Financial Support

Fellowships & Awards

Fellowships at IUPUI include all unrestricted, non-service related stipends, regardless of the funding source or name of the award for the purpose of aiding a graduate or professional student's study, training, or research. A Graduate Fellow will primarily focus on pursuing a course of study or research for their personal benefit.

Remember that funding for graduate school may come from many sources, so students should explore resources within IUPUI as well as external resources. The Office of Student Scholarships or the Office of Student Financial Services offer additional resources on funding at IUPUI.

Internal Fellowships and Awards

Internal awards and fellowships are funding that comes from the university. Most graduate-level funding at IUPUI comes through the academic schools.

If you are a recipient of an IUPUI fellowship, our Graduate Student Fellowships Process guide can help you understand the process at IUPUI.

Students, please note that the individual departments or schools submit the nomination for majority of these awards and fellowships. To determine if you can self nominate, check the Nominated by section or follow the links to websites.

  • Recruitment

    IUPUI University Fellowships
    Award Amount: One year support – Stipend / health insurance, tuition (provided by the program) – Master’s stipend ($11,000 for 10 month appointment, $12,000 for 12 month appointment) PhD stipend ($19,000 for 10 month appointment, $22,500 for 12 month appointment) – continued support by program in subsequent years
    Deadline: February 16, 2018
    School eligibility: IU
    Student eligibility: Incoming PhD or Master’s students in research-based programs
    Nominated by: Department/School

    University Fellowships are competitively awarded to the best MA/MS and PhD students entering IUPUI’s research-based graduate programs each fall. Discipline-appropriate research is therefore a key consideration in the evaluation of applications. Programs are encouraged to nominate candidates with extraordinary qualifications as this is a very competitive fellowship. Applicants must meet all admissions criteria for their program, be entering as a first year student, enrolled full-time on the IUPUI campus during the fellowship year, and must maintain satisfactory academic performance.

    Adam W. Herbert Graduate Fellowship
    Award amount: Four year stipend for PhD ($25,000), and two year stipend for Master’s student ($10,000)
    Deadline: February 2, 2018
    School eligibility: IU
    Student eligibility: Incoming PhD or Master’s students in a science program who have graduated from an Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
    Nominated by: Department/School

    Created through an endowment from the President’s Fund for the purpose of supporting graduate study in an Indiana University Program at IUPUI for graduates of HBCU applying to Indiana University Graduate School program(s).

    President's Diversity Fellowship at IUPUI
    Award amount: Five year support – Stipend / SAA, health insurance, tuition (shared support by UGS and program) $20,000 for non-STEM, and $25,000 for STEM
    Deadline: February 16, 2018
    School eligibility: IU
    Student eligibility:
    Incoming underrepresented PhD students
    Nominated by: Department/School

    This program seeks to attract outstanding underrepresented students to pursue an Indiana University PhD degree at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The program offers a multi-year funding package, professional development and mentoring support to outstanding scholars in all fields. In joining the IU academic community these scholars, through their research, teaching, and service, will enhance scholarship through the numerous benefits that diversity confers.

    Purdue Diversity Fellowships at IUPUI
    Award Amount: 10-month fellowship - $19,000; 12-month fellowship - $22,500
    Deadline: February 16, 2018
    School eligibility: PU at IUPUI
    Student eligibility: Incoming underrepresented PhD students entering Purdue programs on the IUPUI Campus
    Nominated by: Department/School

    To help meet a national need and better prepare future STEM educators, the Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI) Graduate Fellowship Committee has endorsed a new pilot program to provide funds for recruiting talented and diverse students to Purdue graduate programs within our Schools of Science and Engineering and Technology. The IUPUI Graduate Diversity Fellowship program has the goal of attracting outstanding underrepresented students to pursue a Purdue PhD degree at IUPUI. This pilot program has been tailored similarly to the diversity recruitment fellowships offered to applicants to IU Ph.D. programs on the IUPUI campus. This pilot IUPUI Diversity Fellowship is a one-year award administered by the IUPUI Graduate Office.

