Thomas C. Rumble University Graduate Fellowships

The Thomas Rumble Fellowship aims to optimize Ph.D. students' performance by providing support for and establishing expected outcomes at each stage of the training process. The fellowship has been expanded and reorganized to provide support in two categories: the Rumble Fellowship Award and the Rumble Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) based on departmental appointment and student financial aid and employment status. Both Rumble Fellowship categories provide a stipend of $20,000 for the academic year in addition to a tuition scholarship that provides payment of 7.5 – 10 credits for each of the fall and winter semesters at the effective tuition rate. The fellowship provides subsidized medical, vision and dental insurance. See details in the document below.


  • Fellowship eligibility and recipients are determined by individual departments. See the Rumble Fellowship information for details on expected outcomes and measurement of success for recipients in each category.
  • As stated by university policy, Wayne State employees, i.e. persons providing a service to the university, are not eligible to receive fellowships.
  • The purpose of this fellowship is to support students as they work on their academic and professional growth. Thus, it is expected that the recipient will participate in at least three Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development (GPPD) Seminars during the academic year. Information about these seminars is located here.


Recipients are selected by departments and submitted to the Graduate School in May each year.

Allocations to departments, schools and colleges have been determined based primarily on Ph.D. productivity. Units receiving a fellowship allocation will determine in which of the three categories they will make awards and to whom the awards are made, and will be expected to document the outcomes for each fellowship recipient. Recipients of the Rumble award may hold employment within the University up to 10 hours per week with prior written permission using the Request for Approval of an Additional Service Assignment form.

Before applying for or accepting any scholarship or fellowship, please consult with WSU Financial Aid regarding how such an award may affect your financial aid package, including loan eligibility.

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