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Graduate Fellowships

All fellowships are one year, non-renewable awards. The application process is a joint one between the student and his/her Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) for the department to which the student is applying. All applications must be submitted electronically to gradfellowships@utk.edu by the DGS by March 3, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Please contact Associate Dean Dr. Ernest L. Brothers at ebrother@utk.edu or 865-974-2475.

Graduate School Fellowships

The Graduate School at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville announces the 2016 - 2017 Graduate School Fellowships. These fellowships are designed to promote opportunities for graduate students who demonstrate successful academic and professional performance.

Who’s Eligible
  • First time enrollees in a UTK graduate (masters or doctoral) degree program in Fall 2016.
  • Must be admitted to UTK by March 25, 2016.
  • Recipients must enroll in full-time study (minimum of 9 hours) for both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.
Award
$5,000 stipend divided into monthly payments from August 2016 – May 2017
Lori Mayer Re-Entry Women’s Graduate Fellowship

The Graduate School of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville announces the 2016 – 2017 Lori Mayer Re-Entry Women’s Graduate Fellowship Program, designed to provide personal encouragement and financial support to returning adult women students.

Who’s Eligible
  • First time enrollees in a UTK graduate (masters or doctoral) degree program in Fall 2016.
  • Women with a baccalaureate degree who are U.S. citizens, 27 years of age or over, who have been out of a formal educational program for at least 5 years.
  • Must be admitted to UTK by March 25, 2016.
  • Recipients must enroll in full-time study (minimum of 9 hours) for both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.
What We’re Looking For
Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and demonstrate significant potential to contribute to the Graduate School’s educational mission.
Award
$7,000 stipend divided into monthly payments from August 2016 – May 2017
Apply for the Lori Mayer Re-Entry Women's Graduate Fellowship
Diversity Enhancement Fellowships

The fellowship is open to first-time enrollees who have been admitted to a graduate program of study at UTK for Fall 2016 with the intent of pursuing a doctoral or master’s degree and who demonstrate significant potential to contribute to the Graduate School’s educational mission and its diversity-related goals.

Who’s Eligible
  • First time enrollees in a UTK graduate (masters or doctoral) degree program in Fall 2016.
  • Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international applicants.
  • Must be admitted to UTK by March 25, 2016.
  • Recipients must enroll in full-time study (minimum of 9 hours) for both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.
What We’re Looking For
Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and demonstrate significant potential to contribute to the Graduate School’s educational mission and its diversity-related goals (see page 2 of application for more information).
Award
$15,000 stipend divided into monthly payments from August 2016 – May 2017; registration fees remitted by fellowship, including in-state maintenance fees and out-of-state tuition; graduate student health insurance provided.
Apply for a Diversity Enhancement Fellowship

Dissertation Fellowships

These fellowships are designed to support UTK students in the dissertation stage of their doctoral degrees.

Yates Dissertation Fellowships

The Yates Dissertation Fellowships provide recognition and financial support to outstanding doctoral students in all fields of study at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville during the dissertation process.

Who’s Eligible
  • UTK doctoral students in good standing who have completed admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree and reached dissertation stage or admitted to candidacy by Fall 2016.
  • Recipients must enroll in full-time study (minimum of 9 hours) for both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.
Award
$15,000 stipend divided into monthly payments from August 2016 – May 2017
Apply for a Yates Dissertation Fellowship

Department Nominated Fellowships

For each of these fellowships, applicants must be nominated by their department, and each department is allowed to nominate only one student per fellowship.

J. Wallace & Katie Dean Fellowships

These fellowships are awarded to outstanding, first-time enrollees in graduate programs offered by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.

Who’s Eligible
  • First time enrollees in a UTK graduate (masters or doctoral) degree program in Fall 2016.
  • Must be admitted to UTK by March 25, 2016.
  • Must be recipient of an assistantship of at least 25% FTE.
  • Recipients must enroll in full-time study (minimum of 9 hours) for both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.
What We’re Looking For
Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and have excelled in undergraduate work and show promise for outstanding graduate work.
Award
$15,000 stipend divided into monthly payments from August 2016 – May 2017
Apply for a J.Wallace and Katie Dean Graduate Fellowship
Herman E. Spivey Humanities Graduate Fellowships

These fellowships are awarded to outstanding, first-time enrollees in humanities graduate programs, including Art, English, History, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, and Theatre offered by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.

Who’s Eligible
  • First time enrollees in a UTK graduate (masters or doctoral) degree program in Fall 2016.
  • Must be applicants to departments of Art, English, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Music, Philosophy, or Theatre.
  • Must be admitted to UTK by March 25, 2016.
  • Must be recipient of an assistantship of at least 25% FTE.
  • Recipients must enroll in full-time study (minimum of 9 hours) for both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.
What We’re Looking For
Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and have excelled in undergraduate work and show professional potential.
Award
$15,000 stipend divided into monthly payments from August 2016 – May 2017
Apply for a Herman E. Spivey Graduate Fellowship

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