Presidential Graduate Research Fellowships

Note: Faculty and GPOs interested in nominating students should see our Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship Nomination page.


The Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship program is a tool for significantly enhancing the profiles of Auburn University’s doctoral and terminal (professional) degree graduates as academic and societal leaders. This fellowship program and related efforts are a part of a focused initiative to enhance Auburn University’s research and scholarly profile.

The fellowships are to be offered annually to a select number of highly qualified  students (current Auburn students or new students) that intend to pursue doctoral and terminal professional degrees in established and emerging areas of excellence. Fellowship recipients will bring exemplary levels of scholarship and innovation to the academic departments who host their study and research.

Program Description

Each year, a minimum of 33 new fellowships will be available for awards to begin in Fall semester of each academic year.  Each award will consist of a $10,000 Presidential Fellowship, along with a minimum $5,000 Dean’s Fellowship, and a minimum $15,000 graduate research assistantship, along with tuition and fees. Each award will be for three years. Additional financial support may be provided in subsequent years by the fellow’s department and college/school.

*Please note that the Graduate Enrollment Fee is not covered by this fellowship.

Funding and Expectations

For each fellowship, $10,000 in annual funding support will come from the President’s Office. Academic units are responsible for the remaining cost (minimum GRA stipend cost of $15,000 per year and Dean’s Fellowship of $5,000 per year along with tuition/fees) for each of the fellowship recipients.  Schools/colleges should increase the stipend and Dean’s Fellowship using their own funds above the minimum as they deem appropriate to be most competitive. Recipients will carry the title of  Presidential Graduate Research Fellows.

  • Nominees cannot be already enrolled in a doctoral or terminal professional degree program at Auburn University.
  • Fellowship recipients must adhere to the terms and conditions for a graduate research assistant position in order to retain the doctoral fellowship.
  • Fellowship recipients must be enrolled full time (9 hours for Fall and Spring semesters and at least one hour for Summer semester).
  • Fellows must make satisfactory annual progress towards the degree as determined by the Graduate School, the student’s Department Chair, and the student’s major professor.
  • If a doctoral fellow requires more than three years for graduate degree completion, the host department/college is responsible for additional funding for further support.
  • Should a doctoral fellow graduate, change degree programs, or leave the university, the fellowship will terminate.
  • Schools/colleges can specify their own additional expectations/requirements for fellows within their units.


The financial support package will consist of a student stipend, matching fellowships, and tuition and fee support.  A breakdown of the various elements is as follows.

Living and Education Expenses

GRA Base stipend $15,000 minimum
Dean’s fellowship $5,000 minimum
President’s Fellowship $10,000
Total $30,000 minimum

Tuition and Fees

Provided by the respective college of each fellowship recipient.

Nomination and Selection

To be eligible for consideration for a fellowship, prospective students must meet the previously outlined criteria, have applied or been accepted to the graduate school, and be nominated by the respective college/school dean (or his/her designee) for the program the student intends to pursue. The deadline for the first round of nominations is January 29 (annually) and second round nominations are due March 1 (annually). If these nomination deadlines fall over a weekend or holiday, submissions are due by 8:00 am CT on the next business day.


For more information or to show your interest in being nominated for a fellowship, please contact Dr. George Flowers, Dean of the Graduate School ( Please include your program of interest and status of any graduate school application in progress.