The Graduate School has established an incentive plan designed to encourage more students to apply for individual fellowships. Since May of 2007 when this incentive plan was announced, 205 Ph.D. students have submitted new individual fellowship applications. To date, 54 fellowships have been funded, representing a 264% increase in the number of individual fellowships that were held by predoctoral students when the program was initiated.
Dean Bryan Noe stated, "An investment of $51,250 of Graduate School funds has generated in excess of $1,500,000 per year in stipend support for UAB students who were awarded individual fellowships." This is a cost-benefit ratio which is quite favorable.
If you are a graduate student interested in the Incentive Plan, please read the eligibility requirements located below.
Graduate School Incentive Program to Promote Individual Fellowship Applications
Rationale and Goal: Many UAB graduate students would be competitive for individual fellowships, but not all who are eligible actually apply for a fellowship. Accordingly, the Graduate School has established an incentive plan designed to encourage more students to apply for individual fellowships. By implementing this incentive plan it is hoped that a significant number of additional individual fellowships will be awarded to UAB predoctoral trainees.
- The Graduate School will provide a monetary incentive for students to APPLY FOR individual fellowships funded by extramural agencies or foundations. Graduate students who apply for an individual fellowship (e.g. NSF Individual, NIH NRSA, or other) will be awarded $250 from the Graduate School through the UAB Financial Aid office as a reward for submitting the application. To qualify for this award, the application must be reviewed prior to submission by the student’s program director or mentor, who must provide a written verification to the Graduate School that the application is considered to be competitive. After submission of the grant application, the student will provide a PDF of the application to the Graduate School and the incentive reward will be authorized when the student provides evidence that the application has been received by the granting agency. The $250 award is given for first submissions only.
- If a student’s application is funded, the student will receive an additional financial reward.
- For an NIH NRSA or other grant that provides less than the base stipend currently being offered to all students in that student’s program, the student will receive supplementation of the fellowship stipend to an amount equal to the base stipend plus $1,000 per year for the term that the grant is funded. The supplemental funding will be provided by the Graduate School. If the stipend amount from the external award is equal to or greater than the equivalent of $1,000 more than the current base stipend in the student’s program, the student is entitled to receive the full amount of the stipend. The form used to apply for provision of the supplement from Graduate School resources can be downloaded from the Graduate School web site at: http://www.uab.edu/graduate/funding/gsincentive.pdf
If a student receives an NSF predoctoral fellowship, he/she will receive no supplement to his/her stipend during the three year term of the NSF fellowship. This stipulation is necessary because the NSF stipend of $30,000 exceeds the current maximum stipend recommended by the Graduate School. After the NSF grant terminates, the student’s mentor or department will be responsible for providing the current base stipend in that student’s program and the Graduate School will provide the $1,000 supplement until the student completes his/her degree requirements.
Eligibility: This plan is available to students in any graduate program discipline in which extramural individual fellowship funding is available. To be eligible for both the reward for submitting the application and the supplement to a student’s stipend, the award must provide more than half the current base stipend in the student’s program. Applications for and receipt of travel and other small grants will not be eligible for an incentive award under this program.
Additional details for students and faculty concerning the Graduate School-sponsored Fellowship Incentive Plan follow below.
To receive the application incentive ($250) the following materials are required:
- A letter from the student’s advisor verifying that the advisor reviewed the application and believes that it is competitive.
- Documentation that the amount of the fellowship provides greater than half of the student’s current base stipend.
- An electronic or hard copy PDF of the application.
- Verification of receipt of the application by the funding agency.
- Incentives apply to applications submitted January 2, 2007 or later.
These materials may be submitted to:
- Thomas Harris, Executive Assistant to the Dean, 511 HUC, 996-4062, email@example.com, (Graduate Dean’s Office), or to
- Cyndi Ballinger, Graduate School Business Officer, 511 HUC, 975-7188, firstname.lastname@example.org, (Graduate Dean’s Office)
If the application is successfully funded, the student should provide a copy of the award notice and the Request for Individual Fellowship Supplement Funding Form to one of the individuals above (Thomas Harris or Cyndi Ballinger in the Graduate School Dean’s Office) in order to receive the additional financial reward as described in the Plan Description.
We strongly encourage our graduate students and faculty to participate in this incentive program.