Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships

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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 will be awarded semi-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.

Once the Graduate College announces the application deadline, students may be nominated via ONE Letter of Recommendation by their dissertation advisor OR the department chair OR the graduate program advisor. Please refer to the application for detailed information regarding requirements for (a) Letter of recommendation; (b) student eligibility; and (c) application.

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.

Next application cycle deadlines:

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 5 p.m. (EST).
  • Notifications of status will be sent within six weeks of application deadline.
  • Questions or Concerns? Contact Dr. Marianne Di Pierro, Program Manager Graduate Research and Retention, at or via phone (269) 387-8249

Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship application

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

Those interested in becoming nominees for the Gwen Frostic Dissertation Fellowship are strongly encouraged to attend a special seminar to assist them. Seminars are generally offered two weeks prior to the submission deadline. Please visit the Events Page at the following URL for details and to register: