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COLA Graduate Fellowships 2014-15

Updated March 5, 2014

 Guiding Principles:

  • Fellowships should be highly competitive and rare. 
  • Fellowships are to be used carefully and strategically to make strong recruitment offers to the best incoming students or to provide time periods dedicated to research and writing to our strongest continuing students. 
  • Fellowship awards should come with high expectations for progress toward degree and timely completion, and allow for the development of a scholarly profile that makes the fellowship recipient highly competitive in the job market. These expectations should be spelled out for the recipient.

Set Award Packages for Decentralized Fellowships (from OGS funds):

We have worked with the Graduate School to establish set award packages for the College of Liberal Arts, including amounts for stipend, tuition, and insurance. Following the consensus that emerged during CLASP conversations, stipends are set at $10,000 per semester and $5,000 in the summer. The predefined packages, to be used either for recruitment or for supporting continuing students, are: 

Award Name

Fall Stipend

Spring Stipend

Summer Stipend

Tuition

Insurance

Total

Prestigious

$10,000

$10,000

$5,000

$9,603

$1,432

$36,036

Regular

$10,000

$10,000

NA

$8,088

$1,432

$29,520

Fall

$10,000

NA

NA

$4,044

$542

$14,586

Spring

NA

$10,000

NA

$4,044

$591

$14,635

Summer

NA

NA

$5,000

NA

NA

$5,000

Fall Supplemental

$5,000

NA

NA

NA

NA

$5,000

Spring Supplemental

NA

$5,000

NA

NA

NA

$5,000

Awards must be made in one of the above configurations. There is no flexibility with awards made from OGS funds. The option of rolling over money may or may not be available to us next year. We encourage you to use all or most of the OGS money allocated to your department.

Flexibility with COLA Funds:

COLA Funds are flexible. As in the past year, individual departments will have the authority to decide whether to use the money for recruitment or for supporting continuing students. Departments may choose to use the COLA funds for top-offs, but this use should be strategic and limited to select students.

Enrollment Requirement:

Both OGS and COLA expect fellowship recipients to maintain full-time enrollment irrespective of the funding source (OGS, COLA, departmental endowment, external fellowships, etc.) This enrollment requirement applies also to recipients of out of state tuition waivers

Reporting Timeline:

Reporting and Audit of Recruitment Fellowships: 

Tuesday, 4/15/14

LA Grad Funding System Opens

Monday, 4/21/14

Deadline for entering accepted awards

Wednesday, 4/23/14

Dean’s Office sends audits to each department

No later than Tuesday, 4/29/14

Each department finalizes awards

By Thursday, 5/1/14

Dean’s Office enters awards into OGS system


Reporting and Audit of Continuing Fellowships:

Monday, 5/5/14

Deadline for entering accepted awards

Wednesday, 5/7/14

Dean’s Office sends audits to each department

No later than Tuesday, 5/13/14

Each department finalizes awards

By Thursday, 5/15/14

Dean’s Office enters awards into OGS system

Additonal Resources: 

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COLA Fellowship Announcements

Updated January 6, 2014

Thematic Fellowships 2014

COLA Fellows 2014

The deadline for nominating incoming and current students for COLA Fellowships is Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm. Please contact Lauren Apter Bairnsfather with any questions.

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Non-Resident Tuition Exemptions (Tuition Waivers)

Updated October 2, 2013

(Priscilla Ebert conveyed this information to department chairs in individual emails between April 10 and 12, 2013)

To be eligible for a non-resident tuition exemption (NRTE), a nonresident student must hold a competitive fellowship/scholarship of at least $1,000 awarded by an approved University committee. NRTEs are intended for graduate fellowship recipients, but in exceptional cases,  up to 10% of the awards may be used for undergraduate scholarship recipients. University award committees should maintain records which verify that residents as well as nonresidents are eligible to compete for the fellowships/scholarships and which describe the criteria used to select the recipients.
 
Please note the following policy changes for the 2013-2014 academic year:
 
To be eligible for a waiver, graduate students who receive fellowships must maintain full-time enrollment during the fellowship period (nine hours during the long sessions and three hours over the summer). The student will also be eligible if enrolled for Independent Study and Research (ISR).
 
Beginning spring 2014, the College of Liberal Arts will not issue waivers to students beyond the eighth year in their current program. As of fall 2014, the College will not issue waivers to students beyond the seventh year in their current program.
 
Please call Amelia Rey-Shannon at 512-475-7586 if you have any questions.

