Grant-in-Aid of Doctoral Research – Due: September 23, 2011

Purpose:  These awards provide funding for Bloomington graduate students for unusual expenses incurred in connection with doctoral dissertation research, such as travel to special libraries or laboratories, payments to consultants, specialized equipment, and duplication of vital materials needed for writing the dissertation. Expenses that are not supported include typing and duplicating of dissertations, normal living expenses, routine laboratory supplies, and computers.

In the case of requests for equipment, the Director of Graduate Studies must verify that neither the equipment requested nor the funds are available to support the research. In case the application is funded for an amount below that necessary to purchase the equipment, the department will be responsible for the additional funds. At the completion of the project, the equipment must remain with the department and made available for future research projects by other graduate students.

Eligibility Criteria:  A student must have been formally admitted to Ph.D. candidacy by the application deadline (the Nomination to Candidacy Form must have been approved by the Dean of The University Graduate School). Students pursuing doctoral degrees other than the Ph.D. (i.e., Ed.D. or D.M.) may also apply for a Doctoral Student Grant-in-Aid of Research Award. Current students must be enrolled full-time on the Bloomington campus during the semester in which an application is submitted (6 credit hours is considered full time).

Award Value:  The maximum amount awarded to any student is $1,000. The amount of the award is determined by the combination of available funding and the judged significance of the proposed work. Receipts are required for reimbursement of expenses, and should be presented to the student’s department for processing after a Grant-in-Aid of Research Award has been awarded. Any eligible student may apply for the Fall and Spring competitions but may only receive a total of $1,000 per academic year. Example: If you win $1,000 in the Fall competition, you are not eligible to apply in the Spring competition, but if you receive, for instance, $600 in the Fall competition you can apply for $400 in the Spring competition. However, there is not a guarantee of subsequent funding.

Nomination Process:
The student, either by their own initiative or by the department’s request, will submit an application online:

1. The student submits their application online through OneStart >> Services >> Student Self-Service >> Services & Information >> Financial >> “Bloomington Graduate Fellowship Application”
a. The application system accepts attachments in one of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .txt, or .rtf

2. The recommenders will be notified immediately by the Compass system and given a link to the page to upload their letter. The Recommenders should be the applicant’s Dissertation Director and another individual knowledgeable about the proposed research.

a. The University Graduate School Fellowships Coordinator will send an email to the recommenders within one to two business days with the requirements for their letter

3. The Fellowships Coordinator will email the student’s application and recommendation letters to their department after all recommendation letters have been received

4. All nominations must be submitted to our Fellowships Coordinator: Yvonne Dwigans,, by email in one pdf document per student (if nominating more than one) and must consist of the following:

a. Letter of nomination from the Department Chairperson, or from a Faculty member designated by the Chairperson;

b. Any additional information the department may want to include

5. If more than one application is submitted by a department, submit a separate pdf for each student and include the ranking for the students in the email.

All student and recommender materials must be submitted electronically through the Graduate School Fellowship Application System located in the Student Self-Service section in OneStart.

Student Deadline: Students need to have all materials submitted online by Friday, September 23, 2011 (Fall Competition) and Friday, January 28, 2011 (Spring Competition).

Recommender Deadline: Recommenders need to have their letters submitted online by Friday, September 30, 2011 (Fall Competition) and Friday, February 4, 2011 (Spring Competition).

Department Deadline: All materials need to be submitted to The University Graduate School by Friday, October 07, 2011 (Fall Competition) and Friday, February 11, 2011 (Spring Competition).

For Additional Information contact Yvonne Dwigans with questions:

University Graduate School Award/Fellowship Application System (COMPASS)

There has been a procedural change since the last time you might have accessed the Compass system.  Students are no longer required to attach their recommendation letters in order to apply for an award or fellowship.  The letters need to be provided to your department, normally the graduate secretary or recorder  will include them in the departmental nomination if your application is considered.  Once a student applies for an award or fellowship, their application is forwarded to their department for review.  The department is responsible for making the determination if they wish to nominate you.  You will need to stay in touch with your department to determine if your application is forwarded back to The University Graduate School for consideration in the competition.

Due to this procedural change you will be required to attach a document to each of the required recommendation letter attachment fields. Include your recommenders name in each of the documents you attach.

I apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your patience as we continuously work to make the system more user friendly for everyone involved.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Yvonne Dwigans

Fellowships Coordinator

The University Graduate School

SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship – Deadline: November 3, 2011

Social Science Research Council. The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies. IDRF accepts applications for research that is situated in a specific discipline and geographical region and is informed by interdisciplinary and cross-regional perspectives, as well as research on multiple countries and/or multiple world regions. While proposals may cover all periods in history, they must demonstrate relevance to contemporary issues and debates.

Eligibility:   The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences — regardless of citizenship — enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States. Applicants must complete all Ph.D. requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins. Proposals that identify the U.S. as a case for comparative inquiry are welcome; however, proposals which focus predominantly or exclusively on the United States are not eligible.

Fellowship Terms:   The IDRF program provides support for nine to twelve months of continuous dissertation research outside of the United States for seventy-five fellows annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per fellowship average of $19,000. The fellowship includes participation in an interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.

The 2011 IDRF Competition Deadline is November 3, 2011.

For more information, please visit

Questions can be sent to the IDRF staff at

The IDRF Program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies.

George C. Marshall/Baruch Fellowship – Due October 14, 2011

The George C. Marshall/Baruch Fellowship offers maximum grants of $7,500 for doctoral or postdoctoral research in 20th century U. S. Military or diplomatic history and related fields. The application deadline is October 14, 2011.  Grants will be decided by December 16, 2011 and must be used within the twelve-month period following the distribution of award funds. For additional information and an application, visit the George C. Marshall Foundation website at (Education & Programs) or you may write:

The George C. Marshall Research Library

Attention:  Joanne D. Hartog

P. O. Drawer 1600

Lexington, VA  24450

Office of Research Administration

The Office of Research Administration will be moving from the Union Building during the next two weeks.

The Human Subjects Office will be moving Sept. 12th thru 15th. We will continue to review submissions but it may be difficult to reach some of our staff members via phone or email during this time. If you need immediate assistance during these days, please contact us at

The Grant Services Office will be moving Sept. 19th thru 21st. We will continue to review proposals and awards, but it may be difficult to reach some of our staff members via phone during this time. If you need immediate assistance, please call our main number 278-3473 or email us at

The new address for our respective offices will be:

Office of Research Administration
980 Indiana Avenue
(Room Number 2232 for Grant Services) or
(Room Number 3315 for Human Subjects)
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-2915

Graduate Assistant Needed

Wanted: Research scientist to study students’ mathematics learning. We are looking for a researcher to help us design experiments, collect data, and analyze results on students’ use of an Ipad-based algebra tutoring system. We have received a grant from the Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, to develop and test a (literally) hands-on, interactive algebra tutoring system. If you are interested in applying, please send your C.V. and brief information about relevant expertise to Professor Robert Goldstone,