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The Alumni and Foundation Recruitment Fellowship program, originally established by Graduate Dean Emeritus Lee Williams, provides Alumni and OU Foundation Fellowships to academic units to assist with recruitment of superior doctoral students. Awards will be chosen by a committee of graduate faculty members from a range of disciplines. We encourage applications that support diversity goals by recruiting underrepresented students.

The Award

  • Up to $5k per year as a plus-up to a required .50 FTE GA appointment. However, in consultation with the Graduate College, plans to frontload the award will also be considered.
  • Up to six years of funding with preference given to efficient time-to-degree (see selection criteria).
  • Matching funds are not required, but proposals that leverage matching funds will be favorably considered.
  • Academic units may apply for one or two awards per year, not to exceed $60k (awarded until funds are depleted).
  • Funds can be used flexibly as appropriate for the program. For example, they can be allocated to go toward stipend, fees, internship/practicum support, research support, or some combination of the above. The spending rate can be variable (the funds don’t have to be expended uniformly across the award period). The expenditure plan for each Fellowship must be approved in advance by the Graduate College so that we can plan for cash flow.

 Selection Criteria

  • Excellence: the award supports a student who has demonstrable potential to positively impact the profile of the unit.
  • Fit between Fellowship plan and expected outcomes: the award prepares the student for their chosen career path (academic, private sector, government, etc.). In all cases, the Fellowship plan should be structured to optimize the professional/career preparation of the student and should be presented as a plan and timeline that reflects this goal. We would expect a Fellow heading for a faculty position to have a period as a TA in the plan, whereas a Fellow heading for government or industry may complete an internship/practicum in the plan.
  • Time-to-degree: while the duration of the Fellowship requested may be up to six years, departments that have in place or are working toward national discipline standards for time-to-degree will be given priority.
  • Maximizing impact of funds: each Fellowship slot will be allocated up to $30k. Proposals with additional matching funds or strategies to leverage these funds to support more than one Fellow per slot will be more competitive. Units are encouraged to consult with Associate Dean Sherri Irvin regarding the details of such an alternative allocation.
  • Competitiveness: the level of annual funding achieved should be nationally competitive. Programs that can already pay a nationally competitive stipend from other sources (e.g., grants) for part of the Fellowship period could use the Fellowship funds to raise the stipend support (e.g., to add to a GTA), or use it to support other activities such as an internship. Innovation is encouraged.

Note: the Fellowships are to be used for recruitment only. They are not transferrable to other students already committed or enrolled at OU. Once the duration of each Fellowship is set, it cannot be extended. They will not be allocated in advance of the competition to specific programs (except for some continuing commitments).

Application Deadlines:  February 15th, March 1st, March 15th, and April 1st

Application

  • Nominations must be submitted by the academic unit chair or graduate liaision
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Application

Direct questions about OU Foundation and Alumni Graduate Fellowships to Associate Dean Sherri Irvin (sirvin@ou.edu).

The Kenneth L. Hoving Graduate Fellowship was established by an anonymous gift to honor Dr. Kenneth L. Hoving, who served as Dean of the Graduate College from 1980 to 1990. The Fellowship supports graduate students studying history, music, and WaTER Center.

The Award

The Hoving Fellowship is a multi-year award which includes:

  • A $5,000 stipend supplement for four years
  • A .50 FTE Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship
  • A full tuition waiver for the total number of credit hours required to complete the degree
  • A subsidy for the basic student health insurance plan

Continuation of the award is contingent upon the student making satisfactory progress toward the degree and the academic unit’s ongoing commitment to provide a .50 FTE Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for nomination an applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have at least a 3.5 admission grade point average
  • Be a new doctoral student in one of the following areas:
    • Music (Vocal Music, with preference for Opera, or Instrumental Music, with preference for Piano or Violin)
    • History
    • WaTER Center

Selection Process and Application Deadline

Contact the applicable academic unit chair or liaison for funding availability.

The Hudson Graduate Fellowship was established in 2000 through a generous gift to the history department from Mr. Cliff Hudson, chief executive officer of Sonic Corp. The four-year fellowship is available to outstanding students entering the doctoral program in history.

