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2018 AABHE Doctoral Student Grant (Dissertation Award) Application
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3/25/2018 to 3/28/2018
Where: American Association of Blacks in Higher Education
8311 Brier Creek Pkwy
Suite 105190
Raleigh 27617
United States
Contact: Dr. Fred A. Bonner II

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2018 American Association of Blacks in Higher Education

Doctoral Student Grant (Dissertation Award) Application

The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) will offer doctoral student conference grants (Dissertation Award) for the 2018 National Conference, March 25-28, 2018. The grants allow the recipients to attend the conference as an introduction to the academy and provide excellent networking opportunities for new academicians.

To be eligible for this grant, applicants must be a doctoral candidate who has successfully defended their dissertation or recent graduate (within the past year since December 8, 2017) in a program leading to a teaching or administrative position in higher education; or the applicant’s program of study and/or research emphasis must be aligned with or show some involvement in the African American community. The applicant also may have recently completed the defense of the dissertation, thus may not be currently enrolled. Defense of the dissertation should have occurred within the past year.

GRANT AWARD The award recipient will receive a $1,200 cash award, conference registration, and a one-year membership in AABHE. Second, third, and fourth place winners will receive $1000, $750, and $500 (respectively) cash awards, conference registration, hotel stay, and a one-year membership in AABHE. Failure to attend the conference and/or fulfill conference responsibilities voids the receipt of the cash award, conference registration and 1-year membership. Extenuating circumstances may be considered.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES To apply for the Doctoral Student Conference Grant (Dissertation Award) upload/email a completed and signed Application Form, Curriculum Vita, a letter of recommendation from the dissertation chair or advisor certifying completion of research with tangible results, and a research statement (two page single spaced maximum) to the following link - AABHE. Your research statement should describe your current research study (with results) and its implications for the African American Community. All applications must be received by Wednesday, January 31st, 2018. INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKETS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED. All applications must be signed. The award recipients will be notified by February 9th, 2018.


1. Problem/Purpose: What was/is being investigated? Why, when, where and by whom was the research conducted? What is the rationale for this study? (20 pts.)

2. Research Questions and/or Hypotheses: What specific questions did the researcher attempt to answer? What hypotheses were tested? (20 pts.)

3. Methods: Who were the subjects? How many were there? How were they selected? What controls, if any, were used? What tests, questionnaires, or other methods of data collection were used? How were they selected and administered? How were data analyzed? (20 pts.)

4. Results: What were the major findings? What interpretations of the findings were made?
(15 pts.)

5. Conclusions/Implications: What discussion, suggestions, or recommendations were made on the basis of the results? What are the implications for the African American Community and/or Higher Education? (20 pts.)

The award selection committee will review complete application packets received by the deadline, Wednesday, January 31st, 2018. We will accept only electronic applications (see the link). Electronic applications must be RECEIVED by January 31st, 2018. A complete application packet includes (1) a signed application cover sheet, (2) supporting documents (Curriculum Vita, advisor recommendation), and (3) a research statement, which describes the doctoral student’s current research interest and its implications for the African American community; this statement must outline tangible results gathered during the research phase of the dissertation project. Applicant should have completed degree requirements in the last year (no sooner than December 8, 2017).

The advisor’s recommendation MUST certify that the applicant has completed the dissertation research project.



The award recipients will make formal presentations during the conference. The time of the presentations will be announced when the final program is published in early March 2018. For more information on the Doctoral Student Conference Grant (Dissertation Award) contact:

Dr. Fred A. Bonner II

Professor and Endowed Chair

Prairie View A&M University

(AABHE VP for Research)


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