Fellowships

Many fellowship opportunities are available through the Graduate School for students enrolled and seeking a degree in one of our many graduate departments.  These fellowships each have different purposes and eligibility criteria, so you will want to read through the information below carefully.  All fellowships, unless otherwise noted, are DGS -nominated, which means your Director of Graduate Studies decides whom to nominate for the award.  If you believe that you meet the criteria for a fellowship and are interested in being nominated, please contact your Director of Graduate Studies.

Please note: Beginning January 2017, in accordance with the new college block funding model, the Graduate School will no longer be hosting competitions for the following fellowships: Dissertation Year, Multi-Year, Graduate Fellowship for Selected Areas, Daniel R. Reedy Quality Achievement Fellowship, Graduate School Academic Year Fellowship, and Kentucky Opportunity Fellowship. Students with questions about block funding should contact their Director of Graduate Studies.

Fellowships that include a tuition scholarship are subject to current tuition policies.

Send questions to the Funding Office at grad.fellowships@email.uky.edu or call 859-257-3261.

 

Self-Nominating Competitive Fellowships

Association of Emeriti Faculty Endowed Fellowship
Nomination Deadline: October 24, 2017

Matthews/Singletary/Wethington Fellowships
Nomination Deadline: February 6, 2018

UK Women's Club Endowed Fellowship
Nomination Deadline: October 17, 2017

 

DGS-Nominated Competitive Fellowships

Cralle Foundation/Joan Cralle Day Fellowship
Nomination Deadline: March 6, 2018

James Still Fellowship
Nomination Deadline: March 6, 2018

Lexington Herald-Leader Fellowship
Nomination Deadline: October 10, 2017

Lexmark Fellowship
Nomination Deadline: October 3, 2017

McNair Fellowship
Nomination Deadline: March 6, 2018

Northern KY/Greater Cincinnati UK Alumni Club Fellowship
Nomination Deadline: March 6, 2018

Presidential Graduate Fellowship
Nomination Deadline: January 23, 2018

 

DGS-Nominated Allocated Fellowships

Max Steckler Fellowship
Nomination Deadline: Details announced via DGS email in Fall 2017

 

DGS-Nominated Recruitment Fellowships

Lyman T. Johnson Awards
New Nomination Deadline: March 1, 2018
Renewal Nomination Deadline: February 1, 2018

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Awards
See SREB website for details

 

Other Fellowships

The following fellowships are available from individual programs. These are not administered by the Graduate School. You many wish to contact your DGS for additional fellowship opportunities.

James S. Brown Graduate Grants for Research on Appalachia (PDF)

Margaret Ingels Society of Women Engineers Graduate Fellowship

Karri Casner Environmental Sciences Fellowship (PDF)

Research Challenge Trust Fund Fellowship

Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education


Association of Emeriti Faculty Endowed Fellowships

For Currently Enrolled Graduate Students
Nomination Deadline: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Amount: $2,500

Students are invited to apply for fellowships offered by the University of Kentucky Association of Emeriti Faculty, in conjunction with the Graduate School. These awards are made possible by generous donations from UK emeriti faculty members as well as support from the Research Challenge Trust Fund. These fellowships express the commitment of emeriti faculty to the preparation of outstanding future college and university teachers.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled, full-time, fully admitted Ph.D., Ed.D., D.M.A., or D.S. students
  • At least two semesters completed in current Graduate School academic program
  • Preparing for career in college/university teaching

The student must e-mail a single pdf containing the Application form (link below) and all of the items listed below, in the order listed, to grad.fellowships@email.uky.edu. Please note your name and “Emeriti Fellowship” in the subject line of the e-mail

Association of Emeriti Faculty Fellowship Application Form


Charles T. Wethington, Jr./W.L. Matthews Jr./Otis A. Singletary Fellowships for Graduate or Professional Study

For First Year Graduate Students and professional students
Nomination Deadline: February 6, 2018

Fellowship    Amount
Wethington    $20,000
Matthews    $12,000
Singletary    $20,000 (plus a tuition scholarship and student health plan enrollment for students enrolled in Graduate School)
Note:  Only one nomination is required to apply for all three fellowships.  The selection committee will decide the award recipients for each fellowship from the pool of applicants.

