Graduate Fellowship & Award Nominations

The scheduled nomination period has ended.

Past Recipients

See Award Recipients for details.

Graduate Recognition Awards

Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Education: honors faculty members whose dedication to graduate students and commitment to excellence in graduate mentoring have made a significant contribution to graduate education at Nebraska.  Faculty and staff may nominate a faculty member for this award.  Nominators will be required to submit a nomination letter and the nominee’s CV.

Graduate Student Excellence in Mentoring Award: recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated excellence in mentoring undergraduate and other graduate students in research and creative activities.  Faculty and students may nominate a graduate student for this award. Nominators will be required to submit a nomination letter and submit the nominee’s CV.

Outstanding Graduate Research and Creative Activities Award: recognizes excellence in graduate student research and creativity at Nebraska.  Faculty and staff may nominate a student for this award.  Nominators will be required to submit a nomination letter and submit the nominee’s CV and summary of research or creative activity.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award: recognizes graduate teaching assistants who have demonstrated special effectiveness in teaching undergraduates at Nebraska.  Faculty and staff may nominate a student for this award.  Nominators will be required to submit a nomination letter and submit the nominee’s CV and statement of teaching philosophy.

Folsom Thesis & Dissertation Awards

Folsom Distinguished Master's Thesis Award: recognizes the outstanding research and creative accomplishments of the university's master's students and includes a $500 honorarium.  Each department that confers the Master’s degree may submit one nomination for the award.  Nominees must have graduated with their Master’s degree within the last year. Nominator’s will be required to submit a nomination letter and the nominee’s CV and thesis abstract (max. 2 pages).

Folsom Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award: recognizes the outstanding research and creative accomplishments of the university's doctoral students and includes a $1000 honorarium.  Each department that confers the Doctoral degree may submit one nomination for the award.  Nominees must have graduated with their Doctoral degree within the last year. Nominator’s will be required to submit a nomination letter and the nominee’s CV and dissertation abstract.

These awards are made possible through a generous gift from the family of Lowe R. and Mavis M. Folsom to the University of Nebraska Foundation.

Graduate Fellowships

The Presidential Fellowship is awarded to advanced doctoral or MFA students. The fellowship is $24,000. This award also includes tuition, fees, and the University's portion of the student health insurance for one academic year. Eligible students must be scheduled to graduate no later than August 2021.

The Fling Fellowship is awarded to advanced masters or doctoral students. Masters students must be within one year of graduation and doctoral students must be within two years of graduation. The fellowship is $20,000. This award also includes tuition, fees, and the University's portion of the student health insurance for one academic year.

The Dean's Fellowship will be awarded to advanced masters or doctoral students. The fellowship is $5,000.

Nominees must be admitted into a graduate major, with a specific degree objective, have completed at least one year of coursework in their current program, and enroll full-time (or be eligible for full-time certification) during the academic year 2020-21.

Department faculty and staff may nominate current graduate students only.  Nominators will be required to submit a nomination letter and the nominee’s CV.

For more information about these nominations, contact Caroline Knuth