Grant-in-Aid of Doctoral Research
Due: Friday, October 19, 2018 / Friday, February 8, 2019
Purpose: These awards provide funding for Bloomington graduate students for unusual expenses incurred in connection with doctoral dissertation research, such as travel to special libraries or laboratories, payments to consultants, specialized equipment, and duplication of vital materials needed for writing the dissertation. Expenses that are not supported include typing and duplicating of dissertations, tuition, normal living expenses, routine laboratory supplies, and computers.
In the case of requests for equipment, the Director of Graduate Studies must verify that neither the equipment requested nor the funds are available to support the research. In case the application is funded for an amount below that necessary to purchase the equipment, the department will be responsible for the additional funds. At the completion of the project, the equipment must remain with the department and made available for future research projects by other graduate students.
Eligibility Criteria: A student must have been formally admitted to Ph.D. candidacy by the application deadline (the Nomination to Candidacy Form must have been approved by The University Graduate School). Students pursuing doctoral degrees other than the Ph.D. (i.e., Ed.D. or D.M.) may also apply for a Grant-in-Aid of Doctoral Research Award. Current students must be enrolled full-time on the Bloomington campus during the semester in which an application is submitted.
Nomination Process: A complete nomination must consist of the following to be submitted online using these pages:
Application form, found below, including signatures of the student, Dissertation Director, and the Director of Graduate Studies
Letter of nomination from the Department Chairperson or from a Faculty Member designated by the Chairperson
An abstract of the dissertation proposal not to exceed one-hundred words
A copy of the curriculum vitae/résumé for the candidate
Two (2) letters of recommendation: a letter of support from the Dissertation Director and a letter of support from another individual knowledgeable about the proposed research. Letters should evaluate the merit of the research, the reasonableness of the proposed expenses, and progress to date. The letter from the Dissertation Director should address the availability of other funds to support the project and explain the nature of the unusual expense
If there is more than one application from a department, the Director of Graduate Studies should report the departmental ranking in the appropriate section of the Grant-in-Aid of Research Application.
Award Value: The maximum amount awarded to any student is $1,000. The amount of the award is determined by the combination of available funding and the judged significance of the proposed work. Any eligible student may apply for the Fall and Spring competitions, but may only receive a total of $1,000 per academic year.
Student Deadline: Students must contact their department for the internal deadline, which precedes the University Graduate School deadline. All nominations must be submitted by the nominee’s department to the University Graduate School. We will not accept any self-nominations.
Questions may be directed to the Graduate Fellowships and Awards Coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.