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Alumni Association Dissertation Award

The Alumni Association Dissertation Award provides funding and recognition to outstanding full-time doctor of philosophy students whose dissertations will have the greatest impact.  In addition, students must demonstrate outstanding academic and personal potential in areas of extracurricular and professional activities.   This award is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students and recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishment.

To be eligible, students must have completed all coursework, language requirements, and the comprehensive exam.  Students must have received approval of the dissertation topic and be within their final year of enrollment (student must be registered for SUBJ 601 or nine credits).  Students should be graduating in the following spring, summer or fall semesters.   Fall graduates must apply the fall semester one year prior to their graduation as they must be enrolled in the subsequent spring semester to receive the award, if they are selected as a recipient.

Nominations are solicited from doctoral programs at Penn State and are forwarded to a selection committee. From the pool of qualified nominations, a minimum of two awards are made for each of the following categories: Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences - Applied and Basic; Physical and Computational Sciences - Applied and Basic; Life and Health Sciences; and Engineering. Funds for this award do not replace existing college or departmental support and are disbursed directly into the recipients' accounts.

University employees receiving educational privileges are not eligible for this University scholarship/award in accordance with Penn State policies HR36 and HR38.

Applications/nominations for the upcoming academic year will open in the August time frame.    

Students may apply directly or faculty/staff may nominate a student.  Please contact your college graduate education office for important information, attachments and nomination link contained in email announcement.   Application/Nomination and reference letters:  Deadline 9/30/22

For more information please contact the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration.

Previous Alumni Association Dissertation Award Recipients:

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