The Graduate School is pleased to announce its internal fellowship competition for the 2019-2020 academic year. You will be able to apply for these fellowships through our online admissions system (SLATE). These awards go through a two-stage process. First, you must select during your application that you wish to be considered for nomination by department; second, departments then meet to decide which of their applicants they wish to nominate for the award. Departments have to submit their nominations by February 1st 2019.
The Jorgensen Fellowship (JF) and the Harriott Fellowship (HF) are available to outstanding young scholars who have been admitted to doctoral programs at the University of Connecticut. The Crandall Fellowship (CF) is available to outstanding young scholars who have been admitted to master’s programs at the University. These fellowships are intended to recruit and support the most promising students entering graduate programs at the University of Connecticut. Recipients of these fellowships will represent the very best applicants to graduate programs at the University. In addition, to be eligible for either the HF or CF fellowship, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education and/or a commitment to enhancing diversity in their field of study.
Fellowship Package Components
These awards consist of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend (paid monthly, starting in Fall 2019). Departments may couple the fellowship with a partial or full assistantship.
Duration of the Award
Recipients of the JF and the HF are eligible for up to five years of fellowship support. Recipients of the CF are eligible for two years of fellowship support, except for recipients who applied to and are accepted in an MFA program. Recipients of the CF in an MFA program are eligible for three years of fellowship support. Students may elect to defer one or more years of support for which they are eligible, but the award must be used within the usual time limits for a degree (8 years for PhD, 6 years for master’s).
Eligibility for the Award
JF and HF awards are available only to students in PhD programs who have been nominated by the department to which they are applying. CF awards are available only to students in master’s programs who have been nominated by the department to which they are applying. To maintain their eligibility for the award, students must enroll full-time and must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Because the JF, HF, and CF awards are intended to enhance recruitment of outstanding young scholars to the University of Connecticut, they are intended primarily for incoming students who have received or are earning degrees at other institutions. Current University of Connecticut students are eligible for the awards, but only when the nominating department or program can make a strong case that the nominee is an outstanding scholar who is likely to be recruited by a peer or aspirant institution.
Recipients of these fellowships will be the most academically promising members of the entering class of graduate students at the University of Connecticut. The criteria used to select recipients include the following:
- Evidence of scholarly or creative achievement highlighted by the department or program in their nomination and evidence that the department or program provides the environment necessary for success in the areas of interest highlighted by the applicant.
- Evidence of any prior scholarly or creative achievement by the nominee, e.g., publications, presentations, exhibits, performances.
- Evidence that the nominee has been successful at previous academic institutions, e.g., letters of recommendation.
- Quantitative evidence of academic accomplishment, e.g., undergraduate grade point average, GRE/GMAT (when available).
Additional information regarding diversity commitment for HF and CF awards
Nominees for HF and CF awards are expected to demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity either within their field of study or more generally in all areas of higher education.
Students can demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity in higher education through participation in organizations or activities that (a) directly relate to increasing access to higher education and retention in higher education of individuals, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs or (b) that help to ensure that individuals are welcomed and included in higher education environments regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs. Such organization and activities might include participation/affiliation with TRIO programs, cultural/affinity organizations/centers, volunteer experiences, and college or university committees focused on these goals. Students provide evidence of this commitment through research and educational experience reflected on their CV/resume (articles, presentations, internship, and research experience), in their personal statement, or in letters of recommendations.