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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

 

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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.
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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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
Goals: Help recruit promising out-of-state students to graduate programs at UofL
Eligibility: Highly meritorious non-resident students not currently enrolled in a graduate program at UofL Preference will be given to students matriculating into master’s programs, but doctoral programs which do not ordinarily offer stipend support may also nominate students.
Maximum award: Non-resident differential tuition. Student will be responsible for paying the resident portion of their tuition.
Duration of award: The awards will be automatically renewed for a second year (and third year for MFA students) so long as the student is making satisfactory progress toward the degree and is maintaining at least a 3.0 average. At some point before the second of the year, students should be enrolled in candidacy which is already billed at the in-state rate for all students.  Programs should advise students to complete coursework within the first two years to avoid having their Out-of-State Merit Scholar Awards end.
Program commitment: Program not obligated to provide other financial support or benefits.
Criteria: Strong evidence of scholarly ability. GRE scores at or above the 50th percentile and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25 who will be full-time students (minimum of nine hours per semester Fall and Spring).
Student responsibilities: Students must be maintain a 3.0 average, be in good standing, and complete the degree in 2 years (3 years for MFA students).


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Non-Resident Differential Tuition Waiver Award


(For Non-resident Students: Replaces Tuition Awards Matching Program for Doctoral Students, Strategic Plan 2020 Tuition Program and Sponsored Research Tuition Program)
Goals: Support of excellent students in Master's or Ph.D. programs
Eligibility: Currently enrolled full-time Master's and 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:
Non-resident differential tuition waiver. Tuition will be charged at the resident rate.
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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Resident Tuition Award


(For Resident Students: Replaces Tuition Awards Matching Program for Doctoral Students, Strategic Plan 2020 Tuition Program and Sponsored Research Tuition Program)
Goals: Support of excellent Kentucky resident students in Master's or Ph.D. programs whose stipend will be paid from departmental program sources (not grants and contracts). The offices Budget and Financial Planning, EVPRI and SIGS expect resident tuition to be a direct charge to grants for resident students.

For Grants and Contracts unable to fund resident tuition, contact Paul DeMarco in SIGS.
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:
Resident Tuition
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 or meet program criteria for admission at time of nomination.


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Candidacy Fee Award

Goal: Support of excellent graduate student candidates in Master's or Ph.D. programs whose stipend will be paid using grants, contracts, endowment or gift accounts, distance education funds or other program revenues.
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.
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