Royster Society of Fellows Recruitment Fellowship

For first-year graduate students

The Royster Society of Fellows Recruitment Fellowship is the University's most selective and prestigious interdisciplinary fellowship program.


You are eligible if you are applying to a doctoral program.

Selection Criteria

We select students with the highest academic potential and the most impressive record of achievement in undergraduate education and work and life experiences. Royster Fellows exhibit an exciting diversity of geographical, academic, and professional experience and come from across the nation and around the world.

Award Amount

The fellowship provides a stipend, tuition, health insurance, and funds for professional travel for five years.

Stipend $24,000
  • Full tuition (academic rate only; does not include school-based tuition)
Fees Included
Health insurance Included
Length of support Five years
TA/RA position Years 2-4

Depending on funding, this award may change from year to year.

As a Royster fellow, you may serve as Teaching or Research Assistant (TA/RA) during your second, third, and fourth years. You do not serve as a TA/RA during your first and fifth years.


You cannot apply directly. Your program may nominate a limited number of applicants. The Fellowship Committee and the Royster Society of Fellows faculty then select fellows from among nominees from across campus.

Please let your department know if you are interested in being nominated.


If you are offered this award, you must give written acceptance to The Graduate School by April 15th.

Contact Us

If you have questions, contact your program or email

To learn more about the Royster Society of Fellows, please contact