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Petitions for CAFs

To allow for some flexibility, the Graduate School will review a limited number of petitions from the college for an exception to the minimum undergraduate cGPA as described in Table 2.

Table 2: Number of petitions allowed for CAFs
Number of
allocated awards
Number of petitions
< 6 1
6 to 11 2
11 to 16 3
> 16 4

Each college first reviews these petitions from its graduate programs. Those it approves are sent to the Graduate School for final review. It is within the colleges’ purview not to allow any college-level awards to be offered to students who do not meet the fellowship nomination criteria.

The petition to the Graduate School must be in the form of a written request addressed to the Associate Dean of the Graduate School ( . This request must provide a detailed justification for granting a waiver to the nominee.

Petitions must be approved prior to the online submission of the college-level award.

All college level awards must be submitted online by the deadline indicated on the Fellowship Calendar.

Programs may use CAFs to supplement the Graduate School’s award offer and must specify the details of such a supplement in their own award letter. Graduate programs must inform awardees at the time of the fellowship offer of their willingness to provide (or not provide) additional financial years of support, supplemental stipend and the conditions, if any, that need to be met for continued support.

Awards made through the college-level fellowship process, no matter how early in the academic year, are subject to the Council of Graduate School’s Resolution regarding acceptances and financial aid offers.