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

Graduate Studies Fellowship Stipend Awards

Mizzou graduate fellowships are administered by the Office of Graduate Studies and are awarded to incoming graduate students.

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. Fellowships are similar to scholarships; they do not require teaching, research, or other responsibilities. However, many students with fellowships also hold graduate assistantships. For faculty and staff, click here to learn more about the competition and nomination process.

Note: Students cannot apply on their own; programs are responsible for submitting nominations to be considered in the fellowship competition. 


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.

Receiving the Stipend

  • Monthly stipend payments are scheduled.
  • Checks can be picked up in the MU Office of Cashiers at 15 Jesse Hall.
  • Funds may be available through direct deposit after the student completes the registration process.
  • To qualify for the spring semester fellowship check, the recipient must have successfully completed the fall semester and be enrolled full time for the spring semester.

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.
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