A graduate fellowship is a form of financial assistance awarded on a competitive basis. Recipients typically receive a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend (amount varies by program). Although duties vary, most fellowships offer some portion of time that is non-service in nature, allowing you to focus more attention on your graduate study.
Contact the graduate coordinator for your program of study to find out more about the availability of these competitive doctoral fellowships.
At UL Lafayette, our University Doctoral Fellowships presently offer a stipend of $19,080 for the academic year—as well as a waiver of tuition and most fees. This fellowship funds three or four years of study, depending upon whether you enter with or without the master’s degree in hand. Some Ph.D. programs also offer Louisiana Board of Regents Fellowships, as well as University Research Center Fellowships with stipends as high as $32,000 per academic year and similar tuition/fee waivers.
The Board of Regents/SREB Graduate Fellowships promote diversity and inclusion at UL Lafayette. They support underrepresented minority doctoral students pursuing a Ph.D. in the STEM disciplines. Contact the Graduate School to find out more about the availability of these important fellowships.
University Doctoral Fellowship Eligibility
- 3.5 GPA on undergraduate work, or a 3.7 GPA if graduate hours have been pursued.
- Must be a first-time doctoral applicant. A current doctoral student who first enrolled at UL in the immediately preceding spring or summer semester may be eligible for the fellowship beginning in the fall semester.
The University Master’s Fellowships presently offer a stipend of $11,660 for the academic year in addition to a waiver of tuition and most fees. This fellowship funds one year of non-service study and, often, is offered with a second year of funding as a graduate teaching or research assistant in a student’s home department.
University Master's Fellowship Eligibility
- 3.5 cumulative GPA on undergraduate work, or a cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.3 with no more than 12 hours of graduate coursework already completed.
How to Apply for a Fellowship
- Make sure you meet the minimum eligibility requirements above.
- Complete the Master’s Fellowship application or the Doctoral Fellowship application.
- Submit your application to the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org or by uploading it to your application portal.
Fellowship Application Deadline
University Master’s and Doctoral fellowships are awarded only in the fall. All required application materials, including the fellowship application, must be submitted by February 15.
Applicants and current graduate students are encouraged to apply for external fellowships funded by non-university partners that select recipients through a national or international competition. Typically, external fellowships are supported by government agencies, corporations, and foundations. In addition to offering distinction and prestige for the recipient, these fellowships provide generous financial support, mentorship, and networking opportunities.
There are many external fellowship opportunities, including:
- American Council of Learned Societies Mellon/ ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
- Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship Program
- National GEM Fellowship Program
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
- Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
- Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Awards
- National Defense, Science, and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowships
- U.S. Department of Energy: Computational Science Graduate Fellowships
Consult with your graduate coordinator and other mentors about applying for any of these external fellowships.