Fellowships, Awards and Competitions

For UNC Charlotte students only:

Each spring the Graduate School administers fellowships available only to outstanding UNC Charlotte graduate students. Awards begin in the upcoming academic year.

JOANNA R. BAKER MEMORIAL GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

A $3,000 grant for new or continuing master’s or doctoral mathematical, computer science or information technology research, plus $750 travel allowance.

CRAIG R. BROWN GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

$2,000 grant plus NC resident tuition for a first-year U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident master’s or doctoral student conducting research to address societal issues.

DRReaM GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

$1,000 needs-based award for a continuing master’s or doctoral student in a health-related program.

FAYE JACQUES MEMORIAL GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

$1,000 needs-based grant to a continuing master’s or doctoral student.

JOHN PAUL LUCAS, JR. SCHOLARSHIP FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

$1,000 scholarship for a new or continuing master’s student pursuing a degree in English or English Education.

CLAUDIA M. REYNOLDS GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

$1,000 award for continuing non-traditional master's or doctoral students.

THOMAS L. REYNOLDS GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD

Up to $1,500 for continuing master’s or doctoral students to assist with costs often overlooked in other funding sources.

ZONTA CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

$1,000 grant for new US resident master’s or doctoral students.

Graduate Program Director Nomination Only Awards


WAYLAND H. CATO JR. FIRST-YEAR DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

GPD Nominated. $18,500, tuition and health insurance for a newly admitted doctoral student.

HERSCHEL AND CORNELIA EVERETT FOUNDATION FIRST-YEAR GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

GPD Nominated.  $14,000 for a newly admitted U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident master’s student, $18,500 for a newly admitted doctoral student, both plus tuition. Doctoral students also receive health insurance.

WILLIAM F. KENNEDY GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

GPD Nominated. $18,500 needs-based grant plus tuition and health insurance for a newly admitted, first-year doctoral student.

Apply through the Graduate School


LUCILLE P. AND EDWARD C. GILES DISSERTATION-YEAR GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

$20,000, tuition and fees, health insurance and $1,000 for travel for a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident doctoral student in the STEM disciplines.

Apply through the Center for Graduate Life


Graduate Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award

Presented by the Graduate School to recognize outstanding research and scholarship by a doctoral student at UNC Charlotte.

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

The award recognizes master's and doctoral students nominated by faculty supervisors for their outstanding and innovative teaching techniques.

Outstanding Master's Thesis Award 

The Master’s Thesis Award is awarded to a student on the basis of clarity of style and presentation, scholarship, research methodology, and contributions to the field or discipline.

Three Minute Thesis Competition

Originating at the University of Queensland, Australia, 3MT® challenges graduate students to condense their graduate body of work into a clear and engaging three-minute presentation supported by only one static overhead slide.


Competitive funding sources

A wide variety of public and private resources are available to help you find funding for graduate education. Here are selected ones: 


Travel funding