Direct from the doctoral candidate. A letter of recommendation from your major professor
and 500 word description of the dissertation project. The student must be engaged
full-time in the completion of the research and writing of the dissertation, including
continued communication with the major professor/s. This Fellowship is not to be used
for funding after a successful dissertation defense.
The description of the dissertation project should present an abstract of your research
prospectus (not to exceed 500 words):
Purpose, Objective, and Rationale: This section should summarize your study accurately and concisely by explaining the
overall purpose of the study and the research problem you intend to investigate.
Methods: Clearly and precisely describe your intended methodology and procedures and why you
have selected these particular approaches. This should summarize the basic design
of your study. Your study should follow the accepted paradigms, discourses, and current
approaches in your field.
Major Findings: Specify how your work will contribute to your field of study, how it will answer
your research questions, and the overall impact of your study in your academic area.
Report any current findings already completed and clarify your remaining timeframe.
Timeframe: Specify the timeline in which your project will occur and develop time limits for
individual components of your project.