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The Graduate School sponsors two major fellowship programs:  the Spring Fellowship Competition and the Supplemental Graduate Fellowship and Recruitment Funding Program. See descriptions of the fellowship programs below.

Note: Students are not allowed to apply on their own; both programs require nomination by directors of graduate studies.

All internal fellowship applications must be submitted directly to the Graduate School.

Spring Fellowship Competition

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis in recognition of a student’s demonstrated scholarship, scholastic and creative promise, and/or financial need.

Mizzou graduate fellowships are administered by the Graduate School and are awarded to incoming, full-time graduate students. To be eligible, a student must be admitted to a graduate program with a specific graduate degree objective and must be enrolled in graduate academic course work.

Directors of graduate school and department chairs/directors should review the Graduate Fellowship Guidelines_2019-2020. Details about available fellowships and specific qualifications required for each fellowship are included in the guidelines, which are updated during the fall semester.

Important Dates and Nomination Process

  • Review the Graduate Fellowship Guidelines_2019-2020 for relevant dates and nomination process details. Nominations will be due by 5:00 pm Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
  • Mizzou fellowship programs require nomination by directors of graduate studies; students are not allowed to apply on their own.
  • Fellowship nominations must include a completed Fillable Departmental-Nomination-Form-19-20.
  • All internal fellowship nominations must be submitted directly to Graduate School.


Directors of Graduate School and fellowship recipients will receive notification annually, during the spring semester, regarding fellowship renewal.

A fellowship may be renewed if:

  • Funding is available, or limited semesters of support of a student are met.
  • Academic program guidelines for funding duration are met.
  • The student is making satisfactory academic progress.

Supplemental Graduate Fellowship and Recruitment Funding Program

The Supplemental Graduate Fellowship and Recruitment Funding (SGFRF) Program is aimed at helping graduate programs recruit new students who show exceptional merit and promise.


  • Funding is awarded to departments that demonstrate best practices in graduate education by recruiting, retaining, training, and professionally placing outstanding students.
  • Funds can be used to design the recruitment strategy that best meets their needs and goals, whether that be increased student support through a one-year fellowship, visitation/recruiting events, early enrollment support, professional development funding, or other innovative methods to improve graduate program recruiting efforts. Priority should be given to recruiting and supporting underrepresented students.
  • If utilizing funds as a fellowship, each fellowship must be awarded as a supplement to a .50 FTE departmental teaching or research assistantship or additional departmental fellowship. Students receiving the awards must be enrolled as full-time graduate students.


The Graduate School seeks proposals for the Supplemental Graduate Fellowship and Recruitment Funding (SGFRF) Program to help academic units recruit outstanding graduate students new to MU starting the following fall.

Programs requesting funds for recruitment activities other than fellowships should describe the program with sufficient detail to allow for review using the SGFRF Rubric. All programs funded through the SGFRF Program will be expected to demonstrate the successes of their students.


  • SGFRF Program funds are awarded to departments on a competitive basis; a faculty panel selects the individual recipients.
  • Departments may submit proposals for supplemental fellowship awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 that must be used in a one-year period.

Application Format

An application must consist of 1) a completed Supplemental fellowship form, 2) a two-to-three-page narrative proposal, and 3) the following student data:

  • Number of students in your program
  • Number/percentage of students presenting at national and international professional meetings
  • Number/percentage of students authoring or co-authoring a publication (journal article, monograph, book, or other appropriate terminal publication outlet) or other appropriate juried creative work
  • Number/percentage of students on external funding
  • Average time to degree completion
  • Job placement data
  • Other relevant metrics specific to your discipline that may not apply to one or more of the criteria above

All documents should be submitted electronically as a single .pdf document via e-mail attachment by 12 PM (CST) on the Friday immediately prior to the start of the November recess, to MU Grad Fellowship Nomination: . The application form must include signatures of the chair/director and DGS.

The program seeks to reward and encourage department/program excellence; it does not seek to remediate low stipend levels. Therefore, the application should focus on program strengths. The narrative must include information related to the life cycle of graduate education in the department or program from recruitment to successful completion and professional placement.

Please cover the following topics:

  • Use of Funds
    • Provide an overview of the use of funds and a brief rationale for the use of those funds to attract exceptional students and underrepresented students to your department.
  • Recruiting
    • Provide:
      • The number of students who are financially supported.
      • The number who are not.
      • The level of financial support.
      • The years committed to that support per student.
    • Include the financial commitment for student support for incoming students.
    • Describe specific efforts or programs designed to attract exceptional students and underrepresented students to the program, with an acknowledgement that different disciplines define “underrepresented” differently.
    • Describe any special efforts made to ensure a good fit between student and faculty/program.
  • Retention
    • Describe efforts at successful orientations, handbooks, and special programs of a social and/or academic nature that encourage:
      • Faculty/student interaction.
      • Integration of students in the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the department/program.
      • Procedures designed to help students find appropriate mentors.
      • Program structures, including curricula and examinations that focus work and enable successful graduate education.
  • Completion and Placement
    • Provide retention and completion rates for degree program for past five years, including time to degree and evidence of successful academic or professional placement.
    • Describe current departmental/program efforts to aid student career development in job market preparation.


  • Supplemental Graduate Fellowship Competition Nominations are due by 12 PM (CST) on the Friday immediately prior to the start of November recess.
  • Send nominations via email to . All documents should be a single pdf file.
  • The Notification of Award is estimated to be in mid to late December.


Proposals will be evaluated by a panel drawn from graduate faculty members across campus.

Each proposal review panel will be comprised from faculty from a variety of disciplines; no reviewer will evaluate a proposal from their home department. The amount of the award will be determined based on the proposal ranking and the amount of available funding as determined by the Graduate School.