Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships

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Western Michigan University Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships

Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships are funded from an endowment by the late poet, artist, and naturalist, Gwen Frostic, a Western Michigan University alumna, class of 1929. Awards assist recipients in all disciplines with doctoral dissertation completion. Applicants should be within one year of dissertation completion.

These highly competitive fellowships annually to doctoral students engaged in dissertation research in any field. The fellowships, in an amount to be determined by the Graduate College, will defray educational expenses, including tuition and fees, materials, and travel related directly to the completion of the dissertation. Purchase of computers is not permitted. Funds must be spent in the year (365 days) following the award. The award terminates when the doctoral degree has been conferred.

Eligibility Criteria:

Nominees must have a Dissertation Proposal Approval Form (NOT THE PROPOSAL) on file at the Graduate College. Nominees must (a) be in good academic standing; (b) be an enrolled student; (c) have met the residency requirement, if applicable: be enrolled full time in two consecutive semesters in an academic year; enrollment in both summer sessions is equivalent to one semester; and (d) demonstrate progress toward degree completion

Award amount:

Up to $4,000

Guidelines for the application process : 

Access the online application here: Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship application 

Letter of Nomination

Important: A Letter of Nomination must be emailed by the student's dissertation advisor or the department/graduate program advisor or the department chair, on university letterhead. The letter should also include the name of ONE additional faculty member who may be contacted during the application process. Send it directly to in PDF format by the application deadline.

The Letter of Nomination must clearly address the following elements:

  1. The student's name and the name of the fellowship
  2. Please ensure the student is currently enrolled
  3. Indicate the likelihood that the student will complete the dissertation within or by the following time period: Fall 2019 - Summer II 2020
  4. Significance of the dissertation research as it is situated in the respective discipline
  5. The student’s academic/scholarly accomplishments
  6. The scholarly scientific promise of the student
  7. Any other elements that will distinguish the student’s nomination

Page updated Jan 18, 2018