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Fellowships

Graduate Fellowships

Fellowships are an essential source of funding designed to help graduate students meet their educational and research expenses. The Graduate School awards the Dissertation Fellowship, Huel D. Perkins Doctoral Diversity Fellowship, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Fellowship , and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Emerging Voices Fellowship. Other fellowships are awarded institutionally by academic college and department committees, while external agencies award others. Learn more about fellowships awarded by the Grad School and external fellowships below. 

In addition to the possibility of getting funded, the fellowship application process itself can be an important experience in your academic and professional development. It will help you learn to articulate "your case" in a convincing way, including presenting your credentials, goals for study and research, and letters of recommendation. Fellowship applications can also serve as a personal progress check for your graduate career, helping you identify areas that should be enhanced or developed.


Dissertation Fellowship

All nominations must be submitted by the department using our online system. Nominating department’s internal deadline for nominations will be earlier. It is to the applicant’s advantage to submit materials for this fellowship as early as possible. Departments must evaluate and select the top nominations for submission to the Graduate School.

  • Stipend: $25,000
  • The award is valid for the contract period or until the student graduates, whichever is shorter.
  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment in dissertation hours to receive the award.
  • Enrollment in classes other than dissertation hours is not allowed.
  • Students are exempt from tuition and non-resident fees (if applicable).
  • Students are responsible for paying all other applicable fees.
  • Teaching and other employment is prohibited while holding this fellowship.
  • Students cannot hold other graduate fellowships, assistantships, or awards while on this fellowship.

  • The deadline for nominations from the department is generally in early Spring.
  • Interested students should contact their departments in the Fall to find out more information about the submission process.
  • Departments can access the most updated deadlines our InfoReady Award Portal.  

  • Minimum GPA of 3.50.
  • Must have already passed a milestone exam in your department at the time of application.
    • Examples include General Exam, Comprehensive Exam or specialty exam.
  • Must have finished all required coursework and be writing the dissertation.
  • Must enroll in 9 dissertation credit hours during fall and spring.
  • Must work full time towards the completion of the dissertation.

Students who wish to apply for the Dissertation Fellowship should submit the following to the nominating department:

  • A statement written by the student briefly outlining the significance of their study, their role in the development of the topic, and their timeline for completion of the dissertation within one year if funded.
    • Indicate whether the dissertation proposal has been submitted, and if the writing has begun, include a current word count. Limit to two pages, 10 pt. font.
  • A list of honors, awards, publications, and presentations during their graduate student career. Publications and presentations should name all co-authors in order of contribution level. Limit to one page, 10 pt. font.

  • Student’s statement
  • List of publications, presentations, honors, and awards
  • Three letters of recommendation.
    • One-page letters of support from the major professor and two other dissertation committee members outlining the candidate’s qualities, and the contribution the dissertation makes to the area of study.
    • The major professor should also assess the likelihood of completion of the dissertation within the fellowship year.


Huel D. Perkins Doctoral Diversity Fellowship

Huel D. Perkins Diversity Fellowships are intended to support LSU’s goal of increasing the number of students from historically under-represented groups who earn PhD/Doctoral degrees. The historically under-represented groups are African Americans (Black), Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, US. Pacific Islanders, and first-generation college students from low income families. The Fellowship provides four years of funding at $25,000 per year and carries a tuition and non-resident fee waiver.

  • Stipend: $25,000 (12 month)
  • The Fellowships can be continued for up to four consecutive years if funding is available.
    • Departments should plan to continue Fellowships from other funding sources for students who take longer than four years to complete their terminal degree.
  • Students are exempt from tuition and non-resident fees (if applicable).
    • Students are responsible for paying all other fees.
  • Students cannot hold other graduate fellowships, assistantships, or awards while on this fellowship. However, Perkins Fellowships can be supplemented by the department.
  • Fellows are appointed on a fiscal-year basis and must enroll as a full-time student for Summer as well as for Fall and Spring semesters.

  • The deadline for nominations from the department to be received by the Graduate School is generally in early Spring.
  • Departments can access the most updated deadlines our InfoReady Award Portal.
  • All nomination materials must be submitted via our InfoReady Award Portal.

Students must meet the standards established by the Graduate School

  • US Citizenship
  • Must have an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. [This GPA is calculated based on the GPA earned at ALL undergraduate institutions that the nominee has attended.]
  • A member of a historically underrepresented group. These groups are African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, US Pacific Islander, and first-generation college student from low-income families.
  • Strong letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable of the nominee’s academic achievements.

Students must be an entering doctoral student at the time of the award.

  • Note: LSU Masters students who are transitioning to PhD/Doctoral programs in the same academic Department are NOT eligible.

