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School of Graduate Studies and Research

Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship



The Faculty Development and Research Council has established a limited number of competitive Graduate Student Summer Research 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 have completed the graduate degree before the period of the award. Applications must be endorsed by a faculty mentor. The student must be registered for either summer or fall quarter.

Award amount

The Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship provides a fellowship of $2,800 for 10 weeks of research between June 16 and Sept 1. Fellowships will be paid semi-monthly on the 1st and 15th for a total of five checks beginning mid-June. During the 10 week research period, CWU and outside employment should be limited to half-time to allow adequate time to fulfill research commitments.

Funded activities

This fellowship is intended to support any scholarly activity by a graduate student that has good potential for significance outside of Central Washington University. In other words, the activity should have realistic potential to lead to dissemination (e.g., publications, presentations, exhibitions, performances) and/or to further research or funding outside of CWU. Scholarly works that are related to completion of degree requirements, including theses or master's projects, are eligible for the fellowship so long as they have this potential for visibility beyond the university.

The Application

Each applicant must obtain the application form, complete it, and return it to the School of Graduate Studies and Research by the established deadline. Late submissions cannot be considered.

The application must include:

  • A cover page form that must be completed by the applicant and signed by both the applicant and the applicant's faculty mentor.
  • An abstract/project summary, not to exceed 150 words.
  • A project description addressing the scholarly significance, action plan/methods, and the extramural potential for the project.
  • A letter of support from the faculty mentor.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume.


The deadline for submitting applications to the Faculty Development and Research Council for review and recommendation is April 15. In the event this day falls on a weekend or holiday, the due date will be the next business day. Applications must be delivered to the graduate office before 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date; those received after the deadline will not be considered until the next scheduled review session. Applications must be complete at time of submission, including signed approvals by the faculty mentor.

Review and Evaluation of Applications

The application must be approved by the faculty mentor before submission to the Faculty Development and Research Council. Each member of the council will receive a copy of the submitted application for purposes of review and recommendation. Criteria for the evaluation of the proposals include:

  • Abstract/Summary
  • Scholarly Significance
  • Action Plan/Methods
  • Extramural Potential.

Recommendations on proposals are made by a vote of the council. The council chair (dean of graduate studies) does not vote except to break ties.


The council 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 Faculty Development and Research Council 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.