Policy on Competitive Non-Federal Graduate Fellowship Awards

Title: Policy on Competitive Non-Federal Graduate Fellowship Awards
Policy Owner: Graduate School
Applies to: Graduate Students
Campus Applicability:  All Campuses excluding the School of Law. Includes Masters/PhD. programs at UConn Health
Effective Date: July 17, 2013
For More Information, Contact Graduate School
Contact Information: (860) 486-2182
Official Website: http://grad.uconn.edu/


1. The University is committed to enhancing the number of nationally competitive fellowships and awards from prestigious organizations.

2. While these awards may provide students with a full fellowship and payment of some portion of tuition and/or health insurance premiums, there is often a significant shortfall in the award for coverage of the total cost of tuition and health insurance premiums.

The University of Connecticut has developed this policy to fund the difference between the amount awarded (by the granting agency) and the actual cost to the fellow for tuition and health insurance premiums.  This policy applies to fellowships that provide a stipend equal to or more than a full nine-month UConn graduate assistantship at the level appropriate for the student’s status at the time the award begins.

3. The fellow’s home department will notify the Dean of the Graduate School when a student receives a fellowship eligible for University support under this policy.  For a limited number of students who receive the most prestigious non-federal fellowships, the University will supplement the fellowship to cover the actual cost of tuition and health benefits (but not University fees).

4. The PI or the faculty advisor/graduate student must apply for any cost of education (tuition) and the health insurance premium allowance permitted for that award.  Any institutional allowance or educational allowance accompanying these awards must first be used to cover tuition and then health insurance premiums.  Unless there is a specific statement in the fellowship description, the educational allowance will not be used to pay university fees.

If funds are available after payment of tuition, health insurance premiums and university fees (if allowed by the grant), they can be used to cover any educational allowance specifically identified in the sponsor guidelines for research supplies, equipment, books, travel to meetings, etc.

5. The fellow’s share of the health insurance premium (or the fellow and his/her dependents) will not exceed those currently charged to graduate assistants within the same plan, and must be paid by the fellow.

6. Unless otherwise disallowed, out-of-state students supported on a fellowship under this policy must apply for in-state residency status by the end of the first year. After the first year, only the equivalent of the in-state tuition rate will be covered if the student remains an out-of-state student.  The difference will be the student’s responsibility.

7. Please note that it is not the intention of this policy to supplement University Fees.  University Fees may be paid up to the maximum allowable from the grant if budgeted as an allowable cost on the award.  If there is a shortfall in the grant award for fees, the responsibility to pay the balance will reside with the student.

Applying for In-State Residency

Graduate students who wish to apply for in-state residency status should submit the Application for In-State Tuition form to:

UConn Graduate Admissions Office
Residency Officer
The Graduate School
438 Whitney Road Ext. U-1152
Storrs, CT 06269

The application is available at http://grad.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1635/2015/04/instatetuition.pdf.


Kent E. Holsinger

Vice Provost for Graduate Education

and Dean of the Graduate School


Policy Adopted:  9-5-12

Policy Revised: 12-14-12, 7-17-13