Graduate Dean's fellowships and merit scholarships

The Graduate School will award a combination of fellowships and merit scholarships each academic year to an elite selection of master's and doctoral students who show the potential to make substantive contributions to their discipline. Review the nomination procedures and eligibility requirements for each type of award below.

Graduate Dean's fellowships

The Graduate Dean's fellowships are limited to incoming domestic and international doctoral students in any approved University of Nevada, Reno doctoral program (Ph.D. or doctorate). There are typically seven (7) one-year fellowships in the amount of $45,000 per academic year ($22,500 per semester, paid out in two installments of $10,000). The fellowship also qualifies non-Nevada residents for a waiver of out-of-state tuition.

Graduate Dean's merit scholarships

Graduate Dean's merit scholarships are open to both domestic and international master's and doctoral students in any approved University of Nevada, Reno graduate program (Ph.D., doctorate, MFA or master's). For spring nomination deadlines, only incoming graduate students are eligible. For the fall nomination deadline, both incoming and currently enrolled graduate students are eligible, but preference will be given to incoming students in doctoral programs. The amount of the one-year scholarship is $10,000 ($5,000 per semester) for new admits or $5,000 ($2,500 per semester) for continuing grad students per academic year.