Who is eligible?

Graduate Scholars in Mathematics (GSM) scholarships are available to students that contribute to the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity with the UK student body. This includes, but is not limited to, race or ethnic origin, religion, gender, gender identity, and disability. First-generation college students, students from low-income families, students from Appalachian communities as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission (please see  www.arc.gov/counties for an official list), and students with a history of overcoming adversity are also strongly encouraged to apply for GSM scholarships.

GSM applicants must also meet National Science Foundation guidelines for eligibility. In particular, a successful applicant must be:

  • A United States Citizen, a permanent resident, or admitted refugee
  • Eligible for admission to doctoral study in Mathematics at the University of Kentucky
  • Eligible for need-based assistances as defined by guidelines for Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellowships

We strongly recommend that applicants have some experience with "proof-oriented" mathematics, typically obtained through first undergraduate courses in Abstract Algebra, Advanced Calculus, Real Analysis, and Topology. Research experience at a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in Mathematics is also very helpful. Please see this  list of REU sites provided by the National Science Foundation for further information. 

For general information on eligibility requirements for admission to doctoral study, please see our graduate program website at


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