Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis in recognition of a student's demonstrated scholarship, scholastic and creative promise, and/or financial need. There is no service or work requirement associated with fellowship awards. A student holding a fellowship or a traineeship must be a full-time student during the period of appointment.
Last year 54 students applied for fellowships and 17 of them received fellowship funds.
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 2020.
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.
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How to apply
To be considered for fellowship funding for 2019-20, complete your materials as described below by 3 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2019.
Part 1: Confirm Your Eligibility
Eligibility to apply for fellowship funding for the 2019-20 academic year is determined by three factors:
- Credit Hours Completed
- Domestic students (US citizens) must have completed 9 hours of graduate credit at UNL by December 31, 2018.
- International students must have completed 18 hours of graduate credit at UNL by December 31, 2018.
- Full-Time Enrollment: Students must be enrolled full-time (9 hours), or be eligible to be full-time certified, during the academic year 2019-20.
- Academic Program: Students must be admitted into a graduate major, with a specific degree objective. Non-degree students are not eligible to apply.
If you are not currently enrolled as a UNL graduate student, you are not eligible for these awards. Instead, contact your department to ask about opportunities for fellowships for new students or graduate assistantships.
Graduate students who are regular employees of the University of Nebraska are not eligible to receive fellowship funding. Students with student hourly appointments or graduate assistantships are not considered regular employees and are eligible to apply.
Part 2: Submit Your Application Materials
- Before you begin, be sure you have:
- Your NUID number.
- Two faculty members who agree to serve as recommenders and a valid email address for each. Recommenders will be asked to complete a short evaluation form and a descriptive assessment.
- Your Personal Statement and CV in plain text format, ready to paste into the webform. See form for descriptions of what should be in your statement and CV.
Submitting this form triggers automated emails to your recommenders, plus a confirmation email to you. (If you do not receive it, please contact us.)
- Make sure your recommenders submit their recommendations to complete your application.
- After the deadline, faculty reviewers will begin evaluating completed applications.
For New Students
Students newly admitted to UNL graduate degree programs may be eligible for these fellowships.
Complete your Application for Admission as early as possible — many departments are reviewing applications by mid-January and making nominations for some fellowships by mid-February. For further information regarding fellowships that might be available to you, contact your academic department.
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.
Chancellor's Fellowships are designed to assist departments with the recruitment of superior graduate students by adding fellowship funds to an assistantship.
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). There is no work or service requirement association with the tuition fellowship.
McNair Graduate Student Support Fellowship
The UNL McNair Scholars Graduate Fellowships are intended to assist in recruiting exceptional former McNair scholars who are pursuing a doctoral degree at UNL. There is no work or service requirement associated with the fellowship.