EHE Dissertation Applications Due January 19

The College of Education and Human Ecology, in partnership with the Educational Studies Graduate Studies Committee , awards graduate dissertation research fellowships each academic year, based on availability of funds. The intent of the Dissertation Fellowships is to support outstanding students in the completion of their programs, by allowing them to focus on their dissertation research.

Doctoral students who have successfully passed candidacy or will be in candidacy beginning in Summer 2024.
Please follow these instructions when assembling your application.

Application Requirements

Cover letter that includes the following information:

  • Name.
  • Department.
  • Program area.
  • Degree.
  • Address.
  • Work telephone.
  • Home telephone.
  • Email.
  • Major advisor.
  • GPA.
  • Date candidacy exam completed or when scheduled.
  • Date application submitted.
  • Signature.

Research Proposal
Up to a 6-page proposal (excluding references and appendix section), single-spaced, 12-point font, of the student’s dissertation research which must include the following sections:

  • Background and significance.
  • Data collection plan.
  • Research design and methods.
  • Timeline for proposed research.

Advisor Letter
Letter of support from the major advisor that:

  • Confirms that the submitted proposal is the basis for the dissertation research and that funds for conducting the planned project are available, if necessary (indicate source of such funds).
  • Comments on the student’s research performance to date, and quality and potential impact of the proposed research.
  • Comments on the proposed timeline for the dissertation research and the students’ readiness to undertake the planned project.
  • Comments on the how the student aligns with the department’s mission statement.
  • Indicates expectations for the student’s post-doctoral career and the likelihood of the student’s future success in their scholarly field.

Recommendation Letters
Recommendation letters from two faculty members other than the major advisor that:

  • Comments on the student’s research performance and the quality of the proposed research plan.
  • Indicates expectations and likelihood of success for student’s post-doctoral career.

Curriculum Vita
Curriculum vita containing information on:

  • Peer-reviewed publications; manuscripts that have been submitted and are under review by application deadline should be listed, including abstracts and proceedings (indicate whether peer-reviewed).
  • Presentations at professional conferences.
  • Recognition, honors, and awards (local and national).
  • Involvement in professional and community organizations.

Advising Report
Advising Report from Graduate School (log into Buckeye Link to retrieve your advising report)

Application Deadline and Submission Information

Email the entire PDF (without the letters of recommendations) application packet by 5 p.m. EST, Friday, January 19, 2024, to

Faculty who are writing letters of recommendation can send them separately to

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