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Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships

The Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships are funded generously from an endowment made possible by the late poet, artist, and naturalist, Gwen Frostic, a Western Michigan University (WMU) alumna, Class of 1929. Awards are given to assist recipients with the completion of doctoral dissertations in all disciplines. a photo of a student teacher showing elementary students how to use a digital camera in a classroom.  The camera is on a tripod which is set at table height to capture an image of a paper that's been placed on the table.

These generous and highly competitive fellowships will be awarded semi-annually by the Graduate College to doctoral students engaged in dissertation research from any field. The fellowships, in an amount to be determined by the Graduate College, will defray education expenses, including tuition and fees, materials, and travel related directly to the completion of the dissertation. Funds must be spent in the year (365 days) following the award. The award terminates when the doctoral degree has been conferred upon a Fellow.

Upon announcement of the application deadline by the Graduate College, students may be nominated by their dissertation advisor, with a letter of transmission from the department chair or program head. These letters shall indicate the significance of the dissertation research, the accomplishments of the student, and the scholarly or scientific promise of the student. The nomination must be accompanied by the student’s curriculum vitae, approved dissertation proposal, and a budget of expenses.

The Graduate College provides special workshops for graduate students interested in submitting applications for the the Gwen Frostic Fellowship, Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and the Patricia Thompson Dissertation Award. See our Events listings for workshop dates.

Next application deadline: Monday, November 16, 2015

The Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship application

Gwen Frostic, Patricia Thompson & Dissertation Completion Fellowship E-Folder Handouts