Mentoring Fellowship

The Mentoring Fellowship program is intended to assist faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin in recruiting outstanding new graduate students that add to the diversity of the campus.

Other goals of the fellowship include:

  • Support of students who might otherwise find it difficult to pursue graduate study; and
  • Support of a mentoring relationship between the faculty member and the student who is recruited.

The entering student should be provided with experiences that will be developmental both for the student and to the field of study. Such experiences might include introduction to current literature; exposure to outstanding research problems; engagement in the laboratory and/or with data collection; attendance and/or presentation at seminars or professional meetings; and involvement in a current research project. 

A Mentoring Fellow appointment should be carefully distinguished from a graduate research assistant (GRA) appointment. A GRA contracts for a specific number of hours of work each week. This is a fellowship where the training aspect of the appointment is central, not the performance of certain duties. 


Mentoring Fellows receive a stipend of $28,000 for 12 months. Also, the costs of tuition and student medical insurance expenses are paid. Students are expected to complete nine hours of coursework during each long semester and three hours during the summer.


To nominate a student, you must be a member of your program’s Graduate Studies Committee. Use the Graduate School Awards System in UT Direct starting mid-October. The deadline for submission of the faculty mentor application can be found here and fellows will be announced in January for the next academic year.

During the nomination process, you will be asked to answer three short questions, and to upload the following documents:

  • A one-page project description of your proposed mentoring plan for the recruited student; and
  • A three-page curriculum vita.

Nominations should demonstrate:

  • The outstanding academic credentials of the student;
  • The manner in which the student will contribute to the diverse educational environment of the program; and
  • Indication of careful planning on the part of the faculty member for a mentor relationship.

Mentoring Fellowships are reserved for students who are U.S. citizens (or permanent residents) who are entering graduate school at the university for the first time.