University Graduate Fellowship

The Graduate Dean is pleased to call for nominations for the University Graduate Fellowship. Nominations for this round will remain open until April 1, 2020. The program supports up to 30 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. Key details regarding the program, including nomination instructions, are outlined 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. 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.

Nomination Instructions

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:

2020-2021 Nomination Form

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.