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Professional Development Funding

Fellowship Tuition Policy

This policy allows for students pursuing graduate degrees to take courses beyond degree requirements without additional financial burden to the student and little or no cost to the University. Such courses, referred to as "fellowship" courses, can broaden the educational experience of graduate students by allowing them to pursue studies based on their intellectual desires.

An application is required to have a course approved as a fellowship course. You are not charged for fellowship courses as long as you are registered for the minimum number of credit hours per semester for your degree program. Also, you must have a Planned Program of Study on file at Graduate Studies. All policies relating to drop/add and withdrawal apply to fellowship courses. Please note that courses will NOT be allowed to count as Fellowship Courses retroactively.

Graduate Student Travel Award

Note:  The Graduate Student Travel Award application is currently closed.  It will be available again on July 1, 2017, when the new fiscal year begins.‌

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at Case Western Reserve University sponsors a program to facilitate mentorship between graduate students and faculty mentors.

SGS spends some of its endowment income to sponsor full-time graduate student travel to conferences at which a paper or poster will be presented. Academic departments are expected to contribute funds, a 50/50 match, to demonstrate support of the student.

The maximum contribution from SGS is $500 for travel within the United States and $1,000 for travel outside of the United States. This supports conference-related expenses such as registration, lodging, meals, and transportation, with a maximum meal allowance of $48/day. Original receipts are required and all CWRU travel policies apply. The applicant is responsible for making the necessary travel arrangements.

Download the School of Graduate Studies Graduate Student Travel Award.

To reach as many students as possible, each student is limited to one award. Applications must be endorsed by a faculty member who serves as a mentor to the student and should include a brief description of that relationship (research agenda extension, joint or co-authorship, etc.). In addition, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis for as long as funda are available.  Applications will be returned to applicants if they are incomplete.

  1. Complete and submit the School of Graduate Studies Graduate Student Travel Award application at least two weeks prior to travel.  Make sure that the person in charge of the budget in your department completes the section indicating how much matching funds are available and the account number to be charged.
  2. Prepare an estimate of the direct costs (registration, transportation, lodging, meals, etc.) associated with the conference.
  3. Submit an abstract of the paper, which was accepted for presentation, with documentation of that acceptance (association letter, program schedule, etc.).
  4. Include the following statement of acknowledgement at the end of the estimate of direct costs and at the bottom of the first page of the paper or poster:
    • Statement of Acknowledgement: This presentation was made possible, in part, through financial support from the School of Graduate Studies at Case Western Reserve University.

Deadline: None; review of applications will begin at the start of the academic year and will continue until funds run out.

Number of Awards: Unspecified, but limited to and dependent on a pre-set annual allocation.

The Verhosek Fund

The V-Fund provides funds for incidental costs incurred in thesis research; these funds would otherwise be paid out of pocket by the graduate student. Download the V-Fund Application Form.


  • Enrollment in the School of Graduate Studies as a full- or part-time, degree-seeking student.
  • Completed at least 12 credit hours of graduate level coursework by application date.


  • Conference Presentation (max $200) — must include a copy of the conference confirmation of acceptance for presentation of paper/poster.
  • Thesis/Dissertation Binding (max $50).
  • Other awards and funding opportunities (See restrictions).


  • One grant-in-aid per student per semester with a lifetime maximum total of $250 to any one student.
  • No grants made for payments toward tuition, fees, fines, or professional society memberships.
  • No grants made for attending a conference without presenting a paper/poster.

The Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fellowship

The Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fund helps women graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and/or women students in the School of Graduate Studies extend their education by foreign study or foreign travel, or both. It may be used any time during the twelve months following graduation, or, in the case of graduate students, in the twelve months following the current academic year. Recipients of the fellowship must report on the completed project with reasonable documentary evidence of major expenditures.

Award Amount: The amounts of the fellowships vary, but generally range from $1,000-$3,500.

Additional information and application may be obtained by contacting the dean of Undergraduate Studies at 216.368.2928.

Phi Beta Kappa Research Grants


The Case Western Reserve University Alpha of Ohio chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society sponsors research grants reaching up to a few hundred dollars to support student research projects.


• Actively enrolled undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences

• Research proposal related to a students academic work

• Funds must be used for a well-defined aspect of a student’s project including specialized equipment, supplies, travel, etc.


• Statement of the proposed use of funding

• Brief description of the research project

• Itemized budget for the amount requested

• Letter of support from a faculty sponsor