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Fellowships and Grants

The Graduate School (TGS) provides most doctoral degree-seeking students with the opportunity to receive fellowships and scholarships. Made possible by general appropriations, endowments and other outside sources, fellowships typically provide students with a monthly stipend and a scholarship to pay for tuition costs. Most incoming doctoral students receive some form of fellowship and scholarship for the first year of study.

All doctoral students have the opportunity to apply for either internal or external fellowships to support research and dissertation writing during their academic career at Northwestern. All awards made by TGS are based upon merit.

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TGS applicants who wish to be considered for fellowships and scholarships must ensure that their applications, fees and all supporting materials reach Northwestern University by the application deadline set by their program. Offers of admission are made by TGS. Typically, an offer of fellowship or scholarship is made by the admitting program to admitted students. However, awards may be made at any time after the applicant has been admitted to TGS.

An offer of funding will not be made until all admission requirements are met and application materials submitted. In accordance with a national agreement among graduate schools, any offers of admission or funding made earlier than three weeks before April 15 must be accepted or refused no later than April 15th.

Every fellow and scholar in TGS must meet the eligibility requirements set for all students receiving financial aid. In addition, students receiving a fellowship and/or scholarship must inform TGS of other sources of support (such as traineeships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, School of Continuing Studies teaching or other fellowships).

In cases where alternative funding is available, arrangements will be made to integrate this funding with TGS award. Furthermore, fellows and scholars must refrain from remunerative work (other than teaching or research directly related to their assistantships) unless a written request for a waiver is approved by TGS. If any of these conditions is violated, financial support may be withdrawn by TGS.

PLEASE NOTE: Fellows and scholars are not expected to teach or assist in laboratories in return for their awards unless such duties are required of all doctoral students in the department. University support may be adjusted if a student receives an external award. A student who is offered both a University Fellowship and an external award is expected to accept the outside support and should consult TGS before a decision is made.