CHANCELLOR'S DISTINGUISHED FELLOWSHIP

Purpose

Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship (CDF) awards are to recognize and recruit highly-competitive new full-time domestic graduate students who are pursuing a doctoral program at Missouri S&T, and support them so they may finish their degree in a timely manner.

Eight new CDF awards will be given annually. Of the eight awards, up to four will be for underrepresented minorities and female students to help reach the benefit of educational diversity at Missouri S&T.

Benefits

  • $10,000 annual fellowship support for up to five years.
  • Dedicated fees support (information technology fee, activity facility fee, health services fee).
  • CDF recipients will be provided with professional development opportunities

Eligibility

  • Newly admitted to a doctoral program at Missouri S&T.
  • Commitment of 50% FTE Graduate Research Assistantship, Graduate Teaching Assistantship, or Graduate Assistantship provided from the academic department or faculty (which includes full tuition and supplemental fees remittance from the campus).
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or U.S. National.
  • Minimum 3.5/4.0 CGPA (undergrad or master’s) upon application.
  • Nominated for CDF by an academic department at Missouri S&T.

The Nomination Process

  1. Doctoral applicant applies for admission through Slate (no separate CDF application necessary from student).
  2. Academic Program admits doctoral student with 50% FTE GRA/GTA/GA appointment.
  3. Academic Department (department chair of designee) fills out this nomination form to nominate up to six newly admitted domestic doctoral students. The nomination form should be submitted by February 15.
  4. Office of Graduate Studies contacts students by February 20 and notifies them of nomination.
  5. Selection Committee (Vice Provost and Dean of College of Engineering and Computing, Vice Provost and Dean of College of Arts, Sciences and Business, and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies) reviews applications.  All the application materials for admission for applicants nominated by the department, along with academic department doctoral enrollment trends, demographic data, and additional information contributing to a holistic review of all applications will be considered.
  6. Selection Committee makes award decisions by early March.
  7. Student and academic department notified of award by mid-March.
  8. Student accepts or declines CDF award by April 15; academic department notified of response.

Payout Schedule

CDF Payout Schedule


Frequently Asked Questions

Note: Our office is currently working on comprehensive FAQs for this program. If you would like to submit a question, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at grad@mst.edu or 341-7712.

No. There is no separate student application.  Students will apply for the doctoral program and be admitted per normal process.  Department chairs (or designee) will nominate admitted students for the CDF award.

The department chair or designee will nominate eligible students for the CDF by filling out this form http://mst.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6gkPix30kA9z3qR.  This form is due February 15.

There are 6 nominations allowed PER DEPARTMENT.  The department will need to decide from which program(s) to choose their nominations.

The CDF is only for new domestic doctoral students. Master’s students are not eligible.

Yes. For example, a student enrolling in the Spring 2017 could be nominated and receive the full fellowship starting the following Fall 2017 semester.  If the awarded student takes Summer 2017 courses, dedicated fees would be covered.

Dedicated fees include the Health Services fee, the Information Technology fee, and the Student Activities and Facilities fee.

If the academic department or faculty drops the CDF student below a 50% FTE GRA/GTA/GA appointment, the $10,000 and dedicated fees support of the CDF will be relinquished. CDF students must maintain a 50% FTE for fall and spring semesters for the duration of the fellowship.

Yes, the student must be an on-campus, full-time doctoral student to receive the award.

Tuition and supplemental fees for courses included in the student’s plan of study and taught on the Missouri S&T main campus will be remitted.

Tuition and supplemental fees for courses that are not remitted include:

  • Distances section courses (those listed with “DI” in the section)
  • Courses taught on another UM System campus or other colleges/universities
  • CDF students pursuing a doctoral degree program after a master's degree program may receive four years of CDF support.  CDF students pursuing a doctoral degree program directly after a bachelor's degree program may receive five years of CDF support.
  • CDF students pursuing a doctoral degree program after a master's degree program must use the CDF within five years from start of the fellowship.  CDF students pursuing a doctoral degree program directly after a bachelor's degree program must use the CDF within six years from start of the fellowship.

CDF support will be paid in two installments over the course of the year; $5,000 in fall semester if enrolled full-time (at least 9 credit hours) and $5,000 in spring semester if enrolled full-time (at least 9 credit hours).  

CDF can only be applied to students who maintain full-time enrollment at the graduate level (at least 9 credit hours) on the Missouri S&T campus. The fellowship cannot be used for either doctoral continuous registration, distance/continuing education courses (courses denoted with “DI” in the course section), courses on any other college campuses, or for study abroad courses/programs. One semester of reduced enrollment (3 credit hours) is allowed for the CDF student’s exit semester.

With advisor and department approval, CDF recipients may take a spring or fall semester for an external position, such as a co-op. The CDF student will not be awarded the fellowship for those semesters. The CDF funding may be reinstated when the CDF recipient returns.  The student would be responsible to maintain enrollment with the university and for the applicable co-op fees.  The CDF can only be usable over a five to six year fellowship period.

Students who have had the CDF relinquished for any reason (ex: falling below 50% FTE GRA/GTA/GA, unsatisfactory annual evaluation by advisor, academic dishonesty, etc.) are ineligible to receive the fellowship in the future.

If a CDF student has been awarded external funding from outside the University, the external funding would be applied to the student account prior to the CDF being applied.

Intersession and summer session courses will be covered by the CDF.

Continuous registration and late fees are NOT covered by the CDF.

Please refer to the nomination workflow process located above.

The selection committee is comprised of the Vice Provost and Dean of College of Engineering and Computing, Vice Provost and Dean of College of Arts, Sciences and Business, and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies.

All the application materials for admission for applicants nominated by the department, along with academic department doctoral enrollment trends, demographic data, and additional information contributing to a holistic review of all applications will be considered.

  • CDF recipients should participate in the Fellowship Research Poster Session hosted by the Office of Graduate Studies annually.
  • CDF recipients are required to submit an annual activity evaluation at the end of each spring semester to the Office of Graduate Studies and faculty advisor. Faculty advisors will be requested to complete an annual evaluation of CDF students which would be used for CDF renewal purposes.

The deadline to nominate students is February 15.

The CDF awards will be announced by mid-March

The deadline to accept or decline the CDF award is April 15.