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Fellowships

Graduate Fellowships

Fellowships are an essential source of funding designed to help graduate students meet their educational and research expenses. The Graduate School awards the Dissertation Fellowship, Huel D. Perkins Doctoral Diversity Fellowship, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Fellowship , and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Emerging Voices Fellowship. Other fellowships are awarded institutionally by academic college and department committees, while external agencies award others. Learn more about fellowships awarded by the Grad School and external fellowships below. 

In addition to the possibility of getting funded, the fellowship application process itself can be an important experience in your academic and professional development. It will help you learn to articulate "your case" in a convincing way, including presenting your credentials, goals for study and research, and letters of recommendation. Fellowship applications can also serve as a personal progress check for your graduate career, helping you identify areas that should be enhanced or developed.


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the Unites States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports individuals who have demonstrated the potential to be high achieving scientists and engineers early in their careers, who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in STEM fields at accredited, non-profit United States institutions of higher education. 

Fellows share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected.

  • Fellowships provide the student with a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution).
  •  Access to opportunities for professional development available to NSF-supported graduate students.

  • Funding is competitive and is limited to disciplines that are supported by the NSF, including in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and in STEM education.
  •  Only U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents are eligible to apply. See the NSF website for details.

  • Proposals are usually due to the National Science Foundation in mid-October; however, the Graduate School urges interested students to visit the NSF website for up-to-date information about submission deadlines.
  • The Graduate School also encourages interested students to visit the LSU Discover website  for up-to-date information about eligibility, deadlines, and LSU support.

  • A research proposal must be submitted directly to the National Science Foundation (via Research.gov)

  • The Graduate School encourages interested students to visit the LSU Discover website for information about eligibility and a listing of LSU-sponsored workshops to help you write a competitive proposal.


SEC Emerging Scholars Program

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) Provosts have established an emerging scholars program designed to promote professional development and networking opportunities for graduate students and post docs at SEC institutions interested in higher education academic careers. A central aspect of the program is to achieve the diversity goals that each SEC member institution has set for itself. Visit the SEC Emerging Scholars Program website for more details.

Nomination Deadline: August 15

Post-Doctoral Fellow or Candidate for Terminal Degree

This year up to 10 scholars from each SEC institution will be selected, with no more than three post docs and the remaining participants currently in terminal graduate programs. We are asking you to nominate top scholars from your program or unit who:

  • are beyond the first year of graduate work,
  • have demonstrated exceptional research and/or teaching skill, 
  • and shown an interest in seeking a career in higher education, or who you believe would make an exemplary faculty candidate. 

  1. A nomination letter (one-page maximum) indicating what makes this candidate particularly promising for a tenure track position at an SEC university and how they would benefit from the SEC Emerging Scholars program. Please address as applicable their post-graduate status or standing in a graduate program,including milestones(s) (Master's thesis, General Defense, Dissertation Defense) passed and milestone remaining.
  2. A candidate statement (one-page maximum) describing their academic goals and what they seek to gain from this experience. This statement must include one section on professional aspirations and one section on their contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  3. A current curriculum vitae (CV) for the nominated candidate.  


Dissertation Fellowship

All nominations must be submitted by the department using our online system. Nominating department’s internal deadline for nominations will be earlier. It is to the applicant’s advantage to submit materials for this fellowship as early as possible. Departments must evaluate and select the top nominations for submission to the Graduate School.

  • The Dissertation Year Fellowship is a competitive Fellowship that is awarded to high-achieving PhD/Doctoral candidates who are in their final academic year of study.
  • The goal of the Fellowship program is to award high-achieving PhD/Doctoral candidate with an academic year Fellowship that allows the student to focus completely on writing and defending a dissertation or doctoral project that is of the highest quality.
  • Therefore, the Dissertation Year Fellowships provide a stipend, tuition exemption, and non-resident fee waiver, if applicable, to students to complete their dissertations. We are currently calling for applications for awards that will support research during Fall 2022 and Spring 2023.

  • The deadline for nominations from the department is generally in early Spring.
  • Interested students should contact their departments in the Fall to find out more information about the submission process.
  • Departments can access the most updated deadlines our InfoReady Award Portal.  

