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Fellowships & Awards

The University of Maryland Graduate School fellowships are merit-based awards for current University of Maryland graduate students that enable the recipient to focus on graduate study, that do not have to be repaid, and that generally include both a stipend and tuition remission. Graduate School Fellowships differ from Graduate Assistantships, which carry an obligation to teach classes, to work on a research project, or to perform administrative tasks.

Please return to this page regularly. It will be updated as opportunities are announced.

 

Graduate School Fellowships 2015-16


If you are interested in applying for any Graduate School fellowships, please read the information below. The Graduate School's fellowships webpage has additional details.

Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships

The Wylie Fellowship is a $10,000 one-semester fellowship to support outstanding doctoral students who are in the final stages of writing their dissertations. Detailed information about the fellowship, including nomination packet requirements, is available on the Wylie Dissertation Fellowship guidelines. Our department may nominate only two students.

To be considered for this fellowship, please submit your nomination package (abstract, statement, CV, and advisor's letter; preferably as a single PDF) to Heather Stewart by Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship

The Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellowship is a one-year $25,000 award intended to support outstanding doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy. Detailed information about the fellowship, including nomination packet requirements, is available on the Dean's Dissertation Fellowship guidelines. Our department may nominate only one student. (You may be nominated for both the Wylie and Dean's Dissertation Fellowship.)

To be considered for this fellowship, please submit your nomination package (abstract, two statements, CV, and advisor's letter; preferably as a single PDF) to Heather Stewart by Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowships

The Summer Research Fellowship provides support to outstanding doctoral students at "mid-career," that is, in the period approximately before, during, or after achievement of candidacy, and is intended to enable students to prepare for or complete a key benchmark in their program's requirements. Detailed information about the fellowship, including nomination packet requirements, is available on the Summer Research Fellowships guidelines. Our department may nominate only two students. Please note that this is a cost-shared award between the Graduate School and the advisor.

To be considered for this fellowship, please submit your nomination package (advisor's letter, specific proposal, and CV; preferably as a single PDF) to Heather Stewart by Wednesday, March 3, 2015.

All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship

Graduate All-S.T.A.R. Fellowships are intended to support and honor graduate students who are both outstanding scholars and outstanding graduate assistants. Graduate All-S.T.A.R. Fellows will be featured on the Graduate School website. Detailed information about the fellowship may be found on the Graduate School's fellowship website.

To be considered for this fellowship, please prepare your nomination package (preferably as a single PDF):

  1. All STAR Nominee Information: Name, UID, photograph, and a brief bio to include the student's program and assistantship history
  2. A summary describing the student's outstanding scholarship and significant contribution as a graduate assistant (one page maximum)
  3. CV
  4. Nomination letter from the student's advisor

More information on the nomination process will be made available in the near future.  Please check back regularly for updates.

Endowed Fellowships

The Graduate School also has a number of endowed awards. Please see the Endowed Fellowships guidelines for more information. If you are interested in any of these awards, please contact Melanie Prange directly.

 

ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship 2014-15


The 2014-15 ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship is a departmental award recognizing outstanding students in the final stages of their dissertation work. The Fellowship seeks to provide both a financial award and recognition of the student's research excellence. Multiple winners may be selected.
 
Faculty members are encouraged to nominate their strongest doctoral candidate. The nomination packet requires the following:
  1. Curriculum vitae;
  2. UMD transcript (unofficial is acceptable);
  3. 1-2 page research statement (indicating the significance of research accomplishment, date of advancement to candidacy, and projected date of dissertation completion);
  4. One sample publication;
  5. One reference letter from the faculty research advisor;
  6. One reference letter from another faculty member.
A committee will be appointed to review nominations. As a part of the selection process, finalists will be asked to give presentations of their research to the committee.
 
As a requirement of the award, the fellow will give a seminar presenting his/her research to the department.

More information on the nomination process will be made available in the near future.  Please check back regularly for updates.