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Fellowships: Evaluation Process

Review Committees

The University Fellowship Review Committee consists of 25 members of the Graduate Faculty.

The Graduate Enrichment Fellowship Selection Committee consists of 10 members of the Graduate Faculty.

Committee members are chosen to reflect a fair representation across all colleges and disciplines. Each University Fellowship and Graduate Enrichment nomination is evaluated by four readers who are selected through a randomized process. Each nominee’s final score is an average of the four scores.

Fellowship nominees are reviewed by the Graduate School fellowship review committees, and fellowship awards are made by the Dean of the Graduate School based on the recommendations of the review committees.

Scoring Criteria

In addition to the minimum eligibility criteria for nomination, committee members evaluate nominees on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Undergraduate transcripts (cumulative/major GPA and reputation/difficulty of the undergraduate program/school)
  2. Admission test scores—GRE/GMAT/TOEFL (scores/percentile ranks and how they relate to the specific area proposed for graduate study)
  3. Statement of purpose (clarity, non-academic experience, motivation for graduate study and research interest, career goals)
  4. Letters of recommendation (reputations of persons writing the recommendation letters, as well as scholarly, leadership, and motivational qualities attributed to the nominee)
  5. Program justification (graduate program’s specific interpretation of the nominee’s credentials, including previous graduate work, if relevant, and how the nominee would fit into the general research emphases in the program and programmatic goals and needs)
  6. For Graduate Enrichment nominations only: Contribution to diversity of the Graduate School and the graduate program

Graduate programs should emphasize all relevant attributes of the nominees’ files in their program justifications. Fellowship nominees are expected to show all-around strength, not simply outstanding performance on a single measure.

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