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Graduate College and Provost Fellowships and Scholarships

Recruitment Initiatives

The Alumni and Foundation Recruitment Fellowship program, originally established by Graduate Dean Emeritus Lee Williams, provides Alumni and OU Foundation Fellowships to academic units to assist with recruitment of superior doctoral students. Awards will be chosen by a committee of graduate faculty members from a range of disciplines. We encourage applications that support diversity goals by recruiting underrepresented students.

The Award

  • Each award is $5000 per year as a plus-up to a required .50 FTE Qualifying GA appointment (provided by the academic unit), for up to five years of funding or through completion of the degree, whichever comes first.
  • An award may be split between two students ($2500/year each). 
  • Academic units may apply for one or two awards per year.
  • Funds are administered directly to the student through the Graduate College as a separate payment directly to the student in August through May of each academic year.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on responses to the following questions.

  • Excellence: Describe the academic and professional achievements and unique perspectives and experiences that make this student an outstanding prospect. How does this student rank among all the doctoral students your unit is recruiting this year?  
  • Enhancement of department: How will this student positively impact the profile of the unit, given their distinctive academic, professional and personal interests and competences? Which faculty is this student likely to work with, and which projects is the student likely to contribute to? Does this proposal support program diversity and inclusion goals through recruitment of a student from an underrepresented group? 
  • Plan to support the student(s): What is the plan to support the nominated student(s) in finding community, thriving, successfully completing the degree, and securing an attractive professional position? The narrative may include both supports specific to the nominated student(s) and general supports the unit offers to all students.

Note: The fellowships are to be used for recruitment only. They are not transferrable to other students already committed or enrolled at OU. Once the duration of each fellowship is set, it cannot be extended. They will not be allocated in advance of the competition to specific programs (except for some continuing commitments). Students that lose their GA appointment or complete their degree plan in less than five years also lose any remaining fellowship funds. 

Application Deadlines for 2022: January 31, February 14, February 28, and March 14

Application

  • Nominations must be submitted by the academic unit chair or director, graduate liaison, or their delegate.

Online Application

Direct questions about Alumni and Foundation Graduate Fellowships to Gail Shelton (aokoe@ou.edu).

To view a draft or saved form, go here: Dynamic Forms

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program strives to increase the number of graduate degrees awarded to students from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented groups. The program pairs academically-promising undergraduate scholars with graduate faculty mentors, who advise them as they develop, conduct, and publicly present original research projects.

The McNair Graduate Fellowship program encourages McNair Scholars who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree and who demonstrate high excellence to attend graduate school.

The Award

The McNair Fellowship is a multi-year award based on the student’s degree program (master’s or doctoral). Each award includes:

  • A $5,000 stipend supplement for 6 years (doctoral students)
  • A $2,500 stipend supplement for 2 years (master’s students)
  • A 0.50 FTE Qualifying Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship provided by the academic unit
  • A full tuition waiver for the total number of credit hours required to complete the degree
  • A subsidy for the basic student health insurance plan

Continuation of the award is contingent upon the student making satisfactory progress toward the degree and the academic unit’s ongoing commitment to provide a 0.50 FTE Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for nomination an applicant must:

  • Be an incoming master’s or doctoral student
  • Hold a Qualifying Graduate Assistantship that is provided by the academic unit
  • Have successfully completed an undergraduate McNair Scholars Program
  • Have at least a 3.0 admission grade point average

Nomination Process

Nominations must be submitted by one of the application deadlines below. Nomination materials must include:

  • Nomination letter from the chair or graduate liaison of the academic unit, describing the student’s strengths and contribution to the program and specifying how many years of McNair Graduate Fellowship are requested
  • Verification of the student's undergraduate McNair Scholars Program completion or active participation with the expectation of completion during the spring or summer academic term
  • Verification of the department’s offer of an assistantship that is expected to continue for the requested duration of the McNair Graduate Fellowship

Online Nomination Form

Direct questions about McNair Fellowships to Gail Shelton (aokoe@ou.edu).

To view a draft or saved form, go here: Dynamic Forms.

Selection Process

An ad hoc committee will review the nominations following the spring deadlines and recommend recipient(s) to the Graduate Dean.

