This document was based on the collective decision process of MA/PhD Fellowships in Portuguese in place between academic years 2004-2005 and 2013-2014, and written by GPD Victor Mendes. It was unanimously approved in its present version by the five-member Graduate Committee in Portuguese on September 11, 2014.
I. The MA/PhD in Portuguese Graduate Fellowship Committee consists of five members of the Graduate Faculty in the Department of Portuguese. Occasionally, for reviewing a candidate with a specific profile, a Graduate Faculty member of the MA/PhD Programs in Portuguese from another department may be invited for the evaluation and ranking of a candidate.
II. The MA/PhD in Portuguese Graduate Fellowship Committee is chaired by the Graduate Program Director (GPD).
III. Criteria to rank candidates applying for a Fellowship in the Department of Portuguese in the course of their application for admission to the MA/PhD program:
1. Cumulative GPA;
2. Admission Test Scores: TOEFL (if applicable), GRE;
3. Evaluation of the Statement of Purpose;
4. Letters of recommendation;
5. Candidate’s preparation matched to the MA/PhD Programs in Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth (previous coursework, Portuguese language proficiency, interests aligned with curriculum and faculty expertise).
IV. The final recommendation of the MA/PhD in Portuguese Graduate Fellowship Committee is reached by vote of all committee members using a 0-10 ranking scale.
V. Criteria to rank eligible candidates already enrolled in the MA/PhD in Portuguese who are applying for a renewal of their Fellowship:
1. Cumulative GPA;
2. Good standing in the MA/PhD in Portuguese;
3. Adequate progress toward the conclusion of the MA/PhD;
4. Performance evaluations in the previously held Graduate Fellowship, esp. if Teaching Fellowship;
5. The candidate’s match to the Graduate Fellowship (Teaching or Distinguished Doctoral) available.
VI. The final recommendation of the MA/PhD in Portuguese Graduate Fellowship Committee on applications for the renewal of a Fellowship is reached by vote of all committee members using a 0-10 ranking scale.