The University of Iowa

Graduate College Summer Fellowships

This fellowship program provides an opportunity for advanced Ph.D. students to benefit from protected and supported time to pursue their scholarly research activities. It is intended to facilitate completion of the doctoral degree in a timely manner. For eligibility, students must have successfully completed their comprehensive examinations prior to submission of an application for this fellowship.

The Graduate College provides a $5,000 summer stipend plus a tuition scholarship for two credit hours and 50 percent of the mandatory fees. Students are responsible for payment of remaining mandatory and course fees.

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.

Eligible students may nominate themselves for this award. Awards will be based on consideration of the student’s plan of study for the award summer, the student’s progress towards the doctoral degree, evaluation of the student’s graduate academic record, and a letter of recommendation from the student’s dissertation advisor. Departments with 10 or more summer fellowship applications will be required to provide input regarding the priority of their student applicants.

Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship recipients who have taken their semester of funding are not eligible for Graduate College Summer Fellowships.

Priority will be given to students who were employed as teaching assistants in the preceding academic year. Students may apply for a second summer support period; however, priority will be given to those who have not previously received this support.

Award winners will be required to submit a report outlining the ways in which they used the funds by Friday, August 13, 2021. Continuing students are strongly encouraged to present their research at the 2021 Jakobsen Graduate Conference.

Applications can be submitted from February 25-March 11, 2021. The Graduate College will begin reviewing applications after the March 11 deadline. Students must submit their part of the application materials to their department at least two weeks prior to the Graduate College deadline. Check with your department as soon as possible for their deadlines as well as inform them that you intended to apply.

Application Process

Since this is a post-comprehensive exam fellowship, a student may apply more than once. Priority will be given to students who have not received the award in the past. The number of fellowships is limited and awards are competitive.

  • Applicants must have successfully completed the comprehensive examination by February 28, 2021 to be considered.
  • Anyone awarded the fellowship must be registered for a minimum of one credit during the summer they are receiving the fellowship.
  • 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.

Application Requirements

Online applications must include the following items as separate PDF files:

Student materials (single spaced, 12 pt. type, 1" margins):

  • Description of how student will benefit from summer fellowship with respect to the completion of their doctoral dissertation (maximum 250 words)
  • Transcript (unofficial acceptable)
  • A one-page CV of educational and professional experience, honors and awards, and publications.

Letter of support

  • One letter from the nominee's advisor/intended dissertation director that includes:
    • how long the student has been working on the Ph.D.
    • confirmation the student will have successfully completed the comprehensive examination by the nomination deadline.
    • the student's qualifications for carrying out the planes summer research activities.

Applications must be submitted online. All of the student's application materials must be submitted by the student’s department in order to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the letter of support from the advisor. Students must submit their part of the application materials to their department at least two weeks prior to the Graduate College deadline. Check with your department as soon as possible for their deadlines as well as inform them that you intended to apply. Applications submitted by the student (and not someone in the department such as the DGS, DEO or grad coordinator) will be voided and not considered.

Please call or email with questions

  • Executive Director of Operations Donna Welter (335-2145) or Associate Dean Shelly Campo (335-2136) or via email at grad-fellowships@uiowa.edu)