Underrepresented Minority Pre-Comprehensive Exam Mentored Research Fellowship

This fellowship program provides an opportunity for minority Ph.D. students (US citizens or permanent residents who are Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders) who have not yet taken their comprehensive exam to benefit from a mentored research experience early in the doctoral program.

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.

The Graduate College provides a stipend ($4,500 for summer) plus a tuition scholarship for (two credit hours for summer) and 50 percent of the mandatory fees. Students are responsible for payment of remaining mandatory and course fees.

Eligible students may nominate themselves for this award. Students must identify a faculty member in his or her department or a closely related field to provide a mentored research experience. The experience must include a component where the student takes the lead on some aspect of the research (not just an RA for the faculty member). In addition, the students awarded the fellowship are required to participate in professional development opportunities in the Graduate College. Awards will be based on consideration of the student’s research plan of study for the award, academic record, letter from the proposed faculty mentor, and a second faculty recommendation letter (DGS, DEO, or advisor if not the person providing the mentored experience). Priority will be given to students who have not previously received this fellowship.

Eligibility is limited to students who have completed at least one full semester in their Ph.D. programs (not open to students applying during their first semester of enrollment). Award winners will be required to submit a report outlining the ways in which they used the funds (August 17, 2018 for summer). Students are strongly encouraged to present their research at the Jakobsen Graduate Conference.

Applications are due March 29, 2019 for summer awards.