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College of Education Thesis/Dissertation Research Grant

Applications are only accepted through the Bobcat Online Scholarship System (BOSS) beginning September 15, 2018.


Grant Program Description

The College of Education (COE) is highly committed to supporting the research endeavors of their graduate student majors. This competitive grant opportunity is to provide financial support to enrolled COE graduate student majors to help fund qualifying research costs for completion of their thesis/dissertation. If selected, this grant is a one-time only award of up to $500 and is contingent on the student meeting all eligibility requirements, application components, and COE funding availability.


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be a currently enrolled graduate student in the College of Education with a major that requires a thesis/dissertation.

  2. Must be in good academic standing with a 3.0 or higher GPA.

  3. Must have an approved Graduate Thesis/Dissertation form on file with The Graduate College.

  4. Must not have been a previous award recipient to this or former versions of this College of Education grant program.

  5. Must not have received or intend to apply for other Texas State University grant funding opportunities to support any research thesis/dissertation costs.

  6. Must not be a School Improvement doctoral student that has received or intends to apply for the Dissertation Completion stipend to support any research dissertation costs.


Application Requirements and Award Details

Applications are only accepted through the Bobcat Online Scholarship System (BOSS). Please do not email application materials to the College of Education Research Office as your application components will not be uploaded to BOSS nor will they be considered for review. Applications that fail to address or fulfill any of the eligibility or application requirements will result in an automatic disqualification.

1. Copy of approved Graduate Thesis/Dissertation form will ALL signatures that should be on file in The Graduate College

2. Project Abstract

         ► Format

  • Provide project title
  • 1 page
  • Single-spaced
  • 1-inch margins
  • 12 point font

         ► Explain

  • Background and significance of the study
  • Specific aims, research questions and/or hypotheses
  • Research design to include methodology and data collection and analysis
  • Expected outcomes

3. Itemized budgets of allowable research costs that do not exceed the maximum award amount of $500. The budget should specifically list each item being requested and the cost of each item with a sum of the total costs.

          Allowable Costs

  • Materials and supplies
  • Equipment
  • Software
  • Human subject research incentives
  • Transcription services
  • Travel to collect research data

          Unallowable Costs

  • Costs incurred prior to award notification
  • Faculty/Student compensation
  • Travel to conferences or presentations
  • Publication fees


  • Please do not include items that are already available to students by the university at no cost (e.g. some software, equipment, etc.). If you feel your situations deems an exception, your budget justification and committee chair recommendation letter (see below) must clearly explain the need for this cost to be reviewed for consideration, though consideration is not guaranteed. 
  •  In the event that you request items that are allowable but you cannot purchase directly in the open market (e.g. chemicals), the order and payment will be handled directly with the vendor by COE staff personnel and will remain university property should you be an award recipient.

4. Detailed budget narrative justifying each cost being requested

5. Letter of support form  your thesis/dissertation committee chair addressing the merit of the research and confirmation that the items proposed in the budget are needed to complete your thesis/dissertation. The applicant enters the name and email of the committee chair, which prompts BOSS to send a link to the committee chair to upload the letter. It is the responsibility of the graduate student applicant to ensure that their committee chair submits the letter.

6. Completed and signed Acknowledgement Checklist


Application Period

Applications are accepted twice a year and if selected as an award recipient, it will be applied the following semester as described below.

  • Fall Semester: April 15 – June 30 (fall disbursement)

  • Spring Semester: September 15 – November 15 (spring disbursement)


Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by the College of Education Research Office review committee. Final decisions will be made by the College of Education Associate Dean for Research.


Grant Program Deliverable: Final Report

A final report will be due to the College of Education Research Office (COERO) within one year of the award letter date or upon completion of the thesis/dissertation, whichever occurs first.

The report must summarize how the grant was used to complete the thesis/dissertation and provide an overview of the project findings. The report should follow the formatting as listed below and must be submitted via the “Submit Final Report” section at the bottom of this page.

  • Microsoft Word Document

  • Provide project title

  • 1 page

  • Single-spaced

  • 1-inch margins

  • 12 point font



If you have any questions or would like to request more information, please email Alex Lengefeld at or Dr. Jon Lasser at


Submit Final Report

Upload your final report below, then click the "Submit Final Report" button to submit.