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Fellowship Award Provisions and Benefits

Whether they are a graduate fellow or a graduate assistant, Purdue graduate students awarded with funding receive some combination of the following benefits:


Stipends are paid on the last working day of the month. Stipends may be paid as an academic year fellowship or as a fiscal year fellowship. Academic year fellowships will start on the first day of the academic year calendar. Fiscal year fellowships will start on August 1. Consult with the business office to determine your appointment type. Note: A fellowship administered as an assistantship will begin on the day of employment.

Medical Insurance

Fellows receive a medical insurance stipend supplement, provided by The Graduate School, at a rate based on the Purdue contribution to medical insurance for graduate student staff. This supplement is provided in two payments — in the August and December paychecks. In calculating the payments, the business office will prorate the supplement based on the number of months in the semester. The fall semester, August through December, equals 5/12 of the supplement; and the spring/summer semester, January through July, is 7/12 of the supplement. Fellowships administered as assistantships will not receive a medical insurance supplement. Medical insurance is provided as a benefit of employment.

Tuition and Fees

Graduate School fellowships are assessed the following fees as applicable: Graduate School fellowship fee, international student fee, differential fees charged to students by specific schools or colleges, repair and rehabilitation fee, student fitness and wellness fee, and special course fees.

Graduate School fellowships administered as assistantships receive remission of tuition and some fees. Fees not remitted include the graduate appointment fee, international student fee, repair and rehabilitation fee, student fitness and wellness fee, and the differential general service fee charged to students by specific schools or colleges.

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