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Office of Graduate Studies at UT Arlington

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Dissertation Completion Resources

Office of Graduate Studies Dissertation Fellowship

The Office of Graduate Studies offers a Dissertation Fellowship, which is intended to support doctoral students in the final stage of completing their dissertations. It offers a stipend and qualifies students for tuition at the in-state rate. Requirements include:

  • doctoral or doctoral-bound enrollment,
  • good academic standing, and
  • being at the final stage of dissertation work.

These awards will be offered to doctoral students with approved dissertation proposals or prospectuses who have completed all or most of the research needed to complete their dissertations. These students' efforts should therefore be focused largely on writing their dissertations.

Award recipients may not hold any other forms of employment during the fellowship term and must enroll in a minimum of three dissertation hours. Interested students must apply through their college or school, and not directly to Graduate Studies. Each college has its own selection committee for the award. Unfortunately, applications sent directly to Graduate Studies cannot be considered.

Dissertation Lab (D-Lab)

What is D-Lab?

The Office of Graduate Studies offers a Dissertation Lab (D-Lab) to help students progress through the challenging process of writing their dissertation. Over the course of two days, D-Lab furnishes an environment and support for focused and productive writing. The program provides participants with the structure and motivation to overcome typical roadblocks in the dissertation process. Our goal is to assist each participant in making significant progress towards completing their dissertation. 88% of students who attended at least one Dissertation Lab have completed their degree.

Is D-Lab Right for You?

This program is designed for students who have completed their dissertation research and/or data collection and analysis. D-Lab provides participants with:

  • Focused time for writing
  • Internet access, basic office supplies, and a laptop computer (if necessary)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the day
  • Advice for setting realistic goals, overcoming writing blocks, and time management
  • Activities and advice for limiting stress and staying motivated
  • Networking and support from fellow dissertation writers

Accepted participants must be prepared to write and agree to attend both days of the program.

Application Procedure

Only 20 students will be selected to participate in D-Lab. The Office of Graduate Studies will beging accepting online applications for the 2019 D-Lab in mid-April 2019. Students must submit the online application (with all required documents attached) prior to the May 15, 2019 deadline. Required documents are as follows:

  1. A brief statement describing your goals for the Dissertation Lab
  2. A copy of your approved dissertation proposal
  3. A timeline for completion of dissertation including projected date of defense

All materials must be received electronically via the online application form. Participants will be selected based upon time to degree completion and the connection between the student's workshop goals and the timeline for completing the dissertation.

Summer 2019 D-Lab Details:

Dates: June 3-4, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Rady Room, 601 Nedderman Hall

Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

How to Apply: Complete and submit the online application. All materials must be received electronically.


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