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Mission and Purpose

The statement of mission for the University of Connecticut defines the institution as both the land-grant and the public research university of the State of Connecticut. As such, the potential range of university programs and activities is extremely broad. The mandate of the University is to be the center within the state for graduate and professional training, research, and public service. As a public university, the University of Connecticut must not only be responsive to the needs of society, but also be capable of anticipating such needs.

Within this context, the University has identified specific responsibilities associated with its mission. Among these is the concentration on the excellence of the graduate and advanced professional degree programs for which it has primary responsibilities in the public sector. These include doctoral degree programs in all fields.

The mission and goals of the School of Nursing mirror, complement, and enhance those of the University. The mission of the School of Nursing is to provide quality, public-university based nursing education at the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education levels. The programs are designed to be responsive to the dynamic and changing health care needs of the people of the state, while using established nursing knowledge and creating and testing new nursing theory.

The purpose of the PhD program in Nursing at the University of Connecticut is to prepare nurse leaders who will advance the scientific body of knowledge that is unique to professional nursing practice. Education experiences are offered in nursing theory development, in philosophy of nursing science, in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and in advanced statistics. Study in a specialty area further supports the individuals area of clinical interest.

Writing Support for International Students

International Huskies Writing Assistance (IHWA) is a specialty resource to help graduate and undergraduate international students with writing. You may email IHWA a paper to have it edited by their team of writers. The writers will review the paper, make edits and include comments that will help you understand the editing suggestions and changes. From there, you must attend one of their two editing sessions and go over the edits one-on-one with an IHWA writer in order to receive your edited paper. Our sessions are Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in International Student and Scholar Services in McMahon Hall. Check in with the front desk upon arrival, and they will point you towards the center. If you are unavailable during those times IHWA can arrange to call you via Skype at a more convenient time.

If you have any questions or would like to submit a paper for editing, please email

Pending budgetary approval, The Graduate School awards a limited number of spring and fall Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) awards for students in doctoral programs requiring a dissertation.

Eligible applicants should fill out the Semi-Annual Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship application and email to The Graduate School prior to the deadline.

DDF Requirements

To be eligible for the DDF an applicant must:

  1. Certify that the student has never before been awarded the UConn Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.
  2. Certify that he/she will be enrolled for the spring 2018 semester at The Graduate School.
  3. Certify that his/her total personal income (does not include the student’s family or spousal income) will not exceed the maximum personal income limit during the twelve-month period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.  The maximum limit changes yearly and is specified on the application form.
  4. Document satisfactory completion and approval of the General Examination prior to 4:00 pm on November 30, 2017;
  5. Document satisfactory completion and submission of the Dissertation Proposal, including full and current IRB or IACUC approval, prior to 4:00 pm on November 30, 2017;

Unfortunately, students based at UConn Health and UConn Law are not eligible to apply for this fellowship.

DDF Timelines

Notification of the upcoming application session is typically sent through the Daily Digest, MailChimp and SoapBox approximately two weeks before the application process begins.  The application deadlines are generally 30 days after the start of the application session.  

The application for the fall fellowship is during the month of May. The spring application is available during the month of November. 

The fall DDF is awarded to the student during the month of June and the spring DDF is awarded to the student in the month of December.

DDF Award Notification and Administration

Students who are awarded the DDF will be sent a notification letter (e-mail) from The Graduate School with a copy sent to the student’s Financial Administrator. The fellowship award will be made available to the student through the Bursar’s Office at the start of the spring/fall semester.

Additional information about The Graduate School’s Semi-Annual Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, as well as the application form, can be found using the links on this page. If you have a specific question or need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact The Graduate School at (860) 486-3617 or via e-mail at

To apply for the Spring 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship please see below:

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