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John D. Bies International Discovery Fellowship

The purpose of the Bies International Discovery Fellowship is to provide support to a University of Missouri PhD student to spend between 4-12 months outside their country of origin to facilitate a core aspect of their doctoral education.

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Dissertation Year Fellowships

The Gamma Alpha Gamma Dissertation Year Fellowship and the Raymond White Dissertation Year Fellowship are intended to help defray dissertation research expenses in the same academic year that a student will defend their dissertation.

This is a supplemental fellowship with an award value equivalent to the minimum stipend for a 0.25 FTE assistantship. MU doctoral students in good standing who will be in the final year of their program in AY 2024-2025, who have demonstrated excellent research and/or teaching skills, are eligible to apply. Applicants must have passed their comprehensive exams by the last day of the 8-week summer session of the Summer 2024 semester. Also, there must be at least 7 months between the successful
completion of the comprehensive exam and dissertation defense. Students must also be committed to completing all requirements for graduation, including the successful defense of a dissertation, in the year of the fellowship.

Eligible students are invited to self-nominate for this program. Each nomination will be considered for both awards, although a student may only receive one award. Please see the call for nominations below (PDF) for full application requirements.

2024 Call for Nominations

Applications are due on June 28, 2024, at 11:59pm through InfoReady.

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Distinguished Dissertation Award

This rewards original scholarship and research at the doctoral level.

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Beyond Meat Dissertation Award

The Beyond Meat Dissertation Award recognizes innovative dissertation research in natural science fields related to sustainable plant-based food. One to two awards may be granted each year. Awardees will be selected by a faculty committee based on exceptional innovation in sustainable plant-based food and significant contributions of the dissertation research.

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Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award

This rewards distinguished scholarship and research at the master’s level.

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Travel Scholarships

This scholarship supports graduate student travel for conference presentations and scholarly activities.

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Donald K. Anderson Teaching Assistant Award

This rewards current students with a teaching assistantship who demonstrate excellence and lasting impact in the classroom, positive attitudes and personalities, enthusiasm and commitment, and mentorship to peers and/or undergraduates.

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Donald K. Anderson Research Assistant Award

Rewards current students with a research assistantship who demonstrate excellence and lasting impact through contributions to scholarship, future promise as a scholar, originality, imagination, satisfactory progress toward a degree, and research mentoring to peers.

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Mary Elizabeth Gutermuth Award for Community Engagement

The Mary Elizabeth Gutermuth Award is bestowed on a graduate student whose scholarly and/or creative activity demonstrates a commitment to community service through engaged scholarship.

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Sandra K. Abell Science Education Award

The Sandra K. Abell Award was created to honor Sandi Abell’s memory and to recognize the outstanding achievements of a graduate student pursuing a PhD in the life or physical sciences who has demonstrated a passion for both teaching and research.

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Nancy and Bill Laurie Scholarship

No application is necessary; the recipient is notified by the Office of Financial Aid.


  • Graduated from a high school within the State of Missouri
  • Enrolled full-time as a graduate student
  • Demonstrates financial need

One or two students are selected for the award each year.

Robert N. Epsten Scholarship in International Studies

The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation

The Robert N. Epsten Scholarship in International Studies consists of a $10,000 award from the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation and the MU Graduate School. The scholarship is given to one exceptional graduate student on our campus who is majoring in the fields of international relations, public service, political science, diplomacy, history or the humanities, reflecting President Truman’s interest and involvement in those areas.

Student Eligibility:

Eligible applicants are current MU graduate students:

  • in good standing and making good progress in their degree program,
  • majoring in the fields of international relations, public service, political science, diplomacy, history or the humanities, reflecting President Truman’s interest and involvement in those areas,
  • and who will be enrolled as a full-time student in the upcoming Fall semester.

The recipient of the scholarship will attend an awards banquet hosted by the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri (date TBD).

Students should apply via MU Graduate School InfoReady site – select Robert N. Epsten Scholarship for International Studies (guidelines available in details).

Application Deadline: February 19, 2024 by 11:59 PM

Graduate Commencement Marshal

Graduate Commencement Marshals are selected from nominations made by colleagues, faculty, and staff members at MU. Commencement Marshals are recognized at the May or December Graduate School commencement ceremony. Nominees should be degree candidates who have achieved academically, demonstrated leadership and/or mentorship abilities and exhibited a commitment to service while a graduate student at MU. Nominations open in March and October reach year.

Previous Award Winners

Each award recipient selected before April 15 is honored at the annual Graduate and Postdoctoral Awards Reception

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