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School of Graduate Studies and Research

Master's Research or Creative Activity Fellowship


The Master's Research or Creative Activity Fellowship is one of two competitive research fellowships offered by the School of Graduate Studies and Research . This fellowship provides up to $700 for travel, supplies, services, equipment, and other materials for research projects or creative activities that contribute to a graduate student's thesis or project.


Any CWU graduate student 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 $700. 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).


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

Thesis fellowships may be used for:

  • Supplies, services, materials and equipment needed to complete 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.

Thesis 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 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 form, complete it, and return it to the graduate office by the established deadline. Late submissions cannot 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.

The application must include

  • A cover page form that must be completed by the applicant and signed by both the applicant and the graduate committee chair.
  • A project summary, not to exceed 150 words.
  • A project description addressing the four evaluation criteria listed below.
  • A detailed budget indicating the amount requested and purposes for which the money is sought.
  • A letter of support from the faculty advisor.

Deadlines (New for Academic Year 2014-15)

Applications for the Master's Research or Creative Activity Fellowship may be secured from and returned to the School of Graduate Studies and Research at any time. Deadlines for submitting applications to the Faculty Development and Research Council for review and recommendation will be November 21 and March 6. 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

Each member of the Faculty Development and Research Council will receive a copy of the submitted application for purposes of review and recommendation. Criteria for the evaluation of the proposals include the following:

  1. abstract/summary
  2. scholarly significance
  3. action plan/methods
  4. budget justification.

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

Following the Faculty Development and Research Council's review and recommendations, the applicant will be notified of the final outcome with copies to the graduate committee chair.

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