This competitive award, offered quarterly on a pilot basis by the Graduate School during the 2019 calendar year, supports outstanding master’s and doctoral students who are in the final stages of their theses or dissertations by offering an award to cover the cost of three credits of tuition at the student’s tuition rate (resident/nonresident) and mandatory fees for one academic term only.
The award, useful in situations where GTA opportunities do not exist or where grant funding is insufficient to fund the student’s final term, enables students to focus on research and writing with the goal of improving the quality of their work and expediting time to degree completion.
Unit heads/chairs from each degree program (as defined by university major code) may nominate no more than one student (total) per award cycle. Nominations must be made during the term prior to the anticipated completion term. Requests for retroactive funding will not be considered.
- Winter: Open 12/3/18 to 12/17/18
- Spring: Open 2/18/19 to 3/4/19
- Summer: Open 5/13/19 to 5/28/19
- Fall: Open 8/5/19 to 8/19/19
To be eligible, recipients must:
- Be a master’s or doctoral student in the final year of their degree and completing a thesis or dissertation
- Be making satisfactory academic progress, as determined by their graduate program
- Have completed all coursework requirements
- Have passed written (if required) and oral preliminary exams (if required)
- Have passed a dissertation proposal defense (if required)
- Be able to successfully defend the thesis/dissertation within the award period
Students are ineligible for funding if:
- They have tuition support from the college, academic unit, or external training grant during their final academic term specifically intended to cover cost of tuition
- They have previously received Graduate School Thesis/Dissertation Completion Award funds
- They have not successfully defended their thesis or dissertation and are preparing for a re-defense
Cost of three credits of tuition at student’s tuition rate (resident/non-resident) and mandatory fees for one academic term. Note: enrollment at three credits may affect students’ financial aid packages and/or international students’ immigration status. Prior to nomination, students are responsible for checking with appropriate units to determine their eligibility for this award and if/how it may affect enrollment requirements and other funding.
The department chair should submit the following nomination materials during the term prior to the anticipated completion term:
- A joint nomination letter (one letter total, no more than 2 pages) from the unit head/program director and thesis/dissertation advisor. The nomination letter must address each of the eligibility/ineligibility requirements above and describe:
- the student’s research, including its quality and likely contributions to the field of study or discipline
- the student’s timeline for completion of the thesis/dissertation including the likelihood the student will successfully defend the thesis/dissertation within the award period
- Student nominee’s CV
- Abstract of the student nominee’s thesis/dissertation
The selection committee will base its selection on the following criteria:
- Quality of the student’s CV
- Quality of the student’s research including its likelihood of contributing to the field of study or discipline
- Reasonability of the proposed completion timeline and likelihood the student will successfully defend the thesis/dissertation within the award period
- Confirmation that the college, academic unit, or external grant agency is not providing any financial support specifically intended to cover cost of tuition