Call for Submissions - Spring 2022
Submission Deadline: Rolling
Students can apply for up to $1,000 to support dissertation research proposals that merit special recognition and display strong potential to contribute to the field of Human Development and Family Science. Submissions should be in the dissertation proposal stage (i.e. not completed), and money is to be used for research costs related directly to the proposed dissertation project. Students will have one year to use their funds; funds will be non-renewable. Please send all inquiries regarding eligibility requirements and submission content to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The submission deadlines are rolling meaning that you may apply at any time, but funds are limited. Each HDFS student is eligible to apply one time in the spring semester. To allow time for application review and processing, please apply at least 4 weeks before funds are needed. All funds are subject to availability.
Evaluation criteria include the following:
- Quality and feasibility of research proposal (based on significance of the research question, theoretical rationale, methodological appropriateness, and innovation)
- Extent to which the proposed work contributes to the field of family studies and human development
- Qualifications of the applicant (based on materials in CV, recent annual student evaluation, and recommendations)
- Extent to which the award will contribute significantly to the applicant's professional development and productivity
- Completeness of application; appropriateness of budget
- Applicants must be active doctoral students in the HDFS program at the University of Arizona and have their dissertation proposals approved by their advisor. Students may apply for the award prior to dissertation committee approval, but funding will not be issued until the research project has been approved by the dissertation committee.
- Funding is for a dissertation research project. Funding will not be issued until the research project has been approved by the university IRB. Documentation must be provided. IRB approval is not required prior to proposal submission for the dissertation award.
- Applications that do not receive funding may be revised, if needed, and re-submitted if agreed upon by the committee. Revisions must be received within 14 days of receiving feedback.
Please submit application materials electronically as one PDF for the application materials and as a separate PDF from the advisor for the letter of recommendation to email@example.com. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions within 3 weeks after the submission.
Please use APA formatting guidelines and be prepared to include each of the following when applying online in one PDF file:
- Cover letter (1 page maximum, double-spaced): Letter describing your research experience and interests, as well as your career goals
- Abstract (1 page maximum, double-spaced)
- Project summary (6 pages maximum, double-spaced): Summary of the research project, including background and rationale, an explanation of research design (methods, analyses, etc.), how the project fits your career goals and interests, and other important aspects of the study (references do not count towards page limit).
- Budget & Budget Justification (2 pages maximum): Please provide (1) a list of each budget item with (2) an accompanying explanation about how the budget expense (item per item) will be utilized to help with the completion of the dissertation. Be sure to justify all expenses (no minimum, maximum $1,000). Also, please provide (3) a list all other sources of funding for this project, and (4) a signature from your dissertation advisor on this budget page.
- Note regarding budget: Funds may be requested for direct research expenses, that is, expenses incurred as a result of primary data collection, significant amounts of data coding, transcription, subject payments, the purchase of data or manuals for secondary data analysis, or other directly incurred expenses. Funds will not be awarded to pay for graduate student time or travel (except to conduct the research). All expenses must be justified as needed for the completion of the dissertation. Funds will be available for one calendar year, and will be non-renewable.
- Timeline (1 page maximum, single-spaced): Timeline for completion of the project.
- Curriculum Vitae including research experience, presentations, and scientific publications.
- Letter of recommendation from your research advisor. This letter should include a statement of support and approval, the feasibility of research study, attest to the student's contributions to the research field, and explain why the research is worthy of the award. The advisor must comment on the student's academic standing as well as the student's current progress on the dissertation. Letters should be in PDF format and submitted by your advisor to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Each award recipient will be asked to complete a brief research status report and feedback form for FMI at the end of the award period. These forms must be co-signed by their research advisor.
- Award recipients must acknowledge the FMI Dissertation Research Funding Award in any resulting publications from the dissertation project.
Please send all inquiries regarding eligibility requirements and submission content to email@example.com.