  •  Students receiving this fellowship must meet the standards established by the Graduate School. These include a Cumulative LSU Graduate GPA 3.5 or greater.
  • At the time of application, student must have already passed a Graduate School milestone exam (general defense, comprehensive exam, or specialty exam) and, if applicable, completion of an approved prospectus in your Department.
  • The required milestone exam form must be submitted to the Graduate School prior to the student starting the Fellowship.

  •  Stipend = $25,000. The award is valid for the contract period or until student graduates, whichever is shorter.
  • The recipient must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student in a degree program, and must make satisfactory progress to continue in the award.
  • Students must maintain full-time (9 hours in Fall and Spring) enrollment in dissertation credits or a combination of dissertation hours and other coursework associated with the Practicum/Internship and /or their chosen Minor to receive the award.
  • Recipients are exempt from resident tuition and non-resident fee (if applicable) depending on appointment dates. Students must be full time enrolled and on the fellowship on or before the last day to add courses to receive these exemptions.
  • Students are responsible for paying other applicable fees.
  • The student may not hold any other graduate fellowship or award. Other campus employment is prohibited.
  • Teaching is not allowed while on this fellowship.
  • Must devote full time to the completion of their degree..
  • Any exception to these requirements must be approved by the Office of the Dean of the LSU Graduate School or higher campus authority.

Students who wish to apply for the Dissertation Fellowship should submit the following to the nominating department:

  • A statement written by the student briefly outlining the significance of their study, their role in the development of the topic, and their timeline for completion of the dissertation within one year if funded.
    • Indicate whether the dissertation proposal has been submitted, and if the writing has begun, include a current word count. Limit to two pages, 10 pt. font.
  • A list of honors, awards, publications, and presentations during their graduate student career. Publications and presentations should name all co-authors in order of contribution level. Limit to one page, 10 pt. font.

  • Student’s statement
  • List of publications, presentations, honors, and awards
  • Three letters of recommendation.
    • One-page letters of support from the major professor and two other dissertation committee members outlining the candidate’s qualities, and the contribution the dissertation makes to the area of study.
    • The major professor should also assess the likelihood of completion of the dissertation within the fellowship year.


Huel D. Perkins Doctoral Diversity Fellowship

Huel D. Perkins Diversity Fellowships are intended to support LSU’s goal of increasing the number of students from historically under-represented groups who earn PhD/Doctoral degrees. The historically under-represented groups are African Americans (Black), Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, US. Pacific Islanders, and first-generation college students from low income families. The Fellowship provides four years of funding at $25,000 per year and carries a tuition and non-resident fee waiver.

  • Stipend: $25,000 (12 month)
  • The Fellowships can be continued for up to four consecutive years if funding is available.
    • Departments should plan to continue Fellowships from other funding sources for students who take longer than four years to complete their terminal degree.
  • Students are exempt from tuition and non-resident fees (if applicable).
    • Students are responsible for paying all other fees.
  • Students cannot hold other graduate fellowships, assistantships, or awards while on this fellowship. However, Perkins Fellowships can be supplemented by the department.
  • Fellows are appointed on a fiscal-year basis and must enroll as a full-time student for Summer as well as for Fall and Spring semesters.

  • The deadline for nominations from the department to be received by the Graduate School is generally in early Spring.
  • Departments can access the most updated deadlines our InfoReady Award Portal.
  • All nomination materials must be submitted via our InfoReady Award Portal.

Students must meet the standards established by the Graduate School

  • US Citizenship
  • Must have an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. [This GPA is calculated based on the GPA earned at ALL undergraduate institutions that the nominee has attended.]
  • A member of a historically underrepresented group. These groups are African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, US Pacific Islander, and first-generation college student from low-income families.
  • Strong letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable of the nominee’s academic achievements.

Students must be an entering doctoral student at the time of the award.

  • Note: LSU Masters students who are transitioning to PhD/Doctoral programs in the same academic Department are NOT eligible.

