Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) for US and International Students in USA, 2017

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  • 20 January 2017
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The University of Utah is offering Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) for US and international students. These fellowships are available for full-time graduate students who are conducting research or creative projects and who are pursuing the terminal graduate degree in their departments.
The intent of the GRF is to provide the opportunity for full-time research during the fellow’s academic year.
The aim of the fellowship is to support innovative academic opportunities, and provide professional development to students.
The Graduate School fosters excellence by providing administrative structure and leadership to maintain and enhance graduate education at the University of Utah. Our programs offer financial assistance, support innovative academic opportunities, and provide professional development to students, postdoctoral fellows, staff and faculty.


The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for this fellowship:
  • All full time graduate students working toward a Ph.D. or the other terminal graduate degree in their department are eligible to apply.
  • Applicant must satisfactorily have passed all preliminary and qualifying examinations prior to Fall Semester 2017
  • Applicants are expected to be engaged in full-time research or creative work during the academic year of the fellowship


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Applicants will receive $17,700 stipend for the regular academic year and  have tuition paid through the Graduate Tuition Benefit Program (TBP).


The following must be submitted via the electronic application:
  • A letter from the department chair nominating the student and laying out an argument for the award. Particular emphasis should be placed on evidence of the student’s high potential for achievement in research or creative work. The statement should direct the reader to the location of this evidence in the student’s proposal and/or record of graduate study.

The chair must provide (a) a statement of the department’s standards of rigor that the selection committee can refer to in its deliberations, and (b) a statement of the student’s potential for future success appropriate to the discipline. If the department has more than one applicant, the chair must also rank the proposals and explicitly comment on their relative quality. Departments may submit only two proposals annually. The Department Chair or authorized designee must submit the statement (on letterhead) through AwardSpring by the posted deadline
  • A description of the research or creative project the student intends to undertake. The student should include in his/her research proposal:

Purpose of the project;
  • Essential features of the methodology, including analytical and/or creative methods;
  • Hypotheses or projected results (if appropriate to the methodology);
  • Potential impact, value, importance of the research or creative project;
  • The proposal should be 3, but not more than four 4, single-spaced pages in length (no appendices) using a 12-pt. font with one-inch margins. Proposals must be written so their meaning is clear to faculty outside the student’s particular discipline
  • An official University of Utah transcript.
  • Two letters of recommendation (Please enter your letter writer’s email address into the letters of recommendation section of the electronic application. They will receive instructions regarding how to submit the letter through the award spring application system).
  • Student’s vita or resume.
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