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Research Funding

The Office of Graduate Studies & Research (OGSR), as well as other university departments, offer funding opportunities for AU graduate students. Below is a list of possible grants and/or awards that may be available.

OGSR Opportunities

The Adel Ait-Ghezala Graduate Research Fellowships are available to graduate students who are full-time enrolled students in a master's or doctoral program at American University. The fellowships are intended to support applied, educational or policy-relevant research programs designed to improve the lives of the citizens of developing countries. This is a competitive fellowship. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward their degrees in order to be eligible.

Receipents for 2019-2020:
Anastassia Fagan
Anna Kirkland
Application Documents
Application Guidelines for 2020 
Application Cover Form for 2020
Progress Report
Final Report

The Office of the Provost provides competitive intramural research scholarships to doctoral students to support their dissertation research. The scholarships are managed by the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies. Funds are available to doctoral graduate students who:

  • have been admitted to candidacy for the doctorate before the scholarship period begins (in some departments admission to candidacy may be spoken of as "ABD - "All But Dissertation." If you have questions about this requirement, check with your department.)
  • have an approved dissertation proposal, and
  • have an active dissertation chair and committee.

The activity may occur anywhere in the world. The scholarships are intended to provide supplemental funds to support basic research, field work, lab work, or closely related endeavors. Scholarships are available in amounts up to $5,000.


The Hart A. Massey Fellowship is awarded each academic year to one or more incoming Canadian students (enrolled as traditional or online students) pursuing graduate studies full-time at American University. The fellowship is applied to tuition charges. Online students are eligible to apply for this award.

Application Documents for FY20
Massey Fellowship Application
Massey Application for Online Students
Application Checklist

The United Methodist Graduate Scholarship is awarded each academic year to a graduate student enrolled at American University who is a full member of the United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to application. The scholarship is applied to tuition charges. Awards are renewable (but not guaranteed) for one year to students who show satisfactory progress towards their graduate degree. This is a competitive award, and applicants must meet minimum University graduate admission requirements to be considered. Online students are eligible to apply for this award.

Application Documents for 2020-2021:
Application Checklist
Application (Deadline March 22, 2020)
Application for Online Students (Deadline March 22, 2020)
Graduate Financial Aid Administrators

Schools & Colleges Research Funding

The College of Arts & Sciences provides a variety of resources to support graduate and undergraduate students in research and travel. For more information, please go HERE.

AU Graduate Leadership Council

The Graduate Leadership Council (GLC) is the representative body for the more than 3,800 graduate students at American University. The GLC brings together the leaders of the five graduate student councils at AU to mobilize on issues that are relevant to graduate students specifically and the AU community generally.

You must be a graduate student at American University in good standing (3.0 minimum GPA). All activities must be directly related to your academic studies at AU or to relevant professional development goals. The grant cannot be used to fund a semester or short-term study abroad program. The grant cannot be used to fund a practicum.

Application Process

Library Research Awards

Research Awards are available to current graduate (including PhD) and undergraduate students of American University in good standing. 

Papers written during the academic year are accepted for consideration. Students may submit more than one paper, but only one award will be granted per individual.

Application Process & Requirements

Award Recipients for academic year 2019-20

Doctoral Student Research Scholarships

Linda Amarante
Charlotte Blair
Rebecca Brenner
Anastassia Fagan
Tommy Ganawan
Anna Hyman
Taylor Swanson
Joshua Tatz
Jong Eun Lee
Yumna Fatima
Julia Fischer-Mackey
Noah Rosen
Olivia Williams
Emily Bello-Pardo
Barbara Dos Santos
Minjung Kim
Hillary Mellinger
Daisy Muibu
Ifeoluwa Olawole
Victoria Smiegocki
Long Tran