2-Year Competitive Graduate Student Fellowships

Texas A&M University at Galveston 2-Year Competitive Graduate Student Fellowships were created to allow Faculty to compete effectively for high quality and diverse graduate students. The Fellowships program is open to all TAMU(G) thesis option Master’s and Doctoral students working on the TAMUG campus under the direct supervision of a TAMUG Faculty member. If a student is nominated for a 2-Year Competitive Graduate Student Fellowship as well as the Merit or Diversity Fellowship (TAMU) or a TAMUG MARB IDP Fellowship and is chosen for both, the student may choose which he/she prefers but cannot use both.

 Students awarded the Galveston 2-Year Competitive Graduate Student Fellowships program will have 24 months of salary, medical, tuition and fees covered (24 SCHs per year). To promote engagement from TAMUG Departments and support professional development of graduate students, each awardee will be required to teach for one semester (fall or spring) in each year (4.5 months). The home department of the Faculty advisor must fund the 4.5 months (spring or fall) support per year per student recipient. Students will receive 7.5 months of salary per year during which time they will be encouraged to focus on their research activities. This Fellowship will be awarded in the form of a 7.5 month Graduate Assistant-Research and a 4.5 month Graduate Assistant-Teaching position each year.

 Doctoral Fellowships amount to ~$74,500 during the first two year period depending on the program and classification. This includes a $24,000 stipend paid per year, ~$9,000 per year tuition and fees for two years.

 Master’s Fellowships amount to ~$72,000 during the first two year period depending on the program and classification. This includes a $22,800 stipend paid per year, ~$9,000 per year tuition and fees for two years. This program is limited to outstanding students entering master’s thesis/research programs.

 Expected outcomes

TAMUG Graduate Student Fellowship holders are expected to provide academic leadership among graduate students within their departments and be well-positioned for employment upon graduation. These students are expected to be academically successful and to distinguish themselves through publications, conference presentations, or other indicators of research success and future promise.

 Eligibility

Nominations should only be forwarded when clear commitment exists from a department to offer funding for one semester of teaching at TAMUG in each of the two years. Further, the faculty advisor has to provide clear evidence of support for the student’s research.

 When multiple requests are submitted from one department, then the Department Head must rank order the individual nominees (e.g., “This student is ranked second of the three nominated by the department.”). In the case of MARB IDP students, the Department Head of the sponsoring Faculty will need to rank the student(s) with others in the same Department.

 Master’s students currently enrolled at TAMU or TAMUG are not eligible for Ph.D. Graduate Student Fellowships. These fellowships will only be available to students at the beginning of their graduate career at TAMU(G).

 The nomination process

Nominations are to be made by the applicant’s TAMUG Faculty advisor in consultation with the Head of the Faculty’s home department and the committee that makes admission decisions for the graduate program under consideration (either TAMUG or TAMU program). The nomination needs to include a letter from the Department Head demonstrating commitment that the home Department will cover one semester each year over the two year duration of the Fellowship. Stipend support for the applicant’s GAT position cannot be drawn from the university GAT pool, this funding should be allocated from departmental resources.

 Monitoring progress of individual students

Holders of the TAMUG Graduate Student Fellowships will submit an annual report outlining activities and progress, as well as identifying goals for the coming year. This report will go to the Director of Graduate Studies. The report will cover coursework and/or thesis/dissertation work, in addition to relevant professional experience such as publications and teaching. At the end of the first year there will be a formal review, based on progress and feedback from both the student’s advisor and department leadership. Where necessary, the Director of Graduate Studies will follow up with the department to establish whether satisfactory progress is being made.

 The evaluation process

● Applicant’s academic record.

● Applicant’s potential for improving the quality and diversity of the graduate population working directly under the supervision of Texas A&M University at Galveston Faculty.

● Mechanisms that the department has in place for supporting the career development of graduate students (e.g. building teaching portfolio, help in dossier preparation, internship opportunities, travel to conferences).

 Nomination packet

The nomination packet will consist of a letter of nomination from the sponsoring Faculty advisor as well as a letter of support signed by department head. The nomination letters must include:

  • Indication of whether the student is being nominated for the Merit or Diversity award
    • If Diversity, student must also complete a diversity statement which should be included in the nomination packet (see below).
  • An explanation of how the nominee meets the goals of the Fellowship.
  • A description of the mentoring program for the student.
  • The student’s “Apply Texas” application, with transcripts, the student’s personal statement, CV, and applicable test scores. Also include all letters of reference submitted for the student.

 Nominations should be submitted by department heads to Nicole Kinslow (kinslown@tamug.edu) no later than Wednesday March 10, 2017 at 5 PM. Please submit electronic files (PDF) only. A separate PDF file should be submitted for each nominee. The file name should include the student’s name (last name first) and the name of the department making the nomination (e.g., Jones, Margaret – MARB).

 All complete dossiers received by or prior to deadline day will be evaluated by the Research Advisory Council, which will make funding recommendations and student rankings to the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. Sponsoring Faculty and departments will be notified of decisions by Friday March 24, 2017.

 Diversity Statement (to be completed by students nominated for the Diversity Fellowship)

Our vision is to be a model of inclusion and cultural competency that empowers holistic student development, transformational learning through inter-cultural dialogue, and collaborative networks that advocates for social justice in a diverse university community.

 Do you identify yourself as a member of a traditionally underrepresented group at Texas A&M University? Examples include but are not limited to: age, gender, religious preference/spiritual belief, sexual orientation, citizenship, race/ethnicity, where you are from, disability status, veteran status, first generation graduate student, life experiences, etc. Please elaborate on how you are a diverse being.