Texas A&M University
2020-2021 Dissertation Fellowship (Round 1) Announcement
Office of Graduate and Professional Studies

***2020-2021 Dissertation Fellowship Round 1 application closed on May 15, 2020***

Award Information

The Texas A&M University Office of Graduate and Professional Studies offers a Dissertation Fellowship to support students in the dissertation phase of their degree program during the 2020-2021 academic year.  This fellowship is intended to support doctoral students in the final analysis of the research topic and the final writing of their dissertation, and will be awarded to 10 students in the fall and 5 students in the spring who will graduate by August 2021 and December 2021, respectively. This fellowship is NOT intended to finance data collection or the completion of doctoral coursework. Priority goes to doctoral students whose primary financial support for 2020-21 is NOT related to their research (e.g. GANT, GAL, GAT, self-funded). Students who have funding related to their dissertation research will be least likely to receive this fellowship. Students who anticipate graduating by December 2020 will be least likely to receive this fellowship.

In addition to meeting the stated criteria of eligibility, applicants for the 2020-2021 Dissertation Fellowship awards must be students currently enrolled in the colleges or interdisciplinary programs of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Agribusiness and Managerial Economics, Architecture, Marine Biology at TAMU – College Station, Mays Business School, Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences, Education and Human Development, College of Engineering, Genetics, Geosciences, Liberal Arts, Neuroscience, Science, Toxicology, Water Management and Hydrological Science, or Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Deadline Dates

All application materials from the student must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020. There will be NO exceptions to this date or time.

Instructions for Submittal

The application must be completed online and in one session, as the form cannot be saved for a future session; please allow adequate time for completion.

Tuition and Stipends

The dissertation fellowship stipend is $1,600 per month from August 24, 2020 to August 9, 2021 (or graduation, whichever comes first). The fellowship also includes payment for tuition and required fees for the minimum number of required credit hours for the fellowship recipient (such as by immigration visa, federal loan deferral, etc.). During the 12-month fellowship period, recipients will also receive up to $3,000 in receipt reimbursements relative to the cost of the graduate student health insurance (medical only). U.S. citizens, permanent residents and international doctoral students are eligible to apply for this fellowship. Please note: Federal student loans require at least half time enrollment to continue in your grace period or defer your student loan repayment. One hour of registration is not considered half time by your loan holder in most cases (even though the university may consider you full time), thus your grace period may end, or your repayment period may begin, earlier than anticipated.

Additional Information


  • Must be admitted to candidacy by May 15, 2020. To be admitted to candidacy for a doctoral degree, a student must have:

    1. Completed all formal coursework on the degree plan with the exception of any remaining 681, 684, 690, and 691 credit hours;
    2. A 3.0 Graduate GPR and a Degree Plan GPR of at least 3.0 with no grade lower than C in any course on the degree plan;
    3. Passed the preliminary examination (written and oral portions);
    4. Submitted an approved dissertation proposal; AND
    5. Met the degree residency requirements (see Graduate Catalog). 
    6. The dissertation fellowship will not be authorized for any doctoral student who has not been admitted to candidacy by May 15, 2020.
  • Must reside in Bryan/College Station and conduct the work described in the Dissertation Fellowship application on campus, during the fellowship year, (August 2020 through August 2021), except for TAMU doctoral students whose committee chair resides on the TAMU-Galveston campus. In the latter case, those students should be working on site in Galveston.
  • Must submit, in writing, intent to apply for the Dissertation Fellowship to departmental faculty and staff graduate advisors.


Dissertation fellowship recipients may not accept any additional funding during the fellowship tenure period, August 2020 through August 2021.


Reviewers will consider the following:

  • The impact of the research on society;
  • Content and quality of the abstract (refer to Thesis & Dissertation Manual as needed);
  • Work plan for completing the remaining degree requirements;
  • Academic performance and productivity while at Texas A&M;
  • Potential impact of student’s research and scholarly work on society; and
  • Financial need, especially for those students whose primary support is not related to their dissertation research.

Application Procedure

The following information is required to complete the application:

  • Number of scholarly products while a doctoral student at TAMU:  published articles or reviews, book chapters, conference papers produced and conference poster/oral presentations made.
  • Sources of financial support (past two years and current semester)
  • Abstract of dissertation research
  • Research impact statement (a statement speaking to the impact of the scholarly work on the community, state, nation or the global society-written in non-technical, lay language). One page limit.
  • Work plan for completing the remaining degree requirements (including defense, final revisions of dissertation, and approval by committee and thesis office) in the 12-month time frame: this should be detailed and realistic. One page limit.
  • Curriculum Vitae; be sure that full citations are provided for all publications, conference papers and conference presentation.
  • Copy of your degree evaluation confirming candidacy (click here for directions on how to run a degree evaluation)
  • Faculty Response form from student’s committee chair (click here for form)
  • Intent to apply notification, in writing, to departmental faculty and staff graduate advisors

The application site will stay open until 5:00 pm on Friday, May 15, 2020.  Awards will be announced by early-July 2020.

Each awarded student must submit a report at the end of each semester documenting his/her successful completion of outlined milestones.

Past Fellowship Recipients

Spring 2020 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2019 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2019 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2018 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2018 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2017 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2017 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2016 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2016 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2015 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2015 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2014 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2014 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2013 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2013 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Fall 2012 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners
Spring 2012 Dissertation Fellowship Award Winners