The Office of Graduate Education

Graduate Education Awards and Grants

Best Dissertation Award

The Best Dissertation Award is awarded to a student from each PhD-granting school. All dissertations from the previous calendar year are eligible for the award. Faculty committees within each school determine the winner, and there is no application process required from students. The awards are given in the spring.

David Daniel Thesis Award

Each year, this award recognizes an exceptional doctoral student in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. It is supported by an endowment established in 2006 by the former UT Dallas president. There is no application process required from students, and faculty committees in both Engineering and Natural Sciences meet separately to determine the winner from each school. The awards are given in the spring.

Dean of Graduate Education Dissertation Research Award

Application forms will be available in January 2023, and completed applications must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Education no later than  5 p.m. on Monday, April 17, 2022. Funds may be requested for up to $5,000 to support research during the dissertation year. Funds may be requested for equipment, supplies, paying participants, research-related travel, limited support for research assistants, or other related expenses (these funds cannot be used to pay your salary). Awards will be announced in May 2023.

Priority will be given to applicants who have applied for external funding. You are strongly urged to start applying now for external funding so that you can receive priority consideration for the Dean of Graduate Education Research Award.

Students may receive only one dissertation award while at UT Dallas. However, students may revise and resubmit unsuccessful applications for consideration during future application cycles.  

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Questions? Email [email protected]

PhD Research Small Grants (This program is scheduled to end on 8/22)

With the generous support of the Office of Research and Innovation, the Office of Graduate Education offers the PhD Research Small Grants program to assist PhD students with dissertation-based research and travel expenses by providing supplemental financial support of up to $1,000 (half from School and half from Graduate Education). Funding is available for students who have passed their qualifying exam and may be used to travel to a research collection, to travel to an invited research presentation, to purchase research-related materials, to cover expenses related to translation or transcription of research materials, or to cover expenses related to recruiting and retaining research participants.

Download Call for Applications

Download Application


Watch the video explaining the application and the review process.

Questions?  Please send email to Beth Keithly [email protected].