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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_2021-2022. Details about available fellowships and specific qualifications required for each fellowship are included in the guidelines, which are updated during the fall semester. When reviewing the 2021-2022 guidelines, please note the changes to the fellowship funding model.

Nomination Process

  • Review the Graduate Fellowship Guidelines_2021-2022 for relevant dates and nomination process details. Nominations are due by 5:00 pm (Central) Tuesday, February 9, 2021.
  • The Graduate School Fellowship Program requires nomination by Directors of Graduate Studies (DGSs); students are not allowed to apply on their own.
  • Fellowship nominations must include a completed Fellowship Nomination Form.
  • All fellowship nominations must be submitted directly to the Graduate School.


Directors of Graduate Studies (DGSs) 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. Priority should be given to recruiting and supporting underrepresented students.
  • Funds can be used, for example: to help provide 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.
  • 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.


  • 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 within the upcoming calendar year.

Submitting an Application

An application must consist of 1) a completed SGFRF Application Form, 2) a two-to-three-page narrative proposal, and 3) appendix with student data

All documents should be submitted electronically as a single .pdf document via e-mail attachment by 5 PM (CST) on Friday, November 8, 2019, to MU Grad Fellowship Nomination: The application form must include signatures of the chair/director and DGS.


The Graduate School seeks proposals for the SGFRF Program to help academic units recruit outstanding graduate students new to MU starting the following fall semester. 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. 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 and timely completion and professional placement.

Please cover the following topics in your 2-3 page proposal:

  • Use of Funds
    • Provide an overview of the use of funds and a brief rationale for the use of those funds to attract underrepresented students and other exceptional students to your department.
  • Recruiting
    • Describe the financial commitment for student support for incoming students
    • Describe specific efforts or programs designed to attract 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 and support:
      • Faculty/student interaction
      • Mentoring of students
      • Inclusive excellence
      • 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 studies
      • Professional development
  • Completion & Placement
    • Describe current departmental/program efforts to aid student career development in job market preparation
    • Describe the success and timeliness of student degree completion
    • Describe job placement in positions upon graduation

Appendix to Proposal: Student Data (not included in narrative proposal page count)

  1. Number of students in your program.
  2. Number/percentage of students that are financially supported (e.g., number of students you support with a .25 FTE and .50 FTE; number of students with internal fellowships; number of students with external fellowships, such as GEM)
  3. The level of financial support provided (i.e. average stipend amount, if applicable)
  4. The typical/average years committed to financial support per student
  5. Number/percentage of students on external faculty-led grants and contracts
  6. Number/percentage of students presenting at national and international professional meetings
  7. 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
  8. Retention and completion rates for degree program for past five years, including time to degree and evidence of successful academic or professional placement
  9. Other relevant metrics specific to your discipline that may not apply to one or more of the criteria above

The Notification of Award is estimated to be in early to mid-December.





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