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Washington State University Graduate School

Graduate School Scholarships

The Graduate School is committed to offering scholarships and fellowships for outstanding graduate students admitted to its academic programs. Scholarships and fellowships provide a valuable structure of financial support to ensure students can enjoy the benefits of a superior academic experience. Nominations for scholarships open each fall.


Richard R. and Constance M. Albrecht Scholarship

The Award

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the Richard R. and Constance M. Albrecht Scholarship award. This is a $1,500 award (3 to 5 each year).

Eligibility

This award is open to all active doctoral graduate students in good standing who have successfully passed their preliminary examination. Preference is given to applicants with a GPA > 3.5. Students must be enrolled either full- or part-time during the fall 2022 semester to be eligible for the award. Students cannot receive this award more than once.

Nomination Process

Students are nominated by the Dean of their College and must include two letters of recommendation from advisors and a CV that demonstrates the highest levels of excellence in scholarship. Colleges may submit eligible nominees based upon the number of currently enrolled doctoral students (<100=1 nominee, 100-200=2 nominees, >200=3 nominees).

Deadline

  • Call: Opens on November 10
  • College nominations: January 29
    (Contact Department or College for internal deadlines)
  • Award announcement: March
  • Award to student: Fall 2022

Selection Process

Nominations will be evaluated by the Graduate School on the strength of the letters of recommendation and demonstration of very high excellence in scholarly and research activities, including but not limited to:

  • peer-reviewed publications and/or shows/recitals
  • successful grant proposals and/or awards
  • service to the institution, profession, and community

Additional Requirements: Recipients are required to write a Thank You letter and attend the Graduate School Awards Ceremony as part of this award.


Ann Chittenden Holland Master’s Thesis Award for Graduate Student Excellence

The Award

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the Ann Chittenden Holland Master’s Thesis Award for Graduate Student Excellence. This is a $1,000 award (1 each year).

Eligibility

This is open to all graduate students in good standing (in STEM), who have completed a WSU master’s thesis within the past year, and are currently enrolled in a WSU doctoral program. STEM includes the NSF STEM classification of instructional programs: agricultural sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, geosciences, life/biological sciences, mathematics, and physics/astronomy. Preference is given to applicants with a GPA > 3.5.

Nomination Process

Students are nominated by the Dean of their College and must include two letters of recommendation from advisors and submission of the thesis and CV.

Deadline

  • Call: Opens on November 10
  • College nominations: January 29
    (Contact Department or College for internal deadlines)
  • Award announcement: March
  • Award to student: Fall 2022

Selection Process

Nominations will be evaluated by the Graduate School on the strength of the letters of recommendation and quality of master’s thesis. Thesis quality will be judged on the following:

  • external or outside recognition of the thesis, and
  • contribution of new knowledge or new innovation to the field of study

Additional Requirements

Recipients are required to write a Thank You letter and attend the Graduate School Awards Ceremony as part of this award.


The Charles Allen Master’s Thesis Award

The Award

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the Charles Allen Master’s Thesis Award. This is a $1,000 award (1 each year).

Eligibility

This award is open to all graduate students in good standing in the arts, humanities and social sciences, who have completed a WSU master’s thesis in the past year, and are currently enrolled in a WSU doctoral program. Preference is given to applicants with a GPA > 3.5. Students must be enrolled either full- or part-time during the fall 2022 semester to be eligible for the award. Students cannot receive this award more than once.

Nomination Process

Students are nominated by the Dean of their College and must include two letters of recommendation from advisors and submission of a thesis and CV.

Deadline

  • Call: Opens on November 10
  • College nominations: January 29
    (Contact Department or College for internal deadlines)
  • Award announcement: March
  • Award to student: Fall 2022

Selection Process

Nominations will be evaluated by the Graduate School on the strength of the letters of recommendation and quality of master’s thesis. Thesis quality will be judged on the following:

  • external or outside recognition of the thesis, and
  • contribution of new knowledge or new innovation to the field of study

Additional Requirements

Recipients are required to write a Thank You letter and attend the Graduate School Awards Ceremony as part of this award.


Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award

The Award

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award. This is a $1,000 award (1 or 2 each year).

Eligibility

This award is open to all doctoral graduate students in good standing who have successfully passed their preliminary examination. Preference is given to applicants with a GPA > 3.5.  Students must be enrolled either full-or part-time during the fall 2021 semester to be eligible. Students cannot receive this award more than once.

Nomination Process

The two nominations of outstanding graduate students who demonstrate evidence of leadership skills and/or university involvement will come from the Association for Faculty Women. Priority will be given to applicants with demonstrated leadership components in their research, training, or service contributions.

Deadline

  • Call: Early January (Check Association for Faculty Women website for Nomination Form at https://afw.wsu.edu/awards/)
  • Deadline: TBA
  • Award to student: Fall 2022

Selection Process

Nominations will be evaluated by the Graduate School on the strength of the letters of recommendation and scholarly activities that show clear links to leadership.

Additional Requirements

Student must be enrolled Fall 2021.  Recipients are required to write a Thank You letter and attend the Graduate School Awards Ceremony as part of this award.


