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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. 

Eligibility

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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Dissertation Year Fellowships

The Gamma Alpha Gamma and Raymond White Dissertation Year Fellowships are intended to help defray dissertation research expenses in the same academic year that students defend their dissertation. The award amount is equivalent to the minimum stipend for a .25 assistantship.

Departments/programs can nominate one doctoral student; that student will be considered for both awards.

Gamma Alpha Gamma Dissertation Year Fellowship

The Gamma Alpha Gamma Dissertation Year Fellowship provides a supplement to an already-existing research or teaching assistantship in the final year of the student’s doctoral work.

To be eligible, a student must have completed comprehensive examinations and be committed to completing all requirements for graduation, including successful defense of a dissertation, in the year of the fellowship.

The money comes from the repurposed Gamma Alpha Gamma student loan program.

Raymond White Dissertation Year Fellowship

The Raymond White Dissertation Year Fellowship provides a supplement to an already-existing research or teaching assistantship in the final year of the student’s doctoral work.

In the ensuing 35 years, we have learned that fellowships are a more effective way to support graduate education than loans, hence the change in the focus of the fund. To be eligible, a student must have completed comprehensive examinations and be committed to completing all requirements for graduation, including successful defense of a dissertation, in the year of the fellowship.

The money comes from the repurposed Raymond White Graduate Student Loan Fund that was established in 1974 as part of Mr. White’s generous estate gift to the University of Missouri.

To Apply:

The Office of Graduate Studies annually notifies Directors of Graduate Studies about the application deadlines and directions each summer.

If you are a doctoral student who is interested in being considered, contact your degree program’s Director of Graduate Studies.

Call for Applications: First week of June (emailed to Directors of Graduate Studies)

Application Deadline: Last day of second 4-week summer session