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Gill Foundation Scholarship to Support a Dissertation using Quantitative Methods




To Support a Dissertation Using Quantitative Methods


The Gill Family Foundation announces a $6,000 scholarship for dissertation support to a PhD student working on a dissertation in the areas of American Politics, Comparative Politics, Public Administration, or Policy Analysis at American University using quantitative methods.


The Gill Family Foundation was established in 1997 in Houston, Texas, to further the Gill family’s interest in support of educational philanthropy.As a statement of philosophy, the Gill family has noted that “Education plays the critical role in providing opportunities for growth, development, success, lasting relationships and satisfaction in life.  We are committed to giving back to the system which provided us so much opportunity for success and financial independence.”


The scholarship selection committee includes: Professor James A. Thurber, Dept. of Government; Professor Laura Langbein, Dept. of Public Administration and Policy; Professor Thomas Zeitzoff, Dept. of Justice, Law, and Criminology; Professor Jennifer Lawless, Dept. of Government, Professor Jan Leighley, Dept. of Government; and Professor Ryan Moore, Dept. of Government.


Submit applications directly to: Selection Committee, c/o Prof. James A Thurber, Dept. of Government, Kerwin 236 or by email (preferred) to BOTH and


To apply, please submit the following by Friday November 17, 2017:


1) A letter of interest, highlighting the statistics and methods courses you have taken and your grades in these courses.


2) A signed dissertation proposal, outlining research questions, theories, hypotheses and a detailed research design using quantitative methods.


3) A transcript(s) of your graduate course work, including overall GPA.


4) A current CV.


Gill Scholarship is open only to PhD students in the School of Public Affairs at American University