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Many graduate students are awarded fellowships each year, either by the University or by external agencies. Benefits from a fellowship include:

  • Stipend/allowance.
  • Tuition scholarship.
  • Medical insurance supplement.

Available fellowships fall into two categories: those that are open to students for application and those that are not. Typically, when you apply for admission, your academic program will consider you for available fellowships without a separate application.

Fellowships that are open to students for application include the George Washington Carver, Charlies C. Chappelle, David M. Knox and Ludwig Kruhe fellowships. For more information about these fellowships, please see The Graduate School-Awarded Fellowships (Open) page.

Fellowships that are faculty-awarded and therefore closed to applications include the Frederick N. Andrews, Lynn, Bilsland Dissertation, Purdue Doctoral, and Ross fellowships. For more information on these fellowships, visit Faculty-Awarded Fellowships (Closed).

Classification of Fellowships

The University recognizes that there are several different types of fellowships, and it primarily considers two aspects when classifying these awards: funding source and award process. Using the fund, The Graduate School classifies the fellowship into one of five broad categories:

  • Federal.
  • Industrial.
  • Graduate School.
  • Endowed.
  • Institutional.

The second aspect considered in classifying fellowships is the award process and includes questions such as:

  • Is the fellowship student-submitted or faculty-submitted?
  • Is the fellowship nationally competitive, invited or limited submission?
  • What are the specific provisions of the award?

The Graduate School Funding Database identifies the classification of fellowships. When in question, faculty, staff and students can locate the classification of a specific fellowship by searching The Graduate School Funding Database. 

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