University Graduate Fellowship

The Graduate Dean is pleased to call for nominations for the University Graduate Fellowship. This program provides support to graduate fellows with a stipend of $25,000 (and an option for health insurance benefits) for one academic year. An additional year of matching support is required from an external funding source, to be obtained 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 the College of Graduate Studies.

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

The deadline for master's graduate advisors and doctoral program directors to submit nominations is March 25th, 2022. Faculty co-sponsors will need to send the completed co-sponsor form and a copy of their nominee’s CV to the student’s program advisor/director before the deadline.

Awards will be announced April 25th, 2022.