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The W. Donald Bowles Award

The W. Donald Bowles Award recognizes students for conducting outstanding research or pursuing a course of study addressing productivity, income, or poverty in the United States through empirical, theoretical, or artistic efforts. The $1,000 award will be given annually in November, following evaluation by a committee comprised of teaching faculty and librarians from AU. A $500 runner-up award will also be given.

Application Requirements

  • Applicant must be a current American University undergraduate or graduate (including PhD) student in good standing.
  • Student information form including description of research or planned course of study (500 words or less). A previously published work is not required.
  • CV/Resumé
  • Faculty member recommendation (a brief memo is satisfactory).

Applications for this year's award will be accepted until October 30.

There are no restrictions on the Awardee’s use of the funds. Students who have received a Bowles Award in the past are not eligible to re-apply. 

Submit completed applications to


Nikhat Ghouse
American University Library
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016