Statement of Purpose: Colorado School of Mines graduate students, in thesis-based degree programs, are often funded by teaching and research assistantships that include a stipend and typically cover the cost of tuition, fees and health insurance. At times, a funding source may suddenly be eliminated or prove to be insufficient to cover the student through the end of their studies. If the student or advisor have no other financial resources available, the student may not be able to continue their studies. The purpose of this grant program is to provide last resort assistance for graduate students in such cases.
The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) provides a one-time fellowship as “completion” support, for thesis-based students who are in their final semester. Depending on availability of funds, the continuance fellowship is designed to cover up to one semester of tuition, fees, and individual health insurance. Students who are awarded a Graduate Continuance Fellowship are not eligible to apply for the fellowship again within their current degree program. Applications for completion funding are accepted for fall, spring, and summer.
Eligibility: Potential applicants must be enrolled part- or full-time in a thesis-based Masters or Doctoral graduate program at the Colorado School of Mines, must be on reduced registration, and must be in “good standing” with the University. Eligible students must have received continuous funding, in the form of a teaching assistantship, research assistantship, or fellowship, for ALL academic semesters (excluding summer terms) without interruption prior to the date of application. M.S. students must have completed all required coursework (excluding research credit) for their degree and Ph.D. students must have successfully defended their Thesis Proposal; both M.S. and Ph.D. students must demonstrate that they are highly likely to graduate within 6 months of the application date.
Application Information/Deadlines: Applications should be addressed to the Dean of Graduate Studies and turned in to Suzanne Beach or Roxane Aungst at the Registrar’s Office (Student Center Suite E280). Late applications will only be considered under extenuating circumstances. Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness by the Assistant Dean. The final decision will be made by the Graduate Dean based on available funds. Advisors will be asked to cost-share if possible. Advisors who have had students who received support from this program within the past two years have lower priority, especially if the Advisors were unable to cost-share.
Applications for Fall 2019 must be submitted on or before August 12, 2019
Applications for Spring 2020 must be submitted on or before December 16, 2019