The Awards and Scholarships Committee offers dissertation grants to support the research needs of WSU Ph.D. students. These grants will be awarded on a rolling basis to help cover expenses generated as students work to complete their dissertation projects.
These expenses include but are not limited to; purchasing or renting equipment, licenses for data analysis software, data collection, printing questionnaire, compensation for participants who completed questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, or other experiments.
A maximum of $500.00 will be awarded for the entire academic year. Award amounts are also subject to application volume and fund requests.
Awards may only be used towards the costs associated with the student’s dissertation research. Awards cannot be used for tuition, living expenses, journal publication fee, printing dissertation, books that are available through WSU library or interlibrary loan, and travel not directly related to the completion of the dissertation preparation.
These grants are to recognize the hard work of Ph.D. students and their valuable dissertation research.
Funds are available to WSU Ph.D. students for the 2021-2022 academic year who meet the following criteria:
1. Pay the Pullman S&A fee
2. In good standing with WSU and the Graduate School
3. Have completed at least one semester in the doctoral program (at the time of application)
4. Have passed the preliminary examination.
5. In order to give the opportunity to all graduate students to use this fund, we give priority to the applicants who have not received the Dissertation Grants in the last academic year (2020-2021). However, we keep those applications on hold until the end of each fall and spring semester and if we have remaining funding, we will support them.
Reason for rejections
1. Applications that do not have an appropriate and citation/reference with consistent format. Failure to do so will disallow your application to be considered.
2. Applications without reference and citation are not accepted to be reviewed and the applicant will be banned from applying for a dissertation grant for this academic year.
3. As graduate students we should be careful about plagiarism in our writing. If we notice any plagiarism in your application, we will reject the application and there is no chance of resubmission.
4. If you apply for a book for your class, or any book that is available from the WSU library, your application will be rejected.
5. If you are not Pullman S&A fee-paying student, you will not be eligible for the grant.
6. To create a fair reviewing environment, all the evaluation processes are double blinded, and the general information of the applicants is separated from the context of the application form. So, if we find any sign in the context of the application that makes the identity of the applicant visible to the reviewer, the application gets rejected and the applicant will be banned from applying for a dissertation grant for this academic year.
Completed applications are to be submitted through CougPresence. It is recommended that interested students discuss award criteria with their advisors before applying. Applicants are also encouraged to work collaboratively with their advisors to ensure that the application accurately describes how the award will be used towards the completion of their dissertation.
WSU GPSA Dissertation Grant Application Steps
You need to prepare your proposal based on the following steps:
Step I- GPSA Dissertation Grants General Information Form: As the review process of the application is double-blinded (the identity of both author and reviewer is kept hidden), each applicant should fill out the general information form before submitting the proposal.
You need to provide one letter of recommendation your main advisor of your research project. This recommendation should be in upload on the application form as a pdf format.
Step II- Submit Pdf of Dissertation Grants Proposal: Award usage proposal (Describe to the committee how you plan to use the fund if awarded. The proposal must be double spaced, less than 1000 words, and includes all required sections). The proposal sections are the statement of purpose, a summary of objectives, methodology and research plan, timeline, budget narrative, and reference. The sections of timeline, budget narrative, and reference will not be counted from the 1000-word proposal. Your proposal should be submitted as a Pdf file.
Your proposal should be anonymous to the reviewers, so if the chair of the A&S Committee finds any sign in the proposal that shows your identity, your application will not be considered for review by our committee. Also, the rejected applicant will not be able to resubmit the proposal for the same academic year.
Dissertaion Grants Application Timeline:
Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will be accepted from September 27, 2021, at 11:00 PM (PDT) through on April 18, 2022, at 11:00 PM, or until funds run out.
Each proposal will be briefly reviewed by the chair of the committee to be sure that the proposal is made based on the requirements described on the website, and there is no information on the identity of the applicant in the application form. The well-formatted proposals will be reviewed by two committee members of the GPSA Awards and Scholarship Committee.
The reviewers use the criteria rubric for their evaluation; then, they report the score to the committee chair. The committee chair made the final decision based on the reviewer’s comments and scores.
Please allow up to 15 business days for the committee to review the applications and make a final decision. If accepted, awards will be dispersed in check or direct deposit.
If you have any additional comments, question, or concerns please contact the GPSA Awards and Scholarship Committee (email@example.com)
**Limited funds are available and may not last until the closing date for applications, as funding will depend on volume of applications. We have a limited number of funds for GPSA Dissertation Grants. GPSA reserves the right to close applications early, if at any point during the academic year the GPSA Dissertation Grant funds are exhausted.
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