Thesis Research Support Fellowships are competitive fellowships designed to support master's students' thesis research. Funds are intended to cover expenses directly related to thesis research, with recipients submitting a final report to the associate dean that details their progress and the use of their funds. The fellowships are available for continuing master's students and offered twice per year.
You can request up to $2,000 to cover expenses directly related to conducting your thesis research.
Examples of allowable expenditures include the following items:
- materials/supplies to support the research
- travel which directly relates to conducting the research
- other research-related expenses approved by the thesis committee chair and The Graduate College
Examples of expenditures not allowed include the following items:
- travel to conferences to present research papers or posters (see Graduate Student Travel Funds for more information)
- cost for printing and/or binding the thesis
- publication costs
In order to meet the eligibility requirements, you must
- be enrolled in a thesis master’s program
- be in good academic standing
- have an approved Thesis Proposal form on file in The Graduate College at the time of application
- be enrolled in a thesis course during the semester in which the award is made
- not be a previous recipient of a Thesis Research Support Fellowship
If you log into the scholarship system and the Thesis Research Support Fellowship does not appear in your list of available scholarships, you currently do not meet one of the eligibility requirements, e.g., we may not have received your thesis proposal yet. If you have questions regarding your eligibility, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The items below are required in order to complete and submit your fellowship application:
- narrative description of your thesis research project using jargon-free language appropriate for a non-specialized audience as often as possible. Please adhere to the following formatting specifications:
- two pages or less (this should not include your reference section; a reference section will be a separate item that you can upload, if needed, in the scholarship system)
- 12 point font
- one-inch margins
- itemized budget request (not exceeding the $2,000 maximum allowable with the fellowship) and
- budget narrative justifying the funds requested
- reference section (if needed)
- resume or CV (two pages or less)
- letter of support from your thesis committee chair indicating the merits of the proposed research
- application checklist
Important: Please remember to follow the formatting instructions noted above regarding page limits, font size, margins, and line spacing in your application materials. Failure to follow the instructions will disqualify your application from review.
There are two rounds of applications each year. All application requirements must be submitted during the following time periods:
- fall semester round: April 15 – June 30
- spring semester round: September 15 – November 15
Successful applications are often begun well in advance of the closing date of the application period.
Your thesis proposal must be formally approved by The Graduate College a minimum of one business day prior to the close of the application period.
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the graduate dean. The selection committee will make its recommendations to the dean of The Graduate College, who will make the final decision.
If you are awarded a Thesis Research Support Fellowship, you will be required to submit a report, approved by your thesis committee chair, to the associate dean of The Graduate College within one year of receiving the fellowship or upon completion of the thesis, whichever occurs first. The final report is submitted online and consists of several short summaries (e.g., summary of project, summary of how funds were spent, summary of how the Fellowship supported your thesis research) that detail your progress in completing your thesis and your use of the funds in support of the research.