Fellowships

Dean's Diversity Fellowships
King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program
Munich Fellowship
Thomas C. Rumble University Graduate Fellowships

Dean's Diversity Fellowships

The Dean's Diversity Fellowship is designed to attract new doctoral students to Wayne State University. The fellowship covers three academic years during which fellows have no service requirements. The fellowship includes a living allowance of $27,500, tuition up to 10 graduate credits per term at the effective tuition rate, as well as subsidized medical, dental and vision care insurance for 12 months per year. After the initial three year fellowship period, departments are required to provide two additional academic years of support for fellows at the Graduate Assistant minimum rate or better, thus providing a total of five years of support. 

Eligibility

  • Dean's Diversity Fellowships are for new doctoral students only–they cannot be awarded to continuing doctoral students.
  • Eligibility is restricted to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Fellows must register for a minimum of eight credit hours in both fall and winter semesters, maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average each semester, and otherwise make satisfactory progress towards the degree.
  • Fellows may not hold graduate assistantships, other fellowships, internships, traineeships, scholarships, or any other employment during the fellowship period.
  • As stated by university policy, Wayne State employees, i.e. persons providing a service to the university, are not eligible to receive fellowships.

Application

Nominations must be made by program graduate directors, and nominations are encouraged for minorities, women, persons with disabilities or individuals from cultural, linguistic, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds who otherwise would not be adequately represented in the doctoral program.

Nomination deadline: March 12, 2021

Award announcements will be made by March 31, 2021.

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.

Dean's Diversity Fellowships nomination form

King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program

The KCP-FFF Program was created by the Michigan State Legislature in 1986 as part of the larger King-Chávez-Parks Initiative, designed to stem the downward spiral of college graduation rates for students underrepresented in postsecondary education. The purpose of the FFF Program is to increase the pool of academically or economically disadvantaged candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education.

The Graduate School sponsors one competition annually for (KCP) Future Faculty Fellowships. The purpose of the fellowship is to assist students in doctoral programs who intend to pursue full-time teaching positions in postsecondary institutions within one year of receiving their doctoral degrees at Wayne State University. Applications are encouraged from those who would otherwise not adequately be represented in the graduate student and faculty populations. Preference may not be given to applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender or national origin.

Future Faculty Fellows are required, by signed agreement, to obtain and serve in a postsecondary faculty teaching or administrative position in apublic or private, 2- or 4-year, in-state or out-of-state, postsecondary institution for up to three (3) years equivalent full-time, dependent upon the amount of the Fellowship Award. A portion of this service obligation can be completed while the student earns their graduate degree. Fellows who do not fulfill the obligations of their Fellowship Agreement may be placed in default, which results in the Fellowship converting to a loan, referred to as a KCP Loan, which the Fellow must repay to the State of Michigan.  Detailed service credit guidelines and reporting forms can be found below. 

Administrative Service Pre-Approval Form Non-Traditional Service Pre-Approval Form Service Credit Guidelines Service Reporting Form

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and Michigan residents as defined by the university.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program at Wayne State University.
  • Applicants must be academically or economically disadvantaged as defined by the State of Michigan. 
  • For full eligibility requirements, see KCP Initiative FFF Eligibility Requirements.

Note that as stated by university policy, Wayne State employees, i.e. persons providing a service to the university, are not eligible to receive fellowships.

Application

2020-2021 applications will be posted TBA. 

A committee of Wayne State University faculty will review the applications and recommend candidates to the Dean of the Graduate School. Selections will be made on a competitive basis using criteria that include academic performance, research accomplishments and potential, faculty and advisor recommendations, and the personal statement. Fellowship decisions are not subject to appeal.

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.

Questions?

Contact Karen Schramm, coordinator, KCP Future Faculty Program | 313-577-8053, k.schramm@wayne.edu

Keep in touch

Please let us know what you will be doing after you receive your degree. Fellows must notify us and the KCP Initiative Office of any change of address by emailing Karen Schramm, k.schramm@wayne.edu, and FutureFaculty@michigan.gov.

Munich Fellowship

The Graduate School holds an annual competition for the Munich Exchange Fellowship for graduate students. The fellowship supports the awardee to study one year in Munich. WSU graduate students who are awarded a fellowship by the Graduate School to study at Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat Munich will be provided a tuition waiver from LMU. The WSU Graduate School will provide the WSU student(s) with a cost-of-living allowance to assist them with day-to-day expenses during their studies in Munich. Expenses not covered by the tuition waiver and cost-of-living allowance will be the responsibility of the fellow. Independent travel arrangements should be made. Travel expenses are not included in the fellowship.

Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat Study With Us Guide

Ludwig-Maximilians Universitat courses taught in English

Eligibility

Applicants must meet be:

  • Admitted to a program of graduate study at Wayne State University
  • Proficient in the German language unless enrolled in courses taught in English
  • In good academic standing with demonstrated capacity for independent study
  • Involved in study or research that is relevant to their program at Wayne State University

Note that as stated by university policy, Wayne State employees, i.e. persons providing a service to the university, are not eligible to receive fellowships.

Application

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.

Application deadline April 1, 2019

Munich Exchange Fellowship application

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.

Eligibility

  • 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.

Application

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.

Download Rumble Fellowship information