Graduate Fellowships

Tuition Support

Source of Money:
The Graduate School

How it's Paid:
To your student account


Source of Money:
Hiring department

How it's Paid:
Through payroll

Financial Aid

Source of Money:
Student Loans

How it's Paid:
To your student account


Source of Money:
University and More

How it's Paid:
To your student account


Source of Money:
Government and Foundations

How it's Paid:
Payroll and/or student account

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants for need-based scholarships and fellowships must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15 for the upcoming academic year and have no outstanding requirements or financial obligations to the university. University scholarships and fellowships may be used to offset the cost of tuition, room and board, books, or other approved costs. Specific requirements for each scholarship and fellowship are different and may be based on program (degree + major), GPA, specific course enrollment, or other criteria. To search for scholarships and fellowships and review criteria, visit the NinerScholars portal.

Use these tools to find external funding

Each spring the Graduate School administers fellowships made available to outstanding graduate students by various donors. Awards begin in the upcoming academic year.

Offered through the Graduate School to support exceptionally talented and committed graduate students, funds are available to support program specific research or scholarship (e.g., thesis or dissertation research but not a class project).

Following is a summary of the fellowships available to assist with living expenses, travel, tuition and more.  If you need assistance, please refer to the contact information associated with the listed fellowship. 

Donor Funded FELLOWSHIPS and awards


The Reynolds Research Award, named for its founder and Dean of the UNC Charlotte Graduate School, assists with research costs often overlooked in other funding sources.  Dean Reynolds recognized that many graduate student researchers live on a tight budget.  The Reynolds Award considers that difficulty and, as a result, carries fewer restrictions than most fellowship programs.Apply for the Thomas L. Reynolds Graduate Student Research Award

The Reynolds Award provides up to $1,500 to doctoral students who have completed three semesters, and to master’s students who have completed at least one semester.

Applications for this award closed April 1st.  Please consider applying for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Look for application materials in January 2019.

Note: The application deadline for the following awards is March 15, 2018.  The deadline for the Giles award is May 1, 2018. To be considered for the following scholarships and fellowships, students must first complete an application through the University Scholarship Office’s NinerScholars portal . Eligible students will be matched to the following scholarships and fellowships.  Students then must apply for each fellowship for which they are matched.  More information on these awards is available for download.  If you have questions about the following fellowships, please contact Julie Green, Doctoral Student Services and Fellowship Specialist.


Friends and colleagues of Dr. Baker, a highly respected UNC Charlotte professor and director, established this fellowship to continue Dr. Baker’s legacy of interdisciplinary research applying information technology to problem solving in the public sector.  The fellowship is awarded for creative and rigorous (e.g. mathematical, computer science, or information technology based) solutions to challenging public and social policy problems.

The Baker Fellowship award is $3,000 to a master’s or doctoral student plus $750 travel allowance for research presentation.

Target Areas of Study: All


Craig Brown established this fellowship in 2017 to encourage research that addresses societal issues.  A UNC Charlotte honors student and award-winning soccer athlete, Dr. Brown received his BA in Economics in 1986 and later earned a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Georgia.

The Brown Fellowship consists of a $2,000 award plus in-state tuition for a first-year, full-time master’s or doctoral student.  

Target Areas of Study: All


The DRReaM Graduate Fellowship is a need-based award that supports a continuing graduate student (domestic or international with plans to stay in the US) in a health-related program. Established by Dr. Dipti Patel-Misra, the award was named in honor of Dr. Patel-Misra’s family out of gratitude for support she received as a student. Dr. Patel-Misra served as a teacher in the Health Infomatics program, Chair of the Health Informatics Advisory board and Executive in Residence for the Center for Graduate Life.

The Fellowship awards $1,000 to a continuing master's or doctoral student enrolled in a health-related graduate program at UNC Charlotte.

Target Areas of Study: Health


Established in 2009 by the friends and family of long-time Graduate School employee Ms. Faye Jacques, this fellowship honors her tireless dedication to UNC Charlotte and graduate education.  In addition to her service to the Graduate School, Ms. Jacques worked in a number of University units including the Department of Religious Studies and the Development Office.

The $1,000 award goes to a continuing master’s or doctoral student with demonstrable need.

Target Areas of Study: All


Established in 1984 by Mrs. Maria M. Lucas in honor of her husband, this scholarship honors Dr. Lucas’ life as a distinguished teacher and prolific writer.  Lucas attended The Citadel and earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1930. He subsequently received graduate degrees in psychology and English from North Carolina State and Princeton.  He taught at the Asheville School and Clemson, and worked briefly for the Chester News, Charlotte News, and Charlotte Observer newspapers. In 1940, he co-authored a novel about the Lumbee Indians and later served as vice-president of public relations for Duke Power Company.

The $1,000 scholarship supports teachers interested in pursuing graduate degrees in English or English Education.

Target Areas of Study: English or English Education


Members of the Zonta Club, an international service organization of professional women, established this scholarship in 1986 to improve access to education for women.  Even though the Charlotte Chapter of the Zonta Club is no longer active, the family of long-time Zonta leader Mrs. Fran Strouse continue active support. 

The scholarship awards $1,000 to a new, full-time master’s or doctoral student. 

Target Areas of Study: All


The Giles Fellowship, established in 1990 by Lucille P. Giles, allows its recipient to focus on the dissertation, thus improving quality and shortening the time required to complete the doctoral degree.

Focusing on STEM programs, The Giles Fellowship awards a $20,000 stipend, plus $1,000 for travel, health insurance, full tuition and fees for doctoral students in their final year.

Target Areas of Study: STEM

The following fellowships require a Graduate Program Director nomination in the NinerScholars portal. Nominated students will be notified and the nominated fellowship will appear in their NinerScholars portal. More information on these awards is available for download. If you have questions about the following fellowships, please contact Julie Green, Doctoral Student Services and Fellowship Specialist.


Established in 2004 by prominent Charlotte business leader Wayland H. Cato Jr., the Cato award’s aim is to recruit newly admitted graduate students into doctoral programs at UNC Charlotte. Cato joined his father and brother to found Cato’s Clothing Store in 1946.  A long-time supporter of UNC Charlotte, he was recognized by having the Admissions Building named in his honor. A former member of the UNC Charlotte Foundation Board, Cato received the University’s Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree in 2000.

The fellowship provides an $18,000 stipend, full tuition support, fees, and health insurance.

Target Areas of Study: All


This fellowship was established in 2001 by the Everett family trust to recruit high quality graduate students into degree programs at UNC Charlotte. Moving to Charlotte in 1928, the Everetts were longtime supporters of UNC Charlotte and passionate about graduate education, a tradition that is carried on by their family. 

The Everett Fellowship awards a $10,000 stipend plus tuition support for new master’s students, and a $15,000 stipend plus tuition support and health insurance for new doctoral students. (Fees not included).

Target Areas of Study: All


This Scholarship was established by Dr. William F. Kennedy, a former professor in the College of Business, for UNC Charlotte students who have financial need and demonstrate academic promise.  After completing his Ph.D. in Banking and Finance, Dr. Kennedy joined the faculty of UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business, teaching and conducting research in the field of banking.

The fellowship provides an $18,000 stipend, full tuition support, fees, and health insurance.

Target Areas of Study: All