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Department of Sociology Scholarships/Fellowships

Fellowships and Awards

Graduate funding typically supports graduate student tuition, fees and other educationally-related expenses, travel for conference presentation, and activities that support research, scholarly, and creative activity endeavors. Additionally, funding may be applied toward educationally-beneficial experiences and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

The Department of Sociology offers 10 graduate fellowships and awards.

Application Instructions

  1. Provide the materials specified below to apply for each fund.
  2. Remember to include your name on your documents.
  3. Required formatting for all statements and narratives: double-spaced 12 point font with one inch margins.

Promising Research & Academic Excellence

Don Dillman Fellowship

  • A complete WSU General Scholarship Application
  • A clear and concise statement describing your proposed research project and justification for use of funds (400 words maximum).
  • A project budget in PDF format.

James F. Short, Jr. Research Award

  • A complete WSU General Scholarship Application
  • A paper of no more than 4,500 words in PDF format.
  • A cover letter detailing how you see the contribution of your paper.

Gordon D. and Izola P. Morgan Graduate Fellowship in Sociology

  • A complete WSU General Scholarship Application
  • A clear and concise statement describing how your research, teaching, and/or mentorship is consistent with the legacy of Gordon Morgan (400 words maximum).

Fred R. Yoder Memorial Graduate Fellowship in Sociology

  • A complete WSU General Scholarship Application
  • A clear and concise statement describing your plans for professional growth (e.g., research, teaching, other skill development) in the upcoming year (400 words maximum).

Sociology Graduate Fellowship

  • A complete WSU General Scholarship Application
  • A clear and concise statement describing how your research, teaching and/or mentorship connects with the issues and experiences of minorities and/or historically disadvantaged groups (400 words maximum).

Awarding Teaching Excellence

Joseph R. DeMartini Excellence in Teaching Award

Applicants must submit a complete teaching portfolio and a letter of nomination from the applicant (self-nominee) or faculty member.

The teaching portfolio should include:

  • A complete WSU General Scholarship Application
  • Statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Summary of teaching evaluations from students that demonstrates aspects of your teaching philosophy;
  • Course syllabus;
  • Papers presented at professional meetings or published papers related to teaching (optional).

Nominees may be observed in the classroom by faculty members of the Award and Social Recognition Committee. If the nominee is not teaching during the semester, a request to guest lecture may be made.


Travel Support

Joseph R. DeMartini Travel Grant

  • A complete WSU General Scholarship Application
  • A clear and concise statement describing your qualifications for the award and justification of use of funds (400 word maximum).
  • A budget (including travel expenses), and a budget narrative that justifies the expense category (e.g., demonstrate how the funds will support your goals).
  • Include the name of the meeting and, if possible, the teaching-related sessions you plan to attend.

Awards by Nomination

No graduate student application is required for either of these awards.

Summer Graduate Fellowship

First Year Award

 


Additional Sources

Unique Opportunities

Occasionally, the department may be able to support graduate student professional development and research opportunities outside the annual spring cycle. See Appendix B of the Department of Sociology Graduate Handbook for details on eligibility and how to apply for the Karen Jennison and Kenneth Johnson Travel Award.

WSU Graduate School

Visit the Jobs and Funding webpage for information on additional opportunities at WSU.

Deadline: January 31, 2022

Complete the WSU General Scholarship Application.

Deadline: February 7, 2022

All specific fellowship and award materials must be submitted via email to the Graduate Student Coordinator:
Megan Konkel
megan.konkel@wsu.edu


Award Notification
Recipients will be notified via email in late March and recognized at the department’s annual awards ceremony in the spring.