Application Deadlines for 2022

January 31, February 14, February 28, and March 14

The Wethington Graduate Fellowship is a four-year fellowship used to recruit outstanding doctoral students in the areas of business, engineering, history, mathematics, and natural science. Preference is given to students who have previously resided in Alfalfa, Garfield, Grant, or Woods counties in Oklahoma; however, if students from those counties are not available, other Oklahoma and non-Oklahoma students may be considered (including international).

The Award

The Wethington Fellowship is a multi-year award which includes:

  • A $20,000 stipend supplement paid over a 4 or 5 year period
  • A 0.50 FTE Qualifying Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship provided by the academic unit
  • A full tuition waiver for the total number of hours required for the degree
  • A subsidy for the basic student health insurance plan
  • Continuation of the award is contingent upon the student making satisfactory progress towards the degree and the academic unit’s ongoing commitment to provide a 0.50 FTE Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for nomination an applicant must:

  • Be an incoming doctoral student in business, engineering, history, mathematics, or the natural sciences
  • Preferably reside in, or have previously resided in, Alfalfa, Garfield, Grant, or Woods Counties in Oklahoma
  • Hold a Qualifying Graduate Assistantship
  • Have at least a 3.50 admission grade point average

Application

  • Nominations must be submitted by the academic unit chair or director, graduate liaison, or their delegate.

Nomination materials should be submitted to the Graduate College by the application deadline (see below).

Nomination materials must include:

  • Letter of support from the chair of the academic unit that includes a GA commitment from the department for the duration of the award along with information regarding their relationship to the specified Oklahoma counties (if any).

Online Nomination Form

Direct questions about the Wethington Fellowship to Gail Shelton (aokoe@ou.edu).

To view a draft or saved form, go here: Dynamic Forms.

Selection Process

An ad hoc committee will review the nominations following the spring deadline and recommend recipient(s) to the Graduate Dean.

Application Deadline     January 31 and March 14

(Students nominated for the January 31 deadline will not be reconsidered for the March 14 deadline.)

Completion Incentives

The Eddie Carol Smith Scholarship was established to honor the contributions of Dr. Eddie Carol Smith who served as Graduate Dean from 1993 until 1999 and Vice President of Research from 1995 until 1999. The scholarship encourages research and creative activity among graduate students and recognizes the significant contributions of these graduate students to our society. The Eddie Carol Smith Scholarship is a one-year award that will go to a graduate student whose research/capstone project either opens a new area of scholarly endeavor or significantly expands an existing area of scholarly endeavor. Applicants must be near the end of their degree requirements, as it is expected that the academic year during which the student serves as the Eddie Carol Smith Scholar is also the academic year in which the student will complete the degree.

The Award

  • $2,000 in professional development funds. These funds may be used to assist with the research project (i.e., archival research, data collection, supplies and equipment, etc.); to assist with the preparation of the final dissertation, thesis, or capstone project; or for travel to either present the research/project or to conduct research for the project
  • A full tuition waiver for both the fall and spring semesters of the award year.

Eligibility Criteria

Any academic unit offering a graduate degree on the Norman campus may submit up to two nominations for the Eddie Carol Smith Scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year.

To be eligible for nomination an applicant must:

  • Be a graduate student on the Norman campus
  • Carry at least a 3.6 grade point average in all coursework for the degree
  • Be approaching the “last” year of the graduate degree
  • Be engaged in either a doctoral dissertation, master’s thesis, or master’s capstone project
  • Be recommended for the Award by the major professor
  • Have the endorsement and support of the academic unit and the budget college dean

[Note: the recipient need not hold a graduate assistantship during the year of the award]

Nomination Process

Nomination materials must be submitted by an OU faculty member or Graduate Liaison and must include:

  • A copy of the student’s completed Program of Study Form for master’s applicants or a copy of the student’s completed Advisory Conference Report for doctoral applicants
  • A current copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae
  • A  one to two page research statement prepared by the applicant. This statement should include a detailed description of the research/project and must be readable by an interdisciplinary audience. It should be written in a grant proposal format rather than as an abstract of a work already completed. It should clearly identify the scholarly issues being addressed in the research/project and outline the tasks that will be performed to complete the research/project. If applicable, it should include any early conclusions or preliminary findings.
  • A brief budget/financial statement indicating the proposed use of the professional development funds in conjunction with the research/project.
  • A reference letter prepared by the applicant’s major professor. This letter should speak to the ability of the student to complete the proposed research/project and the current status of the research/project (i.e., prospectus completed, conducting research, etc.). It should also describe the scholarly significance and potential impact of the proposed research/project, as well as the expected time frame for the applicant to complete the degree.
  • An endorsement signature of the applicant’s graduate liaison or academic unit chair AND of the applicant's budget college or designated representative.

