Dissertation Completion Awards – Spring 2014

To All,
If your PhD student are planning to finish this upcoming Spring 2014 semester and you might need the Completion Award.  Please let Bob  know and please send us a statement tell us something about the student’s research and a note stating that the student is on track to finish his/her degree in the Spring 2014 semester.

see email from Cody Edwards

Dear colleagues,

I am happy to be able to deliver some good news regarding funding and one of our popular graduate support programs.  After much work (thanks to Amy and Renate), we have funding available to offer dissertation completion grants for spring 2014.  To be eligible, a student must be graduating in spring 2014 or summer 2014.  Further, by accepting the grant, awardees are agreeing to discontinue any work assignment or position currently held and not to accept any work assignment during the spring 2014 semester (assistantships, teaching responsibilities, off-campus jobs, etc.).  Awards will be in the amount of $8,000.  If awardees are enrolled in the Subsidized Graduate Health Insurance plan, they will maintain their policies for the duration of the plan year.  If they were eligible for the In-State Tuition Eligibility Policy during the fall semester, their tuition will revert to Out-of-State rates for the spring semester.  However, awardees may be eligible to receive support in the amount of the difference between in and out-of-state tuition for one credit during the spring semester.

We are a bit behind in terms of advertising, but not to a problematic degree.  Please pass this information along to your graduate faculty (chairs, etc) and relevant PhD students.  I ask each college/school to compile a list of nominees (with contact information; ranked according to priority, if appropriate) and email them to me by 29 November.  The names should be accompanied by a note from the student’s faculty mentor stating the student is on track to graduate in spring or summer 2014.  We will review the lists and get back to you with a list of awardees.  We will then send award letters and process award payments.

Please let me know if you have questions.

Have a great weekend!

Take care,


Cody W. Edwards, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Graduate Education

Office of the Provost
George Mason University
4400 University Dr., MSN 3A2
Fairfax, VA 22030

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