Students must:

  • Must remain in good standing in the Graduate School and at LSU.
  • Must maintain a semester AND an overall LSU graduate GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Cannot hold other appointments or be otherwise employed while holding a Perkins Fellowship.
  • Must maintain full-time status in the Fall (9 hours), Spring (9 hours), and Summer (6 hours).
  • Must enroll in at least 6 hours of graduate work in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.
  • Must make satisfactory progress toward doctoral degree.
    • including meeting GPA requirements listed above; 
    • meeting Departmental and Graduate School deadlines for submission of degree documents (for example, exam requests, proposals, programs of study); and
    • completing the General Defense (formerly known as the General Exam) by the end of the sixth regular semester of enrollment.
  • Must submit an annual progress report to gradawards@lsu.edu prior to the last day of classes in the Spring semester.

If for any reason a Fellow does not fulfill the above requirements, the fellowship will be terminated and the student may owe the University a portion of the tuition and fees for that current semester. The repayment of any charges will be based on the refund schedule as published in the registration booklet each semester.

The nomination package has three components:

  • The student’s statement of interest (available as part of the applicant’s graduate application in Slate)
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member from the applicant’s undergraduate institution who has first-hand knowledge of the student’s potential that should be pulled from the student’s graduate application (available as part of the applicant’s graduate application in Slate)
  • Nomination letter from the Chair of Department to which the student is applying explaining the student’s academic and non-academic strengths and how this student will contribute to the diversity of the program, in particular, Department Chairs should include demographic data about the diversity of their current PhD/Doctoral program (Note: not all graduate programs in the Department; limit demographic data to the Department’s PhD/Doctoral program).

Departments must submit candidates for consideration. Departments with up to 50 Ph.D. students can submit two (2) nominations; those with 51-100 Ph.D. students can submit three (3) nominations, and those with more than 100 Ph.D. students can submit four (4) nominations.

A multi-discipline review committee will review nominations and select Fellowship recipients based on the following considerations:

  • Academic and non-academic strengths and achievements
  • The extent to which to applicant contributes to the diversity of the graduate program
  • The nominee’s personal statement of their expectations for graduate study and future career goals.

Email questions to gradawards@lsu.edu


Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Fellowship 

SREB Fellowships are intended to support the LSU and national goal of increasing the number of PhD candidates from historically under-represented groups who seek careers as faculty on college campuses. These under-represented groups include but are not limited to:

  • African American/Black
  • Hispanic American
  • Native American
  • Alaskan Native
  • Native Hawaiian
  • Other US. Pacific Islanders

Note: First-generation students are NOT eligible for the SREB Fellowship.

  • Stipend: up to $25,000 (12 month) 
    • with $10K from Board of Regents, $10K from Graduate School and $5400 from Department in the form of a 25% GA appointment.
  • The SREB award is for three years, if funding is available.
  • The award is valid for the contract period or until the student graduates, whichever is shorter.
  • Students are exempt from tuition and non-resident fees (if applicable).
    • Students are responsible for paying all other applicable fees.
  • Students should hold a departmentally supported 25% FTE graduate assistantship while on this fellowship

  • The deadline for nominations from the department is generally in early Spring.
  • Interested students should contact their departments in the Fall to find out more information about the submission process.
  • Departments can access the most updated deadlines our InfoReady Award Portal.  

Fellows are appointed on a fiscal-year basis and must enroll as a full-time student for Summer as well as for Fall and Spring semesters. While a tuition exemption is provided for both resident tuition and non-resident fees, students are responsible for paying any other applicable University fees. SREB Fellowships can be supplemented by the department. The Fellowships can be continued for up to three consecutive years if funding is available; departments should plan to continue Fellowships from other funding sources for students who take longer than three years to complete their terminal degree.

Stipends: 

  • Each student (up to four (4) fellowships awarded) will receive a stipend of $10,000 per year from the Louisiana Board of Regents. This stipend amount is comparable to other fellowship stipends offered at LSU and by our peer institutions and is necessary to remain competitive with other universities.

Additional Support Cost:

  • The LSU Graduate School will provide a $15,400 per year enhancement to each of the four fellowships as institutional match ($10,000 will come from the Graduate School and $5,400 will come from the Departments in the form of a 25% FTE GA position). This raises the actual stipend level to $25,400 per year. This stipend level ($25,400) matches the general range of stipends provided by our peer institutions in the US.

