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Alumni Association Dissertation Award

The Alumni Association Dissertation Award provides funding and recognition to outstanding full-time doctoral students who have passed their comprehensive exams and have received approval of the dissertation topic, or to M.F.A. students in their final year. 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.

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 of $5,000 are made for each of the following categories: Fine 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.

To be eligible, students must have completed all course work and language requirements, must be registered for subj. 601 or nine credits (D.Ed. or M.F.A. students), and be within their final year of study.

For more details, an information form and a coversheet are available online or from the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration, 209 Kern Graduate Building. You may need to download a free copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in to view the online forms.

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