Membership

Royster Society of Fellows Membership is selective, rewarding, and continues beyond graduation

  • Benefits include so much more than generous funding. Interdisciplinary learning, networking, professional development and social opportunities are key benefits of membership.
  • The Nomination Process is highly selective.
  • Lifetime involvement. The benefits of membership extend far beyond graduation. Alumni are invited to continue in networking, professional development and other engagement.

Five-Year Fellowships

The Royster Society of Fellows recruits talented prospective students from throughout the world for its Five-Year Fellowships. Prospective applicants cannot apply directly to the Royster Society. Each year, doctoral programs nominate a limited number of prospective students. An interdisciplinary committee of faculty from across campus reviews the competitive nominations.

The committee selects individuals for membership based on:

  • potential for academic achievement
  • contributions to diversity
  • interdisciplinarity
  • program fit

The five-year fellowship includes the following for five academic years:

  • stipend
  • tuition
  • fees
  • health insurance
  • travel funding

Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Doctoral students entering their final year of study are eligible to apply for a Royster Society of Fellows Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

Students begin the process by submitting an online application. The student's academic program reviews the application and can submit a nomination to The Graduate School. An interdisciplinary committee of faculty from across campus reviews the nominations. The committee selects individuals for membership based on:

  • superior achievement in graduate study
  • significance of dissertation research
  • potential as future leaders
  • interdisciplinarity¬†

The Dissertation Completion Fellowship includes the following for one academic year:

  • stipend
  • tuition
  • fees
  • health insurance
  • travel funding

Learn more about applying for a Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Hear from the Fellows: Benefits of Membership

Expectations

The expectation is that all Royster Fellows engage with the society. Fellows engage by sharing their talents, experiences, and perspectives with their colleagues. The generous funding and benefits support their academic goals and help ensure timely degree completion. Royster Fellows contribute to the University's mission of research, teaching, and service.

Hear from the Fellows: Unlimited Opportunities