School of Graduate Studies and Research

Master's Research or Creative Activity Fellowship

2016-2017 Academic Year Due Dates:
Dates Updated: November 30, 2016 and April 17, 2017


The Master's Research or Creative Activity Fellowship is one of the competitive graduate student research fellowships offered by the School of Graduate Studies and Research. This fellowship provides up to $1,000 for 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. New for 2016-2017: No more than 3 (three) student proposals will be funded per graduate program.


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 Master's Research or Creative Activity Fellowship. To be eligible, applicants must have filed an approved Graduate Committee and Option Approval Form with the graduate office prior to application for the fellowship. 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 the master's fellowship 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.


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

These fellowships 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.

These fellowships may not be used for:

  • Page charges or other costs associated with publication.
  • Salaries and benefits.
  • 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, complete it, and return it with one original complete application packet (paper copy) and 2 copies to the Graduate School, Room 214 in Barge Hall and email a PDF attachment of the complete application packet to the graduate school at  by the established deadlines. Late submissions will not be considered.

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 sign the application, certifying that the requested amounts are reasonable and justified. Please include a letter of support from your faculty advisor.

Please note: Applicants applying for both the spring quarter Master’s Research Fellowship and the Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship need to clarify how they are tied together. If the applicant has received a prior fellowship from the FDRC for which a final report was required, a copy of the final report should be submitted with the application.


Deadlines for submitting applications to the Faculty Development and Research Council for review and recommendation will be November 30, 2016 and April 17, 2017. The Council 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 Council (FDRC) of the Graduate School will review each proposal and provide recommendation as to funding.

Recommendations on proposals are made by a vote of the council. The council 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 FDRC Decision
Following the FDRC's review and recommendations, the applicant will be notified of the final outcome with copies to the Graduate Committee Chair.

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 FDRC and the student and the Graduate Committee Chair will be notified of the decision.

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