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Fellowships

Fellowships and Awards

The Division of Graduate Studies at Kent State University administers a number of fellowships and awards for continuing students.  

A fellowship is an arrangement in which financial support is given to a graduate student to pursue his or her degree without any obligation on the part of the student to engage in service.  An award recognizes past achievements and meritorious performance.

Nominations:

Students must be nominated by their program/department.  Graduate coordinators will submit all nominations to the Division of Graduate Studies.  The University Fellowship nomination form may be found here.    

Selection Process:  

All nominees are reviewed by a committee comprised of faculty representing various ranks and disciplines.  Recipients are selected by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Deadline for Nominations:  

Nominations for all fellowships and awards are due by the last Friday in the month of March.  Late nominations will not be accepted.  

Descriptions of, and criteria for, the various fellowships and awards are described below. 

University Fellowship

The University Fellowship is awarded annually to advanced doctoral students to recognize excellent scholarship and research potential.  University Fellowship recipients are able to commit their time to dissertation research or writing.  Each doctoral department/school is eligible to receive up to two University Fellowships.  Approximately 15 University Fellowships are awarded each year.  

University Fellowship recipients receive a doctoral level assistantship appointment for the Fall semester, and a non-service University Fellowship appointment for the Spring semester.  The stipend amount for Fall will be one-half an academic year doctoral stipend (funded by the department/school/college).  The stipend amount for Spring will be one-half an academic year doctoral stipend (funded by the Division of Graduate Studies).  Fees for dissertation registration during both semesters will be funded by the recipient’s department/school/college.

Criteria:   

  • Full-time doctoral status.
  • Admitted to candidacy by date of nomination.
  • Enrollment in Dissertation II during Fall and Spring semesters of the fellowship year.
  • Outstanding scholarship and research potential.

Award:   

University Fellowship recipients receive a doctoral level service appointment for Fall semester and a non-service University Fellowship appointment for Spring semester.  Recipients also receive a certificate of recognition at the University’s Doctoral Welcome Ceremony in the Fall semester.

Jeanette and Louis Reuter Graduate Fellowship in Developmental Science

The Jeanette and Louis Reuter Fellowship in Developmental Science is awarded in memory of Jeanette Reuter to outstanding doctoral students contributing to and studying in the area of human development.  The Reuter Fellowship provides recipients with an academic year non-service appointment to allow for full-time work on the dissertation.  Normally, one fellowship is awarded each year.

Criteria:

  • Full-time doctoral status.
  • Admitted to candidacy by date of nomination.
  • Enrollment in Dissertation I or II.
  • Study on a topic directly bearing on human development.
  • Outstanding scholarship.
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA.

Award:  

Fellowship recipients receive a non-service fellowship appointment for the academic year.  Recipients also receive a certificate of recognition at the University’s Doctoral Welcome Ceremony in the Fall semester.

David B. Smith Award

The David B. Smith Award is presented annually in honor of David B. Smith, a magna cum laude graduate of KSU University, to recognize exceptional scholarship and teaching.  Normally, one award is made each year.

Criteria:

  • Outstanding accomplishment in scholarship is the focus – exhibitions, performances, publications, presentations, and/or acquisition of external funds may show this.
  • Outstanding teaching.
  • Excellent academic record, including a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • Normally, a minimum of 30 completed credit hours.

Award:  

Recipients receive a $500 monetary award.  Recipients also receive a certificate of recognition at the University’s Doctoral Welcome Ceremony in the Fall semester.

Lillian Friedman Award

The Lillian Friedman Award is presented in honor of the late Lillian Friedman to recognize an outstanding graduate student contributing to and studying in the area of mental health.  Normally, one award is made each year.

Criteria:

  • Thesis or dissertation research in progress.
  • Studying a significant topic in mental health.
  • Outstanding scholarship.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Award:

Recipients receive a monetary award of approximately $1,000, based upon the annual earnings of the endowed fund. Recipients also receive a certificate of recognition at the University’s Doctoral Welcome Ceremony in the Fall semester.

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