Graduate Research Awards
We offer the following 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: April 29, 2022
Award Notification Date: Late Summer 2022
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, whos teaching of American literature and editing/publishing of Mark Twain texts were internationally acclaimed. Dr. Tuckey’s long and outstanding service to Purdue Calumet 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 amount of the John S. Tuckey Graduate Research Award will be $1,500. An applicant must be either a regularly admitted, degree-seeking graduate student in the humanities at Purdue Northwest, 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. The recipient must be enrolled in no fewer than three graduate-level credits per semester during the award period.
Recipients may apply the award to research expenses during the year following the announcement (Academic year 2022-23). Expenses may include (but not limited to) travel, food and lodging, photocopying or research materials. The University expects to acknowledge the support of Purdue University Northwest in any publication that emanates from the award.
The CHESS/Education Graduate Research Award of 2022-23 in the amount of $1,500 may be awarded to either a regularly admitted, degree-seeking graduate student in any department in the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS) or in the School of Education & Counseling, or a college senior who will be a fully admitted, degree-seeking graduate student for the academic year 2022-23 in any department in CHESS or in the School of Education & Counseling. The recipient must be enrolled in no fewer than three graduate credits per semester during the award period.
The award may 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.
The Graduate Studies Office also announces the availability of up to five (5) research grants in the sum of $750 each for the 2022-23 academic year.
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).
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.
Registration and Academic Standing Requirements
For Graduate Research Grants, recipients must be enrolled in at least 3 graduate level credits (50000-level and above) per semester of the grant (2 semesters). Recipients must maintain good academic standing for graduate students (3.0/4.0).
Credits to meet the enrollment requirement may be thesis, directed project, or other research credits, or required coursework for the degree.
As funds allow, students who will only be registered for one semester (December candidates for graduation) may be eligible for a partial award ($375), so long as they are registered for at least 3 graduate credits during their one session of enrollment, and maintain good academic standing.
Award Process and Reporting Requirements
Graduate Research Grants will be disbursed directly to the recipients at the beginning of the fall of the academic year of the award. Recipients must present their work at student research day (Days of Discovery) in the spring of the award year, either by oral presentation or by poster session. Disbursements are awarded through Financial Aid, and recipients may be required to submit appropriate documentation to the Office of Financial Aid in order to process the awards.
The Tuckey Award and the CHESS 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 in order to process the awards.
The deadline for application is April 29, 2022. The awards can be used in the 2022-2023 academic year. Please note – the application submission is the same for all of the awards, except as noted.
- Letter of application, including name of faculty sponsor
- Project proposal for research, including:
- 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
- Short biographical sketch of applicant
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty (one of these may be the faculty sponsor)
- Name and contact information for faculty member who will direct student’s research (faculty sponsor)
- For the CHESS Award: 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 graduate students for approved academic presentations. Budgeted items may not include tuition, or payments for the student or faculty mentor. The Tuckey Award and the Grad Research Grants do 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), if a budget is required
- Goals and significance
- Project design/approach
- Bibliography/literature review
- Any previous research
The recipients of the awards are expected to be notified by late summer, 2022.
Submit Questions and Materials
Digital (PDF) packets are preferred.
Margaret (Peggy) Greer
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions and Records