College of Liberal Arts

COLA Graduate Fellowships 2015-16

December 12, 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. $5000 awards are one-time payments; all other stipends are paid monthly. The top three packages are to be used for competitive recruitment; the remainder of packages can be used for recruitment or to support continuing students. The predefined packages are:

 

Award Name

Fall Stipend

Spring Stipend

Summer Stipend

Tuition

Insurance

Total

Competitive Recruit I

$13,875

$13,875

$9,250

$9,603

$1,859

$48,463

Competitive Recruit II

$12,375

$12,375

$8,250

$9,603

$1,859

$44,463

Competitive Recruit III

$10,125

$10,125

$6,750

$9,603

$1,859

$38,463

Prestigious

$10,000

$10,000

$5,000

$9,603

$1,859

$36,463

Regular

$10,000

$10,000

NA

$8,088

$1,859

$29,947

Fall

$10,000

NA

NA

$4,044

$708

$14,752

Spring

NA

$10,000

NA

$4,044

$1151**

$15,159

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. We encourage you to use the full amount of decentralized OGS money allocated to the unit. Amounts not encumbered by November 9, 2015 will be rolled back into the general College pool.

**This figure is based on the true cost of Spring/Summer student insurance in 2014-15.

 

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

Time to Degree Requirement:

While we will continue to consider individual exceptions, the general intent of the College is not to approve financial support for students beyond their sixth year in the program as of 2015-16. By 2017, all entering and current students should work with a clear expectation of no more than six years of College funding.

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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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Contact: 

Lauren Apter Bairnsfather
apter@austin.utexas.edu
Tel: (512) 232-2094

COLA Thematic Fellows 2015-16

Time To Degree Policy