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Research Funding

The Office of Graduate Studies & Research (OGSR), as well as other university departments, offer funding opportunities for AU graduate students. Below is a list of possible grants and/or awards that may be available.

OGSR Opportunities

The Adel Ait-Ghezala Graduate Research Fellowships are available to graduate students who are full-time enrolled students in a master's or doctoral program at American University. The fellowships are intended to support applied, educational or policy-relevant research programs designed to improve the lives of the citizens of developing countries. This is a competitive fellowship. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward their degrees in order to be eligible.

Instructions on how to apply for this fellowship will be available in January 2019.

The Office of the Provost provides competitive intramural research scholarships to doctoral students to support their dissertation research. The scholarships are managed by the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies. Funds are available to doctoral graduate students who:

  • have been admitted to candidacy for the doctorate before the scholarship period begins (in some departments admission to candidacy may be spoken of as "ABD - "All But Dissertation." If you have questions about this requirement, check with your department.)
  • have an approved dissertation proposal, and
  • have an active dissertation chair and committee.

The activity may occur anywhere in the world. The scholarships are intended to provide supplemental funds to support basic research, field work, lab work, or closely related endeavors. Scholarships are available in amounts up to $5,000.

The 2019-2020 program will be announced in December 2018.

The Hart A. Massey Fellowship is awarded each academic year to one or more incoming Canadian students (enrolled as traditional or online students) pursuing graduate studies full-time at American University. The fellowship is applied to tuition charges. Online students are eligible to apply for this award.

Applications for the next round of funding will be announced in February 2019.

The United Methodist Graduate Scholarship is awarded each academic year to a graduate student enrolled at American University who is a full member of the United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to application. The scholarship is applied to tuition charges. Awards are renewable (but not guaranteed) for one year to students who show satisfactory progress towards their graduate degree. This is a competitive award, and applicants must meet minimum University graduate admission requirements to be considered. Online students are eligible to apply for this award.

Applications for the next round of funding will be announced in February 2019.

Schools & Colleges Research Funding

The College of Arts & Sciences provides a variety of resources to support graduate and undergraduate students in research and travel. For more information, please go HERE.

AU Graduate Leadership Council

The Graduate Leadership Council (GLC) is the representative body for the more than 3,800 graduate students at American University. The GLC brings together the leaders of the five graduate student councils at AU to mobilize on issues that are relevant to graduate students specifically and the AU community generally.

You must be a graduate student at American University in good standing (3.0 minimum GPA). All activities must be directly related to your academic studies at AU or to relevant professional development goals. The grant cannot be used to fund a semester or short-term study abroad program. The grant cannot be used to fund a practicum.

Application Process

Library Research Awards

Economics Professor Emeritus Donald Bowles established the W. Donald Bowles Award for undergraduate or graduate students at American University. The goal of this award is to give students the opportunity to fund their academic efforts to address income inequality.

This award is given each year by the University Library to a student conducting research on income inequality in the United States through empirical, theoretical or artistic efforts. Following evaluation by the review committee, comprised of AU teaching faculty and librarians, a $1,000 is awarded annually with a $500 runner-up award.

Application Process & Requirements

Research Awards are available to current graduate (including PhD) and undergraduate students of American University in good standing. 

Papers written during the academic year are accepted for consideration. Students may submit more than one paper, but only one award will be granted per individual.

Application Process & Requirements

Award Recipients for academic year 2018-19

Adel Ait-Ghezala Graduate Research Fellowship:

Ifeoluwa M. Olawole
Charlotte Prud' Humme

Doctoral Student Research Scholarships

Hart A. Massey Fellowship:

Tate Quest
Navjeet Sandhu
Ava Ashrafian
Ghadi Joudah
Diego Zavala
Dylan Lamberti
Radhika Sikhakhane

United Methodist Graduate Scholarship:

Daniel Boerger
Emily Ronis
Cecelia Ward
Scott Bledsoe
Rebekah Escala
Jake McClory
Mary McMillan