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.
- 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.
- 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
- Nominations must be submitted by the academic unit chair or graduate liaision
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- Sample application (pdf)
Direct questions about OU Foundation and Alumni Graduate Fellowships to Associate Dean Sherri Irvin (firstname.lastname@example.org).