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Graduate Student Funding

  • Adel Ait-Ghezala Graduate Research Fellowship (Doctoral)
  • Doctoral Student Research Scholarships
  • Hart A. Massey Fellowship
  • United Methodist Graduate Scholarship

Adel Ait-Ghezala Graduate Research Fellowship

We would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2017 Adel Ait-Ghezala Graduate Research Fellowship:

Maren Lujan
School of International Service

Sasa Tang
School of Public Affairs

The Adel Ait-Ghezala Graduate Research Fellowship 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.

The next round of funding will become available in January 2018.

Doctoral Student Research Scholarships

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 next round of funding will be announced in December 2017.

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Hart A. Massey Fellowship

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 January 2018.

United Methodist Graduate Scholarship

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 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 January 2018.