Grant Application Deadline: December 1, 2023 Dean's Fellowship - Research Funding for Ph.D. Students
The College of Health and Human Sciences is pleased to announce the 2024-2025 Dean’s Doctoral Fellowship program. These competitive $20,000 fellowships will support outstanding doctoral students who are full-time Ph.D. students in any of the eight units in the college. In the current competition, we anticipate one to two fellowships will be awarded for academic year 2024-2025. Funds will be awarded July 1, 2024 and must be expended by June 30, 2025. The number of fellowships that will be awarded each year are contingent on funds available. Recipients may not receive the fellowship more than once.
The award is apportioned into two parts: $15,000 as a fellowship that will be distributed in student accounts in two parts (half in fall semester and half in spring semester). $5,000 is for use in supporting the fellow’s research, and these funds may be used to support the purchase of equipment directly necessary for the proposed project, documents, data, or other research materials for the completion of the research, as well as travel related to the research (either to collect data or to present at research conferences). The $5,000 research support will reside in an account in the fellow’s home department. Purchase of personal computers is not allowed.
College of Health and Human Sciences Mission: With a commitment to the principles of equity and inclusive excellence, the College of Health and Human Sciences provides transformative academic, research, and outreach programs that promote the health and well-being of people, their environments, and communities in which they live.
If you have questions regarding this award and the application process, please contact Associate Dean Matt Hickey at email@example.com.
Grant Application Deadline: December 1, 2023 Details for Applying
Students currently enrolled in good standing in a CHHS Ph.D. program who are not previous recipients of the Dean’s Fellowship are eligible. The College of Health and Human Sciences is committed to upholding principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages all eligible CHHS Ph.D. students from any of the Ph.D. programs in CHHS to apply.
Dean’s Fellowship applications will be reviewed by an ad hoc review committee that includes members of the CHHS Research Committee. Reviews will be discussed in the CHHS Executive Council, and the final award decisions will be made by the Dean. It is expected that successful proposals will clearly and thoroughly articulate the:
- Broader Impact of the proposed work
- Coherent and achievable plan and milestones
- Fit with the primary mentor/mentoring team’s research program and expertise
- Degree to which this research will advance the priorities of the college mission
Applications are due December 1, 2023, and new Dean’s Fellows will be introduced at the 2024 CHHS Research Day on March 5. Please submit applications via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should not exceed 10 pages in length (not including cover page, references, and mentor letter of commitment). All sections must be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, with 1” margins. Proposals that do not meet these formatting guidelines will not be reviewed.
Required Sections of the Application
Cover Page (1-page max):
- Title of the proposal
- Applicant Name and Email Address
- Name of Degree Program and Year in Degree Program
- Name of Department/School
- Name(s) of Mentor and Mentoring Team
- Signatures from the Applicant, Primary Mentor, and Department Chair/School Director
Response to reviewer feedback (if the proposal is a resubmission; 1 page max):
Dean’s fellows applicants who are resubmitting/reapplying for the fellowship should provide an overview of substantive changes in the proposal that respond to critiques from the last review period. This does not need to be a line-by-line response but should provide a basic overview of the changes in the resubmission, and the sections of the proposal that have been modified (i.e., aims, design, etc.).
Description of Proposed Research (6-page max):
Provide a description of the proposed project, addressing the following points:
- The specific aims of the proposed research.
- The broader impact of the proposed research.
- Describe the research design and proposed methods.
- Describe your qualifications for carrying out the proposed research.
- Anticipated outcomes of the proposed research.
- Describe the impact of the proposed research contribution toward the college’s priorities of promoting health and well-being of people, their communities, and the environments in which they live.
Plan for Supervision of the Proposed Research/Study: (2-page max):
- The mentor or mentoring team with whom you will be working;
- The contributions of each team member to the design and the conduct of the proposed studies.
- How the proposed studies fit within your mentor/mentoring team’s research program/expertise;
- How the proposed studies align with progress toward your degree and career goals.
Project Plan and Milestones (1-page max):
Provide a project plan and timeline for the year of funding. Include all anticipated major activities and key milestones.
Budget and Justification (1-page max):
Provide a line item budget and a brief justification of anticipated costs for your project (maximum of $5,000). University cost-accounting principles must be followed, so please work with your adviser and department head/director in developing your budget. A signature of the department head or school director indicates that a budget review has occurred.
References (2- page limit)
Mentor Letter of Commitment (2-page limit)
The Primary Mentor should describe their commitment to the research mentoring for the student. This should include additional contributions of other members of the mentoring team where their expertise is essential to the design and conduct of the proposed studies.
Awardees will be expected to participate in various research-related leadership efforts within the College, and contribute to a research mentorship culture for current and future fellows.
Find a PDF file of the application checklist.
2023-2024 Dean's Fellows
Ross Atkinson – School of Education, Tracking Trajectories of Change in Well-being of Participants in a Veterans Writing Workshop: A Quasi-experimental Mixed Methods Design. Mentor: Louise Jennings
Megan Moran – Human Development and Family Studies, The Role of Engagement in the Efficacy of Mindfulness Training for Adolescents. Mentors: Rachel Lucas-Thompson and Lauren Shomaker
Maureen Walsh – Health and Exercise Science, BAM! Targeting proteostasis to simultaneously halt drivers of both Brain and Muscle aging in a novel guinea pig model. Mentor: Karyn Hamilton
2022-2023 Dean's Fellows
Elliot Graham – Food Science and Human Nutrition, Mentors: Chris Gentile, Tiffany Weir – FSHN, Marcela Henao-Tamayo – Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, Examining the Effects of a Novel Probiotic on Blood Vessel and Gut Function in Diet-Induced Obese Mice.
Mohammad Teymouri – Construction Management, Mentor: Mahmoud Shakouri – CM. Long-Term Performance of Concrete Infrastructures Exposed to De-icing and Anti-icing Salts.
Han-Yun (Heidi) Tseng – Human Development and Family Studies, Mentors: Manfred Diehl and Stephen Aichele – HDFS. Trajectories of Subjective Well-Being over 20 Years in Older Adults: The Role of Self-Perceptions of Aging.
2021-2022 Dean's Fellows
Patricia Grady – Occupational Therapy, Mentor: Anita Bundy, Sc.D. Improving Health, Well-being and Equity for Children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction through Assessment: Establishing Evidence for the Validity and Reliability of the Evaluation in Ayres Sensory Integration (EASI).
Susan Mingils – Occupational Therapy, Mentors: Patti Davies, Ph.D., OTR/L, and Jaclyn Stephens, Ph.D., OTR/L. Is Moving to Music Good for Your Brain? Studying the Effects of Rhythmic Entrainment on Neural Integration and Efficiency with EEG.
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