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Louisville Dissertation Fellowship

The School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS) is pleased to announce the competition for University Fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year. University Fellowships will be awarded, pending availability of funds, to the most qualified new doctoral graduate students. These Fellowships include stipend, full tuition, and health insurance and are intended to help recruit high-quality doctoral students.

Nominees typically have strong scores on standardized tests (usually the GRE, but other tests may be acceptable depending on the discipline), a strong undergraduate record, and excellent letters of recommendation that speak to the nominee’s scholarly ability and potential to succeed in a doctoral program. Programs may also nominate students who have other documented strengths that speak to the potential for success: prior research experience; exceptional community engagement or service; leadership experience; evidence of creativity and/or resilience; unique experience or background that will contribute to the program. Programs should provide a clear explanation of what criteria predict success in the program, particularly when test scores may be lower than typical for doctoral applicants.

Self-nomination by student candidates will not be accepted. The department or program chair must endorse all nominations after an appropriate faculty committee has reviewed candidates. Graduate programs must submit the dossiers for nominated students via the web form http://louisville.edu/graduate/forms/university-fellowship-nomination-form

School of Medicine graduate programs should submit their nominations to IPIBS, c/o Dr. Russell Salter, School of Medicine. Graduate Programs in the Speed School of Engineering should submit their nominations to the Grosscurth Fellowship Committee, c/o Dr. Erin Gerber, Speed School of Engineering.

Deadline for submission of nomination materials is February 5, 2018. An initial round of awards will be made by the middle of February. However, awards to qualified students will continue as long as funds are available, so nominations will be accepted after February 5 as well. Programs are reminded that UofL is a signatory to the Council of Graduate Schools “Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Assistants,” and that students may not be compelled to accept scholarship offers prior to April 15, 2018.

The dossier should contain the following information:

    1. Letter of nomination that provides a concise summary of the candidate's qualifications and a clear exposition of any additional evidence that should be considered. This letter of nomination must also indicate a commitment of support after completion of University Fellowship.
    2. Undergraduate and, if appropriate, graduate transcripts (scan and send as a PDF).
    3. Test scores:
      • Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing scores (percentile and raw score) on the GRE General Test (or other acceptable standardized test scores, e.g., GMAT, MCAT, Miller Analogies Test);
      • GRE Subject Test Scores, if required by the department or program;
      • TOEFL, IELTS or IESL scores, where appropriate.

  4. Letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the candidate's academic ability.

Departments or programs that nominate more than one candidate for University Fellowships should provide a rank order of preference. If the rank order appears inconsistent with the information in the dossiers, a statement of explanation should be attached, e.g., knowledge of the quality of a candidate's undergraduate program or personal/professional familiarity with one or more of the persons who provided letters of recommendation may weigh in the department's preference ranking. This communication should be sent to our service account at: gradvp@louisville.edu

A University Fellowship is a one-year award from August 1 (or matriculation date) through June 30, renewable for one additional year beginning July 1. To be eligible, programs, departments or units must certify that they will support the student at the same or higher stipend rate, plus tuition and health insurance, for a minimum of two additional years beyond those supported by the University Fellowship. The minimum stipend rate begins at $18,000 per year, depending on the discipline. Renewals will be based on the recommendation of the program and the student's progress toward her/his degree.

Students awarded University Fellowships are precluded from other work for compensation while supported by the Fellowship except in unusual cases and only with the written consent of the Dean of SIGS. Normally it is expected that a student would be supported on a University Fellowship for the first two years of study and then supported by faculty research grants, training grants or other sources of extramural fellowship support. University-funded teaching assistantships may also be used to support additional years of study. SIGS requires incoming students to be funded by the Fellowship during their first year of study. SIGS may allow flexibility with requests to adjust the second year of funding if it is in the best interest of the student (e.g., University Fellowships may be used to support the first and last years of study for some students), but all requests to defer the second year of funding must be made at least one year in advance of the deferral so SIGS may plan to use the available line to fund another student.

If you have questions please contact Jackie Fryer, jackief@louisville.edu or (502)852-5882

Tuition awards provided by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS) will cover a maximum of 9 hours of Regular Graduate Tuition per term. Students or graduate programs will be responsible for additional tuition charges for online courses or courses in Urban Planning and Public Administration. SIGS does not offer tuition awards or scholarships to students enrolled in professional degree programs.

SIGS has a limited number of tuition match awards. Preference will be given to doctoral students funded by grants and contracts. A small number of awards will be available for doctoral and master’s students funded by program revenues, gifts and endowments.

With the exception of University Fellowships and Diversity Fellowships which have deadlines that are announced annually, nominations for awards on this page should be submitted no later than the following dates:

March 1st for Summer

April 1st for Fall Tuition Match Awards, June 1st for Fall Dissertation Completion Awards

October 1st for Spring

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Click to Nominate a student for any award other than a University Fellowship or Diversity Scholarship and Assistantship. These two awards have separate nomination forms.

