Fellowships 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

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.

Selection Criteria

  • Newly admitted doctoral or M.F.A. student
  • Exceptional scholar with excellent letters of recommendation and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in previous degree
  • Student must be offered a department assistantship that is (1) at least equal to the highest amount offered by the department to first-year students and (2) renewable for up to 3 years

Award

In addition to the departmental assistantship: $8,000 fellowship per year, renewable for up to three years given continued excellent progress toward the degree.

How to Be Considered For It

Meet criteria. Academic departments select recipients from their pools of newly admitted students.

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.

Selection Criteria

  • Newly admitted doctoral or master's student
  • Excellent academic record with excellent letters of recommendation and minimum 3.0 GPA in previous degree
  • Student must be offered a full department assistantship that is (1) at the typical level for first-year master's or doctoral students and (2) renewable for up to two years

Award

In addition to the departmental assistantship: $4,000 fellowship per year, automatically renewable for a second year given excellent progress toward the degree.

How to Be Considered For It

Meet criteria. Academic departments select recipients from their pools of newly admitted 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). There is no work or service requirement association with the tuition fellowship.

Selection Criteria

  • Newly admitted full-time doctoral or master's student — must remain enrolled full time (or full-time certified)
  • On-campus program — distance education students are not eligible
  • US citizen or permanent resident — international students are not eligible
  • Excellent letters of recommendation and minimum 3.0 GPA in previous degree
  • Student must have no other assistantship or other tuition waiver benefit — if/when such a benefit is accepted, the Edgren will no longer be available

Award

Value is approximately $7,000 per academic year and approximately $1,500 per summer, credited toward the student's account to offset non-resident tuition.

How to Be Considered For It

Meet criteria. Academic departments select recipients from their pools of newly admitted students.

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.

Selection Criteria

  • Successful completion of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program as an undergraduate
  • Newly admitted full-time doctoral student — must be enrolled full time (or full-time certified) throughout the first year of graduate study
  • On-campus program — distance students are not eligible
  • US citizen or permanent resident — international students are not eligible
  • Excellent letters of recommendation and minimum 3.0 GPA in bachelor's degree

Award

Approximately $3,000 per recipient, for one year only.

Up to five recipients will be selected each year.

How to Be Considered For It

Submit to mcnair2@unl.edu:

  • From you, the student: A 500-word essay outlining your goals for graduate school and how this fellowship will help you meet those goals.
  • From your McNair Director*: A letter of recommendation.
  • From your McNair faculty mentor*: A letter of recommendation.

* If this person already submitted a letter as part of your application to this doctoral program, mention that when you email your essay. Typically the McNair program will be able to obtain a copy of the letter and the recommender will not need to resubmit it.