Summer Writing Supplement

The Summer Writing Supplement Award provides funding of up to $2,000.00 to support completing an MFA or PhD dissertation. These awards support direct expenses incurred for off-campus archival or field research, as well as extending support to cover expenses related to dissertation writing (e.g. living expenses, data analysis, software—not available from UNM). This award may not be used to cover stipends, books, conference travel, or computers.

Awards are based on major accomplishments since entering graduate school, a well-defined dissertation prospectus, a timeline for completion of the dissertation, a 500-word personal statement, one letter of recommendation, and approval by the graduate unit. Each department may submit one nomination for this award.


Eligible graduate students must be in good academic standing and ABD (All But Dissertation) at the time of application, actively engaged in advanced research, writing of the dissertation, and/or creative/professional project in their discipline. Students must be registered as full-time in the spring semester of application and must be returning full-time the following fall, with an expected graduate date of that fall or the following spring semester. No student will be awarded the Rogers Research Project Grant, Graduate Research Supplement, or Doctoral Conference Grant in the same funding semester.

Application Materials

Submit the nominee and all accompanying application documents addressed to the Graduate Supplement Committee by May 24, 2024 to

Applications must be submitted by the student’s home department.  Only one submission per department will be considered.  The department must submit the application documents and materials addressed to the Graduate  Supplement Committee by the deadline to

Materials to be included in the application:

**Please note number 8 - Export Control takes 1 week to get reviewed and approved.

  1. A 500- to 750-word statement of purpose describing the nominee’s academic goals and accomplishments, as well as explaining how the award will be used and how it will facilitate completion of the dissertation.
  2. A current C.V.
  3. A detailed budget.
  4. A timeline for completing the proposed work and for completing the dissertation. 
  5. A letter of support from the nominee’s dissertation director.
  6. A letter of support from the department chair or program director.
  7. An IRB approval form (if applicable).
  8. **International Travel – Approved Export Control Review form 
  9. International Travel – Independent Academic Travel Registration: This form does not have to be turned in at time of application submission, but must be submitted and approved before travel to be eligible for reimbursement if awarded.  If you have any questions about completing this requirement, please contact the Education Abroad Office at 505-277-4032 or The representative will send confirmation you have completed this step.
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