In addition to student academic appointments, financial support is available to graduate students in the form of fellowships or other awards. Fellowships carry no specific job responsiblities; the only requirement is that you continue to make good progress toward your degree. Other types of awards include scholarships, research grants, and travel grants.
Fellowships and Awards
College of Arts & Sciences fellowships and awards
The College Graduate Office administers several fellowships and awards for continuing graduate students.
- College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship
College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowships are intended to help students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences complete their doctoral degrees in a timely manner (within seven years).
To be eligible for a Dissertation Completion Fellowship, you must be formally admitted to candidacy in a Ph.D. program in an eligible department. Eligible departments include:
- African American and African Diaspora Studies
- American Studies
- Art History
- Central Eurasian Studies
- Criminal Justice
- Classical Studies
- Communication and Culture
- Comparative Literature
- East Asian Languages and Cultures
- Folklore and Ethnomusicology
- French and Italian
- Gender Studies
- Geography (Human/Cultural)
- Germanic Studies
- Spanish and Portuguese
- History and Philosophy of Science
- Media School
- Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
- Slavic Languages and Literatures
- Second Language Studies
- Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance
You are not eligible for a College Dissertation Completion Fellowship if:
- You are on academic probation or on leave at the time of the nomination deadline.
- You previously received a College Dissertation Research Fellowship.
Each Dissertation Completion fellowship will carry a stipend of $25,000. The fellowships include graduate student health insurance, but they do not include fee remissions. Students generally are not permitted to accept other appointments, fellowships, or outside employment during the fellowship year.
You must be nominated by your graduate program for College Dissertation Completion Fellowships; the College does not accept applications directly from students. Each Ph.D. granting unit is allowed to nominate up to three students total. If you are interested in being nominated, contact your program's director of graduate studies to learn more about your program's nomination procedures. Nominations will be submitted by the department into the College Graduate Office MANTIS system before the appropriate deadline.
Due to processing time, students who wish to meet the fellowship application deadline should submit their candidacy paperwork to the UGS six to eight weeks in advance of the deadline to guarantee the candidacy review/approval can be completed on time. Additional eligibility criteria include matriculation into a graduate program in fall 2013 or later, evidence of significant progress toward writing the dissertation at the time of application, and expected degree conferral before the beginning of the 2020 fall term. Students must be eligible for G901 during the fellowship year. Priority will be given to students who have submitted at least one chapter for faculty review and who will be on the job market in 2019-20.
The nominations are submitted by the department to the College Graduate office MANTIS system before the appropriate deadline.
- Friday January 18th, 2019
- College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Research Fellowship
College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Research Fellowships are intended to help advanced graduate students in the College make significant progress on their dissertations. For 2019-2020, the fellowship stipends will be $20,000 each. During the fellowship year, students have the opportunity to focus full time on their dissertation research and writing. Students must be formally admitted to Ph.D. candidacy by January 18, 2019 to be eligible for the fellowship.
The fellowships include graduate student health insurance, but they do not include fee remissions. Students generally are not permitted to accept other appointments, fellowships, or outside employment during the fellowship year.
You must be nominated by your graduate program for College Dissertation Year Research Fellowships; the College does not accept applications directly from students. Each Ph.D. granting unit is allowed to nominate up to three students total. If you are interested in being nominated, contact your program's director of graduate studies to learn more about your program's nomination procedures. Nominations will be submitted by the department into the College Graduate Office MANTIS system before the appropriate deadline.
Due to processing time, students who wish to meet the fellowship application deadline should submit their candidacy paperwork to the UGS six to eight weeks in advance of the deadline to guarantee the candidacy review/approval can be completed on time. Students must be eligible for G901 during the fellowship year.
- Friday January 18th, 2019
- College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Awards
College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Awards are intended to assist students traveling to and presenting at major national and international conferences.
Travel awards are not intended for travel expenses associated with research. Students can request research funding through other sources such as the University Graduate School Grant-in-Aid of Doctoral Research Award. Some departments and research groups also offer research travel funding.
For consideration, please apply during the following timelines:
- For travel between July 2018 and March 2019, apply for the fall travel award.
- For travel between January 2019 and August 2019, apply for the spring travel award.
You are not eligible for a College Graduate Student Travel Award if you are on academic probation or on leave at the time of the nomination deadline.
Because travel awards are dispersed through your bursar account, if you have an outstanding balance on your account, you may not be eligible to receive an award.
You must be nominated by your graduate program for College Graduate Student Travel Awards; the College does not accept applications directly from students. Each program is allowed to nominate up to three students total. If you are interested in being nominated, contact your program's director of graduate studies to learn more about your program's nomination procedures.
This application is a fillable PDF. Students should save the PDF before filling it in; once completed, they should save the form again and then forward it to their department for review by the program’s internal deadline. The nominations are submitted by the department to the College Graduate office MANTIS system before the appropriate deadline.
- October 19th, 2018 for the fall travel award
- March 29th, 2019 for spring travel award
- McCormick Science Grants
The McCormick Science Grant Fund was established by Dr. Charles O. McCormick III to support basic science research and to honor his grandfather and father. The College annually awards three grants of $2,500 each to the graduate student member of a faculty/graduate student team whose research, either proposed or in progress, is judged to be most creative, visionary, and innovative. Each February, the disciplines of astronomy, biology, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, earth and atmospheric sciences, microbiology, physics, and zoology are invited to submit one nominee each for the grants. Nominations are due to the College Graduate Office each March.
If you're a graduate student who would like to be nominated for a McCormick Science Grant, notify your department directly and submit a one-page description of your collaborative work with your faculty mentor and please separately provide your curriculum vitae. Your faculty mentor and the department will then need to submit a supporting letter that explains the nature of your collaboration and how this collaboration is the most deserving.
