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Bernadette Gray-Little Graduate Fellowship

The Bernadette Gray-Little Graduate Fellowship program recognizes the contributions and commitment of Chancellor Gray-Little to graduate education during her service to the University of Kansas.  The Fellowship Fund will provide financial support to outstanding students in their first year of matriculation in their doctoral programs at the University. Outstanding graduate students will be designated as Fellows in doctoral degree programs covered by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Recipients may be from any area of study at the University and will have been nominated by the doctoral program to which they are applying. This Fellowship may not be used to support students admitted solely as a nondegree seeking graduate student or into graduate certificate programs or terminal master’s programs. Students who are to be funded by the Self Graduate Fellowship, University Graduate Fellowship, or the Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellowship are not eligible. Recipients of the Fellowship will be selected through a nomination/application process early in the Spring semester prior to fall matriculation for the student’s first academic year. 

Fellows are appointed as Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs).  They will receive a stipend of $16,000 and sponsorship of up to nine (9) hours of tuition, course fees, and technology fees. In addition to the GRA stipend of $16,000, tuition support averages between $7,500 and $8,000 per fellow, bringing the average total fellowship package to $24,000. No summer appointment funds are available through this Fellowship fund. 

Students are qualified for nomination if they are applying to start their first year in the doctoral program. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree at KU are eligible if they are starting into a master’s sequence leading to a doctoral degree program or into a doctoral program. Bernadette Gray-Little Graduate Fellows may be either domestic or international students.

The stipend for each fellowship will only be distributed as a 9-month GRA stipend (.5 FTE appointment) with a minimum stipend of $16,000 plus fringe. Requests for stipends above this level are allowed but must be explicitly requested and justified in the nomination by the doctoral program (any increase is contingent on availability of funds). Departments may supplement the graduate fellowship stipend with additional scholarship funds or funds to increase the GRA pay rate. Fall and spring tuition support is limited to nine credit hours and summer tuition is not available. The Fellowships will cover course and technology fees but will not pay for campus fees. Departments will be responsible for providing support beyond the first year of study for students receiving the Bernadette Gray-Little Graduate Fellowship.

Nomination and Selection Process
Departments and doctoral programs whose application process is managed via the Office of Graduate Studies may nominate one candidate per program for the Fellowship. The Director of Graduate Studies in the department/program should make a strong endorsement of the applicant’s outstanding quality and promise for success in doctoral education and training. In order to nominate a candidate, the doctoral department/program must have admitted the student but the candidate does not need to have accepted the offer of admission in order to be nominated. 

Nominations are due by January 31. All completed nominations will be reviewed and Fellows selected by a faculty committee convened by the Office of Graduate Studies with the award announcement no later than March 1. An awarded Fellowship may not be deferred and if a nominated candidate declines the offer of admission to the doctoral program or the program offers alternative funding for the student that is accepted, the Fellowship will be offered to another nominee by the Office of Graduate Studies (the Fellowship is nontransferable within a program).  The number of Fellows will be determined by the funding available from the Bernadette Gray-Little Graduate Fellowship Fund administered by the KU Endowment Association. 

Nominating materials will be submitted through an online portal on the website of the Office of Graduate Studies and requested information will be reviewed by the faculty selection committee. Nominators will be asked to (a) summarize the outstanding qualities of the nominee in terms of previous achievements relative to the discipline in which they have applied for doctoral education and (b) summarize the nominee’s potential for success in the doctoral program. An updated vita or resume and the candidate’s statement of purpose should be available for upload. 

The Bernadette Gray-Little Graduate Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of  donors and the KU Endowment Executive Committee. The Bernadette Gray-Little Graduate Fellowship Program is administered by the Office of Graduate Studies in fulfillment of the Fund Administration Agreement. 

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