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Graduate College Fellowships

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 GA appointment, for up to six years of funding.
  • An award may be split between two students ($2500/year each). 
  • Academic units may apply for one or two awards per year.
  • Funds can be used flexibly as appropriate for the program. For example, they can be allocated to go toward stipend, fees, internship/practicum support, research support, or some combination of the above.

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).

Application Deadlines: January 30, February 13, February 27, and March 12

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).

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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 U.S. citizen
  • Have at least a 3.5 admission grade point average
  • 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.

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.

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.

There will be up to three McNair Graduate Fellowships awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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 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.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for nomination an applicant must:

  • Be an incoming master’s or doctoral student
  • Hold a Qualified Graduate Assistantship
  • Have successfully completed an undergraduate McNair Scholars Program
  • Have at least a 3.0 admission grade point average

Nomination Process

Nomination materials should be submitted to the Graduate College, attention: Gail Shelton (aokoe@ou.edu) by one of the application deadlines (see 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
  • A copy of the application packet (include university, Graduate College, and academic unit admission materials)
  • Contact information for the student’s undergraduate McNair Scholars Program for verification purposes
  • Verification of the department’s offer of an assistantship that is expected to continue for the requested duration of the McNair Graduate Fellowship

Selection Process

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

Application Deadlines    

January 30, February 13, February 27, and March 12.     

We are pleased to announce a call for applications from doctoral candidates who are in the final phases of dissertation writing for the 2020 – 2021 Nancy L. Mergler and Bullard Dissertation Completion Fellowships. Applications are due by Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 5:00pm.

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.
  • 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

Email the application to Gail Shelton (aokoe@ou.edu). Applications are due by Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 5:00pm. The application should include the following:

  • The official cover sheet available here.
  • 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?). This letter should be sent directly from the faculty member’s email address in order maintain confidentiality of its contents.
  • 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 (maximum 10,000 words) that allows evaluation of the project. 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.
  • Optional: Applicants who have experienced delays in completion are welcome to submit a letter of explanation. 

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 Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship
  • 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 Qualified Graduate Assistantship
  • Have at least a 3.50 admission grade point average

Nomination Process

Nomination materials should be submitted to the Graduate College, attention: Tusneeya Tecimer, by the application deadline (see below). 

Nomination materials must include:

  • The applicant's name
  • A copy of the application packet (including University, Graduate College, and department admission materials)
  • Verification of County of residence (if applicable)
  • Verification of assistantship
  • Letter of support from the chair of the academic unit

Selection Process

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

Application Deadline     February 1 and March 15

(Students nominated for the February 1 deadline will not be reconsidered for the March 15 deadline.)

Carl Albert Fellowship Program

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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