Dean's Doctoral Dissertation Grant
This program is intended to provide financial support to partially defray the doctoral dissertation research related out-of-pocket expenses incurred (e.g., travel expenses to gather data, postage, printing, and stationary expenses that would be incurred in conducting a mail survey) by Mays doctoral students. Financial support of up to $1,000 per student can be requested under this program. Equipment purchase is not eligible for support under this program; nor is computer hardware.
Eligibility for support consideration
- Must have successfully defended the dissertation proposal
- Limited to resident Mays doctoral students registered for the required number of credit hours
Procedure for requesting support
Submit a brief proposal (as an e-mail attachment) to Bala Shetty, Executive Associate Dean for Research and Doctoral Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org) and copy to Debby Swick, Senior Administrative Coordinator, Office of the Dean (email@example.com) providing the following information:
- Your name and contact information
- Doctoral dissertation title
- Proposal defense date
- Name of dissertation committee chair
- Itemized budget and target dates for completion of the proposed activities
- Other relevant information (e.g. financial support received from other sources / grant requests submitted to other sources; papers related to dissertation presented at conferences, submitted to journals for review and publication consideration)
Following review, a decision notification will be sent to you whether your proposal has been approved or not.
Other potential sources for dissertation research support
In most instances, the amount of funds provided by the Mays Dean’s Office would be sufficient to only partially defray the out-of-pocket expenses incurred by a doctoral student toward his/her dissertation research. Attempts to secure funding from multiple sources are therefore strongly encouraged. Other potential sources for dissertation research support include:
- The Office of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University has a Research and Presentation Grant Program offering support for research or travel expenses. More information and procedures to apply can be found on their web site.
- Centers housed in the Mays Business School (e.g. Center for International Business Studies, Center for Retailing Studies, Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship, Center for Human Resources Management, Center for Management Information Systems, Real Estate Center). In instances where there is a good fit between a dissertation topic and a center’s mission, there is a high likelihood of the center providing partial financial support for doctoral dissertation research.
The Dean’s Office requests that original receipts be submitted once and only after completion of the project.
University policy now requires that mini grants be given in the form of a scholarship. It will be posted directly to your student fee account and a check issued to you if you do not have an outstanding balance. All or part of your award could be withheld due to unpaid balances.