Online Nomination Form

Direct questions about the Eddie Carol Smith Scholarship to Gail Shelton (aokoe@ou.edu).

To view a draft or saved form, go here: Dynamic Forms.

Selection Process

An ad hoc committee selected from members of the Graduate Council will review the nominations immediately following the deadline and recommend a single recipient each year to the Graduate College dean. The scholarship will begin the following fall semester.

Application Deadline       February 15

We are pleased to announce a call for applications from doctoral candidates who are in the final phases of dissertation writing for the 2022 – 2023 Nancy L. Mergler and Bullard Dissertation Completion Fellowships.

Fellowship Information

  • Seven applicants (as determined by a committee of faculty from diverse fields of study across campus) will be awarded the Nancy L. Mergler Dissertation Completion Fellowship, which will pay for up to two semesters of a .50 GA appointment. The stipend amount awarded will equal the program’s usual GTA stipend. Tuition waivers and health insurance coverage will be provided. The student will be awarded the money in place of working as a GA, in order to have the opportunity to devote time to completing the dissertation.
  • Additional awardees (determined by the same committee) will be awarded the Bullard Dissertation Completion Fellowship. This fellowship will pay for one semester of a .50 GA appointment or two semesters of a .25 GA appointment. The stipend amount awarded will equal the program’s usual .50 or .25 GTA stipend. Tuition waivers and health insurance coverage will be provided. The student will be awarded the money in place of working as a GA in order to have the opportunity to devote time to completing the dissertation.
  • Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 5 hours (2 if the final semester is declared).
  • Awardees may not perform other paid duties at OU during the term of the award. 

Terms and Eligibility

Students may apply directly. They do not need to be nominated by their academic unit.

  • Applicants must have completed the general exam and hold a .25 or .50 FTE GA appointment.

Criteria

  • Scholarly significance and potential impact of the work. (The committee favors projects that are innovative, high-impact and groundbreaking in nature. We welcome projects that address topics and perspectives historically underrepresented in the academy and/or that have potential impact in support of underserved communities.)
  • Overall academic record and professional activity.
  • Potential for completion of the dissertation during the award period.

To Apply

Applications are due by Friday, February 18, 2022, at 5:00pm. The application should include the following:

  • Electronic application form (link below)
  • A one-page plan for completion which explains the structure of the dissertation, states which elements are complete, and offers a plan and schedule for completing the remaining elements.
  • A letter of reference from the applicant’s major professor describing the scholarly  significance and potential impact of the work. The letter should summarize the status of the project and offer a clear assessment of the applicant’s potential for completing the dissertation during the following academic year (e.g., the applicant is very likely to complete; the applicant has a reasonable prospect of completing; it is uncertain that the applicant will complete). The letter should also provide an estimate regarding the relative quality of the applicant’s project (e.g., is the project in the top 5%, 10% or 15% of dissertations seen to date?). 
  • A current copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae including information about research, service and outreach activities if applicable.
  •  A short abstract of the dissertation (maximum 2 single-spaced pages) that explains the significance and impact of the work in terms accessible to a lay person.
  • A sample of the applicant’s writing that allows evaluation of the project. The sample must be 10,000 words maximum. This word limit includes footnotes but does not include references or bibliography. Applications with writing samples over the 10,000 word limit are subject to disqualification. Co-authored work is acceptable if it presents the student’s original research. Work that has already been published is welcome.
  • The applicant’s academic transcript.
  • A one-page personal essay of your academic journey in higher education.
  • Optional: Applicants who have experienced delays in completion are welcome to submit a letter of explanation. 

Nancy L. Mergler & Bullard Dissertation Completion Fellowship Application

Direct questions about the Nancy L. Mergler and Bullard Dissertation Completion Fellowships to Gail Shelton (aokoe@ou.edu).

