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Doctoral student receives Newcombe fellowship

Author: Arts and Letters


James Hebbeler, a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded the prestigious Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Hebbeler is one of only 29 Newcombe fellows selected nationwide for the 2008 academic year.

Newcombe Fellows, who are doctoral candidates in the final year of writing dissertations that address religious and ethical values, receive a 12-month award of $23,000. Hebbeler’s fellowship will support his work on a dissertation on “Critical Belief in the Unconditioned: Kant’s Antinomy as a Positive Response to Skepticism about Reason.”

Funded by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation of Princeton, N.J., the Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious such award for doctoral students addressing ethical and religious questions in the humanities and social sciences. Since its inception in 1981, the fellowship has supported more than 1,000 doctoral candidates, many of whom are now prominent faculty members in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on May 20, 2008.