Dean's Graduate Research Fellowship

NOT ACCEPTING NEW NOMINATIONS AS OF DECEMBER 1, 2014

The Dean's Graduate Research Fellowship program promotes recruitment of outstanding students who are underrepresented nationally in their graduate discipline areas. All nominees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. If the nominee is a permanent resident, he/she must have graduated from a U.S. high school. The DGRF provides an outstanding recruiting package that includes stipend, tuition, and a generous health insurance allowance. Students may be pursuing doctoral or master’s degrees.

Dean’s Graduate Research Fellows pursuing doctoral degrees receive support for a total of four years.

  • The first year fellowship includes 10 hours/week of research experience with one or two different mentors each semester. The fourth year of support is paid as a fellowship and is released only in the final Dissertation year when the student expects to graduate.
  • Fellows are typically appointed as teaching or research assistants by their departments during the second and third years of the Fellowship award period.
  • Summers are service-free for up to four years. Fellows must be registered and provide a study plan that includes courses and/or structured research activity.
  • The Dissertation year fellowship is provided to post-comprehensive Fellows only in their final year to complete their graduate study and writing.

Dean’s Graduate Research Fellows pursuing master’s degrees receive support for two years. Preference is given to those seeking terminal master’s degrees that are the highest award in the discipline.

  • One year (or equivalent) of full fellowship support is provided. Usually, this support is distributed as half-fellowship support over two years. While on fellowship support, Fellows must provide a plan of structured scholarly activity.
  • Fellows are typically appointed as teaching or research assistants by their departments. For students receiving a half-fellowship stipend over two years, they would also receive a 25% teaching or research assistantship (10 hours of service per week) during this time also.
  • Summers are service-free for up to two years. Fellows must be registered and provide a study plan that includes courses and/or structured scholarly activity.

Fellows entering before Fall 2014 will follow the program described in their offer letter.

Typically fellowships cannot be used in combination with any other source of support (e.g., fellowship/scholarship, grant, graduate assistantships, or employment outside the University of Iowa) since the fellowships are meant to provide protected time for the student to advance his/her studies. Failure to report additional employment can be considered in future applications/nominations/continued Graduate College funding for both the student and the department. For more information or to ask for a possible one-time exception, contact the Graduate College. Please direct any questions to: Executive Director of Operations Donna Welter (335-2145) or Associate Dean Shelly Campo (335-2136) or via email at grad-fellowships@uiowa.edu.

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