Many different fellowships are available through departments, colleges, and the Office of Graduate Studies. Ordinarily, graduate students holding fellowships are not required to perform any services. Many competitive fellowships of $1,000 or greater per academic year also allow students to pay tuition at the in-state rate. Fellowships packages vary from $1,000 to over $30,000 and some do include funds for insurance and tuition and fees.
Scholarships & Financial Aid’s role for fellowships is to ensure that they are counted as a resource towards a student’s financial aid package. Fellowships can be lump sum (One Payment) or monthly (which are monthly payments) in a semester. It depends on the Department or College to determine which way a fellowship is to be paid. Scholarships & Financial Aid sets fellowship payment dates annually according to the semester. These dates cannot be changed due to how funds are to be disbursed in Scholarships & Financial Aid.
You can locate dates on disbursement of Fellowships on the Important Dates page, or by clicking the Disbursement Dates link below.
Fellowships need to be awarded to a student’s account before July 1 for the following academic year. This will allow Scholarships & Financial Aid time to review each students account to ensure the fellowship will not have an impact on their other aid. If you were to add an award after July 1 then it will affect their financial aid and we may have to send back funds, such as loans, reduce aid.
Fellowships, as mentioned before, are usually a stipend given to a student to assist with living and educationally related expenses. The fellowship will be posted to the students billing account and pay any tuition and/or fees that is owed by the student. Scholarships are lump sum payments and are an award given to a student based on his/her performance on a scholarship application or financial need. For more information on a fellowship you can visit ogs.tamu.edu.