Grant-Funded Graduate Research

Recent Graduate Student Awards

Washington University doctoral students have an outstanding record of winning external research grants, attesting to both their abilities and the department's tradition of close mentoring. Students are encouraged to begin conceptualizing their dissertation projects early in the program, and courses such as methods seminars and a seminar/workshop in proposal writing (taught by faculty members who have served on NSF review panels) further strengthen external funding.

Below is a list of recent external funding awards listed by year:

2023

Sacco, Alex The Leakey Foundation Research Grant $19,992

2022

Nilsson, Annika Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant $12,610

2021

Baumgarten, Sarah National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $31,275
Geyman, Zoe Fulbright-Hays Fellowship $43,648
Ghale, Tashi Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant $15,030
Kuzma, Rachel National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $28,998
Madrigal, Luisa National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $22,710
Merkle, Ann National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $15,661
Nilsson, Annika National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $18,191
Sun, Yufeng National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $14,490

2020

Abel, Matthew National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $5,613
Carter, Chelsey Ford Foundation Fellowship $28,000
Grooms, Seth National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $26,992
Lin, Yi Ling Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship $20,000
Stauffer, Grant National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $31,493
Stauffer, Grant Washington University in St. Louis Divided City Graduate Summer Research Fellowship $5,000
Wagner, Jaqueline National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $25,200
Ward, Grace National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant  
Zhengwei, Zhang National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $28,316

2019

Abel, Matthew US-Brazil Fulbright Commission Grant $15,400
Carter, Chelsey Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant $19,492
Grooms, Seth National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program $102,000
Hu, Lorraine National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $26,458
Martin, Savannah National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $25,200
Stauffer, Grant Lambda Alpha Graduate Overseas Research Grant $2,000
Ward, Grace National Science Foundation NSF-GRFP $102,000

2018

Cubellis, Lauren Wenner-Gren Conference Grant $15,550
Hu, Lorraine National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program $102,000
Jones, Bradley Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant $7,337
Jones, Bradley National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $21,324
Jones, Mica National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $7,493
Jones, Mica Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant $19,981
Lin, Yi Ling Lambda Alpha Graduate Overseas Research Grant $2,000
Lin, Yi Ling American Philosophical Society Lewis and Clark Fund $4,800
Powis, Dick Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship $33,708
Rynkiewich, Katie Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant $17,990

2017

Bullion, Elissa National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $21,794
Barnes, Carolyn Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant $19,702
Hu, Lorraine Society for American Archaeology Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship $3,000
Lemoine, Ximena Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant $19,660
Melendez, Juan Carlos National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $11,668
Musgrave, Stephanie Leakey Foundation   $14,744
Rankin, Caitlin National Geographic Society Young Explorer Grant $4,600

2016

Alyanak, Oguz Wenner Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant $19,704
Bullion, Elissa Lambda Alpha Graduate Research Grant $2,000
Carter, Chelsey National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program $102,000
Chiou, Kenneth NGX Biology National Geographic Discovery Funding Contest $5,000
Lemoine, Ximena National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program $102,000
Musgrave, Stephanie Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant $19,989
Musgrave, Stephanie Lambda Alpha Graduate Overseas Research Grant $2,000
Musgrave, Stephanie National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant $25,155
Qin, Zhen National Science Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant $18,995
Rivas, Alexander National Geographic Young Explorer Grant $4,783
Rivas, Alexander National Geographic Society Young Explorer Grant $4,783
Singer, Elyse AAUW Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship $20,000