Distinguished Doctoral Fellows

The Distinguished Doctoral Fellows annually receive a $24,000 stipend plus full tuition and Curriculum Support Fee waivers. Their support is guaranteed for 4 years post-bachelor´s or three years post-master´s degree (subject to enrolling full-time, maintaining a 3.5 GPA, and making satisfactory progress). These awards will be issued only to outstanding applicants.

Nomination process and deadline


Samples of Successful Graduate Student NSF proposals

The Guide to Grants at SUNY Stonybrook's Interdisciplinary Anthropology program provides some samples of successful graduate student proposals for NSF competitive grants to support dissertation research. This site is geared toward physical anthropology and evolutionary biology.

The Proposals

First Year Doctoral Fellows

The First Year Doctoral Fellows receive one year of support that includes a stipend of $16,000 plus a full tuition and Curriculum Support Fee waiver. Like the Distinguished Doctoral Fellowships, these will be awarded only to strong applicants who enroll full-time, maintain a 3.5 GPA, and make satisfactory progress. The goal is for the fellows to have one year to focus on course work while they seek out a research advisor who can support their remaining studies.

Nomination process

Distinguished Art Fellowships

The Distinguished Art Fellowships will be available for students applying to the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program. These fellowships are intended to attract students of unusual artistic ability. Distinguished Art Fellows will receive $12,000 per year and full tuition and CSF waivers for up to three years as MFA students subject to maintaining full-time status, a 3.5 GPA and making satisfactory progress in the program.

Nomination process and deadline

External Fellowships and Support

Graduate students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth who are enrolled in degree programs and are directly supported by a national funding agency (such as the Fulbright Scholar Program or the National Science Foundation) or research funds from another academic institution are usually eligible for a tuition waiver and an adjustment of the curriculum support fee to the in-state level; however, adjustments vary dependent upon the award and students who have secured external support are encouraged to contact the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies to confirm the waiver benefits they would receive if admitted. Final determination of eligibility for a waiver and the amount of the waiver will be made by the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies.


The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has several financial programs to assist graduate students with the cost of advanced studies. These programs apply to degree-seeking, matriculated students only. Non-degree students who have not received formal admission to the university, sometimes called "Special Students" at UMass Dartmouth, are generally not eligible to receive financial aid.