Frances Fowler Wallace Award
The Frances Fowler Wallace Memorial for Mental Health Dissertation Award provides partial support for doctoral students' dissertation research on "the cause, treatment, cure, and prevention of mental disease, mental illness, and mental disorders." The award provides up to $1,500 for research-related expenses.
Doctoral students at The University of Texas at Austin are eligible to apply for the award. Applicants must:
- Plan to conduct a rigorous dissertation that advances the donor's wishes to “research and study the cause, treatment, cure, and prevention of mental disease, mental illness, and mental disorders.”
- Have successfully defended their dissertation proposal by the time of application.
The proposal (five double-spaced pages maximum) should include:
- A clearly stated research question
- A description of the proposed dissertation and how it relates to mental health
- Background of the project and significance of the research, research design and methodology
- A description of research-related expenses and associated costs (examples include: web-based survey fees, statistical software and participant stipends)
- A timeline for completion of the dissertation.
Mental health must be central to the proposed projects. For the purposes of this award, mental health is broadly defined. Projects may focus on any aspect of mental health including promotion, prevention, early intervention, treatment or workforce-related concerns. Judgment of the merit of the proposal will be based on the following:
- The applicant makes a compelling case for the importance/significance of the proposed project to the field of mental health.
- The proposed project is relevant to improving the mental health of the people of Texas.
- The overview of existing research relevant to the proposed project demonstrates the applicant’s broad and sound knowledge of the topic to be investigated.
- The research project is well-designed.
- A recommendation letter that strongly supports applicant’s ability to carry out the project.
- The budget expenses are justified.
This award is intended to be utilized for research expenses related to the student’s dissertation project, which may include travel for the purposes of data collection. Travel to present research findings at conferences or professional meetings is outside the scope of the award and is therefore ineligible for funding.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time.
Applicants will be contacted approximately 30 business days after the submission of the proposal.
Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, one letter of reference from the applicant’s dissertation committee chair or advisor, a proposal and a budget. Please use the approved proposal template and budget template when submitting your proposal.
The proposal should be no more than five double-spaced pages and submitted as a Microsoft Word document.
Each of the required application documents must be uploaded as separate files using the online application.
Questions about the award or application procedures may be emailed to Program Officer Rick Ybarra.