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).This Fellowship will be awarded in the form of a 12 month Graduate Assistant-Research position each year.

Doctoral & Master’s Fellowships

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.


The faculty advisor has to provide clear evidence of support for the student’s research.

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 and the committee that makes admission decisions for the graduate program under consideration (either TAMUG or TAMU program).

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.

Nomination packet

The nomination packet will consist of a letter of nomination from the sponsoring Faculty advisor. 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 the faculty advisor to Nicole Kinslow (kinslown@tamug.edu) no later than Wednesday March 4, 2020 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 20, 2020.

Diversity Statement

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

Please read the TAMU statement on what diversity is https://diversity.tamu.edu/

The inclusion, welcome, and support of individuals from all groups, encompassing the various characteristics of persons in our community. The characteristics can include, but are not limited to: age, background, citizenship, disability, education, ethnicity, family status, gender, gender identity/expression, geographical location, language, military experience, political views, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and work experience.

Please write a one page statement on what you, as an individual, can bring to the diversity of the program.