DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP

Texas A&M University
2021-2022 Dissertation Fellowship (Round 1) Announcement
Graduate and Professional School

Award Information

The Graduate and Professional School offers Dissertation Fellowships to students in the dissertation phase of their degree program. Dissertation Fellowships are intended to support doctoral students in the final analysis of their research topic and the final writing of the dissertation. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Graduate and Professional School will offer 10 fellowships in the fall and 5 in the spring to students who will graduate by August 2022 and December 2022, respectively. This fellowship is NOT intended to finance data collection or the completion of doctoral coursework. Priority will be given to doctoral students whose primary financial support for 2021-2022 is NOT related to their research (e.g. GANT, GAL, GAT, Self-funded). Students who have funding related to their dissertation research or who anticipate graduating by December 2021 will be least likely to receive this fellowship.

In addition to meeting the stated criteria of eligibility, applicants for the 2021-2022 Dissertation Fellowship awards must be students currently enrolled in the colleges or interdisciplinary programs of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Agribusiness and Managerial Economics, Architecture, Mays Business School, Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Genetics, Geosciences, Liberal Arts, Neuroscience, Science, Toxicology, Water Management and Hydrological Science, or Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Deadline Dates

All application materials from the student must be submitted online by 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, May 14, 2021. There will be NO exceptions to this date or time.

Instructions for Submittal

Application Link
** The application must be completed online and in one session, as the form cannot be saved for a future session; please allow adequate time for completion.  **

Tuition and Stipends

The Dissertation Fellowship stipend is $1,600 per month from Fall 2021 (September 2021) through Summer 2022 (August 2022) OR graduation, depending on which occurs first. The fellowship also includes payment for tuition and required university and college fees for the minimum number of required credit hours for the fellowship recipient (such as by immigration visa, federal loan deferral, etc.).

During the 12-month fellowship period, Dissertation Fellows are eligible to participate in A&M University System insurance programs.

Prior to September 2021, fellowship recipients could be reimbursed for the cost of their health insurance coverage (medical only) at an amount up to the equivalent cost of the employer contribution for the student-only plan type on the A&M Grad Plan.

Effective September 2021, recipients may be reimbursed for the cost of their health insurance coverage (medical only) at an amount up to the equivalent cost of the employer contribution for the same plan type (student only, student + spouse, student + children, student + family) on the A&M Grad Plan. Below is an example of the reimbursement and out of pocket expenses for each plan type, based on the 2020-2021 A&M Grad Plan premiums. This example will be updated upon release of the 2021-2022 A&M Grad Plan premiums.
 
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U.S. citizens, permanent residents and international doctoral students are eligible to apply for this fellowship. Please note: Federal student loans require at least half-time enrollment to continue in your grace period or defer your student loan repayment. One hour of registration is not considered half time by your loan holder in most cases (even though the university may consider this half time), thus your grace period may end, or your repayment period may begin, earlier than anticipated.

Additional Information

Applicant Requirements

  • Be admitted to candidacy by May 14, 2021. To be admitted to candidacy for a doctoral degree, a student must have:
    1. Completed all formal coursework on the degree plan with the exception of any remaining 681, 684, 690, and 691 credit hours.
    2. Demonstrated a 3.0 Graduate GPR and a Degree Plan GPR of at least 3.0, with no grade lower than C in any course on the degree plan.
    3. Passed the preliminary examination (written and oral portions).
    4. Submitted an approved dissertation proposal.
    5. Met the degree residency requirements (see Graduate Catalog).
  • The Dissertation Fellowship will not be authorized for any doctoral student who has not been admitted to candidacy by May 14, 2021.

  • Reside in Bryan/College Station and conduct the work described in the Dissertation Fellowship application on campus, during the fellowship year (August 2021 through August 2022), except for TAMU doctoral students whose committee chair resides on the TAMU-Galveston campus. In the latter case, those students should be working on site in Galveston. This requirement is contingent on university policy related to COVID-19 for online courses and will be updated accordingly. At the moment, students unable to reside in Bryan/College Station or Galveston during all or part of the fellowship period for reasons specifically linked to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic must clearly articulate this in their application.
  • Submit, in writing, intent to apply for the Dissertation Fellowship to departmental faculty and staff graduate advisors. The intent to apply notification is not included in the application, but it is a formality that must be completed before you apply.

Restrictions

Dissertation Fellowship recipients may not accept any additional funding during the fellowship tenure period of September 2021 through August 2022.

Criteria

Reviewers will consider the following:

  • Content and quality of the abstract (refer to Thesis & Dissertation Manual as needed).
  • Work plan for completing the remaining degree requirements.
  • Academic performance and productivity while at Texas A&M University.
  • Potential impact of student’s research and scholarly work on society.
  • Financial need, especially for those students whose primary support is not related to their dissertation research.
  • COVID-19 related research delays.

Application Procedure

The following information is required to complete the application:

  • Number of scholarly products while a doctoral student at TAMU:  published articles or reviews, book chapters, conference papers produced and conference poster/oral presentations made.
  • Sources of financial support (past two years and current semester)
  • Abstract of dissertation research
  • Research impact statement (a statement speaking to the impact of the scholarly work on the community, state, nation or the global society-written in non-technical, lay language). One page limit.
  • Work plan for completing the remaining degree requirements (including defense, final revisions of dissertation, and approval by committee and thesis office) in the 12-month time frame: this should be detailed and realistic. One page limit.
  • Curriculum Vitae; be sure that full citations are provided for all publications, conference papers and conference presentation.
  • Copy of your degree evaluation confirming candidacy (click here for directions on how to run a degree evaluation)
  • Faculty Response form from student’s committee chair (click here for form)
  • Intent to apply notification, in writing, to departmental faculty and staff graduate advisors



Please submit a single .pdf file with each of the following documents included (in the following order):

  • Cover page including your first name, last name, UIN, department, and college
  • A one-page research impact statement (a statement speaking to the impact of the scholarly work on the community, state, nation or the global society-written in non-technical, lay language)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume; be sure that full citations are provided for all publications, conference papers and conference presentation.
  • A one-page work plan or timeline for completing the remaining degree requirements (including defense, final revisions of dissertation, and approval by committee and thesis office) in the 12-month time frame: this should be detailed and realistic.

Please name your file according to the following format: "LastNameFirstNameDissertationFellowship2021.pdf
 

The application site will be open until 5:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, May 14, 2021. Awards will be announced by early July 2021.

Each awarded student must submit a report at the end of each semester documenting his/her successful completion of outlined milestones.
 

For general questions about the Dissertation Fellowship requirements, please email:

grad-award-admin@tamu.edu.

Past Fellowship Recipients

Spring 2021 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2020 Disseration Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2020 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2019 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2019 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2018 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2018 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2017 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2017 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2016 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2016 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2015 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2015 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2014 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2014 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2013 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2013 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2012 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2012 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners

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