Richard McKaig Outsanding Doctoral Research Award  

The Richard McKaig Outstanding Doctoral Research Award is made possible by a grant from the Fraternity Executives Association. It will recognize an outstanding doctoral dissertation completed by an individual recently completing her/his doctorate. The recipient will receive a $1000 cash award and additional recognition at the annual meeting of the Association of Fraternity Advisers.  An abstract of the winning dissertation will be printed and distributed by the Center.

The purpose of the Richard McKaig Outstanding Doctoral Research Award is to encourage and support the study and dissemination of high quality research on the role of the fraternity and sorority in higher education. The award is meant to recognize students at the doctoral level who show promise in the field of student affairs. Submissions are anticipated from departments of higher education and student affairs, as well as relevant dissertations from other disciplines.

The individual whose dissertation is selected will receive:

Entrance Requirements:

Entrants in the Richard McKaig Outstanding Doctoral Research Award competition must have completed their dissertation and had their degree conferred between January 1 and December 31 of the preceding year

Entrants must submit the following items:

An abstract of the dissertation following the format outlined below:

Judging Process: 

All materials become the property of the Center for the Study of the College Fraternity and will not be returned to the author. The panel of judges will include practicing student affairs and fraternity professionals, and preparation program faculty members.
The same number of judges will review each abstract.

The judges will use standard rating criteria.


All required application materials must be received by May 22.  Faxed submissions will not be accepted.  Applicants may download both the Application Form and the Degree Confirmation Form using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Submit application materials to:

CSCF Doctoral Research Award
Center for the Study of the College Fraternity
900 E 7th St. IMU 371
Bloomington, IN 47405