Dissertation Grants


Award Description

The Awards and Scholarships Committee offers dissertation grants to support WSU PhD students’ research for their dissertations. The grants will be given to cover the expenses generated from purchasing or renting equipment, books related to the research (not books for classes), data analysis software licenses, and collecting data for their dissertations, including but not limited to, the travel expenditure for interviewing people, training, and payments or rewards to participants hired to do questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, or other experiments. This cannot be used for tuition, living expenses, books required for classes, travel not directly related to completion of the research project, or costs of dissertation preparation.    


These grants are important for recognizing the hard work of PhD students and their valuable dissertation research. WSU doctoral students may apply who are: (1) WSU doctoral students in good standing, (2) have passed preliminary exams or equivalent, and (3) requesting funds to assist in the completion of an advisor approved research project that is integral to the completion of their dissertations. Only PhD students who have passed preliminary/qualifying exams or equivalent and are considered PhD Candidates by the WSU Graduate School are qualified for the grants.

Funding Limits

Funds available for WSU PhD students for 2019–2020, which has a maximum of $500.00 for the entire academic year. However, this is subject to application volume and funding requests. Students who get approved for over 50% of their ask cannot apply for another grant during the 2019–2020 academic year. Students who get denied or get partial funding (under 50% of their ask) are allowed one other attempt during the 2019–2020 academic year.

Process and Procedures

Interested students should discuss the awards with their advisors before applying to ensure they meet the criteria. Applicants are encouraged to work collaboratively with their advisors to develop research proposals that describe projects integral to the completion of their dissertations. If you have questions, please contact the GPSA Awards and Scholarships Committee through email at gpsa.scholarships@wsu.edu.

  1. Complete and submit the application form on Campus Labs. All documents need to be in a PDF format. Applicants will receive confirmation that their applications have been received. If they do not receive confirmation, it is their responsibility to check that the documents arrived. The application form includes:
    • Section I – Applicant Details
    • Section II – Double-spaced Mini Proposal and references (see required components below)
    • Section III – Project Timeline and Budget
    • Section IV – Signed advisor verification form
  2. The selection committee is made up of the GPSA Awards and Scholarships Committee. The committee needs 10 business days to review the applications and make decisions. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  3. Applicants will be notified in writing within 10–15 business days regarding award receipts.
  4. Anyone receiving an award will receive a scholarship in the amount of the award that will be distributed according to the following timeline:
    • If the application is approved by November 31st, the scholarship will be dispersed by December 31st into the student’s account.
    • If the application is approved by April 31st, the scholarship will be dispersed by May 31st into the student’s account.
  5. Closing date for receipt of complete applications for the 2019–2020 academic year: Friday, April 17, 2020 by 5 p.m.**. 

**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.