To view a draft or saved form, go here: Dynamic Forms

Awards of Distinction

Eligibility

Any Norman Campus student receiving a doctoral degree in the 2021 calendar year (spring/summer/fall) is eligible. One prize can be given in each of the following three academic areas:

  1. Science and Engineering
  2. Social Sciences, Education, and the Professions
  3. Humanities and Fine Arts

Prize

Each prize consists of $1,000 and an inscribed certificate. Prizes will be awarded at a public occasion where both the recipients and the departments will be honored.

Nomination Procedures

Departments with fewer than 10 doctoral degrees awarded during the calendar year of the prize can make one nomination; departments with more than 10 can nominate two. Nomination materials should include:

  1. At least one letter of nomination, written for the non-specialist, which describes the quality, scholarly contributions, and disciplinary significance of the dissertation. The nomination must specify one of the three academic areas.   
  2. A letter of endorsement from the department chairperson or, in the case of interdisciplinary nominees, from the chair of the doctoral advisory committee.
  3. An abstract of the dissertation.
  4. The applicant’s curriculum vitae.
  5. One copy of the dissertation.
  6. The names of two potential readers for the dissertation. These readers must be OU – Norman faculty members who are not members of the nominee’s department or committee.

Nomination materials will be uploaded to an electronic form below and must be submitted by February 15, 2022.

Selection Procedures

The Graduate Dean will constitute an ad hoc faculty committee charged with recommending to the Provost whether or not a nominated dissertation should be considered for a prize. The composition of the committee will depend on the fields represented by the dissertations to be considered but will be chaired by a member of the Graduate Council. The committee will use the submitted materials to assess the overall quality of the dissertation and its contribution to the discipline. The committee shall forward the recommendations to the Provost by April 2, 2022.

Doctoral Dissertation Prize Nomination Form

Direct questions about the Doctoral Dissertation Prize to Gail Shelton (aokoe@ou.edu).

To view a draft or saved form, go here: Dynamic Forms

Eligibility

Any Norman Campus graduate student with teaching responsibilities is eligible, provided the student has not received this award in the last two years. The awards will be given in three academic areas:

  1. Science and Engineering
  2. Social Sciences, Education, and the Professions
  3. Humanities and Fine Arts

One award in each of the three areas can be given each year.

Award

Each consists of $1,000 and an inscribed certificate. Awards will be given at a public occasion where the recipients and the departments will be honored.

Nomination Procedures

Each department may nominate only one master’s student and/or one doctoral student. The academic area best describing the course(s) taught by the GTA must be specified in each nomination. Nomination materials should include:

  1. A letter of nomination indicating which of the three academic areas best describes the courses taught by the GTA (required)
  2. Faculty evaluation(s) of the GTA’s performance (required)
  3. Student evaluations of the GTA’s course(s) or section(s) (required)
  4. The GTA’s curriculum vitae (required)
  5. The GTA’s statement of teaching philosophy (required)
  6. Recommendation letters from students (optional)
  7. Samples of syllabi or class projects described by the GTA and any other items that demonstrate the GTA’s qualifications (optional)

Nomination materials will be uploaded to an electronic form below and must be submitted by February 15, 2022.

Selection Procedures

An ad hoc committee consisting of three faculty members (one from each of the three academic areas) and the student members of the Graduate Council will make the final selection. The ad hoc committee will forward its selections to the Provost by April 2, 2022.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Award Nomination Form

Direct questions about the Graduate Teaching Award to Gail Shelton (aokoe@ou.edu).

To view a draft or saved form, go here: Dynamic Forms

Discipline Specific

The Kenneth L. Hoving Graduate Fellowship was established by an anonymous gift to honor Dr. Kenneth L. Hoving, who served as Dean of the Graduate College from 1980 to 1990. The Fellowship supports graduate students studying history, music, and WaTER Center.

The Award

The Hoving Fellowship is a multi-year award which includes:

  • A $5,000 stipend supplement for four years
  • A .50 FTE Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship
  • A full tuition waiver for the total number of credit hours required to complete the degree
  • A subsidy for the basic student health insurance plan

Continuation of the award is contingent upon the student making satisfactory progress toward the degree and the academic unit’s ongoing commitment to provide a .50 FTE Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for nomination an applicant must:

  • Be a new doctoral student in one of the following areas:
    • Music (Vocal Music, with preference for Opera, or Instrumental Music, with preference for Piano or Violin)
    • History
    • WaTER Center

Selection Process and Application Deadline

Contact the applicable academic unit chair or liaison for funding availability.