Other Educational Cost:

  • Tuition exemptions will be provided as institutional match at the rate of $10,930 per year per student

Other Support - SREB Membership: 

  •  Each student receives the benefit of membership at $5,000 each in the Southern Regional Educational Board Doctoral Scholars Program. As members of this group, each student receives a web page in the Doctoral Scholars Program website, counseling and mentoring from members of the SREB, travel support and assistance with other areas of life as a doctoral student.
  • Students also attend the annual meeting of The Compact for Faculty Diversity as part of the Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring. This interaction with other scholars from across the nation, faculty sponsors, and recruiters provides significant support for the completion of the doctorate and subsequent employment.

Other Support - Faculty Mentor Attendance at Institute:

  • Student support is supplemented in year one in the amount of $2,500 to enable the primary faculty mentor for each SREB scholar to attend the Institute at least once during the student’s tenure. While funds for this purpose must be budgeted in the first year of the award, they may be carried over if the faculty mentor prefers to attend in the second or third year. To serve as primary mentor, the faculty member must attend the Institute during the student’s BoRSF funding period.

 

Candidates must be a:

  • Newly entering doctoral student or doctoral student entering their second semester.
  • US. Citizen or US. National
  • Member of a historically under-represented group in graduate schools
    • African American/Black
    • Hispanic American
    • Native American
    • Alaskan Native
    • Native Hawaiian
    • Other US. Pacific Islanders

Note: First-generation students are NOT eligible for the SREB Fellowship.

  • Must remain in good standing in the Graduate School.
  • Must maintain a 3.0 overall and semester GPA.
  • Students are appointed on a fiscal-year basis and must enroll for summer as well as fall and spring semesters.
  • Must maintain full-time status in the Fall (9 hours), Spring (9 hours), and Summer (6 hours) terms.
    • While a tuition exemption is provided for both resident tuition and non-resident fees, students are responsible for paying applicable University fees.
  • Must make satisfactory progress toward a doctoral degree.
    • The term “satisfactory progress” includes maintaining semester and cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.0 and meeting the appropriate deadlines for submission of degree documents such as programs of study, exam requests, etc.
  • Must provide one semester of teaching services as determined by his/her graduate advisor/department.
  • Must have one semester of a significant community engagement component as determined by the LSU Graduate School Dean/mentor.
  • Must schedule a meeting with the Dean of the Graduate School and/or his/her designee at least annually to discuss progress.
  • Must email an annual progress report (narrative) to gradawards@lsu.edu. This report is due by the last day of class (as determined by the University Calendar) spring semester. Further details of this report will be included in the letter of agreement.
  • Must notify the Dean of the Graduate School of any changes that may affect eligibility.

If for any reason a Fellowship recipient does not fulfill the above requirements, his/her fellowship will be terminated and the student may owe the university a portion of the tuition charges for the current semester. The repayment of any charges will be based on the refund schedule as published in the registration booklet each semester.

  • Student’s statement
  • List of publications, presentations, honors, and awards
  • Three letters of recommendation.
    • One-page letters of support from the major professor and two other dissertation committee members outlining the candidate’s qualities, and the contribution the dissertation makes to the area of study.
    • The major professor should also assess the likelihood of completion of the dissertation within the fellowship year.

Departments must submit candidates for consideration.

A selection committee appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School will review nominations from departments and select recipients based upon the following considerations:

  • Academic and non-academic strengths and achievements.
  • The extent to which the student contributes to the diversity of the graduate program and the field of study.
  • Applicant’s personal statement of their expectations of graduate study.

  • Letter of Recommendation from his/her graduate advisor and/or other faculty member at his/her current program who has first-hand knowledge of the student's potential.
  • Student's Statement of Interest from the graduate application.
  • Nomination Letter from Department Head explaining the student's strengths and how this student will contribute to the diversity of the program.


The American Council of Learned Societies Emerging Voices Fellowship

The American Council of Learned Societies invites nominations of new and recent PhDs to the Emerging Voices Fellowships, a program created in 2020 to support early career scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. At a time of economic downturn and uncertainty in academe, this program seeks to identify and assist a vanguard of scholars whose voices, perspectives, and broad visions will strengthen institutions of higher education and humanistic disciplines in the years to come.

