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Guidelines for Purdue Graduate School Fellowships

Internal Fellowships awarded by the Purdue Graduate School are funded from endowments established by generous donors and from the Purdue Research Foundation.

Through its fellowship program, The Graduate School financially supports its strategic initiative of increasing the enrollment and matriculation of graduate students who demonstrate superior academic achievements and scholarly abilities through two types of fellowships: recruitment fellowships and fellowships for currently enrolled students.

Recruitment fellowships, which include the Andrews, George Washington Carver, Knox, Lynn and Ross fellowships, support the initiative of encouraging highly talented individuals to enroll as doctoral students in Purdue graduate programs. Fellowships for currently enrolled students include the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowships, Chappelle, and Kruhe fellowships.

Selection of Fellowship Recipients

Selection of recipients for Graduate School fellowships and awards is conducted by members of the Graduate Faculty. Members of the Graduate Faculty are tenure-track or voting-status faculty members at Purdue University who have been nominated by the head of a specific graduate program and an academic dean for appointment to the Graduate Faculty. The dean of The Graduate School, acting on behalf of the faculty Graduate Council, grants Graduate Faculty status to Purdue faculty members.

Eligibility of Fellowship Recipients

Students are eligible for up to one recruitment fellowship during their tenure at Purdue. Recruitment fellowships include George Washington Carver, Frederick N. Andrews, Lynn, Purdue Doctoral, Ross and Knox fellowships. Students are not eligible for the recruitment fellowships if they have been admitted to and have enrolled in a Purdue graduate program. They are eligible for the fellowships that support currently enrolled graduate students such as the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowships.

Qualification Requirements

Recipients of Graduate School fellowships must be enrolled full time in a degree-granting graduate program at Purdue. The Graduate School considers full-time status to be a minimum of eight credit hours in each of the fall and spring sessions, and six credit hours during the summer session. Fellows who have obtained candidacy should consult with their major advisors for registration recommendations. Graduate School fellows must be registered to receive stipends.

Academic and Scholarly Standards

Continuation of the Graduate School fellowship award commitment is contingent upon satisfactory performance and progress, and the fellow’s ability to meet and maintain Graduate School fellowship guidelines. These criteria are established and evaluated by the Graduate Faculty in accordance with Graduate School policies and procedures. In the rare instance when the Graduate Faculty determines that a fellow fails to meet these criteria, the graduate program contacts The Graduate School to initiate probation or termination procedures of the fellowship commitment.

Award Administration

Andrews, Lynn, Purdue Doctoral, and Ross fellowships may be administered as fellowships or assistantships at the discretion of the department, school, or college, based on guidelines established for determining award administration. The Carver, Chappelle, Bilsland Dissertation, Knox, and Kruhe, are endowed fellowships and must be administered as fellowships.

Awards administered as assistantships must also adhere to the policies and procedures governing graduate staff appointments. Assistantship recipients are encouraged to review the Graduate Staff Employment Manual.

Appointment Classification

Fellows are not employees and have no capacity utilization level (CUL) associated with their position classification. For fellowships, the employee group is designated as “fellowship predoctoral” and the employee subgroup is “fellowship.” For fellowships administered as assistantships, the employee group is “graduate student” and the employee subgroup is “fellowship administered as assistantship.” Please consult the Graduate Staff Employment Manual for details regarding classification of graduate student appointments. Awards administered as assistantships have a 50.00 CUL. International students are limited to a total of 50.00 CUL during the academic year.

Graduate Program Support

Graduate programs commit to additional years of funding with Andrews, Knox, Lynn, Purdue Doctoral and Ross Fellowships. These additional years of funding are at an amount equal to or above the initial year of funding. These criteria are monitored each semester by The Graduate School Fellowship Office.

Graduate programs support fellows most commonly by teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or a combination of teaching and research assistantships. Fellows who elect not to accept the financial support offered by the graduate program may be subject to termination of the fellowship commitment.

Deferral of Graduate School Fellowships

In consultation with their graduate program business office, and then The Graduate School, fellows may elect to defer a fellowship in order to utilize other funding opportunities. To defer a fellowship, the graduate program submits a request for deferral using The Graduate School Form 90, providing an explanation for the deferral request in the Special Instructions section. Deferrals will be made semester for semester, i.e., a spring semester for the following spring semester, and will equate to the original with two full semesters and one summer session. At no time will a summer session put on hold be allowed to be used for a fall or spring semester’s full funding. Requests for deferals greater than two years should be emailed to the Fellowship Office ( 

Fellows Transferring Graduate Programs

On occasion, Graduate School fellows may decide to transfer to another Purdue graduate program. Graduate School fellows interested in transferring should contact their graduate program business office, and then The Graduate School Fellowship staff will work with the fellow and both graduate programs to negotiate the transfer of the fellowship package and any changes that may occur.

Graduate School fellows should be aware that the fellowship award package is an offer and commitment from the original graduate program and not the graduate program to which the fellow wishes to transfer. However, The Graduate School encourages, but does not require, the transfer department to fulfill the fellowship award commitment at the average stipend level consistent with Graduate School fellows enrolled in that graduate program. A new offer letter will be extended to the fellow by the transfer department, copying The Graduate School Fellowship Office.

Fellowship Termination

A Graduate School fellowship commitment may be terminated on the rare occasion that the fellow leaves Purdue or when the fellow fails to comply with Graduate School fellowship guidelines, for example, fails to maintain the award terms and conditions. When a fellowship is terminated, the fellowship account is closed, and the funds are returned to The Graduate School. Prior to the decision to terminate, the graduate program must consult with The Graduate School Fellowship Office. In general, terminated fellowships will not be awarded to another student.

When a fellowship is terminated, the graduate program will send a letter to the fellow, copying The Graduate School Fellowship Office (

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