2021 – 2022 Transdisciplinary Studies Dissertation Award

The Transdisciplinary Studies Program invites doctoral candidates who are advanced to candidacy and are within 18 months of expected graduation to apply for the 2021–2022 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 Opens: Monday, February 1st, 2021.
  • Application Submission Deadline: Monday, April 12, 2021, 12:00PM Pacific (PDT).

Evaluation Criteria

A Transdisciplinary Studies advisory committee will review all applications and select recipients. 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. The specific criteria of evaluation and a rubric may be viewed and download here: Evaluation Criteria Rubric (.pdf).


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Completion of All Coursework for the PhD with the exception of Dissertation Research units that have been approved by the faculty.
  2. 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Office by the time of award notification, the student will have until August 2nd, 2021 to do so, or the award will be rescinded.
  3. Current Registration as a doctoral student in any field of study at CGU.
  4. Doctoral Study Registration must be maintained for both the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 terms.
  5. A Reasonable Expectation of Completion of all remaining requirements for the PhD degree by December 2022.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following items, using the linked form below, by Monday, April 12, 2021, 12:00PM Pacific (PDT):

  1. A Publishable Abstract* of your dissertation project (100 word maximum).
  2. A Synopsis of Your Dissertation Research Plan* including and organized by the following (not to exceed 1200 words):

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

    Optional: you may additionally submit one page, each, of bibliographic and appendix material.

  3. An Academic Timeline* including the date of your advancement to candidacy (see eligibility section for more information on advancing 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 page maximum).
  6. One or more Draft Chapters* from your dissertation proposal (maximum of 60 pages).
  7. The Certification of Eligibility Statement (download .pdf)* signed by a member of the applicant’s dissertation committee. If the applicant’s committee chair is unable to sign the Certificate of Eligibility Statement form, the applicant should direct the committee chair or committee member to email the Transdisciplinary Studies Office (transdisciplinary.studies@cgu.edu), certifying the applicant’s eligibility to apply for the award.

* Required Item

Please note 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.

The Transdisciplinary Studies Office will provide a copy of applicant’s Academic Transcript to the review committee. Applicants do not need to provide an academic transcript in the application.

If you have questions about the award or issues with the form, please contact the Transdisciplinary Studies Program at transdisciplinary.studies@cgu.edu for assistance.

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