University Graduate Fellowship

The Graduate Dean is pleased to call for nominations for the University Graduate Fellowship. The program supports Fellows with a stipend of $25,000 plus benefits for one academic year, with an additional year of required matching support from an external funding source by the sponsoring faculty member. Key details regarding the program, including nomination instructions, are outlined or linked below.


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 the committee along with Graduate & Research Affairs.

Matching Commitment

This 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. The "match" should cover student salary and benefits (including health care); the UGF program does not provide benefits during that year. As part of the nomination, a faculty "co-sponsor" will submit a narrative that commits external funding for support during an adjacent year. External sources can be extramural funding or philanthropy. Importantly, the match cannot be made from state funds or college-level RSF sources, with one exception: faculty start-up funding may be committed as a permissible match. 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 during the year on fellowship, nor as part of the matching commitment.

Nomination Process

Nomination instructions will be available in early 2022 for the 2022-23 academic year.