University Graduate Fellowship
The Fellowship directs institutional funding to support recruitment, retention, and timely degree completion for excellent graduate students who: (1) are engaged in scholarship advancing the university's goals for research and creative activity, and (2) are enrolled in a PhD program, or in another research/creative activities-intensive graduate program with a demonstrated imperative to offer competitive packages of financial support. Fellowships are awarded through a merit-based, competitive process. A faculty advisory committee will review nominations according to a scoring rubric developed by Graduate & Research Affairs and the committee.
This new institutional funding leverages, rather than displaces, external sources of support for graduate programs. Therefore, a matching requirement is included in the design of the program. As part of the nomination, a faculty "co-sponsor" will submit a narrative that commits external funding for support during a second year. External sources can be extramural funding or philanthropy. Importantly, the match cannot be made from state funds or college-level RSF funding sources. For flexibility, the matching year may occur immediately prior to or following the year "on fellowship". The program director may serve as the "co-sponsor" in circumstances where a well-qualified nominee does not yet have a faculty mentor with financial responsibility but does have a readily identified source of external funding. For example, the program director may nominate an incoming student supported by a training grant, endowed scholarship, or external fellowship.
Teaching responsibilities are not permitted in the year on fellowship, nor as part of the matching commitment.
The form to be completed by the faculty co-sponsor can be downloaded here:
Faculty Co-Sponsor Form
The program director or advisor formally submits the nomination, with the faculty co-sponsor form and student nominee's CV as uploaded attachments:
The program director/advisor provides summary information about the nominee along with the co-sponsor form, and is required to rank all nominees from the same program. Individual programs will need to develop an internal process by which this ranking is developed. An internal process for ranking nominees that includes input from faculty involved in the program is strongly recommended.