Students must:

  • Must remain in good standing in the Graduate School and at LSU.
  • Must maintain a semester AND an overall LSU graduate GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Cannot hold other appointments or be otherwise employed while holding a Perkins Fellowship.
  • Must maintain full-time status in the Fall (9 hours), Spring (9 hours), and Summer (6 hours).
  • Must enroll in at least 6 hours of graduate work in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.
  • Must make satisfactory progress toward doctoral degree.
    • including meeting GPA requirements listed above; 
    • meeting Departmental and Graduate School deadlines for submission of degree documents (for example, exam requests, proposals, programs of study); and
    • completing the General Defense (formerly known as the General Exam) by the end of the sixth regular semester of enrollment.
  • Must submit an annual progress report to gradawards@lsu.edu prior to the last day of classes in the Spring semester.

If for any reason a Fellow does not fulfill the above requirements, the fellowship will be terminated and the student may owe the University a portion of the tuition and fees for that current semester. The repayment of any charges will be based on the refund schedule as published in the registration booklet each semester.

The nomination package has three components:

  • The student’s statement of interest (available as part of the applicant’s graduate application in Slate)
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member from the applicant’s undergraduate institution who has first-hand knowledge of the student’s potential that should be pulled from the student’s graduate application (available as part of the applicant’s graduate application in Slate)
  • Nomination letter from the Chair of Department to which the student is applying explaining the student’s academic and non-academic strengths and how this student will contribute to the diversity of the program, in particular, Department Chairs should include demographic data about the diversity of their current PhD/Doctoral program (Note: not all graduate programs in the Department; limit demographic data to the Department’s PhD/Doctoral program).

Departments must submit candidates for consideration. Departments with up to 50 Ph.D. students can submit two (2) nominations; those with 51-100 Ph.D. students can submit three (3) nominations, and those with more than 100 Ph.D. students can submit four (4) nominations.

A multi-discipline review committee will review nominations and select Fellowship recipients based on the following considerations:

  • Academic and non-academic strengths and achievements
  • The extent to which to applicant contributes to the diversity of the graduate program
  • The nominee’s personal statement of their expectations for graduate study and future career goals.

Email questions to gradawards@lsu.edu


Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Fellowship 

SREB Fellowships are intended to support the LSU and national goal of increasing the number of PhD candidates from historically under-represented groups who seek careers as faculty on college campuses. These under-represented groups include but are not limited to:

  • African American/Black
  • Hispanic American
  • Native American
  • Alaskan Native
  • Native Hawaiian
  • Other US. Pacific Islanders

Note: First-generation students are NOT eligible for the SREB Fellowship.

  • Stipend: $25,000 (12 month)
    • SREB Fellowships can be supplemented by the department
  • The SREB award is for three years, if funding is available, and the department is expected to fund the fourth year.
  • The award is valid for the contract period or until the student graduates, whichever is shorter.
  • Students are exempt from tuition and non-resident fees (if applicable).
    • Students are responsible for paying all other applicable fees.
  • Students may hold a graduate assistantship while on this fellowship.
    • Departments may supplement the Fellowship.

  • The deadline for nominations from the department is generally in early Spring.
  • Interested students should contact their departments in the Fall to find out more information about the submission process.
  • Departments can access the most updated deadlines our InfoReady Award Portal.  

Candidates must be a:

  • Newly entering doctoral student or doctoral student entering their second semester.
  • US. Citizen or US. National
  • Member of a historically under-represented group in graduate schools
    • African American/Black
    • Hispanic American
    • Native American
    • Alaskan Native
    • Native Hawaiian
    • Other US. Pacific Islanders

Note: First-generation students are NOT eligible for the SREB Fellowship.

  • Must remain in good standing in the Graduate School.
  • Must maintain a 3.0 overall and semester GPA.
  • Students are appointed on a fiscal-year basis and must enroll for summer as well as fall and spring semesters.
  • Must maintain full-time status in the Fall (9 hours), Spring (9 hours), and Summer (6 hours) terms.
    • While a tuition exemption is provided for both resident tuition and non-resident fees, students are responsible for paying applicable University fees.
  • Must make satisfactory progress toward a doctoral degree.
    • The term “satisfactory progress” includes maintaining semester and cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.0 and meeting the appropriate deadlines for submission of degree documents such as programs of study, exam requests, etc.
  • Must provide one semester of teaching services as determined by his/her graduate advisor/department.
  • Must have one semester of a significant community engagement component as determined by the LSU Graduate School Dean/mentor.
  • Must schedule a meeting with the Dean of the Graduate School and/or his/her designee at least annually to discuss progress.
  • Must email an annual progress report (narrative) to gradawards@lsu.edu. This report is due by the last day of class (as determined by the University Calendar) spring semester. Further details of this report will be included in the letter of agreement.
  • Must notify the Dean of the Graduate School of any changes that may affect eligibility.

If for any reason a Fellowship recipient does not fulfill the above requirements, his/her fellowship will be terminated and the student may owe the university a portion of the tuition charges for the current semester. The repayment of any charges will be based on the refund schedule as published in the registration booklet each semester.

  • Student’s statement
  • List of publications, presentations, honors, and awards
  • Three letters of recommendation.
    • One-page letters of support from the major professor and two other dissertation committee members outlining the candidate’s qualities, and the contribution the dissertation makes to the area of study.
    • The major professor should also assess the likelihood of completion of the dissertation within the fellowship year.

