Graduate Research Grant Opportunities


Submission Deadline: March 21, 2016

Award Notification Date: Mid May, 2016


The family of John S. Tuckey, in order to honor his memory, has generously established the John S. Tuckey Graduate Research Award. The award memorializes a Purdue University Calumet faculty member, whose teaching of American literature and editing/publishing of Mark Twain texts were internationally acclaimed. Dr. Tuckey’s long and outstanding service to Purdue Calumet included headship of the Department of English/Philosophy and Assistant Dean of the Graduate School. His accomplishments were recognized when Purdue University conferred upon him the Hovde Distinguished Service Professorship.

 The amount of the John S. Tuckey Graduate Research Award will be $1,500. An applicant must be either a regularly admitted, degree-seeking graduate student in the humanities at Purdue Calumet, or a college senior who, during the year of the award, will be a fully admitted, degree-seeking graduate student in the humanities at Purdue Calumet. The recipient must be enrolled in no fewer than three graduate-level credits per semester during the award period.

 Recipients may apply the award to research expenses during the year following the announcement (Academic year 2016-17). Expenses may include (but not be limited to) travel, food and lodging, photo-copying or research materials. The University expects recipients to acknowledge the support of Purdue University Calumet in any publication that emanates from the award.


The LASS/Education Graduate Research Award for 2016-17; an award of $1500 may be awarded to a Calumet graduate student or a senior who will be a graduate student in 2016-17 in any department in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences or in the College of Education for the academic year of 2016-17.


 The Graduate School also announces the availability of three semester-long research grants for the Fall or Spring of the 2016-17 academic year. Each $750 grant will be available either to a new or continuing regularly-admitted, degree-seeking graduate student matriculating at Purdue Calumet, or to a college senior who, by the beginning of the semester of the award, will be a regularly-admitted, degree-seeking graduate student matriculating at Purdue Calumet. The recipient of one of the research grants must be enrolled in no fewer than three graduate-level credits per semester during the award period.

 The research grant is designed to encourage research (for example, as a part of the student’s classes or master’s thesis or directed project) and is available to graduate students in any graduate degree program at Purdue Calumet. All research projects will be considered for these awards, whether the research is in the beginning stages or has been completed. Recipients of the award are expected to present their research at Student Research Day in Spring 2016 or another similar event, as designated by the Graduate Studies Office.


(Please note – the application process is the same for all awards)

 The deadline for application is March 21, 2016.

The awards can be used in either the Fall or Spring semester of the 2016-2017 academic year.

Questions and application packets should be submitted to:

Peggy Greer, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions and Records

Graduate Studies Office – Lawshe Hall 242 – 219-989-2257

 Each application for an award must include the following:

A)  A letter of application and introduction (there is no application form). The letter should indicate whether the proposal is to be considered for the Graduate Research Award, LASS/Education Graduate Research Award or the Tuckey award, (or all, if applicable).

 B)  A project proposal for research, including project title, a brief description of the project, its goals and significance, a project design or approach, a brief bibliography or review of literature, and a brief description of any previous research by the applicant on this topic.

 C)  A short biographical sketch of the applicant

 D)  Two letters of recommendation indicating the significance of the project and the ability of the applicant in carrying it out.

 E)  The name of the faculty member who will direct the student’s research.

 There is no page limit on the application submitted. Each application should include adequate detail to allow the award review committee to understand the research project and its significance in the discipline. If the application is based upon a thesis, do not attach the thesis in its entirety. The award proposal should be a more focused and briefer summary of your research project and the items outlined above.

The recipients of the awards will be notified mid May, 2016.