Fellowship Incentive Program

The Graduate College is pleased to offer a $500 incentive for graduate students to apply for nationally competitive fellowships. Pending approval of your incentive award form below, funds will be distributed in December (end of Fall semester) or June (end of fiscal year).

Eligibility and Instructions:

  1. Get feedback on a written draft from a faculty advisor before submitting your nationally competitive fellowship application.
  2. Get feedback on a written draft from a fellowships advisor from the below list before submitting your nationally competitive fellowship application.
    • Current fellowships advisors in scope for FIP: The Grad Success Office (Jen Teitle & Elizabeth Savelkoul), Nancy Goldsmith (Nursing), Amy Charles (Chemistry -- only students specifically in the Chemistry department), and Karen Wachsmuth (International Programs).
    • If you are working with another fellowships advisor in your department who fills a similar role, please have them contact us in advance of FIP submission at grad-success@uiowa.edu to ensure coordination with the Fellowship Incentive Program.
  3. Apply for an eligible nationally competitive fellowship and keep proof of submission (you do not need to win the award)
    • Example proofs of submission: confirmation email, screenshot of online submission page, notification of funding decision from organization
  4. Fill out the online FIP application.
  5. After you submit your form it will be sent to your advisor for verification, then sent to the Graduate College for final confirmation with fellowships advisors. You will receive an email with instructions if there are any complications.

Example Eligible Awards:

Other awards may be considered with approval in advance.

Please visit our Fellowships Community resource pages for NSF GRFP, AAUW, Mellon/ACLS, Ford Foundation, NIH (under construction), and NSF DDRIG (under construction) applications.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many times can I apply for the Fellowship Incentive Program (FIP) in a year?

Graduate students are limited to 1 FIP award per fiscal year (e.g., July 2017-June 2018). The fellowship/grant application must be submitted to the funding agency during the same fiscal year that the FIP award is made.

If I received a Fellowship Incentive Program (FIP) award in a previous fiscal year (e.g., 2016-2017 or earlier), can I apply again?

Yes, you can apply again in other years as long as you are applying for another eligible nationally competitive fellowship. You will also need to obtain both faculty advisor and fellowships advisor feedback for the new proposal(s) before submitting them to the funding agency.

Are postdocs (or fellowships that would take effect as a postdoc) eligible for the Fellowship Incentive Program (FIP)?

No; at this time, FIP awards are available only for graduate students applying for large, nationally competitive grants or fellowships that would be in effect during your graduate program.

I already submitted my fellowship, but I didn’t get feedback on my proposal from the Grad Success office before I submitted it to DSP/the funding agency. Am I eligible for the Fellowship Incentive Program (FIP)?

Only if you worked with a comparable fellowships advisor such as Nancy Goldsmith (Nursing), Amy Charles (Chemistry -- only students specifically in the Chemistry department), or Karen Wachsmuth (International Programs) to get feedback from an outside perspective in addition to faculty mentor advising. If you have a comparable fellowships advisor/specialist in your department who fills a similar role, please have them contact us at grad-success@uiowa.edu to coordinate with the Grad Success office and Graduate College.

I submitted an application for a large, nationally competitive fellowship in a previous academic year (2016-2017 or earlier), but I didn’t work with a fellowships advisor at the time. Can I still be eligible for the Fellowship Incentive Program (FIP)?

Unfortunately, no. The fellowship/grant application must be submitted to the funding agency during the same fiscal year that the FIP application is submitted.

Please email grad-success@uiowa.edu with questions.