Departments must submit candidates for consideration.

A selection committee appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School will review nominations from departments and select recipients based upon the following considerations:

  • Academic and non-academic strengths and achievements.
  • The extent to which the student contributes to the diversity of the graduate program and the field of study.
  • Applicant’s personal statement of their expectations of graduate study.

  • Letter of Recommendation from his/her graduate advisor and/or other faculty member at his/her current program who has first-hand knowledge of the student's potential.
  • Student's Statement of Interest from the graduate application.
  • Nomination Letter from Department Head explaining the student's strengths and how this student will contribute to the diversity of the program.


The American Council of Learned Societies Emerging Voices Fellowship

The American Council of Learned Societies invites nominations of new and recent PhDs to the Emerging Voices Fellowships, a program created in 2020 to support early career scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. At a time of economic downturn and uncertainty in academe, this program seeks to identify and assist a vanguard of scholars whose voices, perspectives, and broad visions will strengthen institutions of higher education and humanistic disciplines in the years to come.

Emerging Voices Fellowships will allow new and recent PhDs in the humanities and related social sciences to take one-year positions at participating ACLS Research University Consortium institutions beginning in August/September 2021. The ACLS program will provide a $60,000 stipend plus benefits as well as $5,000 in research/professional development funding, childcare, or elder care costs, and access to ACLS professional development resources. Up to 45 fellowships will be available for a fall semester 2021 start date. Given the limited number of fellowships available, ACLS intends to support qualified candidates who lack full-time academic positions for the 2021-22 academic year.

ACLS invites all institutions in the US that grant the PhD in disciplines in the humanities and related social sciences to nominate up to four candidates each.*

Candidates will not be permitted to hold Emerging Voices Fellowships at their PhD-granting institution. Given the continued uncertainty of travel and campus plans, we anticipate that work will be remote for academic year 2021-22.

Nominators should take into account that this program seeks to sustain emerging scholars who are “both-and”: who are both outstanding scholars and effective communicators to diverse audiences inside and/or outside the classroom. We will ask nominated candidates to describe their potential contribution to programmatic needs in their disciplinary or interdisciplinary field or area, specifically how they use the classroom as a vehicle to attract students to humanistic study and research, and how they approach inclusive online teaching. Nominators should know that priority in the review process will be given to nominated applicants who:

  • Show promise of making the humanities meaningful to non-specialist audiences.
  • Come from diverse backgrounds including historically and systemically disadvantaged groups such as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian or Alaskan Native communities, and people with disabilities
  • Have experience or show promise of leadership in institutional contexts or within their disciplines or interdisciplinary area of study.

* For the purpose of this competition, the humanities and related social sciences include but are not limited to American studies; anthropology; archaeology; art and architectural history; classics; economics; ethnic studies; film; gender studies; geography; history; languages and literature; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology (excluding clinical or counseling psychology); religious studies; rhetoric, communication, and media studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies. PhDs in social science fields are eligible only if they employ predominantly humanistic approaches (e.g., economic history, law and literature, political philosophy, history of psychology).

Applicants must: 

  • Have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences completed between January 1, 2018 and August 15, 2021 (including defense and filing) and conferred by October 1, 2021.
  • Have authorization to work in the US for the duration of the position; neither ACLS nor the host university is able to sponsor visas in this short time frame.
  • Be nominated for this fellowship by the university where they received the PhD.

  • The deadline for nominations from the department is generally in early Spring.
  • Interested students should contact their departments in the Fall to find out more information about the submission process.
  • Departments can access the most updated deadlines our InfoReady Award Portal.  

Institutions may submit nominations of up to four candidates. Departments may submit an unlimited number of nominations by April 2, 2021. A review panel of LSU graduate faculty will select up to four nominations to submit to ACLS. If your university has candidates from eligible disciplines in two or more colleges/schools (ex. a College of Arts & Humanities and a College of Social & Behavioral Sciences) deans from both colleges need to coordinate to develop and submit one list of four candidates to be submitted for the entire institution.

Materials needed are the nominee's CV, a brief 1-2 paragraph statement from the nominee describing how the nominee fits the goals of the ACLS program, letter of reference from the Chair, Graduate Advisor, or Major Advisor of the nominee, and date (including DAY) that Ph.D. was conferred.


External Fellowships

The list below represents a large collection of national and global fellowships where students may apply directly to the granting organization or agency. With so many fellowship programs available, each with different criteria and goals, it's a good idea to define your funding objectives, your goals, and the larger purpose of your work. 

ORED has several databases where students can learn about funding opportunities, including the SPIN Grants database.

The AMA Residency & Fellowship Database offers information on more than 10,000 fellowship opportunities, which are all accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grants Database typically focuses on grants, but this database does offer information on some fellowships. 

The Profellow Fellowships Database offers information on more than 1,000 fellowships.

The Public Service Job Directory allows users to search for research and academic fellowships, organizational fellowships and project-based fellowships, all having to do with public service legal opportunities.