To be eligible for consideration, students must be admitted to a graduate program with a specific graduate degree objective. To remain eligible in subsequent years, students must be enrolled in graduate academic course work. Fellowships are similar to scholarships; they do not require teaching, research, or other responsibilities. However, many students with fellowships also hold graduate assistantships. The MU Graduate Fellowships document provides a list of fellowships offered by the Graduate School. For faculty and staff, click here to learn more about the competition and nomination process.
Note: Students cannot apply on their own; programs are responsible for submitting nominations to be considered in the fellowship competition. For faculty and staff, click here to learn more about the competition and nomination process.
Every fellowship recipient must have full-time status as a graduate student during the period of appointment and may hold another smaller fellowship or engage in remunerative employment. A variety of competitive fellowships are available, including fellowships for newly admitted students who participated in a McNair Program as an undergraduate student; in the Missouri College Advising Corps Program; and in Teach for America, Americorps, and/or VISTA.
A fellowship may be renewed if:
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In the early 1950s, the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri authorized the Curators Grant-In-Aid (GIA) Scholarship specifically for international students. Since the inception of the award, thousands of international students demonstrating good academic standing and financial need have been helped to successfully complete their programs of study.Get More Information
The Gamma Alpha Gamma and Raymond White Dissertation Year Fellowships are intended to help defray dissertation research expenses in the same academic year that students defend their dissertation. The award amount is equivalent to the minimum stipend for a .25 assistantship.
Departments/programs can nominate one doctoral student; that student will be considered for both awards.
The Gamma Alpha Gamma Dissertation Year Fellowship provides a supplement to an already-existing research or teaching assistantship in the final year of the student’s doctoral work.
To be eligible, a student must have completed comprehensive examinations and be committed to completing all requirements for graduation, including successful defense of a dissertation, in the year of the fellowship.
The money comes from the repurposed Gamma Alpha Gamma student loan program.
The Raymond White Dissertation Year Fellowship provides a supplement to an already-existing research or teaching assistantship in the final year of the student’s doctoral work.
In the ensuing 35 years, we have learned that fellowships are a more effective way to support graduate education than loans, hence the change in the focus of the fund. To be eligible, a student must have completed comprehensive examinations and be committed to completing all requirements for graduation, including successful defense of a dissertation, in the year of the fellowship.
The money comes from the repurposed Raymond White Graduate Student Loan Fund that was established in 1974 as part of Mr. White’s generous estate gift to the University of Missouri.
The Graduate School annually notifies Directors of Graduate School about the application deadlines and directions each summer.
If you are a doctoral student who is interested in being considered, contact your degree program’s Director of Graduate School.
Call for Applications: First week of June (emailed to Directors of Graduate School)
Application Deadline: Last day of second 4-week summer session