5: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

General Information | Programs and Degrees Offered | Admission Information
Financial Assistance | Graduate Academic Regulations
Requirements for Specific Graduate Degrees | Departments and Programs | Faculty

Fellowships | State and Regional Scholarships and Fellowships | International Scholarships
Departmental Fellowships | Special Fellowships | Assistantships | Loans and Part-Time Employment

Fellowships

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has a number of merit fellowships supported by endowments, gifts, and other sources which it offers to exceptional students. These fellowships are available to all students and are awarded on the individual's academic achievements and promise. Fellowships are granted with the provisions that good academic standing is maintained and that the recipient remain in residence at the University during the award period. They carry stipends from $500 to $12,000 or more. In addition to these fellowships some departments have merit fellowships with comparable stipends which are awarded by the department on the same basis as the Graduate School fellowships.

A student must be nominated by his or her department in order to be considered for a Graduate School fellowship. Students seeking admission to the Graduate School who indicate on the application for admission that they seek financial aid will automatically be considered by the department to which they are applying as candidates for fellowships. Returning graduate students should indicate to their department that they wish to be considered for a fellowship. To be considered for a fellowship, a new student should have the application for admission form in the Admissions Office of the Graduate School, 437 Cabell Hall, by February 1. Returning students should contact their department for deadlines on fellowship applications.

All fellowships, except the President's Fellowship, are awarded for no longer than one academic year and are not automatically renewed. The President's Fellowship is a three-year award, and the President's Fellows receive financial assistance of at least $9,000 per session.

The principal endowed and gift fellowships of the Graduate School are listed below:

The Virginia Mason Davidge Fellowships were established through the gift of David Randall-McIver, from the income of the Virginia Mason Davidge Foundation. These fellowships are awarded to men or women students on the basis of "ability, scholarship, character, and need." Appointments are made upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The Philip Francis du Pont Fellowships were established in 1928 by a gift from Philip Francis du Pont, an alumnus. These fellowships are awarded on the basis of achievement and scholarly promise. Ordinarily only students whose ages do not exceed 35 years are eligible. In some instances these fellowships may be supplemented by graduate assistantships. Appointments are made upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The Elizabeth B. Garrett Fellowship was founded in 1918 upon the bequest of Mrs. Elizabeth B. White, of Baltimore, Maryland. Appointments are made upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Governor's Fellowship are funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia. These fellowships are awarded in all Ph.D.-granting departments and are available to Virginia residents only. Appointments are made upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The Craig W. MacDonald Fellowship was established in 1930 under the will of the late Susan L. Stanard as a memorial to her brother Captain Craig Woodrow MacDonald, who was killed at the battle of Cold Harbor. Appointments are made upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The President's Fellowship was established in 1980 by University President Hereford, Jr. and is a three year fellowship. It carries a stipend of $8,000 for the first year and $6,000 the second and third years. Each President's Fellow is also awarded additional support of at least $1,000 the first year and financial support of at least $3,000 for the second and third years so that the combined awards to a President's Fellow is at least $9,000. President's Fellows are selected on a merit basis from entering students in all Ph.D.-granting departments. Nominations are made to the Dean of the Graduate School by Ph.D.-granting departments.

The William H. Palmer Young Presidential Fellowship was established in 1982 by the estate of his mother, Claudia Palmer Young. Appointments are made by the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The Anne Francis Stead Memorial Fellowship was established in 1982 by a gift from the estate of Mrs. Anne Francis Stead. Appointment is made by the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


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