Dean's Competitive Fellowships

Arts & Sciences Graduate Fellowship Competition

The College of Arts & Sciences announces a competition for one-semester graduate fellowships for either Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. We anticipate awarding nine fellowships for the 2020-2021 year.
Continuing students in masters or doctoral programs in Arts & Sciences are eligible for consideration, with priority given to doctoral students. These fellowships are designed to recognize achievements and well-developed research plans to offer time released from assistantship duties to promote progress through degree programs, including field work and thesis or dissertation completion.
Eligibility: Current A&S graduate students. A maximum of 2 nominations per department.
Amount: $10,000 plus a tuition scholarship and student health plan enrollment
1.Letter of nomination from the student’s graduate advisor that addresses the applicant’s strengths, current graduate GPA, and progress through the graduate program.  The letter should also explicitly state how the student's plans for the fellowship period will promote their progress through the program and timely degree completion. This should be no more than one single-spaced page.
2.An essay from the nominee that clearly explains their detailed plans for the fellowship semester. The essay should clearly explain how the fellowship will enhance their degree progress. It should also very briefly describe their achievements to date during graduate study. This should be no more than 1 single-spaced page.
3.A modified NSF bio-sketch CV that highlights degree progress and research-related accomplishments
4.Brief endorsement from the Director of Graduate Studies that affirms the applicant's good standing within the program and his or her plans for the fellowship semester.  The endorsment should also rank order the applicant if more than one nomination is submitted. Please also make clear which semester each applicant is applying for (Fall or Spring).
5.Brief endorsement from the Department Chair indicating that the department is able to cover any teaching demands that may be created by the student receiving a fellowship award.  


Submit application packets in a single pdf by Friday, February 21st to Alycia Sullivan (  Applications packets should not exceed 6 total pages.
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