Student Newsletter - April 2021

Updates from The Grad Office

Welcome to the CCAS Graduate Student Newsletter! Designed to keep you up to date with news and events, policies and processes, and all things for CCAS Graduate students!

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APRIL 2021

The CCAS Office of Graduate Studies staff will be working remotely until further notice. While we won't physically be on campus, we are here for you and can be reached during normal business hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. We will be responding to emails and voicemails. Additionally, during this time, please submit all materials electronically to [email protected]. This may mean you have to communicate with your advisors in advance to get signatures or approvals.

Despite the distance and all the challenges you are facing, know that the Student Services team is here to support you and will continue to be dedicated to providing you guidance and serve as a resource that helps you navigate university policies and procedures. Stay strong, stay connected and please take good care of yourselves, your families and each other.

For our April newsletter we have the following topics:

CCAS Expectations for Virtual Instruction


Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions about Spring 2021. This page is a resource for any questions about the principles that CCAS has established for virtual instruction and teaching. We hope this information will be useful for reference throughout the semester.

Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 5th - 9th, 2021

The Office of Graduate Studies is celebrating Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW). started in 1993 by the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students as a way to support and appreciate graduate and professional students. The week seeks to emphasize the contributions, impact, and value of graduate and professional students on campuses throughout the United States. CCAS will be celebrating the week with a variety of virtual events for graduate students. The full week of events is now available on our website.


Wellness Corner

Mental Health Discussion Series

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is offering a variety of programming throughout the spring 2021 semester. 

April 7 | Motivation & Goal Setting 

April 14 | Organization & Procrastination 

April 21 | Creating Balance 

April 28 | Self-Care & Stress Management

***This denotes that this is a drop-in series and no registration or consultation needed for any of these sessions. Students may attend any or all sessions. 

The Store

The Store is a student-run food pantry at the George Washington University that is managed by The Store student organization and the Division for Student Affairs provides resources and support for students living with food insecurity. Students should be aware that as a condition of access to the store this semester, they are required to comply with the testing and symptom monitoring requirements to maintain GWorld access to District House and the Store.

                   Spring Check-In Survey

Spring Check In Survey


The survey period is from March 30- April 11, 2021. The survey was developed with input from several campus stakeholders including Survey Research and Analysis, Office for Student Success, Undergraduate Admissions, Office of Student Financial Aid, Career Services, and the Division for Student Affairs. The survey will gauge student academic experiences, health and well-being, and fall 2021 plans. Survey questions were designed to enable action and outreach to students who indicate they are in need of assistance. Please check your emails for the link to complete this survey.

Career Services Corner

Student Success Coach

The Office of Student Success & Retention (SS&R) is seeking a Graduate student to fill their Student Success Coach position. The Academic Success Coach assists SS&R in support of a university-wide commitment to improving student persistence and success at the George Washington University. The position will have significant interaction with students to provide academic support with the goal of enhancing student success. A key component of this role will be the implementation of individualized academic success programs—an intrusive and comprehensive initiative to improve academic progress for undergraduate students. mentioned in today's task force meeting. For questions regarding the position, please contact Chante Clarkson -  [email protected].

University Career Services for Graduate Students

Graduate students have 24/7 access to Handshake and other services to view internships, jobs, professional development opportunities, and tools for employment.

View Flyer (PDF) 

Graduate Student Career Series

The Graduate Student Career Series includes select career events and programs open to all GW graduate students. The list of April events is now available.


CCAS Student Highlight

We would like to highlight students in our student newsletters. Please send any accomplishments you'd like to be recognized to [email protected] to appear in the upcoming newsletters. 

April Highlight

Hannah Mae White, a student in the Masters in Forensic Psychology program received an award this past December through the Richmond Chamber of Commerce for her work during COVID-19. Hannah is the Program Director for an intensive substance abuse treatment program through the Virginia Department of Corrections and led her team and inmates through a tough year. Please the RVA Chamber of Commerce website here: Diamond in the Rough: Leadership in Crisis tab.

She was also recently promoted in January 2021 to Community Corrections Alternative Program Manager for the Virginia Department of Corrections where she will monitor and support all the programming for this alternative sentencing program for probationers.

Ariana Kaye and Delfin Ogutogullari students in Art History published essays in the online journal for the Coalition of Master's Scholars on Material Culture.

Fall Registration 

Registration opens on April 15th at 9 A.M. for All Degree-Seeking Graduate Students.  All CCAS graduate students are required to register continuously each fall and spring semester until the completion of their program. For instructions on how to register please visit the Registrar Office website for steps for registration. 