The Award

The Hudson Fellowship is a multi-year award which includes: 

  • An enhanced stipend
  • A 0.50 FTE Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship
  • A full tuition waiver for the total number of credit hours required to complete the degree
  • A subsidy for the basic student health insurance plan

Continuation of the award is contingent upon the student making satisfactory progress toward the degree and the academic unit’s ongoing commitment to provide a 0.50 FTE Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship.

Selection Process and Application Deadline

Contact the history academic unit chair or liaison for funding availability.

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program strives to increase the number of graduate degrees awarded to students from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented groups. The program pairs academically-promising undergraduate scholars with graduate faculty mentors, who advise them as they develop, conduct, and publicly present original research projects.

The McNair Graduate Fellowship program encourages McNair Scholars who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree and who demonstrate high excellence to attend graduate school.

There will be up to three McNair Graduate Fellowships awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Award

The McNair Fellowship is a multi-year award based on the student’s degree program (master’s or doctoral). Each award includes:

  • A $5,000 stipend supplement for 6 years (doctoral students)
  • A $2,500 stipend supplement for 2 years (master’s students)
  • A 0.50 FTE Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship
  • A full tuition waiver for the total number of credit hours required to complete the degree
  • A subsidy for the basic student health insurance plan

Continuation of the award is contingent upon the student making satisfactory progress toward the degree and the academic unit’s ongoing commitment to provide a 0.50 FTE Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for nomination an applicant must:

  • Be an incoming master’s or doctoral student
  • Hold a Qualified Graduate Assistantship
  • Have successfully completed an undergraduate McNair Scholars Program
  • Have at least a 3.0 admission grade point average

Nomination Process

Nomination materials should be submitted to the Graduate College, attention: Tierra Hurley (tierrahurley@ou.edu), by one of the application deadlines (see below). Nomination materials must include:

  • Nomination letter from the chair or graduate liaison of the academic unit, describing the student’s strengths and contribution to the program and specifying how many years of McNair Graduate Fellowship are requested
  • A copy of the application packet (include university, Graduate College, and academic unit admission materials)
  • Contact information for the student’s undergraduate McNair Scholars Program for verification purposes
  • Verification of the department’s offer of an assistantship that is expected to continue for the requested duration of the McNair Graduate Fellowship

Selection Process

An ad hoc committee will review the nominations following the spring deadlines and recommend recipient(s) to the Graduate Dean.

Application Deadlines    

February 15th, March 1st, March 15th, and April 1st          

We are pleased to announce a call for applications from doctoral candidates who are in the final phases of dissertation writing for the 2019 – 2020 Nancy L. Mergler and Bullard Dissertation Completion Fellowships. Applications are due by Friday, February 15, 2019, at 5:00pm.

Fellowship Information

  • The top seven applicants (as determined by a committee of faculty from diverse fields of study across campus) will be awarded the Nancy L. Mergler Dissertation Completion Fellowship. This fellowship will pay for up to two semesters of a .50 GA appointment. The stipend amount awarded will equal the program’s usual two semester .50 GTA stipend. Tuition waivers and health insurance coverage will be provided. The student will be awarded the money in place of working as a GA, in order to have the opportunity to devote his or her time to completing the dissertation.
  • Additional awardees (determined by the same committee) will be awarded the Bullard Dissertation Completion Fellowship. This fellowship will pay for one semester of a .50 GA appointment or two semesters of a .25 GA appointment. The stipend amount awarded will equal the program’s usual one-semester .50 GTA stipend. Tuition waivers and health insurance coverage will be provided. The student will be awarded the money in place of working as a GA in order to have the opportunity to devote his or her time to completing the dissertation.

Terms and Eligibility

  • Students may apply directly. They do not need to be nominated by their academic unit.
  • Applicants must have completed the general exam and hold a .25 or .50 FTE  GA appointment.

Criteria

  • Scholarly significance and potential impact of the work. (The committee favors projects that are innovative, diverse and groundbreaking in nature.)
  • Overall academic record and professional activity.
  • Potential for completion of the dissertation during the award period.
  • Student’s overall time to degree.

