The Graduate School Advance to a Higher Degree


Many graduate students are awarded fellowships each year, either by the University or by external agencies. Benefits from a fellowship include:

  • Stipend: covers living expenses such as food and rent
  • Full or Partial Tuition Coverage: pays part or all of the graduate tuition 
  • Medical insurance supplement: contributes to or covers the total cost of medical insurance for the duration of the fellowship. 

Classification of Fellowships

The University recognizes that there are several different types of fellowships, and it primarily considers two aspects when classifying these awards: funding source and award process. Using the fund, The Graduate School classifies the fellowship into one of five broad categories:

  • Internal (Purdue Managed)
  • Federal
  • Industrial
  • Endowed.
  • Institutional

Purdue Graduate School Managed Fellowships

Recruitment Fellowships are awarded to prospective students when applying for admission, and no separate application is needed. These fellowships include the Frederick N. Andrews, Lynn, Purdue Doctoral, and Ross fellowships. For more information on these fellowships, visit Recruitment Fellowships.

Student Direct Apply Fellowships are fellowships that are open to students for application include the Charlies C. Chappelle and Ludwig Kruhe fellowships. For more information about these fellowships, please see The Student Direct Apply Fellowships page.

Faculty Nominated Fellowships include The George Washington Carver Fellowship and the David M. Knox Fellowship.  These fellowships require departments to submit their prospective student nominees - students do not directly apply themselves. For more information, please see Faculty Nominated Fellowships.

Dissertation Fellowships includes the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship.  This fellowship is managed by Purdue Graduate School but is awarded through each Graduate Program.  For more information, please see Dissertation Fellowships.

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