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Ph.D. Scholarships

Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders
2022 Ph.D. Scholarship Program Guidelines


Applications Open Wednesday, September 15, 2021

 and Close Monday, November 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET.

Program Description

The Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) is committed to addressing the Ph. D. shortage in communication sciences and disorders. To this end, CAPCSD addresses a salient factor influencing the Ph. D. pipeline: time to degree completion. CAPCSD announces a scholarship program for students pursuing a research doctoral degree (i.e., Ph. D.) focused on an academic career in communication sciences and disorders. CAPCSD will fund up to eight (8) scholarships of $20,000 each for successful scholarship awardees. These scholarships are intended for students who have advanced or will be advancing to the candidacy stage of their respective doctoral programs (ABD). Doctoral students graduating in spring or summer 2022 can apply, however, priority will be given to those applicants completing their degrees in fall 2022 or beyond.

Eligibility Requirements

Award Amount

  • By June 15, 2022 (previously May 31, 2022), applicants must have successfully advanced to the candidacy phase of their respective doctoral programs in a regionally accredited academic program, at a CAPCSD member institution with membership paid in full no later than September 15, 2021.
  • Member programs can nominate only one applicant for this scholarship. Programs with multiple potential applicants should devise their own internal review process to select one applicant. The selected graduate student will submit their own application.
  • While nominating an applicant for the scholarship, member programs should consider the feasibility of the applicant to advance to the candidacy stage by June 15, 2022 (previously May 31, 2022). Scholarship awardees will be required to provide proof (letter from research advisor) verifying the candidacy/ABD status on or before the June 15, 2022 (previously May 31, 2022) deadline. Awardees who are unable to meet this requirement cannot defer the scholarship to the next funding cycle.

$20,000 scholarship.

Application Information

Graduate students must complete all sections of the on-line application using the link provided below to upload the required documents.

Summary of the dissertation research plan (1,000-word limit)

  1. Background
  2. Specific aims/objectives
  3. Methods and outcome measures
  4. Anticipated completion date (include timeline related to IRB, data collection and analysis, dissertation defense etc.)

Supporting Documents

  1. Cover letter from the applicant with a brief introduction of the research project and stated commitment to an academic position upon completion of their Ph.D. program. The cover letter should include reference to current Ph.D. funding and how a CAPCSD scholarship would facilitate completion of the dissertation research (two-pages; double-spaced; 12-point font; one-inch margins).
  2. Citations/References used for your dissertation research
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Letter of Support from research advisor signed by the program director.  The letter should include language verifying the applicant's candidacy status at the time of submission and a tentative plan for achieving the candidacy status by the June 15, 2022 (previously May 31, 2022) deadline.
  5. Advisor’s brief bio
  6. Optional - graphs/tables/charts for the dissertation research plan

Basis for Evaluation

  • Stated commitment to an academic career in communication sciences and disorders
  • Strength of proposed dissertation research project
  • Strength of applicant Curriculum Vitae (publishing, presenting, teaching, etc.)
  • Strength of rationale for how this scholarship would impact timely completion of Ph. D.
  • Strength of mentor nomination letter


Applications close on Monday, November 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET.

The scholarships will be announced in April 2022.


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