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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.

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 and awarded a graduate assistantship. Graduate School fellowships are merit-based awards used to contribute to the financial support of exceptional graduate students. These fellowships are disbursed through Payroll in monthly increments along with the assistantship stipend.

Directors of Graduate Studies (DGSs) and department chairs/heads should review the Graduate Fellowship Guidelines released November 1 of each year. 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 guidelines, please note the recent changes to the fellowship funding and disbursement model.

Nomination Process

  • Review the fellowship guidelines (to be released on Nov. 1) for relevant dates and nomination process details. Nominations are due by 5:00 PM (Central) Tuesday, February 8, 2022.
  • 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

Department/program applications are due by 5 PM (Central) November 15, 2021. Submit an application online.


Please review the current SGFRF Call for applications.

The Graduate School seeks proposals for the SGFRF Program to help academic units recruit outstanding graduate students new to MU starting the following summer or 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 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 Notification of Award is estimated to be in early to mid to late December.





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