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Graduate School Scholarships

The Graduate School is committed to providing scholarships and fellowships for outstanding graduate students admitted to its academic programs. The scholarships and fellowships provide a valuable structure of financial support to ensure students can enjoy the benefits of a superior academic experience. Nominations for the 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.  (6 to 7 awards each year)

Eligibility

This fellowship is open to all active doctoral graduate students in good standing who have successfully passed their preliminary examination, and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled either full-or part-time during the fall 2017 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 level 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 August 15
  • College nominations: December 15
    (Contact Department or College for internal deadlines)
  • Award announcement: February
  • Award to student: Fall 2017

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 award each year)

Eligibility

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

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 curriculum vita.

Deadline

  • Call: Opens on August 15
  • College nominations: December 15
    (Contact Department or College for internal deadlines)
  • Award announcement: February
  • Award to student: Fall 2017

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:

  • 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 award 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 currently are enrolled in a doctoral program at WSU and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled either full- or part-time during the fall 2017 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 curriculum vita.

Deadline

  • Call: Opens on August 15
  • College nominations: December 15
    (Contact Department or College for internal deadlines)
  • Award announcement: February
  • Award to student: Fall 2017

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:

  • 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 awards each year)

Eligibility

This fellowship is open to all doctoral graduate students in good standing who have successfully passed their preliminary examination and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled either full-or part-time during the fall 2017 semester to be eligible for the award. 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: February 27
  • Award to student: Fall 2017

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

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 $1,000 award. (3 to 5 awards each year)

Eligibility

Open to all doctoral graduate students in good standing who are also conducting research/scholarship in the social sciences or humanities and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled either full-or part-time during the fall 2017 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, a maximum 500-word prospectus describing research/scholarship related to the social sciences or humanities, and a curriculum vita. 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 August 15
  • College nominations: December 15
    (Contact Department or College for internal deadlines)
  • Award announcement: February
  • Award to student: Fall 2017

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:

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

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. (3 to 5 awards each year)

Eligibility

This fellowship is open to all doctoral graduate students in good standing who are conducting interdisciplinary research/scholarship and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled either full-or part-time during the fall 2017 semester to be eligible for the award.

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 level 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 August 15
  • College nominations: December 15
    (Contact Department or College for internal deadlines)
  • Award announcement: February
  • Award to student: Fall 2017

Selection Process

Nominations will be evaluated by the Graduate School based upon:

  • 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 multidiscipline 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.


The Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines

The Award

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines. This is a $2,000 award ($1,000 each year for 2 years from the Graduate School and $1,000 matched each year by the college or department). (15 to 20 awards each year)

Eligibility

This scholarship is open to all doctoral applicants to WSU in a STEM discipline. STEM includes the NSF STEM classification of instructional programs; agricultural sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, geosciences, life/biological sciences, mathematics, physics/astronomy. Scholarships must be articulated with an assistantship offer to the student. Colleges must match the scholarship ($1,000) for the first and second year of student enrollment.

Nomination Process

The nominations will come from the Dean of the College. All colleges with STEM disciplines can nominate one or two applicants for the scholarship. One applicant if the college has less than 100 currently enrolled doctoral graduate students in STEM fields and two applicants if the college has more than 100 currently enrolled doctoral graduate students in the STEM fields. Colleges with very high numbers of currently enrolled STEM doctoral students and a strong applicant pool can request additional scholarships. A request for additional nominations will be evaluated by the Graduate School on the strength of the letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores, and scholarly activities of the proposed nominee. All recruitment scholarships are for two years.

Deadline

  • Call: Open on August 15
  • Deadline: Nominations accepted up to April 1
  • Award: Begins the following fall semester

Selection Process

Nominations will be evaluated by the Graduate School on the strength of the letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores, and scholarly activities.

Additional Requirements

Recipients are required to write a thank-you letter and attend the Graduate School Awards Ceremony as part of this 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, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. 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 August 15
  • Applications are due by January 15th 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 February 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.