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Walden offers three fellowships to support research activities. More detailed information about the following fellowships available to Walden students can be found in the Tuition and Financial Aid section of the Walden website under Fellowships. Note: Fellowships support research activities and as such may not be used for tuition remission. The fellowship programs are administered by the Center for Research Quality, not the Office of Financial Aid.
Don E. Ackerman Research Fellowship in Educational Leadership
The Don E. Ackerman Research Fellowship in Educational Leadership—named for a significant supporter, owner, and chairman of the board of Walden University over the years since 1992—supports research that advances leadership in education through better understanding or practice. The fellowship provides funding to support faculty or doctoral student research projects that contribute either theoretical or applied knowledge that may potentially change education at the pre-K–12 level (pre-kindergarten through secondary school), in any education field (e.g., traditional school subject areas, music and the arts, technical or vocational education, remedial education) or education position (e.g., teacher, administrator, policy-maker, curriculum specialist).
Fellowship in Research and Applications for Social Change
The Fellowship in Research and Applications for Social Change was established to enable Walden instructors and graduate students to make a significant and meaningful change in academic and social communities, both locally and globally. The fellowship is awarded to applicants who submit outstanding proposals reflective of the university’s mission and determination to uniquely effect positive social change worldwide.
Research Fellowship in Distance Education
The Research Fellowship in Distance Education provides funding to support faculty and student research endeavors that contribute both theoretical and applied knowledge to the growing field of distance education. This program is designed to encourage research conducted in the name of the university and to continuously improve the distance-education programs at Walden through research.
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External Research Grants
Funding from external agencies (such as private foundations) is another means of deferring the costs associated with conducting research. Student researchers may contact the Office of Faculty Research and Sponsored Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org), in the Center for Research Quality, to request a personal grant search by completing a Research Funding Search Form.
To be eligible for this research funding search service, students must meet all of the following criteria:
- Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
- Continuous enrollment for at least 6 months since start (matriculation) date.
- A record free of registrar and/or bursar holds.
Students are strongly encouraged to begin their search for external funds in support of their research after both the Walden Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the University Research Review (URR) have approved their thesis, dissertation, or doctoral study proposal. More detailed information about how to request a personal grant search and external funding opportunities can be found at the Walden Research Center website.
Please note that a personal grant search is a formal request for assistance in locating grant opportunities for a specific research project, not for general tuition expenses. Similarly, research grant funds obtained to support research activities cannot be used for tuition remission.