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Mizzou Graduate Fellowships

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

Spring Fellowship Competition

In the Spring Fellowship Competition, fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis in recognition of a student's demonstrated scholarship, scholastic and creative promise, and/ or financial need. To be eligible for consideration, a student must be admitted to a graduate program with a specific graduate degree objective and must be enrolled in graduate academic course work.


Every fellowship recipient must have full-time status as a graduate student during the period of appointment and may hold another smaller fellowship or engage in remunerative employment.

A fellowship may be renewed if:

  • Funding is available, or limited semesters of support of a student are met.
  • Academic program guidelines for funding duration are met.
  • The student is making satisfactory academic progress.

More about the Spring Fellowship Competition.

Supplemental Graduate Fellowship and Recruitment Program

The Supplemental Graduate Fellowship and Recruitment Program is aimed at helping graduate programs recruit new students with exceptional merit and promise.

More about the Supplemental Graduate Fellowship and Recruitment Program.

Curator's Grant in Aid Scholarship

In the early 1950s the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri authorized the Curators Grant-In-Aid (GIA) Scholarship specifically for international students.  Since the inception of the award, thousands of international students demonstrating good academic standing and financial need have been helped to successfully complete their programs of study.  Please see for further details.

Graduate student full-time enrollment

  • 9-16 credit hours in fall semester
  • 9-16 credit hours in spring semester
  • 4-9 hours in summer session