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Bernadette Gray-Little Doctoral Fellowship

The Bernadette Gray-Little Doctoral Fellowship program recognizes the contributions and commitment of Chancellor Gray-Little to graduate education during her service to the University of Kansas.  The Fellowship will provide financial support to outstanding students in the first year of 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 doctoral study in a program on the Lawrence or Edwards campus. Students 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 the fall start of the student’s first academic year. 


Fellows are appointed as 50% Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs).  They will receive a stipend of $25,000 and sponsorship of up to nine (9) hours of tuition, course fees, and technology fees each semester. In addition to the GRA stipend of $25,000, tuition support averages between $8,000 and $9,000 per fellow, bringing the average total fellowship package to $33,000. 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 a doctoral program. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree at KU are eligible if they will be starting their doctoral program in fall 2020. Fellows may be either domestic or international students.


The materials required for submission are as follows:

  • Documentation of academic excellence and of research productivity (publications, creative works, awards, scholarships, and funding will be highly valued) – this can be submitted in the form of a resume/CV or any other materials that demonstrate these accomplishments
  • An essay written to a broad audience (academics across all fields) that shows their vision for their field of study and how they plan to use a doctoral education from KU to launch themselves into a leadership role in their field - the essay should be up to three pages long, single spaced, and in 12-point type
  • Three letters of recommendation – the letters submitted with the admissions application are acceptable for this process. Additional letters of recommendation that speak to this award directly may be advantageous

We expect all nominees to excel in the first two respects so the essay is intended to facilitate a comparison of the nominees across many disciplines and selection of the most meritorious.


The nomination for this award matches the nomination process for the Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellowship. 

To nominate a student please select the nominating information through ADMIT (on the tab labeled "GS Fellowship Nomination" in the applicant's record) and complete the nomination form. This tab is within the top-level administrative pool for each program/department; a pool usually restricted to administrative users (staff, some graduate directors, etc). If you are a faculty member and do not have access to this pool, please check with the graduate admission staff in your unit. Otherwise, email graduateawards@ku.edu for access.

The form will ask individuals to select the fellowship for which the student is being nominated;  the options are the Bernadette Gray-Little Doctoral Fellowship and the Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellowship. Nominators may select one or both.


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


  • Department nominations due by January 31st
  • Evaluations and video interviews occur in February and early March
  • Offers are made by mid-March
  • Fellows must register a decision by April 15th

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