Legacy Building Fellowships
Mizzou graduate fellowships are administered by the Graduate School.
If you have questions about your Fellowship Disbursement, please read the Frequently Asked Questions document. Contact Graduate School Staff (Ms. Karen Gruen or Dr. Enid Schatz) if you have further questions.
Legacy Building Fellowship Competition
Legacy Building Fellowships (previously known as fellowships in the Spring Competition) are awarded on a competitive basis in recognition of a student’s demonstrated scholarship, scholastic and creative promise, and/ or financial need.
Departments/programs may nominate new graduate students for merit-based LBF funding. To be eligible for consideration, students must be newly admitted to a graduate program. To remain eligible for renewed funding in subsequent years, students must be enrolled in graduate academic course work full-time and be making good progress in their program. Typically, students with fellowships also hold graduate assistantships in their academic home.
Departments/programs provide LBF students with a graduate assistantship during the fellowship period. The LBF stipend does not replace the financial responsibility of the department/program in covering the costs of at least the minimum university stipend for an assistantship and the tuition waiver, typically at the .50 FTE. In rare cases, a qualifying scholarship, fellowship, or grant support may be provided by the department/program instead of a graduate assistantship.
For MU faculty and staff, please click here to learn more about the competition and nomination process.
Note: Students cannot apply for these fellowships; departments/programs are responsible for submitting nominations to be considered in the fellowship competition.
Every LBF recipient must have full-time status as a graduate student during the period of appointment. Competitive fellowships are available for newly admitted master’s, specialist, and doctoral students. In addition to those open to all nominees, some of the LBF awards are designed for First Generation college students, Pell Recipients (in last 5 years), as well as for those who participated in the Missouri College Advising Corps Program, Teach for America, Americorps, and/or VISTA.
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.
Receiving the Stipend
- Monthly stipend payments are scheduled and administered through payroll. (note: If a student does not have a graduate assistantship paid through payroll, then their fellowship will be administered through Financial Aid.)
- To qualify for the spring semester LBF stipend, the recipient must have successfully completed the fall semester and be enrolled full time for the spring semester.
- New employee paperwork and onboarding must be completed for a student’s payments to be processed.
Curator’s Grant in Aid Scholarship
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.Learn More
Dissertation Year Fellowships
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.
Doctoral students may self-nominate for these fellowships. Each nomination will be considered for both awards, although a student can only receive one award.
MU doctoral students in good standing may apply. To receive a fellowship, students must have passed their comprehensive exams by the last day of the 8-week summer session of the current year’s summer semester. Students must also be committed to completing all requirements for graduation, including the successful defense of a dissertation, in the year of the fellowship.
Deadline: Last day of the first current year’s 4-week summer session.
To apply, submit a completed nomination packet.
The nomination packet consists of:
Application letter from the student – limited to two pages – addressing the following questions:
- What is the original contribution of the dissertation?
- What are your career plans and how does your dissertation build off those plans?
- How can you assure that you will complete and defend the dissertation within the next year?
- How will the fellowship make a difference in your dissertation process?
Student’s Individual Development Plan (IDP) for the dissertation year (Note: It is not required that students complete all the categories in the MU Graduate School IDP, however at minimum the open-ended self-reflection questions, Scholarly Development, Research and Innovation, and Career Development sections must be completed). The IDP is intended to help the student with their academic and professional goal planning.
Student’s curriculum vitae
Letter of recommendation from student’s faculty advisor– limited to two pages – that addresses:
- The applicant’s academic achievements and potential
- The potential contributions of the applicant’s dissertation project
- The applicant’s qualities, including:
- Personal and academic integrity
- Success as a colleague
A simple verification letter from either the program’s Director of Graduate Studies, the Department Chair/Director, or a grant PI:
- Guaranteeing the student has support for the dissertation year at a level at least equivalent to the minimum stipend for a .25 assistantship
- Confirming the completed or impending comprehensive exams (by the last day of the current year’s 8-week summer semester)
All application components for the Dissertation Year Fellowships should be submitted as a single PDF document to email@example.com.