Graduate Student Incentive Program

Closed to All Requests for Funding, including Renewals, Until Further Notice

Nomination by DGS only

Attention: The application process for both new and renewal GSIP awards has been revised and moved to the Graduate School Fellowship Portal.

Required documentation for both new and renewal GSIP awards include:

  • A completed DGS Nomination Form (linked near the bottom of this page)
  • The original award letter or renewal notice which stipulates the stipend amount and the effective dates of the external, nationally or internationally competitive fellowship.

A link to the Portal may be found here or near the bottom of this page. Chrome is the recommended browser.

The Graduate School is providing a lump-sum five percent supplemental stipend to students who have been awarded nationally competitive fellowships of $10,000 or more annually. Called the Graduate Student Incentive Program, the purpose of GSIP is to help attract students who win nationally competitive fellowships to UK for graduate study.

An example of a GSIP is a new National Science Foundation fellow with a $30,000 annual stipend. This fellow would be awarded an additional $1,500 from the Graduate School each year the fellow receives the national fellowship and is a UK degree-seeking graduate student. (Students on reserve years are not eligible to receive GSIP.)

Students from all areas of graduate study at the University of Kentucky are eligible to apply for a GSIP upon award of an eligible national fellowship. Eligible national fellowships include those from federal agencies (NSF, NIH, NASA, NEH, and similar graduate fellowship programs) and those from major non-profit foundations (Mellon, Woodrow Wilson, Ford, and similar foundations), that are awarded competitively to students from multiple disciplines. In order to be eligible, the national fellowship must be paid through the University of Kentucky Human Resources System. The Graduate School may approve other fellowship programs that meet similar criteria, if requested by a department.

Only students newly awarded an external fellowship are eligible to be nominated. While there is no specific deadline for the GSIP, the department must nominate the student within the first semester that they receive the award. Students are ineligible for retroactive awards and will forfeit their eligibility if they are not nominated within this timeframe.

In keeping with the purpose of the GSIP award to encourage students to draw new external funding of their own to UK, please note that only fellowships on which the student is the principal investigator will be eligible to be considered for a GSIP award (so fellowships given to the student through a Training Grant are not eligible for GSIP awards)

For more information, contact the Graduate School Funding Office, 203 Gillis Building, 859-257-3261, or by email at

The following is a partial list of nationally competitive fellowships eligible for the University of Kentucky's GSIP program.

  • American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowships

  • American Education Research Foundation Dissertation Grants Program

  • American Lung Association Lung Health Research Dissertation Grants

  • American School of Oriental Research Fellowships

  • Brookings Institute Research Fellowships

  • Ford Foundation Minority Fellowships (NRC Office of Science & Engineering Personnel

  • Getty Center for the History of Art and Humanities, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowships

  • Hudson Institute Fellowships

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Fellowships

  • Morris K. Udall Foundation Environmental Public Policy & Conflict Resolution Dissertation Fellowships

  • NASA Graduate Studies Research Programs

  • National Gallery of Art - multiple awards

  • NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

  • Smithsonian Institute Fellowships - multiple categories

  • Social Science Research Council Fellowships

  • Spencer Foundation Fellowship Program, Dissertation Fellowships

  • SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship

  • US Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program

  • US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research & Development Science to Achieve Results Program: Graduate Fellowship Program

  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

GSIP DGS Nomination Form

Graduate School Fellowship Portal

Questions should be e-mailed to: