Fellowships for New Students

Students newly admitted to UNL graduate degree programs are eligible for several fellowships.

Students do not apply for these fellowships; academic departments select recipients from their pools of newly admitted students. Because many departments are reviewing applications by mid-January and making nominations for some fellowships by mid-February, it is important to complete your Application for Admission as early as possible.

For further information regarding fellowships that might be available to you, contact your academic department directly.

Othmer Fellowships

Othmer Fellowships are intended to assist in recruiting exceptional scholars who are seeking a terminal degree (i.e., Ph.D., Ed.D, D.M.A, M.F.A.). While UNL alums are not prohibited from receiving an Othmer Fellowship, the general assumption is that a UNL student would only receive this fellowship if we are actively competing with other prestigious institutions to retain the student at UNL. Othmer Fellows will receive, in addition to the departmental assistantship, an $8,000 fellowship per year. Othmer Fellowships are renewable for up to three years, given continued excellent progress toward the degree. All graduate applicants newly admitted to a doctoral or M.F.A. degree program are eligible for an Othmer Fellowship. To qualify, the department is expected to offer an assistantship stipend at least equal to the highest amount offered by the department to first-year students. The assistantship must be renewable for up to three years.

Selection criteria:
  • Exceptional scholar
  • Newly admitted doctoral or M.F.A. student
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 in previous degree
  • Excellent letters of recommendation
  • Student must be offered a department assistantship at the highest level of funding

Chancellor's Fellowships

Chancellor's Fellowships are designed to assist departments with the recruitment of superior graduate students by adding fellowship funds to an assistantship. Chancellor's Fellows will receive, in addition to the departmental assistantship, a $4,000 fellowship per year. Chancellor's Fellowships are automatically renewable for a second year, given excellent progress toward the degree. All newly admitted masters or doctoral students are eligible. To qualify, the department is expected to offer an assistantship stipend at least equal to the typical level offered by the department to first-year masters or doctoral students. The assistantship must be renewable for up to two years.

Selection criteria:
  • Newly admitted doctoral or master's student
  • Excellent academic record
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in previous degree
  • Excellent letters of recommendation
  • Student must be offered a full department assistantship at the typical level for master's or doctoral students

Edgren Tuition Fellowship

The Edgren Graduate Tuition Fellowship provides reduced tuition remission for unfunded, domestic, non-resident graduate students. Unfunded domestic graduate students may be awarded an Edgren during the recruitment process (prior to enrollment). Eligible non-resident students must be enrolled full time (or full time certified) throughout their program of studies. The value of the fellowship is approximately $7,000 per academic year and approximately $1,500 per summer, and is credited toward the student’s account to offset non-resident tuition. There is no work or service requirement association with the tuition fellowship. If a student accepts an assistantship or other tuition waiver benefit, the Edgren will no longer be available. International students and distance education students are not eligible for an Edgren Graduate Tuition Fellowship award.

Selection criteria:
  • Newly admitted full-time domestic doctoral or masters student
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in previous degree
  • Excellent letters of recommendation
  • Student must be a U. S. citizen or permanent resident