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Department of Sociology Graduate Scholarships & Awards

The Sociology Department at Washington State University awards scholarships, fellowships, and awards each year to recognize or foster outstanding graduate student research, instruction, and other achievements. Each scholarship and award reflects the interests and desires of its donor. Award amounts vary based on merit of application and availability of funds. All eligible graduate students are welcome to apply. Applicants must be continuing in the program in the upcoming academic year.

Please note that application procedures are different from previous years. All students seeking any scholarship, fellowship, or award must complete the WSU General Application. The deadline is January 31. By applying through this site you will automatically be considered for most of the department’s scholarships, fellowships, and awards.

In addition, for some specific fellowships and awards you must submit additional materials directly to the department ( by February 7th. See below for the specific requirements for each:

Award Announcement Procedure
Award winners will be notified through the college and recognized at the department’s annual spring awards ceremony.


Awards by nomination only (no application)

  • Summer Graduate Fellowship
  • First Year Award

Awarding Promising Research & Academic Excellence

Awarding Teaching Excellence

Travel Support

Awarding Excellence in Community Service

Awards available outside of the spring awards cycle (see Appendix B of the Graduate Handbook for application process. Although these awards are not named in the appendix, the department will use them to fund suitable student requests.)

  • Karen Jennison and Kenneth Johnson Travel Award