Multiple Year Fellowships
The Dean's Graduate Enrichment Fellowship (DGE), Distinguished University Fellowship (DUF), and SROP Graduate School Fellowship provide first and dissertation year support by the Graduate School. The Dean's Distinguished Fellowship (DDU) provides first, second, and dissertation year support. Support is contingent upon the fellow’s maintenance of good academic standing and reasonable progress toward the completion of the Ph.D. or D.M.A. degree.
The Graduate School provides 12 months of fellowship support during each fellowship year. The student’s graduate program must provide continuous support for the intervening years (a period of time to be clearly defined by the graduate program). The graduate program support may take the form of either a fellowship or traineeship (100% time/no service) or a graduate associateship (50% time/20 hours of service per week).
For DGE, DUF, and SROP fellowship students, the program must commit to a minimum of four years of support at the program’s standard stipend level. Graduate programs must commit to a minimum of three years of support with a minimum monthly stipend of $2,083 for DDU fellows. A commitment of fewer years may be approved by the Graduate School if it is consistent with the program’s doctoral completion norms. The dissertation year must be activated by the student’s sixth year of graduate study. The graduate program is under no obligation to provide funding to the student after the dissertation year if the student does not complete his or her dissertation and graduate at the end of the dissertation year, or if the student has received a total of six years of support.
Dissertation Year Activation
The request to activate the dissertation year portion of a multiple year fellowship is made with the strong expectation that the fellow will complete all degree requirements and graduate within the dissertation year. Requests to activate the dissertation year must be made by the fellow's graduate studies committee chair. The request must provide assurance that the student 1) has met the minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.6 for DUF and DDU fellows and a 3.3 for DGE and SROP fellows; 2) has successfully completed the candidacy examination and is within the five-year candidacy time period; 3) has completed all doctoral course work; and 4) has received continuous departmental support during non-DDU fellowship years.
Enrollment during the dissertation year is expected to be limited to research and departmental seminars. Fellows, however, may register for other degree-related course work with advisor approval. The dissertation year fellowship may not be used to support any course work taken for another degree program.
Any questions regarding a Graduate School fellowship may be directed to Katherine Eckstrand, director of Fellowship Services, (614) 292-9490.