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University Fellowships

The School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS) is pleased to announce the competition for University Fellowships for the 2014-2015 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.

It is generally expected that the credentials of successful candidates will meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Graduate Record Examination scores of 60th percentile in the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing sections of the General Test (or 60th percentile or higher on another acceptable standardized test).  
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Strong letters of recommendation and other evidence of scholarly ability.

Nominations of candidates whose qualifications deviate from the minimum standards should be accompanied by a clear explanation of why a particular credential should not be applied to a particular discipline (e.g., GRE Quantitative scores may not be a valid predictor of success in Art History) or met by a given candidate (e.g., an international student with a low GRE Verbal score).

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.  This year we are moving the nomination process to an electronic form.  Graduate programs must submit the dossiers for nominated students via the web-form at

School of Medicine graduate programs should submit their nominations to IPIBS, c/o Dr. Tom Geoghegan, School of Medicine. Graduate Programs in the Speed School of Engineering should submit their nominations to the Grosscurth Fellowship Committee, c/o Dr. Mike Day, Speed School of Engineering.

Deadline for submission of nomination materials is February 3, 2014. 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 4th 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, 2013. 

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 commitment of support after completion of University Fellowship.
  2. Undergraduate and, if appropriate, graduate transcripts.
  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 or IESL scores, where appropriate.
4.    Letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the candidate's academic ability.

5.    Curriculum Vitae.

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.

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 stipend rate of University Fellowships is currently $18,000 to $23,500 per annum.  Renewals will be based upon 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. Flexibility will be exercised to accommodate the specific needs of students and programs (e.g., University Fellowships may be used to support the first and last years of study for some students).

If you have questions about eligibility for the nomination process call 852-6495

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