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SIGS Tuition Award Policy

Beginning Fall 2012, 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.

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

October 1st for Spring

 

Program Names

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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 Fellowships and Scholarships


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


Program name:

University of Louisville Ethnic Minority Fellowships

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
Program name: 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
Duration of award: Three years
Program commitment: Provision of full stipend, tuition and health insurance for an additional two years.
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 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 in SREB and UofL diversity activities.

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Program name: 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, tuition and health insurance premium
Duration of award: One year for Dissertation Year Fellowships.
Program commitment: Best efforts to 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 must be engaged in full time dissertation and defense work.

Students awarded SREB Dissertation Year Fellowships 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. Students are responsible for participation in SREB and UofL diversity activities.
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 Out-of-State Merit Scholar Award

   
Program name:  Out-of-State Merit Scholar Award
  Award to help programs attract strong out-of-state masters students who are not funded with stipends by the university.
   


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Tuition Awards – Matching Programs

Program name: Tuition Awards Matching Program for Doctoral Students
   
Goals: Support of excellent students in Ph.D. programs
Eligibility: Currently enrolled full time Ph.D. students and candidates
Application Date:
Applications will be accepted at any time.
Award date:
Variable
Nominator:
Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies.
Maximum award:
 Resident Tuition or non-resident differential.  We are no longer able to fund the student health insurance fee.
Duration of award:
One year

Program commitment: Provision of full stipend plus health insurance using endowment, gift or program revenues (exclusive of assistantship or fellowship programs or support via grants or contracts.)
Criteria: Strong evidence of scholarly ability – GRE or other test scores,  GPA, scholarly record in program, strong letters of evaluation.
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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Program name:

Tuition Awards—Sponsored Research

Goal: Encourage funded researchers to support graduate education by providing tuition awards to graduate students supported by grants; program co-sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.
Eligibility: Currently enrolled, full time graduate students and degree candidates, with a strong preference for Ph.D students and candidates
Application Date: Applications will be accepted anytime 
Nominator: Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies.
Maximum award: Resident Tuition or non-resident differential.  We are no longer able to fund the student health insurance fee.
Duration of award: Up to one year. 
Program commitment: Provision of full stipend plus health insurance support via grants or contracts.  Grants and contracts must carry full overhead.  Program commitment to continuous support of the student according to program policies.
Student Criteria: Strong evidence of scholarly ability – GRE or other test scores, GPA, scholarly record in program, strong letters of evaluation.
Student responsibilities: Students must be engaged in full time academic program studies and maintain good academic standing.

 

Students’ dissertation research will be a part of the sponsored research project.

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Tuition Awards – Strategic Plan 2020

Program name: Tuition Awards – Strategic Plan 2020
Goal:
Supplement graduate education support in areas of university strategic emphasis.
Eligibility:
Currently enrolled, full time graduate students, with preference for students in
 Ph.D. programs
Application Date:
Applications will be accepted at any time
Nominator:
Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies.
Maximum award:
Resident Tuition or non-resident differential.  We are no longer able to fund the student health insurance fee.
Duration of award:
One year
Program commitment:
Provision of full stipend plus health insurance from endowment, gift or program revenues  (exclusive of assistantship or fellowship programs or support via grants or contracts.)
Criteria:
Strong evidence of scholarly ability.  Innovative alignment of scholarly
work with strategic emphases of the university.  Students must be currently enrolled and engaged in scholarly / research portion of their programs.
Areas of emphasis:
Sustainability initiatives, Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, Community Engagement, STEM – Teaching.  Other areas from university Strategic Plan 2020 will be considered.
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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Training Grant Incentives

Program name: Training Grant Incentive
Goals: Development of extramural funding for graduate education using available extramural training grants.
Eligibility: Ph.D. programs.  This is available for individual and programmatic training grants.
Application Date: Any time – please notify SIGS as soon as possible
Award date: Variable
Maximum award: Make-up of stipend and tuition shortfall according to agency guidelines
Duration of award: Variable
   
   
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