  • Leadership and Service

    John H. Edwards Fellowship
    Award amount: One year - $20,000 stipend
    Deadline: February 9, 2018
    School eligibility: IU
    Student eligibility: PhD, EdD, M.D., J.D., M.F.A, M.A.T. students who have completed 24 credit hours by 2/2017
    Nominated by: Department/School

    Programs are encouraged to nominate a candidate with an extraordinary record of voluntary public service, exemplary character, superior scholastic ability, and intellectual capacity that promises dividends for society. Consistent with University policy, nominations for this award should be made without regard to sexual orientation or disability. Nominees should have a clear record of voluntary public service; special consideration will be given to nominees who can demonstrate financial need in order to complete their studies (see Nominee Financial Statement Form). Initiating service projects is an especially strong credential for earning this award.

    The Wells Graduate Fellowship
    Award amount: 1 year - $42,000 stipend
    Deadline: November 17, 2017
    School eligibility: IU
    Student eligibility: The nominee must be a doctoral or M.F.A. student.
    Nominated by: Department

    Any department can nominate one doctoral or M.F.A. student who exemplifies the characteristics of Chancellor Wells. The nominee must be at least in the second year of graduate studies at any Indiana University Campus and a regularly enrolled student during the award.

    William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion
    Deadline: TBD March 2018
    School eligibility: IUPUI
    Student eligibility: Applicants for the Plater Civic Engagement Medallion are undergraduate, masters or doctorate students who will receive their respective degrees by August 2017. Students completing their degree requirements in December of 2016 are also eligible to apply.
    Nominated by: Faculty / Staff / Student

    The Plater Civic Engagement Medallion honor graduates who have excelled in their commitment to the community through activities such as service learning, volunteerism, community/social issue advocacy, community work-study, and political engagement.

  • Research

    University Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award
    Award amount: $5,000
    Deadline: May 18, 2018
    School eligibility: IU
    Student eligibility: Ph.D. students must have received a Ph.D. degree during the previous academic year (see application for details)
    Nominated by: Director of Graduate Studies / Departmental Chair

    Each degree granted by The Indiana University Graduate School may nominate one "truly outstanding" PhD dissertation for consideration by the Awards and Financial Aid Committee of the Graduate Council.

    University Graduate School Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award
    Award amount: $1,500
    Deadline: September 15, 2017
    School eligibility: IU and PU
    Student eligibility: Must have received a Master’s degree from the IU University Graduate School or Purdue Schools at IUPUI during the two previous academic years
    Nominated by: Director of Graduate Studies / Departmental Chair

    Each degree granted by the Indiana University Graduate School or Purdue University Graduate Schools at IUPUI may nominate one "truly outstanding" master’s thesis for consideration by the Awards and Financial Aid Committee of the Graduate Council.

    President’s Diversity Dissertation Fellowship at IUPUI
    Award amount: One- year stipend - $20,000 for non-STEM, and $25,000 for STEM
    Deadline: April 20, 2018
    School eligibility: IU
    Student eligibility: Applicants must have been admitted to candidacy and receive PhD recorder approval at least one month prior to the application deadline
    Nominated by: Department/School

    These are one time fellowships meant to offset a scholar’s living expenses while completing the dissertation. This competition is specifically aimed at Indiana University PhD graduate students who are underrepresented minorities (URMs) in their field. The URM designation applies to racial, ethnic, gender and disability classification. Graduate students in the natural, physical and life sciences, technology, and math fields, are especially encouraged to apply. In order to apply for this award, applicants must have been admitted to candidacy and receive PhD recorder approval at least one month prior to the application deadline.

  • Diversity Fellowships

    Adam W. Herbert Graduate Fellowship
    Award amount: Four year stipend for PhD ($25,000), and two year stipend for Master’s student ($10,000)
    Deadline: February 2, 2018
    School eligibility: IU
    Student eligibility: Incoming PhD or Master’s students in a science program who have graduated from an Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
    Nominated by: Department/School

    Created through an endowment from the President’s Fund for the purpose of supporting graduate study in an Indiana University Program at IUPUI for graduates of HBCU applying to Indiana University Graduate School program(s).