Other Awards and Scholarships at OU

The Alice Mary Robertson Award was established to honor the memory of Alice Mary Robertson, Oklahoma's first female representative in the United States Congress. The purpose of the award is to stimulate an interest among graduate students in the study and interpretation of the contributions made by women to the culture and progress of Oklahoma as well as to awaken the public to a greater appreciation of these contributions.

The Alice Mary Robertson Award is a one-time award to a graduate student whose creative activity and/or scholarly or archival research enhances the appreciation of these contributions. One award of $1,000 will be made annually. A committee will select the recipient during the spring semester, based on an evaluation of the creative or research activity.

Contact the Department of Women's and Gender Studies for additional information.

The Ambassador James R. Jones graduate fellowship was established to assist with the archival digitization efforts of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center’s Congressional and Political Collections. Ambassador Jones served as Appointments Secretary (Chief of Staff) to President Lyndon Johnson, was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973-1987, and then was appointed United States Ambassador to Mexico. 

Students will be .50 GTAs in the Carl Albert Center while they are completing their graduate degrees in their home departments. Graduate Fellows will learn valuable research and archival management skills, metadata development, content migration strategies, and long-term preservation techniques. Fellows will have practical, hands-on opportunities with various archival materials including manuscript, photographs, and moving image/sound content. This unique position allows a robust learning experience and offers one-on-one instruction for in-depth skill development. 

The Award

The Ambassador James R. Jones graduate fellowship includes:

  • A $16,000 stipend payable over 9-months

  • Up to $3k per year for travel and research funds

  • A tuition waiver if graduate program is eligible

  • A subsidy for the basic student health insurance plan

  • Fellowship is renewable annually

Eligibility

To be eligible for the fellowship an applicant must:

  • Be a full-time regularly enrolled graduate student at the University of Oklahoma

  • Be eligible for a Qualified Graduate Assistantship

Application and Selection Process

Students who wish to apply for the award should submit a resume/CV as well as a one-page essay detailing their interests in political history and best practices in digital archival studies. Students from all academic areas are encouraged to apply and should indicate their degree home in application materials.

Please email documents to Katherine McRae (mcrae@ou.edu): The selection committee will begin reviewing applications on Feb. 1 on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Current OU students may also apply for some scholarships through CASH (the Centralized Academic Scholarship Hub).

At the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, our commitment to the study of representative government is reflected in the highly competitive and prestigious Carl Albert Graduate Fellowship program (pdf).

Carl Albert Fellows work closely with Center faculty to pursue a rigorous and individualized program of study leading to a PhD in political science. Fellows focus their program of study on fundamental issues in representative government in America including the study of institutions, processes, and public policy. Faculty regularly interact with fellows in an office space that facilitates collaboration and scholarly exchange. The laboratory model of graduate education means students will be involved with research from day one. Fellows are expected to develop original research leading to professional conference presentation and publication.

The robust fellowship package provides up to four years (including summers) of financial support as a teaching or research assistant, and an additional final year of funding with no work obligations to complete the dissertation. In their first year, fellows serve as a teaching assistant for Introduction to American Government. In subsequent years, fellows support research and teaching of Center faculty. Senior fellows have opportunities to serve as faculty-of-record for their own courses.

The fellowship pays for full tuition and fees, funded research and conference travel, course work at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and dissertation research funds. The Center also assists fellows in finding the best possible placement to meet career goals. As they complete the fellowship, fellows are prepared to be productive research scholars, in part because of the resources and support provided by the Center.

Fellows may also avail themselves of a rich and diverse selection of other resources at The University of Oklahoma to advance their individual research and intellectual development:

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The Hudson Graduate Fellowship was established in 2000 through a generous gift to the history department from Mr. Cliff Hudson, chief executive officer of Sonic Corp. The four-year fellowship is available to outstanding students entering the doctoral program in history.

The Award

The Hudson Fellowship is a multi-year award which includes: 

  • An enhanced stipend
  • A 0.50 FTE Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship
  • A full tuition waiver for the total number of credit hours required to complete the degree
  • A subsidy for the basic student health insurance plan

Continuation of the award is contingent upon the student making satisfactory progress toward the degree and the academic unit’s ongoing commitment to provide a 0.50 FTE Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship.

Selection Process and Application Deadline

Contact the history academic unit chair or liaison for funding availability.