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These two 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.