UNLV Fellowships & Scholarships

Apply for a variety of merit-based scholarships and fellowships. Applications for 2019-2020 awards open on Oct. 1, 2018 and complete applications must be submitted via The Grad Rebel Gateway by Dec. 1, 2018.

General Information and Guidelines

  • The application portal will open on Oct. 1.
  • Each scholarship/fellowship is awarded for both the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters, with the exception of the Summer Session Scholarship & The Summer Doctoral Fellowship. Both of these summer awards will awarded for summer 2019.
  • Recipients must remain in good standing in your degree program and enroll in a minimum of 6 graduate credits (unless indicated differently) in each semester of the scholarship/fellowship year (fall 2019-spring 2020) in order to be eligible for an award.
  • All awards are subject to funding; award amounts change annually. Final award packages/amounts will be noted on award letters to recipients.
  • See a list of current and previous fellowship winners.

Application Information

  • The application deadline is Dec. 1.
  • All applicants must submit a free application through the Grad Rebel Gateway.
  • Each applicant must upload the following as part of their application:
    • Curriculum vitae/resume (C.V.)
    • Statement of purpose (maximum 2-3 double spaced pages). Please note, some awards request that you upload a form as your statement of purpose.
    • Full contact information for at least one recommendation provider in the recommendation page of the application. All letters of recommendation must be uploaded by the recommendation provider in the Grad Rebel Gateway by December 15th, 2018.
  • Failure to submit all required information and materials by the posted deadline (Dec. 1, 2018) will render you ineligible for scholarship/fellowship consideration.
  • Please read each award description below for specific/additional requirements and eligibility.

The Barrick Graduate Fellowship

($15,000 award, plus tuition/fee waiver)

Barrick Graduate Fellowships were established by an endowment from philanthropist Marjorie Barrick. These fellowships are given to outstanding doctoral students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship during their graduate study at UNLV. These fellowship awards provide a $15,000.00 stipend; full tuition and fees paid up to 9 credits per semester, full health insurance benefits, and a waiver of out-of-state tuition, if applicable.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents (see above) in the Grad Rebel Gateway by the deadline.
  • Be an admitted doctoral student and have completed at least 24 credits of doctoral study in their current degree program (at the end of fall 2018).
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5.
  • Remain in good standing in their doctoral degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits toward their degree program in each semester of the fellowship year.

Criteria for selection will also include demonstrated excellence in research; finalists will be required to participate in a face-to-face interview with the awards committee.

The President’s UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

(package worth approx. $25,000)

The President’s UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships are funded by gifts to the UNLV Foundation by the Frank Koch Living Trust for the research support of doctoral students. The fellowship award covers tuition, fees, full health insurance benefits, and provides a stipend each semester. Fellowship recipients will receive a waiver of out-of-state tuition during the fellowship year, if applicable. Candidates must be nominated for this award by their department chair or graduate coordinator; each academic department may nominate one candidate for this award.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents (see above) in Grad Rebel Gateway by the deadline.
  • Be a doctoral student working primarily on their dissertation with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5; though departments may nominate students with a lower overall graduate GPA if their doctoral program grades are higher.
  • Be nominated by their department chair or graduate coordinator.
  • Submit the contact information of the department chair or graduate coordinator (that nominated the student) as their recommendation provider.
  • Remain in good standing in their doctoral degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits toward their degree program in each semester of the fellowship year.

Letters of nomination should describe the nominee’s academic accomplishments, dissertation topic, and the nature of the work the nominee would undertake during the fellowship year. Criteria for selection will also include demonstrated excellence in research; finalists will be required to participate in a face-to-face interview with the awards committee.

Summer Doctoral Fellowship Program

(worth $7,000)

The Summer Doctoral Research Fellowship will be awarded to outstanding doctoral students who have demonstrated excellence in their fields of study and who will reduce their time to degree through summer support. This fellowship will be awarded to doctoral students during summer 2019 based on a competitive application process. This fellowship will cover summer 2019 tuition and fees and provide a stipend. Fellowship recipients will receive a 100% waiver of out-of-state tuition during the fellowship period, if applicable.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in Grad Rebel Gateway (see above) by the deadline.
  • Have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on record with Financial Aid for the scholarship year by the time the award is disbursed (international students are exempt from FAFSA).
  • Be an admitted doctoral student and have completed at least 24 credits of doctoral study in their current degree program (at the end of spring 2019).
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5.
  • Email this form to GradFinancialSvc@unlv.edu.
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 1 graduate credit in any of the summer sessions in 2019.

The UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Fellowship

(package worth approx. $30,000 per year)

The UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Fellowship is made possible by funds from the UNLV Foundation. This prestigious award is granted over four semesters (fall 2019, spring 2020, fall 2020, and spring 2021) to doctoral students in the final two years of their program. The fellowship award covers tuition, fees, full health insurance benefits, and provides a stipend each semester. Fellowship recipients will receive a waiver of out-of-state tuition during the fellowship year, if applicable. Students selected for the fellowship must agree to participate in a limited number of UNLV Foundation events during the period they receive the fellowship.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents (see above) in the Grad Rebel Gateway by the deadline.
  • Be a doctoral student in the final two years of their doctoral program during the fellowship.
  • Have a graduate GPA of 3.75.
  • Submit their dissertation committee chair as the recommendation provider.
  • Remain in good standing in their doctoral degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits toward their degree program in each semester of the fellowship year.

Letters of recommendation should describe the applicant’s academic accomplishments, dissertation topic, and the nature of the work the applicant would undertake during the fellowship years. Criteria for selection will also include demonstrated excellence in research; finalists will be required to participate in a face-to-face interview with the awards committee.

UNLV Graduate College STEM Fellowship

(package worth approx. $25,000)

The UNLV Graduate College STEM Fellowship is granted over four semesters (fall 2019, spring 2020, fall 2020, and spring 2021) to support newly admitted doctoral students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health Sciences. The fellowship award covers partial tuition up to 9 credits, partial health insurance waiver for the university student health insurance plan, and provides a stipend each semester. Fellowship recipients will receive a waiver of out-of-state tuition during the fellowship year, if applicable. Awardees enrolling in summer credits will be provided tuition benefits to support summer study. Students selected for the fellowship may be asked to participate in no more than four (4) campus events, receptions, or similar occasions each academic year, in support of STEM and graduate education at UNLV.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents (see above) in the Grad Rebel Gateway by the deadline.
  • Be newly admitted to a doctoral degree seeking program within Science or Engineering at the time the fellowship begins (fall 2019).
  • Have a graduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on record with Financial Aid for the upcoming scholarship year by the deadline.
  • Remain in good standing in their doctoral degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 9 graduate credits toward their degree program in each semester of the fellowship year.
  • Maintain a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Criteria for selection will also include demonstrated excellence in research; finalists will be required to participate in a face-to-face interview with the awards committee.

The Alumni Graduate Scholarship

(worth $2,500)

Alumni Association Scholarships are awarded to outstanding master's and specialist students who received their bachelor’s degree from UNLV.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in Grad Rebel Gateway (see above) by the deadline.
  • Be an admitted master's or specialist student.
  • Have completed at least 6 graduate credits in their current degree program (by the end of fall 2018) and 12 graduate credits (by the end of spring 2019).
  • Have minimum UNLV undergraduate and graduate GPAs of 3.5.
  • Hold an undergraduate degree from UNLV.
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.

Note: students are eligible to receive this award for a maximum of 4 semesters, or two academic years, please reapply each year for consideration.

The Donald Carns Scholarship

(worth $980)

The Donald Carn Scholarship was established to honor the contributions made by Professor Donald Carns, an accomplished scholar who helped establish the Department of Sociology at UNLV. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding graduate students admitted into a graduate degree-seeking program at UNLV. Preference is given to students who have a demonstrated need.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in the Grad Rebel Gateway (see above) by the deadline.
  • Be an admitted degree-seeking graduate student
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on record with Financial Aid for the upcoming scholarship year by the deadline
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year

The Donna Weistrop and David B. Shaffer Scholarship

(worth approx. $750-$1,000)

The Donna Weistrop and David B. Shaffer Scholarship was established by an endowment from Donna Weistrop and David B. Shaffer. This award is designated for graduate students pursuing master’s degrees in Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, or Geoscience. Preference will be given to students in Physics or Astronomy degrees.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in the Grad Rebel Gateway (see above) by the deadline.
  • Must be admitted into a Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, or Geoscience graduate degree.
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.25.
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.

The DreamCatcher Scholarship

(worth $1,000)

The DreamCatcher Scholarship is awarded to graduate students who have proven involvement in the American Indian or Native American community. Preference will be given to American Indian or Native American students.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents (see above) in the Grad Rebel Gateway by the deadline.
  • Be admitted into a graduate degree-seeking program
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their current graduate degree program.
  • Submit the contact information of an American Indian Alliance member as the recommendation provider.

