Graduate Research Awards

We offer two Graduate Research Awards to support graduate students and fund their research.

The Graduate Research Awards below share an application process, except where noted.

Submission Deadline: TBD

Award Notification Date: TBD

This $1,500 award is open to either a regularly admitted, degree‐seeking graduate student in the humanities at Purdue Northwest—Hammond location, or a college senior who, during the year of the award, will be a fully admitted, degree‐ seeking graduate student in the humanities at Purdue University Northwest’s Hammond campus. The recipient must be enrolled in no fewer than three graduate-level credits per semester during the award period.

The family of John S. Tuckey, in order to honor his memory, has generously established the John S. Tuckey Graduate Research Award. The award memorializes a Purdue University Calumet faculty member, whose teaching of American literature and editing/publishing of Mark Twain texts were internationally acclaimed. Dr. Tuckey’s long and outstanding service included headship of the Department of English/Philosophy and Assistant Dean of the Graduate School. His accomplishments were recognized when Purdue University conferred upon him the Hovde Distinguished Service Professorship.

The Tuckey award may be disbursed directly to the recipients at the beginning of the fall semester of the award year. Disbursements are awarded through financial aid, and recipients may be required to submit appropriate documentation to the Office of Financial Aid to process the awards.

Recipients may apply the award to research expenses during the year following the announcement (Academic year 2020‐21). Expenses may include (but not be limited to) travel, food and lodging, photo‐copying or research materials. The University expects recipients to acknowledge the support of Purdue University Northwest in any publication that emanates from the award.


This $1,500 award is open to either a regularly admitted, degree-seeking graduate student in (1) any department in the Hammond location of the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, (2) the Hammond location of the School of Education and Counseling or (3) a college senior who will be a fully admitted degree‐seeking graduate student for the academic year 2019‐2020 in any department in CHESS or in the School of Education and Counseling. The recipient must be enrolled in no fewer than three graduate credits per semester during the award period.

The award may be disbursed directly to the recipients at the beginning of the fall semester of the award year. Disbursements are awarded through financial aid, and recipients may be required to submit appropriate documentation to the Office of Financial Aid to process the awards.

The award may be used for research expenses during the award period, including food, travel, research materials or photocopying, etc. Publications resulting from research supported by this award are expected to acknowledge the support of the campus in supporting the research.

Eligible Students

Regularly admitted, degree‐seeking graduate students, or PNW undergraduate seniors who will be regularly admitted degree‐seeking graduate students at the time of the award, who meet the minimum registration requirements during the award period, are eligible to apply for the award. While students may apply for more than one research award, students who receive one of the
graduate research grants are not eligible to receive any of the additional awards (either the CHESS/Education or Tuckey awards).

Eligible Projects

Projects eligible for graduate research grants are those that relate to program requirements. Examples include thesis research, or non‐thesis program research projects such as directed projects or capstone projects, etc. Funded research projects are expected to result in a thesis, directed project or similar substantial research‐based report, or a publishable academic paper for which the student receives an authorship credit.

Award Process and Reporting Requirements

Graduate Research Grants will be disbursed to the department for the student’s academic program at the beginning of the fall of the academic year of the award. Students may apply to the department for disbursement of funds for approved budgeted items.

Recipients must present their work at student research day in the spring of the award year, either by oral presentation or by poster session. A report on the status of the research project and expenses will be submitted to the Director of the PNW Office of Graduate Administration by the end of each semester of the award year (and a final report at the conclusion of second semester of academic work). Failure to submit the report may result in funds being withheld until the report is submitted. Funds not spent for approved budget items for the research project will be returned to Academic Affairs, and will not be disbursed to the student.

Application Process

The deadline for application is TBD. The awards for the 2020‐2021 academic year have been announced.

  1. Letter of application
  2. Project proposal for research, including
    • Title
    • Brief description of research project
    • Goals of project and significance
    • Project design or approach
    • Brief bibliography or literature review
    • Description of any previous research on this topic by applicant
  3. Short biographical sketch of applicant
  4. Two letters of recommendation from faculty (one of these may be the faculty sponsor)
  5. Name and contact information for faculty member who will direct student’s research (faculty sponsor)
  6. For the CHESS award and the Graduate Research Grants: Budget estimates and justification for expenses directly related to the research project: Budgets may include a reasonable amount for travel, if directly related to the research. Other travel reimbursement may be sought through the system of travel grants for grad students for approved academic presentations. Budgeted items may not include tuition, or payments for the student or faculty mentor. (The Tuckey award does not require submission of a budget).

Each application for an award must include all items listed above under Requirements for each award application. Applicants should submit PDF copies of each award application to Margaret Greer at the address below. Original letters of faculty recommendation may be submitted by hard copy, and scans of each letter may be attached to each PDF application.

There is no page limit on the application submitted. Each application should include adequate detail to allow the relevant award review committee to understand the research project and its significance in the discipline. If the application is based upon a thesis, do not submit the thesis in its entirety. The award proposal should be a more focused and concise summary of your research project and the items outlined above.

  • Proposals are evaluated by the relevant review committee on:
  • Completeness of application (all required items submitted)
  • Project eligibility
  • Student eligibility
  • Quality of proposal overall
  • Budget/budget justification (reasonable permitted expenses, in type and amount)
  • Goals and significance
  • Project design/approach
  • Bibliography/literature review
  • Any previous research


The recipients of the awards have already been notified.

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Margaret (Peggy) Greer

Associate Director of Graduate Admissions and Records



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