Charles T. Wethington Jr. Fellowship

In honor of Charles T. Wethington Jr., the president of the University of Kentucky from 1989 to 2001, the University will annually provide funding for fellowships up to $20,000 to be awarded to UK graduating seniors who plan to continue their post-baccalaureate education in one of the University's graduate or professional programs. The fellowships will be awarded for the first year of graduate or professional study at UK and are not renewable for subsequent years. Preference will be given to Kentucky residents and first-generation college students.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • UK seniors, having graduated at the end of the 2017 fall semester, or expecting to graduate by the end of the 2018 spring semester or the 2018 second summer session
  • No previous enrollment in a graduate or professional program
  • Meet the academic and other criteria required for admission to program of study
  • Demonstration of high academic achievement in an undergraduate program of study at the University of Kentucky
  • Evidence of participation and leadership roles in university and community life during undergraduate study
W.L. Matthews Jr. Fellowship

The Board of Directors of the University of Kentucky Athletics Association has established quasi-endowment funds in memory of W.L. Matthews Jr.  The funds will provide annually for $12,000 fellowships to be awarded to UK graduating seniors who plan to continue their post-baccalaureate education in one of the University’s graduate or professional programs. The fellowships will be awarded for a first year of graduate or professional study at UK and are not renewable for subsequent years.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • UK seniors, having graduated at the end of the 2017 fall semester, or expecting to graduate by the end of the 2018 spring semester or the 2018 second summer session
  • No previous enrollment in a graduate or professional program
  • Meet the academic and other criteria required for admission to program of study
  • Demonstration of high academic achievement in an undergraduate program of study at the University of Kentucky
  • Evidence of participation and leadership roles in university and community life during undergraduate study
Otis A. Singletary Fellowship 

The Board of Directors of the University of Kentucky Athletics Association has established quasi-endowment funds in honor of Otis A. Singletary. The funds will provide annually for $20,000 fellowships to be awarded to UK graduating seniors who plan to continue their post-baccalaureate education in one of the University’s graduate or professional programs. The fellowships will be awarded for a first year of graduate or professional study at UK and are not renewable for subsequent years.  Recipients enrolled in graduate (not professional) programs will also be eligible for a tuition scholarship and health plan enrollment.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • UK seniors, having graduated at the end of the 2017 fall semester, or expecting to graduate by the end of the 2018 spring semester or the 2018 second summer session
  • No previous enrollment in a graduate or professional program
  • Meet the academic and other criteria required for admission to program of study
  • Demonstration of high academic achievement in an undergraduate program of study at the University of Kentucky
  • Evidence of participation and leadership roles in university and community life during undergraduate study

Nomination Packet Documents Required (to be submitted either with the original nomination form or as an email attachment sent to grad.fellowships@email.uky.edu):

Wethington/Matthews/Singletary Fellowship Application Form


University of Kentucky Woman’s Club Endowed Fellowship

For Currently Enrolled Graduate Students
Nomination Deadline: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Amount: $2,000

Students are invited to apply for a fellowship offered by the University of Kentucky Woman’s Club, in conjunction with the Graduate School. These awards are made possible by generous donations from UK Woman’s Club members as well as support from the Research Challenge Trust Fund. Preference is given to non-traditional female candidates who are underrepresented in their field of study. Selection is based on both academic achievement and financial need.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled, full-time or part-time Ph.D., Ed.D., D.M.A., or D.S. students; professional degree students are not eligible
  • Successful completion of qualifying exam by nomination deadline
  • Kentucky residency (as determined by tuition/fee status)
  • Graduate grade point average of 3.2 or above

The student must e-mail a single PDF containing the application form (link below) and all of the items listed below, in the order listed to grad.fellowships@email.uky.edu. Please note your name and "Women's Club Fellowship" in the subject line of the email.:

University of Kentucky Woman’s Club Fellowship Application Form


Cralle Foundation/Joan Cralle Day Fellowship

For First Year Graduate Students
Nomination Deadline: March 6, 2018
Amount: $15,000, plus a tuition scholarship and student health plan enrollment (students in Professional programs will not receive tuition or health plan enrollment)

Endowed by a gift from the Cralle Foundation, named to honor Joan Cralle Day, the Cralle Foundation/Joan Cralle Day Fellowship is available for graduate or professional study at the University of Kentucky for an entering student who is a graduate of one of the 20 four-year independent colleges and universities in the Commonwealth affiliated with the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities. The eligible independent institutions are: Alice Lloyd College, Asbury College, Bellarmine University, Berea College, Brescia University, Campbellsville University, Centre College, Georgetown College, Kentucky Christian University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lindsey Wilson College, Mid-Continent University, Midway College, Pikeville College, Spalding University, St. Catharine College, Thomas More College, Transylvania University, Union College, and University of the Cumberlands.  Preference will be given to candidates graduating from Bellarmine College, Georgetown College, Lindsey Wilson College, or University of the Cumberlands.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Senior at a baccalaureate-granting institution.
  • Enrolling for their first term of study in the program in a 2018 summer session or the 2018 fall semester
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or above

Nomination packets should be submitted by the DGS to grad.fellowships@email.uky.edu.

Note to baccalaureate institutions:  Each baccalaureate institution may nominate no more than one graduate student and one professional student each year. Please coordinate with the program DGS to submit nominations.

