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Nomination Process

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In order to be selected for this fellowship, perspective students are required to work alongside their graduate department to submit the required nomination materials. KU academic departments nominate outstanding students who possess the potential and motivation to become notable leaders and who can be expected to make a significant contribution to their chosen profession and to society. Students who are a strong fit to the program are highly encouraged and welcome to ask their departments for a nomination.omination deadline for all nominations: February 3, 2021 at noon

In order to be eligible for nomination, you must meet a number of criteria. These include:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Have been admitted into one of the eligible disciplines
  • Have completed your first baccalaureate degree within the past eight years
  • Be a new Ph.D. student or first-year Ph.D. student at the time of nomination

If you meet eligibility requirements, then you and your academic department will work together to collect the neccesarry documents for the nomination file. The nomination file will include a letter of nomination from your department, your graduate school application and all required materials for your graduate admission, a current resume, Self Graduate Fellowship Personal Statement, waiver form, and fellowship specific letters of recommendation.

If are nominated for the fellowship, the Self Graduate Fellowship will have a team of faculty evaluators review your material along with all other nominations. It is important that your letters of recommendation and your own personal statement be thoughtful and accurate. Your personal statement should thoroughly cover the information requested and tell us, in your own words, how you match the profile of a Self Fellow.

If you are invited to interview for a Self Graduate Fellowship, we will pay your travel and lodging expenses to come to Lawrence for our interview weekend. You will be hosted by your academic department and will have the opportunity to meet other graduate students as well as Self Graduate Fellows. Your Self Graduate Fellowship interview will be 45 minutes long and will be conducted by a team of faculty interviewers. Below is the comprehensive timeline for 2020-2021 academic year.



It is important that students meet various deadlines in order to be nominated for a Self Graduate Fellowship. The following serves as a suggested timeline for prospective Self Graduate Fellows.


Check with your chosen department to confirm deadlines and needed information. Submit your KU graduate school application as early as you can since departments will prepare nominations in late January. Make sure you have identified good sources for letters of recommendation. Update your resume.


Confirm with your chosen department that your application is complete and that all supporting materials have been received.


Review our website for nominee information. If you are nominated, you will be asked to write a personal statement which is specific to the Self Graduate Fellowship. This personal statement is one of the most important documents in the nomination process. You will submit the statement directly to the department before the deadline. Talk with your department about their internal timeline to ensure all your materials are included in the nomination.


Nomination deadline for all nominations: February 3, 2021 at noon

Mid-February, 2021: Nominees selected for on-campus interviews. Those selected will be notified by email.


March 1-5, 2021: On-campus interviews

Mid-March, 2021: Self Graduate Fellowship extends Self Graduate Fellowship offers. Students who receive offers will first be notified by email.


April 15, 2021: Deadline for acceptance of offers. 

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