Doctoral Fellowships for tomorrow's leaders

About The Self Graduate Fellowship


Profile of a Self Graduate Fellow

Self Graduate Fellows are selected for their vision, career goals, and achievements. They are able to set and attain goals, show leadership potential and motivation, and possess a strong work ethic. Self Graduate Fellows also demonstrate initiative, passion for achievement and lifelong learning, and make a commitment to participate in the Fellow Development Program.

2018-2019 Award

New Self Graduate Fellows for 2018-2019 will receive annual support of $30,500 for four years. Payment is through appointment as a graduate research assistant. The fellowship covers tuition, fees, and the employer's share of student health insurance costs. Over the four years, fellows have access to a $5,500 professional development award. All fellows actively participate in the Fellow Development Program. The total value of the four-year doctoral fellowship exceeds $175,000. The 38 current Self Graduate Fellows are among 187 students who have benefited from the fellowship since it was established in 1989.


The Fellow Development Program provides general education and training in communication, management, innovation, and leadership to assist Self Graduate Fellows in preparation for future leadership roles, complementing the specialized education and training provided in the Ph.D. programs. Fellows interact with nationally prominent experts to gain broad knowledge of public policy topics. A capstone of the development program is an intensive government and science policy seminar held in Washington, D.C.




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