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Fellowships are awarded by the Graduate School through a departmental nomination process. They are primarily available for first-year and dissertation-level doctoral students. Fellows receive a stipend, full tuition, a health-services fee, and health insurance. All fellowships are awarded competitively, based on departmental recommendations.

Students who have been awarded fellowships are expected to devote themselves to research, scholarship, or the completion of their dissertations. Fellowship recipients are not allowed to hold other work appointments, either inside or outside the University. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Graduate School.