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Research Funding

The Office of Graduate Studies & Research offers funding opportunities for AU graduate students. For more information regarding the awards listed below, please contact Anita Brown at


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.

Instructions on how to apply for this fellowship will be available in January 2019.


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 2019-2020 program will be announced in December 2018.

Library Research Awards

Economics Professor Emeritus Donald Bowles established the W. Donald Bowles Award for undergraduate or graduate students at American University. The goal of this award is to give students the opportunity to fund their academic efforts to address income inequality.

This award is given each year by the University Library to a student conducting research on income inequality in the United States through empirical, theoretical or artistic efforts. Following evaluation by the review committee, comprised of AU teaching faculty and librarians, a $1,000 is awarded annually with a $500 runner-up award.

Application Process & Requirements

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