Click here for application form and instructions


James Still Fellowship for Graduate Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences

For First Year Graduate Students
Nomination Deadline: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Amount: $15,000, plus a tuition scholarship and student health plan enrollment

Endowed by a gift from the Bingham Fund and named to honor author James Still, the James Still Fellowship is available for graduate study in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Kentucky for an entering graduate student who graduated from a high school in the Appalachian region. Eligible programs include:Accounting, Agricultural Economics, Anthropology, Art Education, Art History, Art Studio, Business Administration, Communication, Diplomacy, Economics, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational & Counseling Psychology, Special Education, English, Educational Policy Studies, Exercise Science, Family Studies, French, Gender & Women’s Studies, Geography, German, Health Administration, Hispanic Studies, Interior Design, Historic Preservation, History, Hospitality Management & Tourism, Library Science, Merchandising Apparel & Textiles, Modern & Classical Languages, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, and Sociology. Non-traditional students and those with financial need (as demonstrated in the student statement) are encouraged to apply.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Graduate from a high school in the Appalachian region (for a list of qualifying counties, please refer to the Appalachian Regional Commission website at http://www.arc.gov/counties
  • Must be enrolling for their first term of study in the program in the 2018 summer session or the 2018 fall semester
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • Graduate grade point average of 3.2 or above on any previous graduate work

The DGS must email a single pdf containing the items listed in the nomination form (link below), and in the order listed, to grad.fellowships@email.uky.edu:

Please note the student’s name and the name of the fellowship in the subject line of your email.

Click here for application form and instructions


Lexington Herald-Leader Fellowship

Nomination Deadline: October 10, 2017
Amount: $6000 stipend, plus spring 2018 tuition scholarship

Endowed by a gift from the Lexington Herald-Leader, this spring 2018 fellowship will support one currently enrolled or newly admitted student pursuing a graduate degree outside of the field of journalism (see eligible programs below). The aim of the fellowship is to retain excellent Kentucky students from minority and poverty backgrounds in the local community. The fellowship provides a $6,000 stipend, a spring 2018 tuition scholarship, and student health plan enrollment.
Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Candidates for the Herald-Leader fellowship must be nominated by the program's director of graduate studies.
  • Candidates may be enrolling for their first term of study in the program in the 2017 Fall Semester, or may be currently enrolled graduate students.
  • Candidates must have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • Candidates must have a graduate grade point average of 3.5 or above on any previous graduate work.
  • New students applying to enter a program whose most recent degree is from a college or university outside the U.S. are ineligible.
  • Students applying to either master's or doctoral programs in the following programs are eligible: Accounting, Business Administration, Communication, Computer Science, Diplomacy, Economics, Electrical Engineering, English, History, Library Science, Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology, and Spanish.

The DGS must email a single pdf containing the items listed in the nomination form (link below), and in the order listed, to grad.fellowships@email.uky.edu. Please note the student’s name and the name of the fellowship in the subject line of your email.

Nomination Form and Instructions


Lexmark Fellowship

Nomination Deadline: October 3, 2017
Amount: $7500 stipend, plus spring 2018 tuition scholarship, and student health plan enrollment

Endowed by the Lexmark Corporation, the Lexmark Graduate Fellowship is a $7,500 award designed to assist students who are pursuing graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science. Preference shall be given to minorities and females so long as they remain disproportionately represented in the above disciplines. The fellowship carries a tuition scholarship for Spring 2018 and student health plan enrollment.
Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Candidates must be nominated by the program's director of graduate studies.
  • Candidates may be enrolling for their first term of study or may be currently enrolled graduate students.
  • Candidates must be pursuing a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science.
  • Candidates must have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • Candidates must have a graduate grade point average of 3.5 or above on any previous graduate work.
  • Awards will be made based on academic achievement.
  • Preference shall be given to minorities and females so long as they remain under-represented in the above disciplines.
  • New students applying to a program whose most recent degree is from a college or university outside of the U.S. are ineligible.
  • All nominees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

The DGS must email a single pdf containing the items listed in the nomination form (link below), and in the order listed, to grad.fellowships@email.uky.edu. Please note the student’s name and the name of the fellowship in the subject line of your email.

Lexmark Fellowship Application Form


UK McNair Fellowship

For First Year Graduate Students
Nomination Deadline: March 6, 2018
Amount: $15,000, plus a tuition scholarship and student health plan enrollment

The McNair Program was named in honor of Ronald E. McNair, the African-American astronaut who died in the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. First-year UK graduate students from undergraduate universities and colleges who are participants in the McNair program are eligible to be nominated for this competitive fellowship.

