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Graduate Fellowships


Each spring semester, the Council on Community-Based Partnerships recognizes outstanding achievements in engagement scholarship. Students, faculty, staff and their community partners are honored for excellence in community-based research.

The Council on Community-Based Partnerships in partnership with the Graduate School is pleased to invite proposals for Community Engagement Graduate Fellowship funds.
Grantees will be recognized at the Thirteenth Annual Council on Community-Based Partnerships Awards Luncheon to be held at the Ferguson Student Center Ballroom on April 17, 2019.
For more information please contact Dr. Rebecca Allen, Chair, Faculty Teaching and Research Support Committee, at or (205) 348-9891.

The deadline to apply is 4:45 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2019.
Notification to applicants will be made by Friday, March 8, 2019.

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Three to four awards, provided through the Graduate School and dependent on available funds, will be made in the 2019–2020 funding cycle. Fellowships carry a $15,000 stipend payable in equal monthly installments over 9 months (fall and spring semesters), a full tuition grant for fall and spring, and healthcare stipend. Start date for the award payments will be August 15 2019, ending April 30, 2020.

Faculty members are responsible for completing and submitting the award application and nominating the student. The Council on Community-Based Partnerships will select three to four (depending on availability of funds) winning faculty proposals, with a potential graduate student identified to receive the award. Faculty are then required to confirm selection of the student and recommend him or her to the Graduate School for approval by the Graduate School dean.

Student nominees must have been officially admitted to the Graduate School prior to the fellowship start date in the fall semester and be in a degree-seeking program. Students must be enrolled full time with 9 hours of graduate credits each semester that they receive the fellowship and not receiving any other fellowship or assistantship during the period of this award. Students must have completed their baccalaureate degree before they are eligible for this fellowship; therefore, those in special programs such as University Scholars are not eligible for this fellowship. To continue to receive the fellowship in the spring the student must continue to make satisfactory academic progress including maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

Please note that any amounts paid to students regardless of their source or nature may impact a student’s personal income taxes or Federal Financial aid. The extent of that impact depends on many different factors. So, the student(s) selected will need to consult their personal tax advisor regarding this award and if your student plans to receive federal loans or aid, he or she should contact the UA Student Financial Aid Office before accepting the fellowship.

Service requirement associated with these fellowships is 20 hours of service per week for the funded faculty member on the community engagement research project.

The funds for these awards will be administered through the Graduate School dean’s office. Once the fellows have been identified and approved as described previously, the Graduate School will prepare the PA forms. Proper routing of the forms may be discussed with Carol Agomo at 205-348-7405 or


Graduate Fellowship Rubric

Download a PDF of the rubric used for the Graduate Fellowship applications here.