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COLA Graduate Fellowships, 2013-2014

Updated January 25, 2013

Guiding Principles:

  • Fellowships should be highly competitive and rare.
  • Fellowships are to be used carefully and strategically to make strong recruitment offers to the best incoming students or to provide time periods dedicated to research and writing to our strongest continuing students.
  • Fellowship awards should come with high expectations for progress toward degree and timely completion, and allow for the development of a scholarly profile that makes the fellowship recipient highly competitive in the job market.These expectations should be spelled out for the recipient.

Set Fellowships Packages from OGS funds:

We have worked with the Graduate School to establish set award packages for the College of Liberal Arts, including amounts for stipend, tuition, and insurance. Following the consensus that emerged during CLASP conversations, stipends are set at $10,000 per semester and $5,000 in the summer. The predefined packages, to be used either for recruitment or for supporting continuing students, are:

Fall Stipend Spring Stipend
Summer Stipend
Tuition
Insurance
Total

Prestigious

 

$10,000 $10,000 $5,000 $9,603 $1,204 $35,807

Regular

 

$10,000 $10,000 n/a $8,088 $1,204 $29,292

Fall

 

$10,000 n/a n/a $4,044 $472 $14,516

Spring

 

n/a $10,000 n/a $4,044 $452 $14,496

Summer

 

n/a n/a $5,000 n/a n/a $5,000

Flexibility with COLA Funds: COLA Funds are flexible. As in the past year, individual departments will have the authority to decide whether to use the money for recruitment or for supporting continuing students. Departments may choose to use the COLA funds for top-offs, but this use should be strategic and limited to select students.

College-Wide Fellowships: The College will again run college-wide competitions for thematic recruitment fellowships and college graduate fellowships.  Announcements were sent out in early January, and the deadline for nominations is February 1, 2013. The College will also continue the support of editorial assistantships. The deadline is February 8, 2013. Awardees will be selected by College committee. The awards are made to individuals and are not transferable to other students in the department—they will be offered to students down the Committees' lists as necessary.

OGS-Administered Fellowships:  OGS will continue to administer Harrington/Powers fellowships; McNair, South Texas and West Texas fellowships; Graduate School Named Endowment Continuing Fellowships; and Prestigious External Fellowship Supplements.  OGS will also offer Diversity Mentoring awards to faculty to support graduate students.

Enrollment Requirement: Both OGS and COLA expect fellowship recipients to maintain full-time enrollment irrespective of the funding source (OGS, COLA, departmental endowment, external fellowships, etc.) The same applies to recipients of out of state tuition waivers.

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COLA Fellowship Announcements, 2013

Updated January 25, 2013

Thematic Fellowships 2013

COLA Fellowships 2013

The deadline for nominating incoming and current students for COLA Fellowships is February 1, 2013. Please contact Lauren Apter Bairnsfather with any questions.

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COLA Fellowship Reporting Spreadsheet

Updated March 26, 2012

  • Please use this spreadsheet to record offers made with OGS, COLA, and local funds.
  • For a walk-through of the spreadsheet, please see these instructions.
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COLA Graduate Fellowships, 2012-13

Updated February 6, 2012

The awarding of graduate student fellowships has been decentralized. The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) will continue to administer some endowed and diversity fellowships. Committees inside the College of Liberal Arts will decide on the recipients of diversity recruitment fellowships and editorial assistantships through a competitive process. The remainder of fellowships for the College of Liberal Arts will be distributed by CoLA departments, through a process that each department will design internally. The following tables contain more specific information about these three broad categories of fellowships.

Department chairs received an email with their allocations in late December and more information in an Academic Affairs meeting on February 6. Please contact Lauren Apter Bairnsfather with any questions.

Fellowships Awarded by the Graduate School

Fellowship Type Deadline OGS Links
Harrington and Powers Fellows February 1, 2012 Harrington

Diversity - McNair, West Texas, South Texas

February 20, 2012 Diversity
Continuing Named Fellowships* March 1, 2012 Continuing Named Fellowships

*Includes Harrington Dissertation awards.

Fellowships Awarded by the College of Liberal Arts

Fellowship Type Deadline Comments and Documents
Thematic Graduate Recruitment Fellowships (Diversity) February 22, 2012 Departments nominate individual students*; Announcement expected by March 9.  Application Information
COLA Graduate Fellowships February 22, 2012 Departments nominate individual students*; Announcement expected by March 9.  Application Information
Editorial Assistantships* Completed Competitive for faculty; awards will be announced by February 10.

*Awardees will be selected by College committee. The awards are made to individuals and are not transferable to other students in the department—they will be offered to students down the Committees' lists as necessary.

Fellowships Awarded by Departments*

*This process will be determined entirely by the departments with no involvement from CoLA or OGS. Departments will report awardees to both COLA and OGS.

Fellowship Type Deadline
New-student Recruitment To be determined by department
Continuing-student Support To be determined by department
Travel To be determined by department