All students enrolled in UMD graduate programs are eligible for fellowships and awards, though doctoral students are the main recipients. Funds support students during different stages of a student’s doctoral program, from recruiting top applicants, to supporting summer research or research travel, to facilitating the completion of the dissertation and recognizing exceptional accomplishments.
Small contributions can have a major impact on a student’s graduate experience. A contribution of $200 can fund fieldwork, data collection, travel, or an archival visit. Contributions of $500 to $800 can allow a graduate student to attend a professional conference and give them a chance to present their work and/or network with colleagues. Support in the amount of $5000 can allow a PhD student to do their own research in the summer.