To Apply

Email the application to Tierra Hurley (tierrahurley@ou.edu). Applications are due by 5:00pm on Friday, February 15, 2019. The application should include the following:

  • The official cover sheet (pdf).
  • A one-page Plan for Completion which explains the structure of the dissertation, states which elements are complete, and offers a plan and schedule for completing the remaining elements.
  • A letter of reference from the applicant’s major professor describing the scholarly significance and potential impact of the work. The letter should summarize the status of the project and address the applicant’s potential for completing the dissertation during the following academic year. The letter should also provide an estimate regarding the relative quality of the applicant’s project (e.g., is the project in the top 5%, 10% or 15% of dissertations seen to date?). This letter should be sent directly from the faculty member’s email address in order to maintain confidentiality of its contents.
  • A current copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae.
  • A brief sample of the applicant’s writing (for instance, one dissertation chapter) that allows evaluation of the project. The writing sample can be a dissertation prospectus.
  • The applicant’s academic transcript.
  • Optional but strongly recommended: A short abstract of the dissertation (maximum 2 single-spaced pages) that explains the significance of the work in terms accessible to a lay person.
  • Optional: Applicants who have experienced delays in completion are welcome to submit a letter of explanation.

The Wethington Graduate Fellowship is a four-year fellowship used to recruit outstanding doctoral students in the areas of business, engineering, history, mathematics, and natural science. Preference is given to students who have previously resided in Alfalfa, Garfield, Grant, or Woods counties in Oklahoma; however, if students from those counties are not available, other Oklahoma and non-Oklahoma students may be considered (including international).

The Award

The Wethington Fellowship is a multi-year award which includes:

  • A $20,000 stipend supplement paid over a 4 or 5 year period
  • A 0.50 FTE Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship
  • A full tuition waiver for the total number of hours required for the degree
  • A subsidy for the basic student health insurance plan
  • Continuation of the award is contingent upon the student making satisfactory progress towards the degree and the academic unit’s ongoing commitment to provide a 0.50 FTE Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for nomination an applicant must:

  • Be an incoming doctoral student in business, engineering, history, mathematics, or the natural sciences
  • Preferably reside in, or have previously resided in, Alfalfa, Garfield, Grant, or Woods Counties in Oklahoma
  • Hold a Qualified Graduate Assistantship
  • Have at least a 3.50 admission grade point average

Nomination Process

Nomination materials should be submitted to the Graduate College, attention: Tusneeya Tecimer, by the application deadline (see below). 

Nomination materials must include:

  • The applicant's name
  • A copy of the application packet (including University, Graduate College, and department admission materials)
  • Verification of County of residence (if applicable)
  • Verification of assistantship
  • Letter of support from the chair of the academic unit

Selection Process

An ad hoc committee will review the nominations following the spring deadline and recommend recipient(s) to the Graduate Dean.

Application Deadline     February 1 and March 15

(Students nominated for the February 1 deadline will not be reconsidered for the March 15 deadline.)

Carl Albert Fellowship Program

At the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, our commitment to the study of representative government is reflected in the highly competitive and prestigious Carl Albert Graduate Fellowship program (pdf).

Carl Albert Fellows work closely with Center faculty to pursue a rigorous and individualized program of study leading to a PhD in political science. Fellows focus their program of study on fundamental issues in representative government in America including the study of institutions, processes, and public policy. Faculty regularly interact with fellows in an office space that facilitates collaboration and scholarly exchange. The laboratory model of graduate education means students will be involved with research from day one. Fellows are expected to develop original research leading to professional conference presentation and publication.

The robust fellowship package provides up to four years (including summers) of financial support as a teaching or research assistant, and an additional final year of funding with no work obligations to complete the dissertation. In their first year, fellows serve as a teaching assistant for Introduction to American Government. In subsequent years, fellows support research and teaching of Center faculty. Senior fellows have opportunities to serve as faculty-of-record for their own courses.

The fellowship pays for full tuition and fees, funded research and conference travel, course work at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and dissertation research funds. The Center also assists fellows in finding the best possible placement to meet career goals. As they complete the fellowship, fellows are prepared to be productive research scholars, in part because of the resources and support provided by the Center.

Fellows may also avail themselves of a rich and diverse selection of other resources at The University of Oklahoma to advance their individual research and intellectual development:

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