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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% (.50 FTE) 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 2022. Fellows may be either domestic or international students.


To be considered for a Bernadette Gray-Little Doctoral Fellowship, the applicant must be nominated by a department as a candidate for the award. 

The nomination will include the following:

  • The candidate's graduate application
  • A departmental letter of nomination
    • The department's nomination letter must address: 
      • the candidate's academic excellence and research productivity (publications, creative works, awards, scholarships, and funding will be highly valued) 
      • how the candidate 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
  • In addition, departments will be asked to submit a document briefly describing the department's recruitment activities including the tools and strategies employed in recruitment efforts, strategies employed to build a diverse applicant pool, and how top candidates are identified for nomination. Please see the application in Slate for more details. 


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 Slate and complete the nomination form. Further instructions on accessing Slate and submitting the nomination form and documents will be added soon and sent to departments. 

Individuals nominated will be reviewed for both the Bernadette Gray-Little Graduate Fellowship and the Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellowship.

Maximum 5 nominations per department.


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. 

Please email Nicole Reiz, nreiz@ku.edu, with any questions.


  • Department nominations due by January 26
  • Evaluations and video interviews occur in February and early March
  • Offers are made by mid-March
  • Fellows must register a decision by April 15

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