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Research Grants Available for Doctoral Students

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Taylor Ed on Wednesday October 2, 2017 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison /UKphoto


The Arvle and Ellen Thacker Turner Research Fund was established to provide mini-grants in support of the research efforts of doctoral graduate students in the College of Education. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to College of Education doctoral candidates who have passed their qualifying examination and are working on their dissertation. Letter of study approval from dissertation committee chair is required at the time of award. The College of Education’s Student & Faculty Recognition Committee will review the applications and make the awards.

While limited funds are available this year, the College of Education anticipates awarding multiple grants in the fall semester and several more in the spring semester.

The application consists of the following:

  • 2-page proposal (single spaced, Arial font, minimum 11 point) to include:
  • Student name and ID number
  • Qualifying exam date
  • Introduction and Statement of the Problem
  • Significance
  • Specific aims
  • Methods
  • Plans to disseminate the findings

Other Items (not included in page limit maximum):

  • References (required)
  • Appendix (optional)
  • Tables (optional)
  • Figures (optional)
  • Detailed budget with justification for expenses
    Budget items such as salary, gift cards, computers, tablets, and photocopying are not permissible
    Examples of acceptable expenses include: mileage to classroom visits, travel fees to conferences, heart rate monitors, consumables for research (testing strips, alcohol swabs, etc.), flash drives, tripods, money to pay transcribers, etc.
  • Letter of support from dissertation adviser
  • Biosketch/vita/resume (choose one format)

It is expected that recipients of this scholarship will present their completed or work in progress at the annual Spring Research Conference sponsored by the University of Kentucky, University of Cincinnati, and the University of Louisville.

The inclusion of monetary incentives for subjects in the budget for the Turner-Thacker dissertation awards will be allowed providing the use of the funds is approved by the IRB. If funds are approved for this purpose, you will need to present an approved IRB that includes the use of the incentives to the College of Education Associate Dean for Research to release these funds.

Application deadlines:

  • Monday, Nov. 15 by 5 p.m. for fall funding
  • Tuesday, March 15 by 5 p.m. for spring funding

Awards Notes

Recipients are selected within two weeks after applications are due. Funds are available immediately after recipients are announced. Funds can often be applied retroactively to recent dissertation expenses.

Please combine the proposal into one PDF in the order described above. Submit all application materials electronically to jennifer.wilhelm@nulluky.edu and l.burns@nulluky.edu.