The Master's Research or Creative Activity Fellowship is one of two competitive research fellowships offered by the Office 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.
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:
Thesis fellowships may not be used for:
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.
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
Applications for the Master's Research or Creative Activity Fellowship may be secured from and returned to the Office 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 15 and April 15. The Council will review the proposals and notification of applications will generally occur within one month following each announced deadline date.
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:
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:
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.
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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