Phi Delta Kappa Doctoral Dissertation Award

The Phi Delta Kappa Doctoral Dissertation Award provides support of $1,200 for the completion of a dissertation in the area of educational leadership, teaching and learning, or music education. Doctoral candidates with approved dissertation proposals, UCAIHS clearance (if required) and in good academic standing are invited to apply for the award.

Criteria for evaluation 

  • Significance and potential for advancing the field of study and enhancing the translation of theory to practice in education
  • Well-specified research problem
  • Feasibility of the conceptual framework, plan and methodology
  • Experience and potential of the project investigator to conduct the proposed research


Eligibility and Restrictions

  • All Doctoral candidates with approved dissertation proposals are eligible to apply.
  • Dissertation area of research must be within educational leadership, teaching and learning, or music education.
  • Awardee must be available to attend PDK installation event (typically held in May at the NYU Torch Club).
  • Awardee will be invited to present their research to PDK sometime in the next year.


Phi Delta Kappa Doctoral Dissertation Grant Proposal Criteria

The proposal must contain the following elements

  1. Complete application cover page
  2. 250 word abstract (will be published in PDK newsletter if awarded)
  3. 5-page synopsis of dissertation proposal
    • Should not exceed 5 pages (Arial 11 pt font, 1/2" margins, double spaced, excluding all references, pictures, graphs, and tables).
  4. Dissertation proposal approval signature page
  5. Current CV (5 page limit)
  6. Two Letters of support
    • From your Dissertation Chair
    • From one other individual who is not a member of your dissertation committee but who is familiar with your work

 Submission deadline, guidelines, and procedures.

Review Procedures

The Office of Research will be vetting all applications through the use of a review committee composed of a cross section of faculty. The committee members will undertake comprehensive evaluations of all proposals, identifying those they believe to be most meritorious using standard review processes and forwarding three nominations to PDK for the award. The final award recipient will be selected by the board of PDK. 


This award will be paid in two installments of $600 with the first payment being presented at PDK’s Installation event held in May of 2016.

Please contact the Office of Research with any questions you have regarding the Student Challenge Grants Program.  

Phone: (212) 992- 9382