Funding from The Graduate School

The Graduate School offers a number of funding opportunities to support our most talented students.

Fellowship Programs

Fellowships and Assistantships

The Graduate School offers competitive funding packages for incoming students:

The Graduate School also offers funding opportunities to assist with timely progress towards degree:

Pre-Selection for External Fellowships

The Graduate School conducts a pre-selection review for the following external fellowships:

Student Assistance Grants and Scholarships

Awards

Deadlines

2020-2021 Funding Deadlines
Funding Award Funding Term Deadline Notification date
Fall 2020 Semester Deadlines
Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship (Pre-Selection Application) 2021-2022 Wed., Sept. 30, 2020 November 2020
Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship (GTIS) Fall 2020 Wed., Sept. 30, 20201 Reviewed as Received
DAAD Grants For Study & Research In Germany (Pre-Selection Application) 2021-2022 Thu., Oct. 1, 2020 October 2020
Impact and Horizon Awards 2021 Fri., Oct. 9, 2020 1 November 2020
Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award 2021 Fri., Nov. 13, 20201 January 2021
Deadline to submit admissions application for fellowship consideration 2021-2022 Tue., Dec. 15, 2020 N/A
Spring 2021 Semester Deadlines
Summer Research Fellowship Summer 2021 Fri., Jan. 8, 20211 February 2021
Recruitment Awards2
(Royster Society of Fellows, Doctoral & Masters Merit Assistantship, NC Excellence Fellowship, Native American Incentive Fellowship, Weiss Urban Livability Program)
2021-2022 Wed., Jan. 20, 20212 ASAP
Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship (GTIS) Spring 2021 Fri., Jan. 29, 20211 Reviewed as Received
Boka W. Hadzija Award 3 2021 TBD April 2021
Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2021-2022 Fri., Mar. 5, 20211 April 2021
Special Purpose Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship (Lurcy, Friederich) 2021-2022 Fri., Mar. 5, 20211 April 2021
Fall 2021 Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowships Fall 2021 Fri., Mar. 5, 20211 April 2021
Deadline to accept Recruitment Awards (notify The Graduate School in writing) 2021-2022 Thu., Apr. 15, 2021 N/A
  1. Departmental nomination required. Earlier internal deadlines will apply. Check with your department for more information.
  2. Students cannot apply directly. You must be nominated in the admissions application process.
  3. Students cannot apply directly. You must be nominated by faculty, staff, or a student.

Fellowship Application FAQs

How do I access the application?

Online at The Graduate School Online Award Application

What is the application process if I need letters of recommendation?
  1. You submit your application through the online award application. Do this early enough for your department to review and nominate your application to The Graduate School by the deadline.
  2. Once you submit your application, your recommenders will receive an email asking them to submit a letter via the online system.
  3. At the same time, the fellowship and award approver for your department will receive an email notifying them that you submitted your application.
  4. Once your letters of recommendation have been submitted, your program may nominate you for the award. If your department selects your application, they must nominate it to The Graduate School by the deadline.
What is the application process if I do NOT need letters of recommendation?
  1. You submit your application through the online award application. Do this early enough for your department to review and nominate your application to The Graduate School by the deadline.
  2. The fellowship and award approver for your department will receive an email notifying them that you submitted your application.
  3. If your department selects your application, they must nominate it to The Graduate School by the deadline.
Do all letters of recommendation need to be received in order for my department to submit my application to The Graduate School?

Yes. Your application is not complete without all letters of recommendation (if applicable). The application system will not allow your department to submit an incomplete application to The Graduate School. Letters of recommendation cannot be sent to The Graduate School after the application deadline.

Can the letter of recommendation requests go out prior to submitting my application?

No. The application system can only send the requests out after you submit your application. The submission triggers the emails.

What does my application status mean?
Status Definition:
Unsubmitted Your application is in progress. Your program and recommenders have not been notified.
Submitted You have submitted your application. Your department will be notified via email. Emails will be sent to your recommenders.
Recommendation Requested Your letters of recommendation have not yet been received. Your application cannot be selected by your department yet.
Recommendation Received Your letters of recommendation have been submitted by your recommenders, and your application is available to be nominated by your program.
Nominated Your application has been submitted to The Graduate School.
Not Nominated Your application was not selected for nomination to The Graduate School.
Under Review Your application is being reviewed by The Graduate School staff and a faculty review committee if applicable.
Awarded Your application has been selected to receive an award by The Graduate School.
Not Awarded Your application was not selected to receive an award by The Graduate School.

Contact Us
Graduate School Fellowships Office
gradfunding@unc.edu