Fellowships

In the offer letter you received, it will specify whether or not the fellowship is administered as a true fellowship or as an assistantship.  If the fellowship is being administered as an assistantship, you will need to follow either the domestic or international assistantship links shown on the Graduate Payroll Orientation home page. True Fellowships will not complete an Electronic I-9.

Domestic and international graduate students receiving a true fellowship will need to complete the steps below.  

Domestic Requirements

Domestic true fellowships do not attend GPO, but must complete the following.

  • Personal Information
  • Direct Deposit Set-Up
    • You will need to complete the steps necessary to set up direct deposit through the Employee Portal (https://erp-portal-prd.itap.purdue.edu/irj/portal).  This needs to be set up before 4:30 PM on Wednesday, August 16th in order for it to apply to your first paycheck. You will need to know your bank account and bank routing number before completing this process.  If you do not complete this process on time, you will have to collect your paper paycheck from HOVDE.

International Requirements

International true fellowships need to attend GPO, as well as complete the following.

  • International True Fellowship Graduate Payroll Orientation Checklist
    • Download and print through link above, or by clicking the "International True Fellowship Checklist" button on the left side of your screen.
    • If any part of the checklist is incomplete you will be unable to enter Graduate Payroll Orientation. No exceptions will be made.
    • STEW 102 printing lab is available during GPO to allow you to scan and print documents as necessary, but may be extremely busy depending on the time you attend.  Please plan accordingly.
      • Other computer labs are available on campus: https://www.itap.purdue.edu/facilities/instructionallabs/
  • GLACIER Tax Summary Report
    • Every international fellowship of Purdue University is required to have a GLACIER account.  This software is a questionnaire that determines your tax residence status.  This can be done up to 30 days before your arrival into the United States.  The GLACIER Tax Summary Report must be completed prior to attending GPO.
    • Fellowships will also need to print out all of the forms from their GLACIER summary report, sign them, and attach copies of their I-20/DS-2019, I-94, and Visa.  This report will be brought to GPO to be reviewed by the international tax consultant.
  • Personal Information
  • Direct Deposit Set-Up
    • You will need to complete the steps necessary to set up direct deposit through the Employee Portal (https://erp-portal-prd.itap.purdue.edu/irj/portal).  This needs to be set up before 4:30 PM on Wednesday, August 16th in order for it to apply to your first paycheck. You will need to know your bank account and bank routing number before completing this process.  If you do not complete this process on time, you will have to collect your paper paycheck from HOVDE.

Student Health Insurance

Fellows receive a medical insurance stipend supplement twice a year (August & December) in their paycheck.  Fellows should go to http://www.purdue.edu/push/Insurance/EnrollmentInformation/ and select Insurance for Domestic Students or International Students, based on their citizenship.

Fellowship Information

As a fellowship recipient, there are certain IRS rules that affect you. It is important for you to be aware of these rules as you plan the financial aspects of your fellowship. According to the IRS, a portion (or all) of your fellowship will be subject to income tax. If you are pursuing a degree, you may exclude from taxable income the part of the fellowship that you use for:

  • tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance
  • books, supplies, and equipment required for your courses

You may not exclude any part of the fellowship that you use for room and board or personal items.  You are required to report that portion on your tax return as taxable income in the form of wages.

The IRS does not allow the University to withhold income tax from your fellowship since you are not considered a paid employee.  Consequently, you may owe tax when you file your tax return.  You may want to make quarterly estimated tax payments to the IRS.  IRS publication 970 provides more information.  You can download a copy of this publication at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf

You may also be liable for Indiana State taxes.  You can make quarterly estimated payments to the Indiana Department of Revenue on a Form ES-40.  This form can be downloaded from the state website at http://www.in.gov/dor/

Because each person's tax situation is different, we cannot give specific tax advice.  If you have additional questions, please seek qualified, professional tax advice or resources at www.irs.gov

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