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Charles C. Chappelle Fellowship

 Deadline: Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Program Description

The Charles C. Chappelle Fellowship provides a one-year fellowship to students with undergraduate degrees from Purdue for the furtherance of post-graduate research at Purdue University. Chappelle Fellows are selected on the basis of character, intellectual ability, and promise of degree attainment. The Chappelle Fellowship provides a stipend, Graduate School Fellow Scholarship, payment of most fees, and a medical insurance supplement.

Qualifications / Eligibility

Recipients of Chappelle Fellowships must possess a Purdue undergraduate degree, need to have completed and submitted a graduate school application, be admitted to Purdue in a degree-granting graduate program at the time of the award (student does not have to be admitted at the time of application), be enrolled in a Purdue degree-granting graduate program for less than one semester, and must demonstrate superior academic achievement and scholarly abilities.

Application & Selection Process

Students must submit the following material by uploading them to Blackboard LEARN as one pdf file.  View the Submission Guidelines on the Graduate School website for all the details on how to load your application.
  1. A curriculum vitae or a resume which includes your PUID;
  2. An essay (1000 words or less) addressing Purdue’s impact on the student’s development through one, two or three of Purdue’s missions of learning, discovery and engagement;
  1. Official Purdue transcript – electronically requested and emailed to Please see the Registrar’s website for more information regarding electronic transcripts.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a Purdue faculty member.  Email the letter as a pdf to the Graduate School Fellowship Office by the application deadline. The letter must be submitted separate from the Graduate School Application.
Selection of Chappelle Fellows is conducted by members of the graduate faculty, utilizing materials in the Graduate School admission application and the Chappelle Fellowship application.
Proposals are evaluated based upon:
  • intellectual ability;
  • scholarly activities and abilities;
  • engagement within the university and community;
  • adherence to program guidelines;
  • Purdue Impact essay.


The tenure of the Chappelle Fellowship is one year, and the Graduate School provides:
  • Stipend of $20,000 (estimate);
  • Graduate School Fellow Scholarship;
  • Medical Insurance Supplement;
  • Graduate Appointment Fee;
  • Repair and Rehabilitation Fee;
  • International Student Fee (where applicable).

 Terms and Conditions

Recipients must:
  • Be enrolled and maintain status 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 Charles C. Chappelle Graduate Fellowships are administered by the Graduate School. Consult the Graduate School Fellowship Manual at for complete details regarding the Charles C. Chappelle Graduate Fellowship and other Graduate School Fellowships. Questions may be addressed to the Fellowship Office, Graduate School, at 4-2598 or

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