    President’s Diversity Dissertation Fellowship at IUPUI
    Award amount: One-year stipend - $20,000 for non-STEM, and $25,000 for STEM
    Deadline: April 20, 2018
    School eligibility: IU
    Student eligibility: Applicants must have been admitted to candidacy and receive PhD recorder approval at least one month prior to the application deadline
    Nominated by: Department/School

    These are one time fellowships meant to offset a scholar’s living expenses while completing the dissertation. This competition is specifically aimed at Indiana University PhD graduate students who are underrepresented minorities (URMs) in their field. The URM designation applies to racial, ethnic, gender and disability classification. Graduate students in the natural, physical and life sciences, technology, and math fields, are especially encouraged to apply. In order to apply for this award, applicants must have been admitted to candidacy and receive PhD recorder approval at least one month prior to the application deadline.

    President's Diversity Fellowship at IUPUI
    Award amount: Five year support – Stipend / SAA, health insurance, tuition (shared support by UGS and program) $20,000 for non-STEM, and $25,000 for STEM
    Deadline: February 16, 2018
    School eligibility: IU
    Student eligibility:
    Incoming underrepresented PhD students
    Nominated by: Department/School

    This program seeks to attract outstanding underrepresented students to pursue an Indiana University PhD degree at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The program offers a multi-year funding package, professional development and mentoring support to outstanding scholars in all fields. In joining the IU academic community these scholars, through their research, teaching, and service, will enhance scholarship through the numerous benefits that diversity confers.

  • Career Development

    IUPUI Travel Fellowships
    Award amount: Up to $1,000
    Deadline: October 13, 2017 for Fall semester; February 9, 2018 for Spring semester
    School eligibility: IUPUI
    Student eligibility:
    Master’s and PhD students in research-based programs presenting a first author poster / oral presentation at a research conference
    Nominated by: Student / Mentor

    The Fellowship Committee has set aside funds for Travel Fellowships to assist full-time graduate students in attending a meeting or conference relevant to their degree program to present their research. Students must be currently enrolled in a research degree program on the IUPUI campus (master's or Ph.D.) to qualify for these competitive awards. Additionally students must be registered full time when their application for a Travel Fellowship is submitted, and be similarly enrolled full time on the IUPUI campus during the semester of their travel. These awards are competitive with students eligible to receive this fellowship only one time per academic year.

    Graduate and Professional Education Grants (G-PEG) IU and Purdue
    Award amount: Up to $500
    Visit Graduate and Professional Student Government's (GPSG) website for complete information

    G-PEG’s, are grants awarded to graduate and professional students at IUPUI by the Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) for the assistance in the development of their educational experiences. G-PEG’s can be applied towards attending a conference, conducting research, or gaining training outside the campus. Each student can receive up to $500 per academic year. G-PEG’s are individual and not group grants (i.e. a group attending a conference cannot apply together, each participant must submit a separate and unique application).

  • Merit and Achievement

    Sherry Queener Graduate Student Excellence Award
    Award amount: $1,000 Award
    Deadline: TBD March 2018
    School eligibility: IUPUI
    Student eligibility: Master’s / Doctoral or Professional Degree Students
    Nominated by: Department/School

    This is an IUPUI campus-wide honor includes a $1,000 cash award. One award will be given to an outstanding IUPUI candidate enrolled in a master’s degree program, and another award will be presented to an outstanding IUPUI student pursuing a doctoral or professional degree. Students will be nominated by their respective schools, and the nomination must be accompanied by a dossier. Each school will be asked to nominate one currently enrolled master’s degree student and one student pursuing a doctoral or professional degree.

    Chancellor’s Scholar Award (IUGS only)
    Deadline: February 3, 2017
    School eligibility: IUPUI
    Student eligibility: Degree seeking master’s and doctoral student in their final year who has the highest cumulative GPA
    Nominated by: Indiana University Graduate School

    One student from each designated academic unit is to be selected. The IUPUI Graduate Office works directly with the Indiana University Graduate School programs to identify the annual Chancellor’s Scholar who meets the eligibility criteria for this award. The student selected should have met the stated criteria at the end of the fall semester; he or she may be a December, May, or summer graduate.

  • Discipline Specific

    Max Kade Graduate Fellowship

    IU School of Liberal Arts Women's Studies, various awards and scholarships

External Fellowships and Awards

External awards and fellowships are also available, which is funding that comes from organizations and corporations unaffiliated with the university.