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School of Graduate Studies and Research

Graduate Student Research Support Award

2017-2018 Academic Year Due Dates:
 November 23, 2017 and April 17, 2018

Summary

The Graduate Student Research Support award is one of the competitive graduate student research fellowships offered by the School of Graduate Studies and Research. This award provides up to $1,000 for non-retroactive travel, supplies, services, equipment, and other materials for research projects or creative activities that contribute to a graduate student's thesis or project or portfolio review.  No more than 3 (three) student proposals will be funded per graduate program.

Eligibility

Any CWU graduate student in good academic standing who is pursuing the thesis, project, or portfolio review option as partial fulfillment of master's degree requirements may apply for a research support award. To be eligible, applicants must have filed an approved Graduate Committee and Option Approval Form with the graduate office prior to application for the award. Please feel free to contact our office if you need to confirm that we have your form on file.

Award amount

The maximum amount of support is $1,000. Graduate students may qualify for this fellowship only once (unless they pursue a second master's in a different field and elect the thesis, project, or portfolio review option).

If your research involves humans or animals, you will have to submit a protocol for approval by the Human Subjects Review committee, HSR; or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, IACUC.

Expenditures

Payment of expenses for approved projects will be coordinated by the staff in the graduate office.

Funds may be used for:

  • Supplies, services, materials and equipment needed to conduct research related to the thesis or project
  • Travel justified by the nature of the thesis or project
  • Maps, graphs, and other specialized graphics required for the thesis or project

Funds may not be used for:

  • Retroactive travel related expenses
  • Page charges or other costs associated with publication
  • Salaries and benefits or incentives
  • Ordinary thesis preparation costs, including cotton paper, typing, and binding

All items (equipment, books, supplies, etc.) purchased by the fellowship funds become the property of the university. All purchased equipment must be placed on inventory and may be required to receive a CWU account number according to regular university procedures before it can be used on a project. The disposition of equipment after the completion of the project is negotiated by the department chair and school/college dean.

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The Application

Each applicant must obtain the application packet, which is being updated for the November deadline.

Each application must be reviewed by the applicant's graduate committee and all requested expenditures approved prior to submission of the application. The applicant's graduate committee chair must include a letter of support certifying that the requested amounts are reasonable and justified.

If the applicant has received a prior fellowship from the SGSR for which a final report was required, a copy of the final report should be submitted with the application.


General Guidelines

Applicants should not assume that the reviewers are familiar with the details of their scholarly work and should offer sufficient background information to assist the reviewers. To be eligible, applicants must have filed an approved Graduate Committee and Option Approval Form with the graduate school prior to application for the fellowship. Please feel free to contact the School of Graduate Studies and Research if you need to confirm that we have your form on file. masters@cwu.edu / 509-963-3101

Deadlines

Deadlines for submitting applications to the Faculty Development and Research Committee of the Graduate School for review and recommendation will be November 23 and April 17. The committee will review the proposals and notification of applications will generally occur within one month following each announced deadline date.


Review and Evaluation of Applications

Review and Evaluation of Applications
The Faculty Development and Research Committee of the Graduate School will review each proposal and provide recommendation as to funding.

Recommendations on proposals are made by a vote of the committee. The committee may take one of four actions:
1. Not to fund
2. Request further information or clarification
3. Partially fund
4. Fund in full

All comments by the graduate committee chair and discussions of the applications are considered confidential. The text and approved budget of funded proposals are available to the public.

Notification of Decision
Following the Faculty Development and Research Committee review and recommendations, the applicant will be notified of the final outcome with copies to the Graduate Committee Chair.

If, for any reason, a research support award recipient is unable to complete the project within the proposed time frame, they must contact The Dean of School of Graduate Studies and Research immediately. If an extension is needed in order to complete the research or creative activity outlined in the original application, rationale for the extension must be provided in writing. The request will be reviewed by the committee and then the student and the Graduate Committee Chair will be notified of the decision.

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