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Chancellor's Graduate Research Award
In an effort to maximize impact for our graduate students, the Graduate College revised the Chancellor's Graduate Research Award in Fall 2016.
Since its inception in 2009, the Chancellor’s Graduate Research Award has supported multidisciplinary scholarship in an attempt to expose graduate students to varied research and creative fields. The award mechanism has naturally evolved into a way for students early in their studies to develop new research directions for their PhD dissertations or terminal degree thesis/capstone project and has been used by graduate programs as a way for students to practice writing research proposals. Starting with the Fall 2016 competition, funding in the sum of $5,000 will now be available for one-year pilot grants to support preliminary research of students seeking future funding from external sources. (They are processed as awards--not grants. There is no tuition and fee waiver attached.)
Chancellor’s Graduate Research Award
The award amount will be $5,000. There is no renewal and students may not win this award more than once. Previous winners of the Chancellor’s Award, when it was a two-year award, are also ineligible.
Reviewers of the applications will consist of faculty members appointed by the Dean of the Graduate College. At least two reviewers will be assigned to each application. The reviewers will evaluate the applications using the eligibility and selection criteria. (These evaluations will be shared with the applicant to bolster subsequent external funding applications.) The reviewers will make recommendations to the Graduate College, who will determine the final recipients.
The student collects and compiles the required documents and submits them to the student’s academic degree program for review. The Director of Graduate Studies of that program submits the documents to the Graduate College. See below for deadlines.
Applicant Transmittal Form
Applications must also include all of the following:
Mentor Agreement Form
Statement of Research Goals and Project Description (2 pages)
Applicants should include these sections in their statement:
Although not required, references (end notes, citations) and/or relevant images may appear on ONE separate page. This page will NOT count toward the page limitations. Furthermore, it is recommended that applicants write to an educated layperson as at least one reviewer will likely be from a different field/department. Suggested layout: one-inch margins, single-spaced text in a 10 - 12 sized font.
Plans for Future Funding and Justification of Financial Need (1 page)
Résumé or CV (Limit of 4 pages)
Two (2) letters of recommendation, of which one letter must be from the faculty mentor who will direct the project. The student must include all forms and documents and submit them electronically to the Director of Graduate Studies or designated staff of their degree program. The DGS will review the application and submit it to the Graduate College by the submission deadline. [NEW! Past competitions required three letters.]
Incomplete applications, and those exceeding the page limits, will not be considered. Students do NOT submit materials directly to the Graduate College.
Please visit the Graduate College Fellowship and Awards Deadline page.
*NOTE: Your department/program has to review all student requests prior to submitting the documents to the Graduate College by the deadline of 4 p.m. (CST) on October 6, 2017. Consult with your program to determine its internal deadline.
The following is a link to general forms used for all fellowships. Use only those labeled for the Chancellor's Research Award.)
Information/forms for Directors of Graduate Studies/program submitters (Bluestem protected)
Accepting an award may affect federal student loan or work-study eligibility. For example, students with awards may not be able to receive federal loans, or may alter your existing loan package. Check with the Office of Student Financial Aid on eligibility requirements.
Students who accept an award but have already received a refund from a federal loan for the current year may have to pay back the loan refund. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information.
If applying for loans and/or work-study, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed. See the Graduate Student Guide from the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information.
The Graduate College cannot provide tax advice. Note that the award is reported on the 1098-T form.
Benn Williams, Fellowships and Awards Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org