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Department deadlines for graduate college awards

Department deadlines for graduate college awards

The graduate college has sent out reminders of upcoming deadlines for graduate college awards. The MIE department has internal deadlines for MIE applicants due to requirements in departmental endorsements or limits on number of nominations allowed. Please read the deadlines very carefully as submissions past the internal department deadline will not be accepted.

From the Graduate College with Internal MIE Deadlines

Award for Graduate Research (formerly the Provost/Deiss Award)
The MIE Deadline is Oct. 5, 2020 at 5 p.m. to DGS. Complete packets should be sent to

The Graduate College’s longest-running research support mechanism, the Award for Graduate Research (AGR), is open to all current graduate students, in programs under the auspices of the Graduate College, who seek funding in these three categories: travel, summer stipend, and materials/supplies. Using the same forms, the W.C. and May Preble Deiss Fund for Biomedical Research Award provides funds for research in clinical and basic medical sciences. There are two competitions annually: one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester.
The fall deadline has been extended to Oct. 7, 2020, at 4 p.m. Full description and instructions.

Provost’s Graduate Research Award (formerly the Chancellor’s Graduate Research Award)
The MIE deadline is Friday  Oct. 9 at  9 a.m. Complete packets should be sent to

Since its inception in 2009, this award has supported multidisciplinary scholarship to expose students to varied research and creative fields. The award mechanism has naturally evolved into a way for students early in their studies to develop new research directions for their PhD dissertations or terminal degree thesis/capstone project and has been used by graduate programs as a way for students to practice writing research proposals. Funding is available for “pilot grants” or “seed money” for preliminary research. The goal is to help students to develop strong applications for funding from external sources.
Deadline: Oct. 16, 2020, at 4 p.m. (There will be no extensions) Full description and instructions. 


For the fall 2020 research award competitions, the Graduate College encourages research addressing discrimination, inequality, and health disparities in communities of color. For the AGR competition, we are particularly interested in these themes from a biomedical (clinical and basic) perspective. For the PGRA, we are particularly interested in these themes vis-à-vis the study of cancer and cancer-like conditions. However, neither competition is limited to the above research areas.

Doing research during a global pandemic: If an applicant’s proposed project will require travel (e.g., visiting an archive, conducting interviews) or may otherwise be impacted by travel and/or public health restrictions—whatever those might be—then the applicant should address this fact transparently and demonstrate awareness of contingencies.


Additional awards to honor your recent alumni as well as your colleagues.

Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Award (OTD)
The MIE Deadline is Oct. 12, 2020, at 9 a.m. Complete packets should be sent to

This autumnal competition rewards the most outstanding doctoral dissertation and master’s thesis in each of the Graduate College’s four divisions.  Each of the awards includes a monetary award ($500 for master’s thesis winners and $1,000 for doctoral dissertation winners). Winners may compete in regional and national competition held by the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) and the Council of Graduate Schools.
Deadline: Oct. 21, 2020, at 4 p.m. There will be no extension. Full description and instructions.

Graduate Mentoring Award
The MIE deadline is Feb. 15 at  9 a.m. Complete packets should be sent to

Designed to encourage and award excellence and innovation  in all aspects of graduate mentoring, the springtime competition is now open. Each year the Graduate College will provide up to four awards of $2,000 each per year.
Deadline: March 1, 2021. This is a lengthy application, so start early!  Full description and instructions. 

Graduate College website links

For those of you who are new to your position or you simply need a reminder, here are some helpful links: