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School of Graduate Studies and Research

Graduate Student Summer Fellowship

Deadline: April 28, 2021

Application Instructions
Download the instructions and prepare your application prior to submitting the online application. If also applying for the Graduate Student Research Support Award, please indicate in your application how the expenses relate to your summer fellowship.


Each application must be reviewed by the applicant's graduate committee and aspects related to research or creative activity approved prior to submission of the application. The applicant's graduate committee chair must provide a letter of support certifying that the research/activity is supported by the committee.

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.


The FDRC (Faculty Development and Research Committee) of the School of Graduate Studies and Research has established a limited number of competitive Graduate Student Summer Fellowships to assist Central Washington University graduate students with their research, creative and scholarly projects. These activities are expected to benefit the student scholar, faculty mentor, and the university.

The applicant must be accepted in or enrolled in a CWU graduate program and in good academic standing at the time of application. The student must not graduating the summer quarter of the fellowship and must be enrolled in classes the next academic term. The Option Approval Form must be on file at the Graduate School prior to submitting your application. Students who have chosen an exam option as their culminating experience are not eligible to apply. Applications are to be endorsed by your graduate committee chair. 

Award amount
The Graduate Student Summer Research or Creative Activity Fellowship provides up to $3,500 for 10 weeks of research between June 16 and Sept 1. During the 10 week research period, CWU and outside employment should be limited to half-time to allow adequate time to fulfill research commitments. This fellowship is considered taxable income and will be paid accordingly; the payment mechanism is based on recent CWU employment status. 

Funded activities

This fellowship in intended to support, in the first instance, scholarly activity by a graduate student that has good potential to help the student complete degree requirements, including culminating master's theses or creative projects. In rare cases and if funds are available, the fellowship may be awarded to students for scholarly activity other than degree related if such activity has a realistic potential to lead to external dissemination (e,g., publications, presentations, exhibition, performances) and/or to further research or funding outside of CWU.

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


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. / 509-963-3101

Notification: The Internal Funding Review Committee will review the proposals and notification to applicants will generally occur within one month following each announced deadline date.

Final Report
Fellowship recipients will submit a detailed report of activities and results to the Chair of the Graduate School within three months after the end of the appointment. Appointees are required to provide the graduate office copies of any publications or grant applications that result from work conducted under the appointment.

If, for any reason, a fellowship 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 Internal Funding Review Committee and then the student and the Graduate Committee Chair will be notified of the decision.

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