparalleled opportunities for discovery and exploration, of both self and subject matter.

At Exeter, employee development will focus on nurturing careers and providing opportunities for professional growth. All employees will be given clear expectations and will be expected to perform their job responsibilities with proficiency and an appreciation of the importance of their responsibilities and a commitment to excellence. Employees seeking to develop skills and experiences in order to grow and take on new responsibilities will be supported as appropriate. Employees are entitled to clear, honest and timely feedback on the performance of their responsibilities, and will be held accountable for acting on such feedback where a need for improvement has been identified.

Employee engagement is focused on building connection and supporting the well-being of all employees. Our goal is for employees to feel connected to our community as a whole, that their work has meaning and impact, and that they are appreciated for the work that they do. Employee voice is encouraged and agency is attained through open channels of communication and engagement that support the success of the Academy. The Academy seeks to be a best place to work where all adults have a strong sense of belonging and inclusion, and where there is a common understanding of what it means to do things with a commitment to excellence, personal growth, accountability to oneself and others, respect, gratitude, humility and generosity of spirit.

Compensation and Benefits packages should attract a high performing and diverse workforce — employees who are committed to the mission and values of the school and have the skills necessary to succeed. Our compensation and benefits should be highly competitive with comparable markets. Benefits should be relevant, flexible and contribute to attracting and retaining employees of the highest talent. Our compensation structures should be transparent, clearly communicated and have the flexibility to recognize outstanding performance.

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