Requirements and Stipulations for Fellows

Fellowship recipients are subject to a number of requirements and stipulations, including:

  1. Satisfactory Progress & Continuing Eligibility
    University fellows must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average and make satisfactory progress toward the degree. Specific conditions for making satisfactory progress can be obtained from the graduate adviser for the program for the program. Fellowships administered by the Graduate School will be terminated when these conditions are not met.
     
  2. Registration Requirements
    Students are selected for Graduate School fellowships on the basis of merit and are required to be “full-time” graduate students. Graduate fellows must register for a minimum of nine credit hours each long semester (i.e. Fall and Spring semester) and three hours each summer. Course work not completed in a given session (Fall, Spring or Summer) must be finished in time for the grade-change form to be processed before the end of the following long semester. Any such makeup is in addition to the regular course load requirement given above. Registration must be confirmed (tuition bill paid) before any fellowship payments will be released. This means it is important to be pre-registered or the initial fellowship payment for a semester might be delayed.
     
  3. Permission for Change of Major
    University fellows are expected to enroll and continue in the graduate program in which they have been nominated. They must obtain advance permission from Interim Dean Marvin Hackert for any change of major while they hold the fellowship. 
     
  4. Transfer to Another Institution
    If a fellow elects to transfer to another institution, any offer of fellowship support made by The University of Texas at Austin no longer applies. The fellow should consult the Graduate School to determine the nature and duration of the remaining support to be provided by The University of Texas at Austin.
     
  5. Field Work or Study at Another Institution
    University fellows are required to remain in residence at The University of Texas at Austin during the tenure of their awards unless the Graduate School has explicitly authorized them to do research or other work elsewhere. Complete the Petition to Be Away from Campus During a Fellowship Award Period form and return it to the Graduate School, Main 101.
     
  6. Change of Status
    University fellows and Teaching or Research Assistants must notify the Graduate School promptly of any change in name, address or plans that may affect the continuation of the award.
     
  7. Supplemental Support
    Graduate fellows may have opportunities for additional support in the form of a prestigious outside fellowship, a teaching assistantship or a graduate research assistantship. The Graduate School reserves the right to defer part or all of the fellowship when a student is receiving supplemental funding.
     
  8. Continuing Support
    Opportunities exist for support following the period covered by a fellowship. Typically, such support might consist of another competitively awarded University Fellowship, a Teaching Assistantship or a Graduate Research Assistantship, depending on specific circumstances.