Emerging Voices Fellowships will allow new and recent PhDs in the humanities and related social sciences to take one-year positions at participating ACLS Research University Consortium institutions beginning in August/September 2021. The ACLS program will provide a $60,000 stipend plus benefits as well as $5,000 in research/professional development funding, childcare, or elder care costs, and access to ACLS professional development resources. Up to 45 fellowships will be available for a fall semester 2021 start date. Given the limited number of fellowships available, ACLS intends to support qualified candidates who lack full-time academic positions for the 2021-22 academic year.

ACLS invites all institutions in the US that grant the PhD in disciplines in the humanities and related social sciences to nominate up to four candidates each.*

Candidates will not be permitted to hold Emerging Voices Fellowships at their PhD-granting institution. Given the continued uncertainty of travel and campus plans, we anticipate that work will be remote for academic year 2021-22.

Nominators should take into account that this program seeks to sustain emerging scholars who are “both-and”: who are both outstanding scholars and effective communicators to diverse audiences inside and/or outside the classroom. We will ask nominated candidates to describe their potential contribution to programmatic needs in their disciplinary or interdisciplinary field or area, specifically how they use the classroom as a vehicle to attract students to humanistic study and research, and how they approach inclusive online teaching. Nominators should know that priority in the review process will be given to nominated applicants who:

  • Show promise of making the humanities meaningful to non-specialist audiences.
  • Come from diverse backgrounds including historically and systemically disadvantaged groups such as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian or Alaskan Native communities, and people with disabilities
  • Have experience or show promise of leadership in institutional contexts or within their disciplines or interdisciplinary area of study.

* For the purpose of this competition, the humanities and related social sciences include but are not limited to American studies; anthropology; archaeology; art and architectural history; classics; economics; ethnic studies; film; gender studies; geography; history; languages and literature; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology (excluding clinical or counseling psychology); religious studies; rhetoric, communication, and media studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies. PhDs in social science fields are eligible only if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches (e.g., economic history, law and literature, political philosophy, history of psychology).

Applicants must: 

  • Have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences completed between January 1, 2018 and August 15, 2021 (including defense and filing) and conferred by October 1, 2021.
  • Have authorization to work in the US for the duration of the position; neither ACLS nor the host university is able to sponsor visas in this short time frame.
  • Be nominated for this fellowship by the university where they received the PhD.

  • The deadline for nominations from the department is generally in early Spring.
  • Interested students should contact their departments in the Fall to find out more information about the submission process.
  • Departments can access the most updated deadlines our InfoReady Award Portal.  

Institutions may submit nominations of up to four candidates. Departments may submit an unlimited number of nominations by April 2, 2021. A review panel of LSU graduate faculty will select up to four nominations to submit to ACLS. If your university has candidates from eligible disciplines in two or more colleges/schools (ex. a College of Arts & Humanities and a College of Social & Behavioral Sciences) deans from both colleges need to coordinate to develop and submit one list of four candidates to be submitted for the entire institution.

Materials needed are the nominee's CV, a brief 1-2 paragraph statement from the nominee describing how the nominee fits the goals of the ACLS program, letter of reference from the Chair, Graduate Advisor, or Major Advisor of the nominee, and date (including DAY) that Ph.D. was conferred.


External Fellowships

The list below represents a large collection of national and global fellowships where students may apply directly to the granting organization or agency. With so many fellowship programs available, each with different criteria and goals, it's a good idea to define your funding objectives, your goals, and the larger purpose of your work. 

ORED has several databases where students can learn about funding opportunities, including the SPIN Grants database.

The AMA Residency & Fellowship Database offers information on more than 10,000 fellowship opportunities, which are all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grants Database typically focuses on grants, but this database does offer information on some fellowships. 

The Profellow Fellowships Database offers information on more than 1,000 fellowships.

The Public Service Job Directory allows users to search for research and academic fellowships, organizational fellowships and project-based fellowships, all having to do with public service legal opportunities.

The GEM Fellowship is to promote the benefits of a masters degree within industry. GEM Fellows are provided practical engineering summer work experiences through an employer sponsor and a portable academic year fellowship of tuition, fees, and a stipend.