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Transdisciplinary Studies Office

Director: Andrew Vosko, PhD
Assistant Director: Richard Ross

135 East 12th Street
Claremont, CA 91711
909 / 607 – 0724


The Transdisciplinary Studies Program invites doctoral candidates who are advanced to candidacy and are within 18 months of expected graduation to apply for the 2020–2021 Transdisciplinary Dissertation Award. The award recognizes students who are using transdisciplinary methodologies and perspectives in their research in innovative, creative, and compelling ways.

  • Award Amount: Up to $10,000 per award.
  • Application period: Monday, February 1st to Monday, April 12th, 2021.
  • Submissions are due by: 12:00PM Pacific, Monday, April 12, 2021.
  • Applicants will be notified on or by: Friday, April 30, 2021.

Eligibility requirements

  1. Current Registration as a doctoral student in any field of study at CGU.
  2. Completion of All Coursework for the PhD with the exception of Dissertation Research units that have been approved by the faculty.
  3. Advancement to Candidacy, including approval of the Dissertation Proposal and successful submission of the Advancement to Candidacy Form to the Registrar’s Office. If advancement to candidacy has not been recorded by the Registrar’s Office by the time of award notification, the student will have until August 2nd, 2021 to do so, or the award will be rescinded.
  4. A Reasonable Expectation of Completion of all remaining requirements for the PhD degree by December 2022.
  5. Doctoral Study Registration must be maintained for both the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 terms.
  6. Recipients of a Transdisciplinary Dissertation Award may not accept a CGU Dissertation Grant and vice versa; recipients may accept one award or the other, but not both awards.
  7. Previous Recipients of a CGU Dissertation Award or a Transdisciplinary Dissertation Award are not eligible to apply.

Required Application Materials

The following application items will be required:

  1. A Publishable Abstract, 100 words or less, of your dissertation project.
  2. A Synopsis of Your Dissertation Research Plan, not to exceed 1200 words.

    Please note that most reviewers of your application will be outside of your field of study, so write clearly and avoid or clearly define specialized terms or concepts. Your plan should include and be organized by the following:

    • the proposed dissertation title and the word count of the synopsis;
    • the rationale and context within previous scholarship; specific aims; and
    • projected significance of the proposed dissertation;
    • the information-gathering and analytical methods and techniques used; and
    • the organizational plan (by chapter) of the dissertation.

    You may additionally submit one page each of bibliographic information and appendix material.

  3. An Academic Timeline including the date of your advancement to candidacy and stages of progress (and completion) of your dissertation. (One half page maximum).
  4. A Budget Justification explaining how you would use the dissertation award,
    including, if relevant, an itemized budget for research expenses. University Tuition and Fees may be included in the budget. (One page maximum).
  5. A Curriculum Vitae. (Two pages maximum).
  6. One or more Draft Chapters (maximum of 60 pages total) from your dissertation
  7. The Office of Student Services will provide a copy of your Academic Transcript to the review committee.
  8. The Applicant Information and Certification of Eligibility Statement signed by the applicant and applicant’s dissertation committee chair.

Evaluation Criteria

A Transdisciplinary Studies advisory committee will review all applications and select recipients. The specific criteria of evaluation and a rubric are as follows:

Evaluation Criteria Rubric (.pdf)

Selected proposals will demonstrate: a breadth of disciplinary methodologies and perspectives; a clear command of the research questions, contexts, and interpretations with generalizable merit and significance; methodological validity and feasibility of the project timeline; and a strong academic performance record.

Past Dissertation Award Fellows