Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowship

This fellowship program provides an opportunity for advanced Ph.D. students to benefit from protected and supported time to pursue their scholarly research activities. The fellowship is intended to recognize students with distinguished academic achievement during their early graduate training. These achievements should be evident from a combination of outstanding academic performance in coursework, as well as early scholarly research activities. Students who have held teaching assistantships in the previous two semesters will have priority.

The Graduate College provides recipients with a $10,000 stipend. The fellowship includes a tuition scholarship for two credit hours, 50 percent of the mandatory fees, and a contribution towards their health and dental insurance. Students will be responsible for the remainder of their mandatory and course fees as well as any additional required credit hours.

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

Recipients may also be considered for Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowships; however, a minimum of one year must elapse following the Post-Comp Research Fellowship period. Dean's and Presidential Fellowship recipients are not eligible for this award.

Nomination process and requirements (click here)

Departments may nominate (in rank order) up to four students who completed their comprehensive exams between March 1, 2019 and August 31, 2019. Applications for spring 2020 will be accepted from September 12, 2019 to September 26, 2019.