Two Provost funding opportunities for graduate students – deadlines apply

The Office of the Provost has announced two opportunities for graduate students to secure financial support in the spring and summer of 2016.

1. Spring 2016 Dissertation Completion Grants

Dissertation Completion Grants are awarded to doctoral students in the final semester of their dissertation. The Grants enable students to focus full time on research and writing, improving quality of the work, and shortening the time to complete their degree.

Dissertation Completion Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants must submit materials to the Office of the Provost by Friday, October 30, 2015 (see Application Process below). Recipients will be notified by Friday, November 6, 2015.

Eligibility Criteria
 Applicants must be full-time doctoral students.
 Applicants must have completed course requirements, passed all required written and oral exams, and have advanced to candidacy.
 Applicants must communicate regularly with their dissertation chair.
 Applicants must be able to complete their dissertation by the summer 2016 dissertation submission deadline.

Award
 Grant amount: $9,000.
 Tuition amount: Up to 3 credits of 999.
 Term of award: Spring 2016 semester.
 No assistantship or outside employment may be held during the award period.
 Students enrolled in Subsidized Graduate Health Insurance plan will maintain their policy for the duration of the plan year.

Application Process

http://esp.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Dissertation-Completion-Grant-Provost-spring-2016.pdf

2. Summer 2016 Research Fellowships

Summer Research Fellowships provide financial support to graduate students during the summer term, allowing students to devote significant time to dissertation or thesis research. The intent of the award is to foster greater professional productivity and to assist in timely degree completion.

Summer Research Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applicants must submit materials to the Office of the Provost by Friday, January 22, 2016 (see Application Process below). Recipients will be notified by Friday, February 26, 2016.

Eligibility Criteria
 Applicants must be doctoral or master’s students enrolled full-time during the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters.
 Applicants may not currently hold a fellowship that offers funding through the summer.
 Applicants may not hold an assistantship or accept outside employment during the award period.
 Doctoral students must have completed course requirements, passed all required written and oral exams, and be registered for dissertation credit in the spring 2016 semester.
 Master’s students must provide written verification of thesis proposal acceptance by thesis chair/committee no later than May 2, 2016 (last day of classes).

Award
 Fellowship amount: $7,000 for doctoral students; $5,000 for master’s students.
 Term of award: Summer 2016 (May 25 – August 24).
 Enrollment in summer coursework beyond dissertation or thesis credits must be approved in advance by the Associate Provost for Graduate Education.
 Student must submit a summary of the work produced at the conclusion of the summer.
 Student’s thesis or dissertation chair must be willing to provide a written evaluation

Application Process

http://esp.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Summer-Provost-Research-Fellowships-2016.pdf

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see https://registrar.gmu.edu/calendars/spring-2020/ and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: https://www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus