Fellowships, Grants, & Scholarships

The Graduate School offers fellowships and grants to eligible graduate students, including recruitment awards for incoming students (such as the prestigious Royster Society of Fellows) and dissertation completion, off-campus research, summer research and other awards for current students.

Recruitment Fellowships and Grants

(based on department nomination only)

Royster Society of Fellows

  • Supports the most promising doctoral students
  • Provides outstanding opportunities for interdisciplinary and intellectual engagement, professional and leadership development, networking, and career mentoring
  • Includes a stipend, tuition, fees, and health insurance for five years

Learn more about the Royster Society of Fellows

North Carolina Minority Presence Fellowship

  • Supports diverse doctoral students (broadly defined)
  • Must be a North Carolina resident
  • Includes a non-service stipend, tuition, fees, and health insurance during a student's first year

Learn more about the North Carolina Minority Presence Fellowship

North Carolina Native American Incentive Grant

  • Supports Native American doctoral students
  • Must be a North Carolina resident
  • Includes a non-service stipend, tuition, fees, and health insurance during a student's first year

Learn more about the North Carolina Native American Incentive Grant

Weiss Urban Livability Fellowship

  • Supports talented master's and doctoral students who have an academic interest in urban livability
  • Provides interdisciplinary learning opportunities and practical experience
  • Includes a stipend, tuition, fees and health insurance during a student's first year

Learn more about the Weiss Urban Livability Fellowship

Student Assistance Grants and Scholarships

(students apply directly)

Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship

  • Helps to cover the cost of in-state tuition for master's and doctoral students who receive eligible external funding awards

Learn more about the Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship

Graduate Student Transportation Grant

  • Assists final-year doctoral students with some of the transportation costs necessary for travel to a regional, national, or international academic conference or professional society meeting to present their dissertation research

Learn more about the Graduate Student Transportation Grant

Graduate Student Opportunity Fund

  • Assists students with unusual and unexpected academic expenses

Learn more about the Graduate Student Opportunity Fund

Dissertation Fellowships

(students apply directly)

Dissertation Completion Fellowship

  • Supports doctoral students engaged in research and writing toward the completion of their dissertations.
  • Includes a non-service stipend, tuition, fees, and health insurance during a student's final year
  • Royster Society of Fellows Dissertation Completion Fellowships (available to students in all research disciplines/topics):
    • Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Jr. Fellowship
    • Thomas S and Helen Borda Royster and Snowden and Elspeth Merck Henry Fellowship
    • Lovick P. Corn Fellowship
    • Paul C. Hardin Fellowship
    • Ross and Charlotte Johnson Family Fellowship
  • Special purpose Dissertation Completion Fellowships:
    • Sequoyah Fellowship for American Indian doctoral students or any doctoral students conducting research on American Indian topics
    • Smithwick Fellowship for Underrepresented Students in the Sciences
    • Fellowship for Underrepresented Students in Humanities, Social Sciences or Professional Programs
    • Jessie Ball duPont Fellowship for Adolescent Studies

Learn more about the Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship

  • Supports doctoral students conducting dissertation research away from the Chapel Hill campus
  • Includes a non-service stipend, tuition, fees, and health insurance
  • General Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship, available for one semester
  • Special purpose fellowships, available for one academic year:
    • Georges Lurcy Fellowship for doctoral students studying in France
    • Werner Friederich Fellowship for doctoral students in the humanities (preferably studying in Switzerland)

Learn more about the Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowships

Summer Research Fellowship

  • Provides summer support to doctoral students so that they may focus exclusively on their dissertation research
  • Priority is given to students who normally do not have funding during the summer and have actively pursued external funding opportunities
  • Includes a non-service stipend only
  • UNC-Kings Exchange Summer Fellowship for students conducting dissertation research at Kings College

Learn more about the Summer Research Fellowship


Learn more about funding basics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including information on service and non-service stipends and taxes.

Contact Us
Graduate School Fellowships Office
gradfunding@unc.edu