Presidential Graduate Opportunity Program Nomination


Note: Prospective students interested in learning more about the Presidential Graduate Opportunity Program should see our PGOP Information page.

Nomination Process

Please Note: Nomination Packet must be completed and submitted by the Dean of each College/School or his/her designee.

The nomination packet should be submitted via email as a single document in .pdf format to and should include:

  1. A completed Nomination Cover Form.
  2. A letter of nomination from the respective college/school dean.
  3. The name of a faculty member who agrees to serve as the student’s personal contact, advisor and mentor throughout their time in the program.
  4. Sponsoring programs and colleges/schools are required to provide scholarly, advising, and mentoring opportunities that will prepare their fellowship recipients for future success in their careers.
  5. A statement of financial support from the respective department chair.
  6. A copy of the student’s resume or CV.
  7. A copy of the student’s statement of purpose.
  8. Copies of the letters of recommendation submitted as part of the student’s application for graduate school and the graduate program.
  9. A statement of the expectations for the student and the benefits to his/her degree program. This statement should specifically describe how the enrollment of this student will serve to enhance the diversity of the graduate students in that program.

Selection Process

The nominees will be reviewed and recommended for selection by a committee of the Associate Deans for Research, chaired by the Dean of the Graduate School.  Final selections will be approved by the Auburn University President.

The deadline for nominations is January 29 each year. If this date falls over a weekend or holiday, nominations may be submitted by 8:00 a.m. CST on the following business day.

A major factor in the selection process will be to increase diversity, inclusion, and retention of Auburn University’s graduate student population and the expected positive impact of the Fellow on the research and scholarly productivity of the program in which he/she will be studying. The number of awards may vary each year depending upon the availability of funds and the quality of the nominees.

For more information, please contact Dr. George Flowers, Dean of the Graduate School (

Last modified: January 20, 2023