This nomination should then be submitted to the College Graduate Office MANTIS system in a combined pdf format.
- Friday, March 1st, 2019
- Matias L. Ochoada Fellowship
The Matias L. Ochoada Fellowship was established to honor the memory of Matias L. Ochoada, who was a researcher at the IU Cyclotron Facility. In selecting the recipient for this $500 spring award, preference will be given to a College of Arts and Sciences graduate student of Filipino descent who has a record of academic excellence. To nominate an eligible graduate student for this fellowship, please send a brief statement (including the name of the fellowship, the name of the nominee, and a description of the nominee’s accomplishments). Nominations will be submitted by the department into the College Graduate Office MANTIS system before the appropriate deadline.
- Monday, February 18th, 2019
- Mikal Lynn Sousa Award
The Mikal Lynn Sousa Award was established by Alice Domurat Dreger and Aron Conrad Sousa in memory of Dr. Sousa’s sister, Mikal Lynn Sousa. The donors have requested that the recipient of the award should be a graduate student in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, with a strong preference for a woman but with no preference for area of study. Extra consideration should be given to those nominees who demonstrate good citizenship, strong character, a history of public service, and are likely to be activists in their professional and extra-professional lives. If no qualified candidate exists in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, similarly qualified students in the Department of History will be considered. Students who have been formally advanced to Ph.D. candidacy between March 1, 2018 and March 1, 2019 are eligible. Candidates may be nominated by faculty or candidates may nominate themselves following approval of doctoral candidacy. The award for spring 2019 will be $750, and nominations will be submitted by the department into the College Graduate Office MANTIS system before the appropriate deadline.
- Wednesday, Februrary 27th, 2019
- Alexander M. Doty Graduate Fellowship
Alexander M. Doty was a Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences with joint appointments in the Department of Gender Studies and Communication and Culture. Professor Doty, who joined the IU Faculty in 2008 until his death in 2012, is renowned for his scholarship centered on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and feminist film theory. This graduate fellowship is to honor his memory and outstanding legacy. Candidates may be nominated from the Media School and the Department of Gender Studies. The fellowship is awarded and alternated annually between the Media School and the Department of Gender Studies. The fellowship amount for spring 2019 will be $500 and letter of nomination should be submitted from the academic unit to the College Graduate office via the MANTIS portal before the appropriate deadline.
- Friday, April 5th, 2019
- Sanders-Weber Fellowships
The Sanders-Weber fellowship was established by C. Clinton Sanders and Ardis G. Sanders in order to honor Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Weber and to reflect their interest in the field of literature.
The College can offer two scholarships of $10,000 each to one student of English and American Literature and one student of Comparative Literature. This fellowship will include a stipend in the amount of $10,000 and health insurance, the fellowship will not include fee remission. For this reason the College will further restrict eligibility to Ph.D. candidates who will enroll in G901 or in 1 unit of Ph.D. thesis credit.
To be eligible for the Sanders-Weber fellowship, you must:
- Be enrolled on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University.
- Be a candidate in good academic standing.
- Exhibit leadership qualities, and have financial need.
- Preference for this fellowship is given to Indiana residents.
Nominations will be submitted directly to the MANTIS portal and should address each of the criteria requested by the donors.
The College Graduate Office also coordinates the College’s nomination process for university-wide and external fellowships.
- John H. Edwards Fellowship (university-wide)
The John H. Edwards Fellowship is one of Indiana University’s most prestigious academic awards. The graduate division of the College of Arts and Sciences may nominate up to three candidates each year for the committee’s consideration.
The John H. Edwards Fellowships, in accordance with the bequest, will be awarded on the following basis: Good citizenship, character, especially attitude toward public service and the likelihood of future usefulness to society, scholastic ability, intellectual capacity, and upon such other bases and qualifications, and in such manner, as the Trustees of Indiana University in their discretion and judgment may determine from time to time, but always without regard to consideration of religion, creed, race, national origin, color, sex, or political affiliation.
The committee interprets the above paragraph to denote for consideration superior scholastic ability and intellectual capacity, and good citizenship and character, including attitude toward Indiana University and community service as demonstrated by actual service. Consistent with Indiana University policy, nominations for this award should be made without regard to sexual orientation or disability. In January of each year the College invites its graduate programs to nominate outstanding students for the Edwards Fellowships. Please notify your department of your interest in receiving this fellowship.
Complete department nominations should be submitted to the College Graduate Office via MANTIS by Friday, February 1, 2019. The College will review those applications and select the top three to forward on to the University Graduate School by its deadline.
- February 1, 2019
- Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship (external)
The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship is a national award that supports graduate students in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences. The University Graduate School selects three nominees from IU to submit to the national competition. The College nominates up to three candidates for the University Graduate School's consideration.
The College solicits nominations for the Liebmann Fellowship from its graduate programs each fall. If you would like to be nominated for the Liebmann Fellowship, notify your graduate program of your interest.
The University Graduate School will select three nominees among those put forth by the various schools of Indiana University to advance to the national competition. Please notify your department of your interest in this fellowship.
- College deadline Wednesday, January 9, 2019.
- UGS deadline Friday, January 11, 2019.
Other fellowships and awards
Other fellowships and awards are available to graduate students from IU and from external sources. The University Graduate School maintains a list of IU and external fellowships and awards on its website.
The College strongly encourages graduate students to apply for external fellowships and awards. External sources of funding provide financial support and are considered important indicators of prestige in your field. If you're considering applying for such awards, contact the College Graduate Office to discuss fee remissions or other benefits that may be available to supplement such awards.