Merriwether Fellowships


The Graduate School is pleased to recognize and support academic excellence with the Merriwether Fellowships.  Graduate faculty members are encouraged to nominate outstanding students for these awards.  The nomination process is described below.

The Graduate School will award up to four Harry Merriwether Fellowships per academic year, with a stipend of $2,000 per student.  Selection is based on professional promise.  The following policies apply to nominations:

  1. The recipient must be enrolled as a doctoral student for the current academic year.  There are no limitations on the field of study.  A recipient is expected be enrolled as a full time graduate student and may hold an assistantship or another fellowship.
  2. Each department may nominate only one student for the Merriwether Fellowship.
  3. Nominations should include the following:
    1. The departmental nominator’s letter and at least one additional letter (but no more than 3 letters).
    2. The nominee’s resume or vita.  This should be as complete as possible.  The various types of publication (e.g., abstracts, refereed journal and book articles, non-refereed articles, and other scholarly works), if any, should be listed in full under separate headings.

The deadline for nominations is February 15th. If this date falls over a weekend or holiday, submissions are due by 8:00 am CT on the next business day. 

Awardees will be notified by email and will be recognized at the Spring Graduate Awards Ceremony.

Please contact Dr. Maria Witte at 334-844-4700 or if you have questions concerning the Merriwether Fellowship awards. 

Nomination form

Last modified: January 26, 2023