GSG Graduate Continuance Fellowship ($9,000 maximum)

 

Updated: 15 October 2013

Colorado School of Mines graduate students are often times funded through multiple sources, including government institutions (e.g., National Science Foundation) and industry, through teaching and research assistantships. At a minimum, funding covers the cost of performing research, but may also include tuition assistance and/or stipends for the graduate research assistants. Over the course of a doctoral research career (commonly five years), this funding may become unstable or be eliminated altogether. Without a diversity in funding sources, assistantship support may be reduced or eliminated for students who have become accustomed to such support. The purpose of this grant program is to provide partial, temporary assistance for late-term graduate students that will allow them to complete their degree when a primary funding source has been prematurely terminated.

 

For Spring 2014 consideration, applications must be submitted before 5pm on December 6, 2013 (Dead Day). 

 

**Ph.D. students must have a second letter of recommendation from the Thesis Committee Member at Large**

**M.S. students must have a second letter of recommendation from the Thesis Committee Chair**

 

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Statement of Purpose. Colorado School of Mines graduate students are often times funded through multiple sources, including government institutions (e.g., National Science Foundation) and industry, through teaching and research assistantships. At a minimum, funding covers the cost of performing research, but may also include tuition assistance and/or stipends for the graduate research assistants. Over the course of a doctoral research career (commonly five years), this funding may become unstable or be eliminated altogether. Without a diversity in funding sources, assistantship support may be reduced or eliminated for students who have become accustomed to such support. The purpose of this grant program is to provide partial, temporary assistance for late-term graduate students in their final semester that will allow them to complete their degree when a primary funding source has been prematurely terminated. 

Eligibility. Potential applicants must be enrolled part- or full-time in a thesis-based Masters or Doctoral graduate program at the Colorado School of Mines, and must be in “good standing” with the University. Eligible students must have received funding from Colorado School of Mines (in the form of either teaching or research assistantships) for at least three academic semesters (excluding summer terms) without interruption prior to the date of application, and must show a recent and complete loss of funding (and thereby an elimination of institutional support).

M.S. students must have completed all required coursework (excluding research credit) for their degree, and must show intent to graduate within 6 months of the application date. Ph.D. students must have successfully defended their Thesis Proposal (or equivalent benchmark, when appropriate) and show intent to graduate within 12 months of the application date. Applications may be considered if the student can show unusual circumstances which make their residence time at the University longer than these requirements.

Funding is not guaranteed, and remains entirely at the discretion of the Fellowship Committee. If funding is approved, the student is entitled to a maximum of $5,000 for one semester in financial assistance for tuition and fees (paid directly to the registrar), and $4,000 for one semester (dispersed in a one-time stipend). Excess allocated funding for tuition and fees may not be retrieved in another form. Students who are awarded the Graduate Continuance Fellowship are not eligible to re-apply within their current degree program.

Application. Students may submit a completed application to the Dean of Graduate Studies prior to 5pm on Dead Day. The application will be reviewed by the Dean to be in accordance with the above-stated eligibility; completed applications will be sent to the Fellowship Committee (comprised of the GSG President, GSG Vice President, GSG Academic Chair, GSG Treasurer, and one member of the CSMAA Board of Directors). The Fellowship Committee shall review applications two weeks prior to the start of the Fall and Spring semesters, and will either (1) recommend approval of the award; (2) send the application back with a request for additional information; or (3) deny the award. Final approval of the award requires joint authorization of the GSG President and a member from the CSMAA Board of Directors.