Robert B Toulouse Fellowship

NOTE: This fellowship is no longer offered and the information below is only for current recipients of the award.

The Robert B. Toulouse Fellowship (RBTF) is a highly competitive program that was created to recruit the very best graduate students who show promise for conducting important research or creative activity and are committed to full time enrollment. The program is a multi-year funding package. This package includes:

    • Stipend
    • Tuition and Mandatory Fees (excluding miscellaneous and course specific fees)
    • Health Benefits

Award Eligibility

Each year the new Robert B. Toulouse Fellows will be chosen from students newly admitted to a doctoral program that requires a dissertation, or to a Master of Fine Arts program for the fall semester. A student must not have graduate credit towards a doctoral or M.F.A. degree at the time of the award in order to be eligible.

Nomination Procedures

Students must be nominated by their degree program. Submission is online with supporting documents attached as a PDF. Departments may nominate no more than 4 individuals per academic year; nominations do not need to be submitted concurrently.

    • Nomination Form (completed online) (self-nominations from the student will not be accepted)
    • Letter of recommendation by the department in support of the nomination
    • Nominee's vita or resume
    • A copy of the student’s statement of purpose for admission to the department
    • Any other information that the department or program considers relevant

Nomination Deadlines

The deadlines for a Fall 2015 fellowship are:

  • Round 1 Deadline: December 2, 2014
  • Round 2 Deadline: January 26, 2015
  • Round 3 Deadline: February 16, 2015
  • Round 4 Deadline: March 9, 2015 (pending availability of funding)

Criteria for Selection

  • Academic – GPA, awards, honors, publications or presentations, performances, exhibitions, competitions, Graduate standardized test scores
  • Research – previous involvements in research (e.g., NSF, NIH, competitive performances, etc.)
  • Potential for contribution – what makes the student "superior"

Award Sequence

First and Second Year

    • Fellowship stipend at a level competitive for the student's program.
      • There is no work obligation in the first year but supervised research or scholarship is required. In the second year, the stipend continues through the Graduate School but the work commitment is at the discretion of the department.
    • Tuition and mandatory fees (excluding course specific fees)
    • Health benefits paid for by the Graduate School through the Student Health and Wellness Center

Subsequent Years (years 3 to 5)

    • Assistantship within the department in a half time salaried position
    • Tuition and mandatory fees (excluding course specific fees)

Additional Information

For more information on this fellowship please read the Program Announcement or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for specific answers to Robert B. Toulouse Fellowship questions. If you cannot find what you’re looking for here, just contact us.

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