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Fellowships are a type of aid granted to graduate students to help support their education. Some fellowships include a tuition waiver or a payment to the university in lieu of tuition. Most fellowships include a small stipend to cover living expenses.

Unlike a loan, a fellowship is a form of gift aid and does not have to be repaid. However, fellowships may be taxable and reportable to the Internal Revenue Service. Unlike a graduate assistantship, no additional service or work requirement is associated with a fellowship.

Mizzou graduate students can apply for fellowships from the university or from outside sources.

Mizzou fellowships

The University of Missouri offers fellowships through the Office of Graduate Studies and individual degree programs.

The MU Office of Graduate Studies sponsors two major fellowship programs:

Both programs require nomination by directors of graduate studies; students are not allowed to apply on their own. All internal fellowship applications must be submitted directly to the Office of Graduate Studiesl.

External fellowships

Graduate students generally seek external funding opportunities to help with the costs of education, travel to conferences, and/or thesis-dissertation expenses. Sources include government agencies, corporations, private foundations, nonprofit organizations and professional organizations.

Fellowship resources

National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The GRFP funds student researchers in the life sciences, social sciences, technology, mathematics, engineering or STEM education. This prestigious national award comes with a generous stipend and a cost-of-education allowance.


Other financial aid

Peace Corps Fellowships

Peace Corps Volunteers who satisfactorily completed their service are eligible for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which helps defray the costs of advanced studies. Learn more>>