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Graduate Student Resources

Purdue Graduate Fellowships

Graduate School Recruitment Fellowships

The Graduate School supports and the CLA departments offer directly a number of competitive recruitment fellowships. These are targeted at the incoming students as part of the admission process typically in the Fall Semester. Details about these programs can be found on the graduate school site. The programs of interest are Ross, Andrews, and the Purdue Doctoral Fellowship. For details about these programs, please contact the graduate directors of the program you are applying to. 
In addition to these opportunities that involve CLA, the Graduate school maintains a number of other fellowships to which the students apply directly. Details can be found on the Graduate School Website. Most deadlines are in the Fall.

Graduate Fellowships for Continuing Students

Purdue University also offers the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship. The competition takes place in the Spring Semester and it targets students that are in the final stages of their doctoral studies.This means students who intend to dissertate and graduate within the next year. These fiscal year (12 month) fellowships will carry a competitive stipend and include a waiver of tuition and most fees, similar to other regular appointments.
Nominees must have completed all degree requirements except for the dissertation. Moreover, they are expected to complete the dissertation and receive the doctoral degree by the end of summer of next year - a requirement which greatly restricts eligibility. Each CLA department or school that awards the PhD degree is able to nominate one (1) student for the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship. 
The application packet requires the following:
1. a Summary of the dissertation project, not to exceed five double-spaced pages in length 
     (length is exclusive of bibliography, cover page, and any tables or figures);
2. a copy of the student’s Curriculum Vitae; and 
3. a Letter of Recommendation from the chair of the student’s dissertation committee
Both the Summary and the Letter of Recommendation should include information about the status of the dissertation project, as well as the expected date of completion. Nominations will be reviewed at the college level with criteria including the following:
(a) Intellectual Merit of the dissertation of project
(b) Academic Performances and scholarly achievements
(c) Likelihood of Completion of dissertation by end of summer of following year
Announcements are made contingent upon the date when the funds are released. For details, contact the departmental Graduate Director(s) or email the CLA Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education in the CLA Office of Research and Graduate Education at
In addition, Purdue offers support to selected faculty-led programs in the form of funds for RA-ships. These funds come from the Ross Lynn Scholar endowment and the application process is led by the faculty, who is the PI. Students interested to be hired as RAs through this program should identify the faculty members in their department that are likely to apply for this type of funding. The selection takes place in late Spring. For more details, please contact the CLA Office of Research and Graduate education at the email address listed above.

Purdue Incentive Grants

College of Liberal Arts graduate students can earn up to $250 from the Purdue Graduate School when they meet all eligibility requirements and submit proof that they applied for an eligible national fellowship like the NSF, NDSEG, or DOE fellowships. Contact the graduate school to learn more about this opportunity.

Promise program

CLA graduate students can apply for the Promise program, which offers a two-tiered award ($750 and $1500) to support small research projects and travel. For details please visit the Promise program page.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP)

**Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only**
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship is open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. Seniors and first- or second-year graduate students in the STEM disciplines may apply. Benefits include a $34,000 annual stipend for three years. Learn more about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship at .


External Fellowships

There are a wide variety of fellowships available to CLA graduate students. Typically, these fellowships fund student research either within or outside of the university.  You can find information about all available fellowships here.

NSF Fellowship Workshop

The CLA provided faculty-driven workshops on the process of applying to NSF, GRFP, & DDRIG fellowships and grants, tailored specifically to those in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. These three PowerPoint presentations serve as guides for those who intend to apply for the NSF (National Science Foundation) GRFP (Graduate Research Fellowship Program) or DDRIG (Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant). The presentations detail the ‘how’s’ of applying, from grant-writing to the review process.

Research Support Resources

Associate Dean's Office Hours and Individual Grant Mentoring

Dr. Matei, the CLA Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education, offers on a continuing basis individualized advice and mentoring to all graduate students interested in applying for internal and external grants and fellowships. For details, please contact Mike Hicks, CLA Grants Coordinator and Assistant to Dr. Matei, at

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Purdue has developed its own statement regarding honesty and integrity of research endeavors. The graduate school recommends attending workshops, online training/modules, and becoming familiar with college and departmental standards of RCR. Links to register for RCR workshops are also included.


This PDF introduces NVivo data analysis software – a tools for any discipline within the College of Liberal Arts. NVivo serves as a resource for qualitative and mixed methods research, including data visualization & report creation from coding of your research. This software is freely available to all of those at Purdue. This PowerPoint presentation provides a tutorial on how to begin using NVivo:

Graduate Education Initiatives


Graduate School Grant Writing Programs & More

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    • This program is offered due, in part, to a request to the Graduate School by CLA Administration and the CLA Office of Research and Graduate Education. It is intended to address the needs of CLA Graduate Students as well as others.

Also available to CLA Graduate Students are the services of the Graduate School Fellowship Office's Grantsmanship Team. Please have a look at their news article highlighting how they can help guide graduate students through the funding process for fellowships as well as grants.