Supplemental Funding Opportunities

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  1. Summer Research GA for 9-month Doctoral / MFA students.  Students may apply for a summer research GA totaling $3,000 when no other funding sources are available.  Application must be made to seek this funding including the candidate’s name, degree being sought, anticipated graduation date, name and signature of primary advisor, department head/chair and dean from program of study, description of how funding will be used over the summer including expected deliverables.  A statement must be made describing that alternative summer support is not available and describe how support was provided previously and will be in the future.  Note, funding for these scholarships is limited and will be competitive.  Applications must be submitted to the Graduate School by May 5 with a decision made by May 12. The student must register for 3 credit hours and tuition cost for this will be covered in the award.  Students may register for more than 3 credits, but this tuition cost will not be covered.
    Summer Research GA application
  2. Bridge funding for Doctoral / MFA students in their final year of study (i.e., dissertation year) in the event that funding has run out.  Application must be made to seek this funding including the candidate’s name, degree being sought, start date, expected end date (to be within one year from request of bridge funding), name and signature of primary advisor, department head and dean from program of study, description of how funding was provided previously and why additional funding is not available.  Note, faculty RIF is considered to be a valid source of graduate student funding.  A statement must be made describing that adequate progress has been made with an expectation of completion on end date.  List monthly stipend, number of semesters of additional funding being requested (not to exceed three), and remaining credits needed toward degree.  Applications must be submitted to the Graduate School by October 1 for the spring semester, February 1 for the summer semester, and May 1 for the fall semester.  It is anticipated that 5 competitive scholarships will be available on an annual basis.
    Bridge funding application
  3. Encourage more aggressive recruiting with a 2-for-1 backstop program.  In the case where one position is available, an offer may be extended to two students (primary – to be supported by the unit and alternate – to be supported from the 2-1 backstop program) to increase the chances that at least one student will accept.  In the event that both accept, bridge funding would be available for the alternate student for one year with the expectation that this student would be picked up in subsequent years by the unit.  Application must be submitted to the Graduate School and made to seek this funding including both the primary and secondary candidates’ name(s), position number(s), degree being sought, start date, name and signature of department head and dean from program of study, and a description of the source of funding in year 2 and beyond.  Evidence must be provided that sources are not available in year 1 to support the alternate candidate.  List monthly stipend and expected number of credits that will be taken during the first year. Funding will only be provided from the 2-for-1 backstop in the case where the alternate student enrolls.  A limited number of students can be supported with the backstop program (10), and requests will be honored on a first come first awarded basis. 
    2-for-1 Backstop application