University Fellowships are awarded on the basis of nominations by the graduate departments and programs to students with regular, full-time status and high academic standing. Fellowships usually provide full tuition and a stipend. In addition, students on fellowship are eligible for coverage by the University's Health Insurance Plan at a reduced cost. Master's students who receive fellowships and those doctoral students who have not been admitted to candidacy and who receive fellowships must be enrolled for a minimum of nine credit hours of graduate level courses per semester. Occasionally a fellowship holder may need fewer than nine credits to complete his or her program. In such cases the department must petition the Office of Graduate and Professional Education for permission to assign a fellowship to that student.
Fellows are expected to give their full-time attention to graduate study and may not engage in any remunerative employment while holding the fellowship. Dean's permssion is required for any exception to this "no other employment policy" and final approval must be given by the Office of Graduate and Professional Education.
Fellowships are awarded for up to one year at a time and fellows must be in good standing which means maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (B average) each semester to continue to be eligible to hold the fellowship award. There are three categories of University fellowships: block/departmental fellowships, competitive fellowships and scholars awards.
Graduate Block Stipend Awards
The Office of Graduate and Professional Education distributes stipend awards to graduate departments and programs for their distribution to graduate students who are academically eligible for the award. The department or program selects the students in their program who are awarded the block stipends. Units may award the stipend awards as fellowships, or teaching, research, or graduate assistantships.
University Graduate Fellows
Departments and programs are invited to submit names and dossiers of their nominees to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education where a faculty review committee determines the selection of Graduate Fellows. Nominees for these awards must be currently enrolled in at least their second year of doctoral study at the University at the time of the nomination. Awards are competitive and are based on academic achievement since being admitted to the doctoral program as well as evidence of professional commitment and potential contribution in their field of study. Awards are granted for one year. Students may not be nominated for the award in subsequent years.
University Graduate Scholars
Departments and programs are invited to submit names and dossiers of their nominees to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education where a faculty review committee determines the selection of scholars. Nominations are open to both newly admitted students and graduate students currently enrolled who are U.S. citizens or permanent resident immigrants. Awards are competitive and are based on many criteria including evidence of academic merit and academic achievement; cultural status (Black Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, American Asians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders); physical disabilities; and/or need as determined by federal income guidelines (FAFSA). The University Graduate Scholars award may be administered either as a graduate fellowship or as a graduate assistantship. Awards are granted for one year. Students may be nominated for the award in subsequent years but may receive a maximum of two years of funding in this program.
University Dissertation Fellows Award
The University Dissertation Fellows award is established by the Office of the Provost to enable and support Ph.D. students to devote full attention to the completion of their doctoral dissertation. Students who are nominated must be in candidacy at the time of nomination and be on track to complete the dissertaion in the next acdemic year. The Office of Graduate and Professional Education is responsible for the administration of this competitive award and is assisted by a faculty review committee in the selection of University Dissertation Fellows.
Professional Development Award
The Professional Development Award is established to help University of Delaware graduate students attend and participate in professional conferences pertaining to their field of study. Conference travel plays an essential role in the academic growth and development of graduate students by providing opportunities for presentation of student work in a professional setting, as well as opportunities for networking and exposure to the latest academic research.
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