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Ross Fellowship

 Deadline: Determined by School

Program Description

The Ross Fellowships are for the recruitment of outstanding, Ph.D.-track students to graduate programs at Purdue University. Each fellowship provides a four-year package to the fellow, which includes one-year of support from the Graduate School and a commitment by the graduate program of three additional years of support. The additional support is usually in the form of teaching or research assistantships or a combination of both. The Ross Fellowship, whether administered as a fellowship or as an assistantship, also provides tuition coverage and a medical insurance supplement. The student recipient must have an admit date of fall 2018 or spring 2019.

Qualifications / Eligibility

Recipients of Ross Fellowships must be admitted to Purdue as Ph.D.-track students in a degree-granting graduate program and must demonstrate superior academic achievement and scholarly abilities. The student recipient must have an admit date of fall 2018 or spring 2019.

Application & Selection Process

Students do not apply directly for the Ross Fellowship. Selection of the recipients is conducted by the graduate faculty that administers the graduate program to which the student was admitted. At a minimum, the selection process considers the students’ academic and scholarly achievements and abilities, based upon the Graduate School admission application materials requested by the graduate program. To receive full consideration, graduate students must submit completed Graduate School admission application materials by the program deadline.


The Ross Fellowship provides a four-year award package to the student. The tenure of the Ross Fellowship is one year. The Graduate School provides:

  • Stipend of $18,086 (estimated);
  • Payment of tuition and most fees, (differential fee is not paid);
  • Medical insurance supplement.

 The graduate program commits three additional years of support, usually in the form of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or a combination thereof, to guarantee to the fellowship recipient a total award package of four years.

 Terms and Conditions

Recipients must:

  • Be enrolled and maintain status as Ph.D.-track students in a degree-granting graduate program at Purdue;
  • Register for at least eight credits in both the fall and the spring sessions and for at least six credits during the summer session. Fellows who are not registered during the summer session will not receive a stipend in June and July;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic and scholarly performance and progress and satisfactory work performance;
  • Maintain a valid e-mail address with the Fellowship Office;
  • Submit an Academic Progress Report each semester to the Fellowship Office;

Adhere to the Graduate School Fellowship guidelines.

 Contact Information

The Ross Fellowships are administered by the Graduate School. Consult the Graduate School Fellowship Manual at for complete details regarding the Ross Fellowship and other Graduate School Fellowships. Questions may be addressed to the Fellowship Office, Graduate School, at 4-2598 or

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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