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NDSU Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Awards


Deadline: February 29, 2016 AT 5:00 PM--Extended to March 7. 

Request for Proposal
The NDSU Graduate School is pleased to announce the availability of Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year.  These awards are designed to increase the completion rate of Ph.D. students.

Description of the Program
Support will be available for up to 12 months to enable students to dedicate their time exclusively to dissertation research. The stipend level will be $2,000 per month and it may be augmented from other sources (but the student is not to have additional employment). In addition, up to $2,500 may be awarded for research supplies and to support student travel for presentations at national/international meetings. Applications must be made by the students and include supplemental information provided by their advisers, along with endorsement from their Program Chair and/or Graduate Director. Students must have advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. before funding can begin. In addition, students are expected to complete their dissertation during the year of funding.

It is anticipated that at least 4-5 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships will be awarded. A committee will be appointed to evaluate the applications.

Primary Evaluation Criteria: 

  • Quality of Research Summary and Credentials of the Ph.D. student (five pages including references, prepared by student)
  • A timeline indicating likelihood of completion of dissertation in 12 months (prepared by student)
  • Quality of Mentoring Plan (two pages, prepared by adviser)

Proposal Requirements Checklist

Submit your materials as one document in the following order:  

  1. Cover Page that states the student's name, date student passed or is scheduled to complete her/his candidacy examination (prelims), GPA, and highest degree held, as well as the adviser's name, office address, phone number, and email address.
  2. Departmental Endorsement Letter from the Program Chair and/or Graduate Director, including an explanation of how this award will increase the number of Ph.D. students in the department.
  3. Research Summary written by the student which describes the proposed research and consists of no more than five double-spaced pages, font no smaller than 10 pt. The summary should include the topic name, an abstract, a description of the work to be completed during the award, and references.
  4. Projected Timeline for completion of the Ph.D. degree by the applying student.
  5. Student's credentials, including a vita, graduate transcript, and a list of any previous scholarly activity related to the proposed research project.
  6. Budget which includes (a) stipend, travel to meetings, and research supplies and (b) budget justification.
  7. Mentoring Plan written by the adviser which describes the research environment and resources available to the student and consists of no more than two double-spaced pages.

Forms must be submitted electronically by February 29, 2016 AT 5:00 PM to:

Please direct your questions to Thomas I. Wahl, Associate Dean of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies at 231-7270 or

Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

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