New DCF progress report form

Similar to our new ETD form, the Graduate School is pleased to announce another digital form that will streamline documentation. Students who receive a Dissertation Completion Fellowship (DCF) are required to submit a progress report near the end of their funded semester.

Beginning Monday, April 12, 2021, recipients will submit their progress report using this digital form: https://forms.office.com/r/kWEpGUK9DE. It is also linked from the Graduate School’s new Forms page, under Funding: http://grad.msu.edu/forms. Submitted responses route directly to the Graduate School’s designee for timely approval and confirmation back to the student.

The form is quite simple and will be approved if completed appropriately. In addition to basic student information, it asks the following:

  • Actual or estimated defense date
  • Reasons for any acceleration of your dissertation completion
  • Reasons for any delays of your completion
  • Expected timeline to completion, if applicable
  • What this DCF has meant to you
  • Any needs or requests you have to finish your dissertation.

All open-ended responses are a maximum of 4 sentences.

The Graduate School will screen reports for positive and negative trends in these answers as well as important outliers, contacting units when needed or when requested by the student. Our goal is to use the information from these progress reports to continually improve support for dissertation completion. We are happy to share aggregate data with units upon request.

Questions/Comments? Please contact Assistant Dean Bethany Laursen at laursen3@msu.edu.