Participating McNair Programs

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate university or college participation in the McNair Scholarship Program
  • Applying to Graduate School—professional programs not eligible
  • Enrolling for their first term of study in the program in a 2018 summer session or the 2018 fall semester
  • No previous graduate or professional degrees from UK
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or above

Nomination packet documents are to be submitted by the DGS either with the original nomination form or as an email attachment sent to grad.fellowships@email.uky.edu:

Click here for application form and instructions.


Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati UK Alumni Club Fellowship

For First Year or Continuing Graduate Students
Nomination Deadline: March 6, 2018 
Amount: $5,000, plus a tuition scholarship for one term 
Endowed by a gift from the Northern Kentucky Greater Cincinnati UK Alumni Club, this fellowship will be given to support a full-time, degree seeking graduate student who is a resident of Northern Kentucky (defined as residents of Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, and Kenton Counties) and considered an in-state resident by the University of Kentucky standards. The student may choose to receive the fellowship in the fall term or the spring term.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • Graduate grade point average of 3.2 or above on any previous graduate work
  • Northern Kentucky residency as defined above (county residency will be determined by the high school from which the student is a graduate)

Nomination Packet Documents are to be submitted by the DGS either with the original nomination form or as an email attachment sent to grad.fellowships@email.uky.edu:

Click here for application form and instructions.


Presidential Graduate Fellowship

For Currently Enrolled Graduate Students
Nomination Deadline: January 23, 2018
Amount: $20,000, plus a tuition scholarship and student health plan enrollment

The Presidential Fellowship is available for a continuing student who demonstrates outstanding academic merit and research capabilities in their field of study.  Students enrolling for their first term of study in the fall semester are not eligible for this fellowship.  Students who are currently supported or have been previously supported by the Dissertation Year Fellowship are also not eligible for this fellowship.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled in a UK graduate program
  • Graduate grade point average of 3.7 or above on any previous graduate work

Nomination packet documents are to be submitted either with the original nomination form or as an email attachment sent to grad.fellowships@email.uky.edu:

Note to Directors of Graduate Studies:  Programs may submit two nominations for the Presidential Fellowship.

Click here for application form and instructions.


Max Steckler Fellowship

For First Year or Continuing Graduate Students, Doctoral Only
Deadline: Details announced via DGS email in Fall 2017
Amount: $3,000 or amount determined by the program.

Thanks to a generous bequest from the estate of Max Steckler, the seven graduate programs below have funding available for awards in the amount of $3,000.00 or as determined by the program for doctoral students selected by the department.  The programs are: Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry, Business Administration, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, and Physics.  Steckler awards are for one year only. Steckler Awards will be disbursed to the recipient’s student account as one lump sum payment in August.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Must be in a PhD program, and in good standing

Max Steckler Fellowship Online Nomination Form


Lyman T. Johnson Diversity Awards

For First Year or Continuing Graduate Students
Renewal Deadline: February 1, 2018
New Deadline: March 1, 2018
The University of Kentucky believes that recruiting and retaining students from all racial and ethnic groups, including Hispanic or Latino, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders, is central to our success as an institution.

Towards that goal, Lyman T. Johnson (LTJ) Diversity Fellowship is available as a matching award for those applicants holding the equivalent of a half-time teaching or research assistantship in one of UK’s graduate programs. For LTJ awardees, the Graduate School will provide a match for stipends of up to $7,500 per year against department contributions ($15,000 total stipend with the departmental match), plus tuition and health insurance. The LTJ award does not provide funding for May through August. The maximum potential funding periods for master's and doctoral students are two and three years, respectively, based on availability of funds. Students must be nominated by the DGS of their graduate programs. Awards are competitive and made on the basis of GPA, GRE or GMAT scores, letters of recommendation and continuation of the University's compelling interest in the educational benefits of diversity.

Criteria for Eligibility:

New students must be admitted to the Graduate School and continuing students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2. Consideration will be based on holistic, individualized assessment of each applicant in such areas as:

  • contributing to the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in diversity
  • representing first generation college students
  • leadership experience, extracurricular activities, awards and recognition, and/or community service.

Directors of Graduate Studies should log in to the Graduate School Database under the ‘For DGSs’ webpage to complete fellowship nominations, or follow the link below:

DGS logon page for Graduate School Database


Southern Regional Education Board Awards

*only students with U.S. citizenship or permanent residency need apply*

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Minority Doctoral Scholars Program

Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, new Southern Regional Education Board fellowships carry a combined stipend of $20,000 per year plus tuition at the standard graduate school rate, health insurance, and a stipend for research expenses. The awards are typically given for three to four years. Students should apply directly to SREB. Information is available in 203 Gillis Building or at www.sreb.org. All applications must be received at SREB headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia by the deadline date listed on the SREB website.

For further assistance please contact:

The Graduate School Funding Office
203 Gillis Building
grad.fellowships@email.uky.edu