Doctoral Dissertation Completion Award

Goals:Support outstanding Ph.D. candidates in the final semester for dissertation completion and defense.
Eligibility:Ph.D. candidates entering the final semester.
Application Date:Applications should be submitted prior to student's final semester.
Award date:Beginning of final semester 
Nominator:Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies.
Maximum award:Full stipend, candidacy fee and health insurance
Duration of award: One semester
Program commitment:Must nominate students able to complete program within the semester and commit to subsequent funding if necessary.
Criteria:Strong evidence of scholarly ability and program progress plus a detailed plan for completion within the semester agreed upon by student, mentor and committee.
Student responsibilities:Students must be engaged in full time dissertation and defense work.
Students awarded Doctoral Dissertation Completion Awards shall have no other duties or obligations beyond those of the academic program, and are also precluded from other work for compensation while supported by the award.

Diversity Scholarships and Assistantships


NOTE:This is a continuation of the current Diversity Fellowship program.  A call for nominations will issue early in the Spring semester.

Goals:To supplement graduate education support and promote racial and ethnic diversity of the student population.
Eligibility:Programs may nominate students from historically underrepresented ethnic/racial groups, including US citizens and permanent residents who are African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders.
Maximum award:Full stipend, tuition and health insurance premium
Duration of award:One academic year (10 months) for masters students; up to 2 years for doctoral students.
Program commitment:Provision of full stipend, tuition and health insurance for an additional year for masters and up to two additional years for doctoral students .
Criteria:Strong evidence of scholarly ability.
Student responsibilities:Students must be engaged in full time academic program studies and maintain good academic standing.
Students may be required to work up to twenty hours per week in research or service work closely related to their scholarly activity.  Students are responsible for participation UofL diversity activities.
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Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Programs

Goals:The Southern Regional Education Board's Doctoral Scholars Program was developed with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Ford Foundation. It is part of a nationwide initiative, the Compact for Faculty Diversity, to produce more minority Ph.D.s and to encourage them to seek faculty positions. All applications for SREB Funding are made directly to SREB. To Apply, please go to the SREB website at http://www.sreb.org/page/1074/doctoral_scholars.html

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)- Doctoral Scholars Program

Eligibility:Minority students who are entering a doctoral program or who have not yet completed their first year of graduate study.
Maximum award:Full stipend, tuition and health insurance premium. SIGS provides tuition for three years.
Duration of award:Three years from SREB; program commits full stipend, tuition and health insurance for an additional two years.
Program commitment:Provision of full stipend, tuition and health insurance for an additional two years.
Criteria:Strong evidence of scholarly ability and an interest in pursuing a new faculty position after graduation.
Student responsibilities:Students must be engaged in full-time academic program studies and maintain good academic standing;
during the first three years of the fellowship (when they receive the stipend through SREB and tuition through SIGS), they shall have no other duties or obligations beyond those of the academic program. During years four and five, while the department supports the student, the student may be required to work up to twenty hours per week in research, teaching, or service work closely related to their scholarly activity. Students are precluded from other work for compensation (part-time or full-time) while supported by the SREB Doctoral Fellowship.  Students are responsible for participation in SREB and UofL diversity activities.

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Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)- Dissertation Year Fellowships

Eligibility:Minority students in Ph.D. programs in the last year of their programs.
Maximum award:Full stipend, candidacy fees, and health insurance premium; SIGS pays candidacy fees and SREB pays the stipend.
Duration of award:One year
Program commitment:Best efforts to help student complete program within the year and commitment to subsequent funding if necessary.
Criteria:Strong evidence of scholarly ability plus a detailed plan for completion within the year agreed upon by student, mentor and committee.
Student responsibilities:Students awarded SREB Doctoral Fellowships must be engaged in full-time academic program studies and maintain good academic standing.
Students are precluded from other work for compensation (part-time or full-time) while supported by the SREB Dissertation Year Fellowship. Students are responsible for participation in SREB and UofL diversity activities.


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Non-Resident Differential Tuition Award

(This program has been suspended for the 2017-2018 academic year)

Goals:Support of excellent students in Master's or Ph.D. programs. Priority will be given to doctoral students funded by grants or contracts. Doctoral or master's students funded by endowment or gift accounts, distance education funds or other program revenues will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Eligibility:Currently enrolled full-time students
Application Date:See deadlines at top of this page
Award date:Variable
Nominator:Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies.
Maximum award:Non-resident differential tuition.
Duration of award:One year. Awards can be renewed for more than one year but need to be re-nominated annually.

Program commitment:Provision of resident tuition, full stipend plus health insurance using grants, contracts, endowment or gift accounts, distance education funds or other program revenues.
Criteria:Student must be in good academic standing or meet program criteria for admission at time of nomination.
Student responsibilities:Students must be engaged in full time academic program studies and maintain good academic standing. 
Students may be required to work up to twenty hours per week in research, teaching or service work if directly related to their scholarly activity.

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Candidacy Fee Award

(This program has been suspended for the 2017-2018 academic year)

Goal:Support of excellent graduate student candidates. Preference will be given to doctoral students whose stipend is funded by grants or contracts. Doctoral or master's students funded by endowment or gift accounts, distance education funds or other program revenues will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Eligibility:Currently enrolled, full time Master's or Ph.D. students and candidates
Application Date:Applications will be accepted at any time
Nominator:Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies.
Maximum award:Candidacy Fees
Duration of award:Up to one year. Students may be funded for more than one year but need to be re-nominated annually
Program commitment:Provision of full stipend plus health insurance support via endowment or gift accounts, distance education funds or other program revenues.
Criteria:Student must be in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress toward degree.