Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grants

Program Summary
The Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant program provides both funding and intensive mentoring to doctoral candidates who are within six months of completing their dissertations. It is designed to enable candidates to focus full time on the writing of their dissertations, improving the quality of the dissertation and shortening the time required to complete the doctoral degree.

Eligibility

  • - This grant is for students who have demonstrated difficulties in completing the dissertation and would benefit from the intensive mentoring and the six months dedicated to writing that are provided by this program.
  • - Grants are available to doctoral candidates (ABD) who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in any field of study.
  • - To be eligible for a grant, students must have collected all data, completed all major research, and be in their final year of dissertation writing and must have completed all course requirements, as well as preliminary written and oral exams.
  • -Eligibility is limited to those who have the potential for completing the dissertation within the 6-month grant period.
  • - Grant recipients may not simultaneously hold assistantships or be engaged in outside employment during the tenure of their awards.

The student’s committee chair must be prepared to participate fully in this program and do all he or she can to expedite the student’s progress, including meeting with the student frequently and returning drafts in a timely manner.

Program Requirements
As grantees, the students must agree to:

  • - Attend support group meetings and writing workshops with other program participants;
  • - Meet regularly with a designated dissertation writing coach;
  • - Actively support other grantees in meeting the shared goal of completing their dissertations; and
  • - Dedicate the grant period to finishing their dissertations.

Participants’ progress towards completion of the dissertation, as well as the extent to which they are participating in all program activities, will be continually evaluated. Should a student not be making satisfactory progress and/or participating in program activities, the grant may be terminated.

Awards
A total of 16 grants will be awarded to doctoral candidates in 2014-2015. Eight awards will be made for the period July 1 to December 31, 2014, and another eight awards made for the period January 1 to June 30, 2015. Students will receive a stipend in the amount of $10,000 during their grant period, which will be disbursed in monthly installments. In addition to the stipend, health insurance and tuition will be covered by the grant.

Application Process
Students may be nominated for only one grant period. Directors of Graduate Programs should submit the nomination form, as well as supporting documentation as indicated on the form to Dr. David Shafer in the Graduate School via e-mail at david_shafer@ncsu.edu.

Application Deadlines and Review
Applications will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Graduate School. Grant periods for 2014-15 are as follows: July 1 to December 31, 2014, and January 1 to June 30, 2015. The deadline for receipt of nominations for the first grant period is May 15, 2014, and for the second grant period is October 15, 2014. Awards will be announced by June 2014 and November 2014, respectively.

For further information, please contact Dr. David Shafer, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, at 919-515-4462 or via e-mail at david_shafer@ncsu.edu.