Underrepresented Minority Pre-Comprehensive Exam Mentored Research Fellowship

This fellowship program provides an opportunity for minority Ph.D. students (US citizens or permanent residents who are Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders) who have not yet taken their comprehensive exam to benefit from a summer mentored research experience early in the doctoral program.

Value

The Graduate College provides a $5,000 stipend for summer plus a tuition scholarship for up to two credit hours and 50 percent of the mandatory fees. Students are responsible for the remaining mandatory fees and any course fees.

Typically fellowships cannot be used in combination with any other source of support (e.g., fellowship/scholarship, grant, graduate assistantships, or employment outside the University of Iowa) since the fellowships are meant to provide protected time for the student to advance their studies. Failure to report additional employment can be considered in future applications/nominations/continued Graduate College funding for both the student and the department. For more information or to ask for a possible one-time exception, contact the Graduate College.

Minimum Requirements

Eligibility is limited to students who have completed at least one full semester in their Ph.D. programs (not open to students applying during their first semester of enrollment). Award winners will be required to submit a report outlining the ways in which they used the funds by August 13, 2021.

Eligible students may nominate themselves for this award however the nomination must be submitted by the student's department. Students should check with their department as soon as possible for departmental deadlines as well as to inform them they intend to apply. Applications submitted by the student (and not someone in the department such as the DGS, DEO or grad coordinator) will be voided and not considered. 

Students must identify a faculty member in their department or a closely related field to provide a mentored research experience. The experience must include a component where the student takes the lead on some aspect of the research (not just an RA for the faculty member). In addition, the students awarded the fellowship are required to participate in professional development opportunities in the Graduate College. Awards will be based on consideration of the student’s research plan of study for the award, academic record, letter from the proposed faculty mentor, and a second faculty recommendation letter (DGS, DEO, or advisor if not the person providing the mentored experience). Priority will be given to students who have not previously received this fellowship.

Application

The number of fellowships is limited and awards are competitive.

  • Typically fellowships cannot be used in combination with any other source of support (e.g., fellowship/scholarship, grant, graduate assistantships, or employment outside the University of Iowa) since the fellowships are meant to provide protected time for the student to advance their studies.
  • Anyone awarded the fellowship must be registered for a minimum of one credit during the time they are receiving the fellowship.
  • The student must agree to participate in professional development workshops in the Graduate College.

Application Requirements

Online applications must include the following items as separate PDF files:

Student materials (single spaced, 12 pt. type, 1" margins):

  • Description of a research plan including which aspects the student will take the lead on and how the opportunity helps the student’s long term research interests and goals (maximum 500 words).
  • Transcript (unofficial acceptable)
  • A one-page CV of educational and professional experience, honors and awards, and publications.

Letters of support

  • One letter from the applicant’s planned research mentor detailing how the faculty member will commit to working with the student to advance their research trajectory (not just serve as an RA) including intended research tasks, meeting schedule, etc.
  • One letter from someone other than the research mentor who is familiar with the student’s work/performance (e.g., DEO, DGS, student’s advisor if not the research mentor) addressing the student's qualifications for carrying out the planned summer research activities.

Applications should be submitted online (link is external) by the student’s department. Applications submitted by the student (and not someone in the department such as the DGS, DEO or grad coordinator) will be voided and not considered. 

Deadline

Applications are due February 11, 2021 for Summer 2021 awards.

Additional Information

Please direct any questions to Executive Director of Operations Donna Welter (335-2145) or Associate Dean Shelly Campo (335-2136) or via email at grad-fellowships@uiowa.edu.