The Transdisciplinary Studies program currently offers two awards to support transdisciplinary research at Claremont Graduate University.
Hillcrest Transdisciplinary Awards
The Transdisciplinary Studies program created the Hillcrest Research Award with a gift in support of student transdisciplinary research and collaboration. Awards range from $500 to $1,500 per group.
Transdisciplinary Dissertation Awards
The Transdisciplinary Studies program awards up to five dissertation awards annually to PhD candidates. These awards recognize students who have embraced a transdisciplinary research approach and developed compelling and feasible projects.
The criteria for evaluating applications reflect CGU’s values for transdisciplinary inquiry. They include (but are not limited to):
- A demonstrated understanding of their home discipline’s methods and previous research on the topic
- A convincing rationale for why a transdisciplinary approach is appropriate for their project
- A description of the transdisciplinary approach reflecting the synthesis and integration of different disciplinary methods and perspectives to address the research question
- An understanding of the research project’s impact on the home discipline, other disciplines, and, if appropriate, the translational application of the research
- The dissertation committee’s membership. Having committee members from different schools demonstrates a student’s collaboration with experts from other fields, the student’s curiosity and openness to learning about other disciplinary methods, and the student’s recognition that their research issue cannot be studied from a single perspective
- The feasibility of completing the dissertation by the end of the next calendar year. Awards range from $3,000 to $10,000