Arnold and Julia Greenwell Memorial Scholarship for Social Sciences and Humanities

The Award

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the Arnold and Julia Greenwell Memorial Scholarship for Social Sciences and Humanities. This is a $1,500 award (1 to 3 each year).

Eligibility

This is open to all doctoral graduate students in good standing and who are conducting research/scholarship in the social sciences or humanities. Preference is given to applicants with a GPA > 3.5.  Students must be enrolled either full-or part-time during the fall 2022 semester to be eligible. Students cannot receive this award more than once.

Nomination Process

Students are nominated by the Dean of their College and must include two letters of recommendation from advisors, a maximum 500-word prospectus describing research/scholarship related to the social sciences or humanities, and a CV. Colleges may submit eligible nominees based upon the number of currently enrolled doctoral students (<100=1 nominee, 100-200=2 nominees, >200=3 nominees).

Deadline

  • Call: Opens on November 10
  • College nominations: January 29
    (Contact Department or College for internal deadlines)
  • Award announcement: March
  • Award to student: Fall 2022

Selection Process

Nominations will be evaluated by the Graduate School on the strength of the letters of recommendation and scholarly activities. Priority will be given to eligible graduate students who demonstrate the following:

  • leadership in their field of study
  • outreach in their project
  • how their project improves the human condition

Additional Requirements

Recipients are required to write a Thank You letter and attend the Graduate School Awards Ceremony as part of this award.


Anne and Russ Fuller Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research/Scholarship

The Award

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the Russ and Anne Fuller Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research/Scholarship. This is a $4,000 award per year up to two years (1 to 3 awards each year).

Eligibility

This fellowship is open to all doctoral graduate students in good standing and who are conducting interdisciplinary research/scholarship. Preference is given to applicants with a GPA > 3.5.  Students must be enrolled either full-or part-time during the fall 2022 semester to be eligible.

Nomination Process

Students are nominated by the Dean of their College and must include two letters of recommendation from advisors, a maximum 1,000-word proposal on interdisciplinary research/scholarship, and a CV that demonstrates the highest levels of excellence in scholarship. Colleges may submit eligible nominees based upon the number of currently enrolled doctoral students (<100=1 nominee, 100-200=2 nominees, >200=3 nominees).

Deadline

  • Call: Opens on November 10
  • College nominations: January 29
    (Contact Department or College for internal deadlines)
  • Award announcement: March
  • Award to student: Fall 2022

Selection Process

Nominations will be evaluated by the Graduate School based upon the following:

  • strength of the letters of recommendation
  • demonstrated scholarly productivity of candidates
  • research proposals that incorporate scholarship across multiple disciplines, or
  • research proposals that incorporate scholarship between multiple disciplines and/or represent one component of a multi-discipline research enterprise.

Additional Requirements

Recipient is required to write a Thank You letter, attend the Graduate School Awards Ceremony, and write a progress report at the end of first year of the award (with advisor letter) to be selected for the second year of the award.

 

Graduate School Dissertation Year Fellowship

The Award

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the Graduate School Dissertation Year Fellowship. This is a nine-month fellowship for doctoral candidates that includes a stipend of up to $20,000 for the academic year. Also included is a two-credit tuition waiver and up to $1,000 for travel and/or research.

Eligibility

This fellowship is open to all doctoral candidates in good standing with an approved dissertation proposal who have passed their preliminary exam and expect to complete and defend their dissertation during the nine-month (academic year) period in which the award is offered. In addition, the candidate must be a legal Washington State Resident as defined by RCW 28B.15.012, they must have been enrolled full time prior to the fellowship period. Preference is given for students with a 3.5 or higher graduate GPA. Students will not be allowed to hold academic appointments during the tenure of their fellowship.

Nomination Process

Students must be nominated by their department or program through an online application that includes: the nomination form submitted by the department or program, a letter of support by the student’s advisor, a 1,000-word dissertation prospectus, a nine-month schedule listing dissertation completion benchmarks, and an up to date curriculum vita.

Deadline

  • Call: opens on November 10
  • Applications are due by January 29 of the semester before the fellowship would begin.

Selection Process

Nominations will be evaluated by the Graduate School on the strength of the application materials with special consideration to the following: Applicants must demonstrate via the dissertation prospectus and the CV that he/she:

  • Has conducted a significant and sound research project, and,
  • Meets one or more of the following criteria:
    • Exhibits a record of service that promotes equitable access to underrepresented groups, women, or racial minorities;
    • Expresses a commitment to research that is sensitive to inclusion of historically underserved populations and an understanding of issues of inequality;
    • Demonstrates potential to bring perspectives that come from an understanding of experiences of underserved populations to their academic research;
    • Has teaching/TA experience that demonstrates an understanding of barriers facing minorities, women, people with disabilities, and/or other groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education;
    • Exhibits a record of leadership or mentorship experience that advances or embraces inclusiveness.

Additional Requirements

Recipients are required to participate in the Graduate School Evening of Excellence held in the spring of the award period and lead a Graduate School brown-bag discussion with current students. Recipients must also meet with their dissertation committee at the beginning of each semester and submit a progress report to the Dean of the Graduate School. Funding for the second semester of fellowship is contingent upon an acceptable progress report and fulfilling the other requirements noted above.