Choosing Between RTF & RTF-EZ 

In most instances students will be able to register online through GWeb. In some cases, a paper registration form is required. If paper registeration is required, there are two different registration forms, the RTF and RTF-EZ.  Check out our registration page for examples of when you should use the RTF and when you need to use the RTF-EZ.


CCAS Graduation Celebrations

Celebration 2021

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CCAS Graduation Celebration: Save the Date

We look forward to recognizing our graduates and their achievement!

In addition to GW’s virtual commencement on May 16, we hope you and your family and friends will join the live-streamed CCAS graduation events. Our Doctoral Hooding will take place on May 12, at 7:00 pm, and the Master’s Celebration is on May 13 at 7:00 pm.

Each graduate will have a "virtual" walk across the stage during the CCAS Celebrations, with your name read and your photo and degree information displayed. Please be on the lookout for an email to your GW email account requesting information to ensure that you are included in this virtual walk.

Also, we invite you to share photos of your favorite GW memories on our CCAS InstagramFacebook or Twitter platforms using the hashtag #CCASOnward. 

Congratulations, graduates!


Credit/No Credit Spring 2021

Students whose programs will allow courses to be taken for CR/NC will have until Friday, April 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EDT, to exercise this option for the Spring 2021 semester. No changes will be permitted after submission, and no submissions will be accepted after the deadline. The CCAS Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) will begin accepting requests on Monday, March 1, 2021; the final deadline for submitting requests is Friday, April 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.


ETD Deadlines!

Master Thesis Deadlines

April 23 - ETD Submission Deadline. Must submit your approved thesis to ProQuest site and submit  ETD approval form to [email protected] by this deadline.

April 30 -  Final University ETD deadline. All formatting edits must be completed by this deadline.

Ph.D. Deadlines

April 1 - Dissertation defense deadline

April 8 - ETD submission deadline: Submit final, approved, post-defense, electronic dissertation to the ProQuest site

April 15 - Final, approved dissertation containing all post-defense revisions and required formatting is approved by University ETD administrator

Important Dates

The Office of Graduate Studies will be developing a number of new online forums for master's and doctoral students this fall. Please note the following April events. To view future events, please visit the Current Student Events Website.

Event Date
Career Services LinkedIn GW Communities and Beyond April 6 
How to Get Government Jobs April 6
Meet the Graduate Dean April 15
Meet the Graduate Dean April 23
Employer Briefing: Bipartisan Policy Center April 26

Funding/Employment Opportunities

National Fellowship Opportunities

The Office of Graduate Studies has created a National Fellowship Opportunity website located under the Funding Opportunities page on the current student website.  It lists a large number of national fellowships for Ph.D. students and there are some specific dissertation fellowships.

Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) Awards

Any questions on the awards below please reach out to OGSAF directly at [email protected].

D.C. DAR Scholarship

Deadline: 1 May 2021
A tuition fellowship for Master's students in American Studies, History or Museum Studies with a focus in historic preservation or American Fine/Decorative Arts in the years 1607-1830.
Applicants must be United States citizens and enrolled for at least six credits a semester with a GPA of at least 3.25. In addition, they must be in one of the following fields:
  • MA – American Studies (preference with a focus in historic preservation or in the years 1607-1830)
  • MA – History (preference with a focus in historic preservation or in the years 1607-1830)
  • MA – Museum Studies (with a focus on American Fine/Decorative Arts)
Academic year tuition awards are up to $3,500 for part-time and up to $7,00 for full-time and are stackable. Semester-only awards will also be considered.
Recipients will be invited to attend D.C. DAR events.

Fullbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (FHDDRA)

GW Internal Deadline: 24 March 2021

National Deadline: 5 April 2021

The Fulbright-Hays provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies (topics focused on Western Europe countries are ineligible) for periods of 6 to 12 months. Students may propose research in multiple countries.
Apply for a unique opportunity to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. The 12-month fellowship includes a stipend and could involve a limited amount of travel to WHO in Geneva, Switzerland (COVID permitting). 

Bryce Harlow Fellowships

Deadline: 25 April 2021

The Bryce Harlow Foundation, the premier organization in Washington for government advocacy, is now accepting applications for its Bryce Harlow Fellowships.  Fellowships are awarded to individuals working full-time, attending graduate school part-time and who anticipate having careers in the field of government relations, lobbying or advocacy.  

Recipients receive $8,000 ($4,000 per semester), mentoring opportunities, and access to seminars and other educational activities.  For more information, please visit their website.



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