University Fellowships

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:

      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, or (502)852-5882