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Fellowships and Scholarships

The College of Education and Purdue University offer current and incoming grad students a number of prestigious scholarships and awards. Funding enables graduate students to further their education without the burden of student loans. Below, learn about the awards and scholarships available to grad students at the college and university level.

Fellowships

Frederick N. Andrews Fellowship

The Andrews Fellowship is a Graduate School recruitment fellowship for students admitted to the College of Education (COE) for the upcoming academic year as doctoral students in a degree-granting program. It is the most prestigious fellowship awarded in the College of Education and usually is administered as an assistantship. Andrews Fellows receive four years of funding, with two years funded by the Graduate School and two years by the Department. Nominees for the Andrews and Ross Fellowships are reviewed together.

Ross Fellowship

The Ross Fellowship is a Graduate School recruitment fellowship of doctoral-seeking students admitted to the College of Education for the upcoming academic year to a degree-granting graduate program. Ross Fellowships usually are administered as assistantships. Ross Fellows receive four years of funding, with one year funded by the Graduate School and three years by the Department. Nominees for the Andrews and Ross Fellowships are reviewed together.

Purdue Doctoral Fellowship

The Purdue Doctoral Fellowship is a Graduate School recruitment fellowship for doctoral-seeking graduate students who will enhance the diversity of the graduate student body in the College of Education through their diverse backgrounds, views, and experiences. Applicants must submit an essay on diversity, which is a component of the selection process. Purdue Doctoral Fellows receive two years of support funded by the Graduate School, with two years funded by the Department, and have assistantship responsibilities.

David M. Knox Fellowship

The David M. Knox Fellowship is awarded to masters-seeking students to enhance the diversity of the graduate student body through the recruitment of students with diverse backgrounds, views and experiences. The Knox Fellowship commits a two-year award package to the fellows, which includes one year of stipend support from the Graduate School and one additional year of funding support from the graduate program. Tuition and fee coverage and a medical insurance supplement are also provided.

Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship

The Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship is a Graduate School fellowship which provides support to an outstanding College of Education Ph.D. candidate in the final year of doctoral degree completion. Applicants must have completed their coursework and passed their qualifying examinations. There are no assistantship expectations for Bilsland Fellows. Nominations are handled at the department level. Each department forwards four, rank-ordered nominees to the Dean’s Office and the College of Education Awards Committee selects the winner(s). The number of awards available varies based on Graduate School allocations.

College of Education Scholarships

These scholarships have been created through support of alumni and friends. Each scholarship has specific criteria. Faculty in the program areas select the recipients from eligible students. Please see your program chair for eligibility and application information.

  • Dean’s Doctoral Scholarship
  • Bruce Shertzer Award (Counseling Psychology)
  • Elizabeth Doversberger (Counseling & Development)
  • Feldhusen Doctoral Fellowship (Gifted Education)
  • Frank B. DeBruicker (Educational Technology)
  • General Wei-chin & Madame Phoebe Lee (Social Studies Education)
  • Jane & Michael Wilson Doctoral Award (Science Education)
  • Mike Keedy (Mathematics Education)
  • Norbert Nelson Award (Educational Administration)
  • Lloyd Alexander Scholarship (Literacy and Language)

Graduate School Summer Research Grants

Graduate School Summer Research Grants provide two months of thesis research support for predoctoral students who have been exclusively teaching during both of the preceding academic semesters. The eligibility criteria for the Summer Research Grant are as follows:

  • Doctoral student
  • 0.50 FTE Teaching Assistant for both preceding semesters
  • No Research, Fellowship or Administrative/Professional Appointment
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher

The Graduate School identifies eligible students and nominations are handled through the departments each spring semester.