The James F. Adams/GPSA Scholarship

(worth $1,000)

The UNLV Graduate & Professional Student Association established these scholarships in honor of Dr. James F. Adams, former dean of the Graduate College (1980-85), to recognize academic achievement of master's and specialist students.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents (see above) in the Grad Rebel Gateway by the deadline.
  • Be a master's or specialist student.
  • Have completed at least 6 graduate credits in their current degree program (by the end of fall 2018) and 12 graduate credits (by the end of spring 2019).
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5.
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.

The Janine Lee Memorial Scholarship

(worth $490)

The Janine Lee Memorial Scholarship is awarded in memory of UNLV alumna Janine Lee JD'16 (read her tribute). The Janine Lee Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding UNLV masters or doctoral student. Preference will be given to students who are native to Nevada and are adult learners/single parents (If no Native Nevadans qualify, preference will also be given to students from California or Pennsylvania).

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in Grad Rebel Gateway (see above) by the deadline.
  • Be admitted into a graduate degree seeking program.
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.25.
  • Email this form to GradFinancialSvc@unlv.edu.
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.

The McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholarship

(worth $4,000)

McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholarships, administered by the Graduate College, are awarded in open competition to first-year graduate students who participated in a McNair Scholars program at UNLV or at another institution as an undergraduate.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in the Grad Rebel Gateway (see above) by the deadline.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and be newly admitted to a graduate degree seeking program at the time the scholarship begins (fall 2019).
  • Upload a certification of McNair program participation letter.
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.

The Patricia Sastaunik Scholarship

(worth $2,500)

These awards are granted primarily on the basis of documented financial need as evidenced by a student’s FAFSA application and review by the UNLV Office of Financial Aid.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in the Grad Rebel Gateway (see above) by the deadline.
  • Have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on record with Financial Aid for the upcoming scholarship year by the deadline.
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5.
  • Have completed at least 6 graduate credits in their current degree program (by the end of fall 2018).
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.

The School of Public Policy and Leadership Travel Award

(worth $470)

The School of Public Policy and Leadership Travel Award provides funding for students presenting at conferences or doing professional development. To be eligible for the Award, applicants must be a doctoral student in the Public Affairs program or a master’s student in the Public Administration program with an interest in continuing their graduate education

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in the Grad Rebel Gateway (see above) by the deadline.
  • Be an admitted master’s student in Public Administration or a doctoral student in Public Affairs.

Note: Statement of purpose should describe how the travel funds will be used if awarded.

The Sterling Scholarship

(worth $5,000)

This prestigious Alumni Association award is designated for UNLV graduates who are now admitted to and enrolled in a doctoral degree program.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in the Grad Rebel Gateway (see above) by the deadline.
  • Be in good standing with full graduate status.
  • Be pursuing a doctoral degree and must have completed at least one year of their degree program before the scholarship begins (fall 2019).
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5.
  • Have graduated with either a bachelor’s or master’s degree from UNLV.
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.

The Summer Session Scholarship

(worth $2,000)

Summer Session Scholarships are designed to enable summer study for doctoral students, however excellent master's and specialist students may be considered.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in the Grad Rebel Gateway (see above) by the deadline.
  • Have completed at least 12 graduate credits in their current degree program (at the end of fall 2018).
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in any one or combination of summer sessions in 2018.

Criteria for selection will include summer plans for conducting dissertation or thesis research, as described in your statement of purpose.

The UNLV Graduate Access Childcare Scholarship

($150 - $2,500 depending on documented need and expenses)

The Graduate Student Access Childcare Scholarship program for academic year 2019-2020 is available in an effort to offer competitive, need-based scholarship funding to admitted/enrolled graduate students with young dependents and have documented financial need. This scholarship is available on a highly competitive basis to graduate students with child dependents who pay for professional daycare or childcare in order to attend graduate school and pursue their graduate research.

Applicants must:

  • Submit an application with all required supporting documents in Grad Rebel Gateway (see above) by the deadline.
  • Have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on record with Financial Aid for the upcoming scholarship year by the deadline (international students are exempt from FAFSA).
  • Be admitted to a graduate degree seeking program.
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of at 3.3.
  • Submit documentation that provides a Tax ID # for the childcare provider(s) and receipts showing the cost of childcare during academic semesters.
  • Remain in good standing in their degree program and enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.

Those who have all the proper documentation submitted by the deadline will be considered for a Childcare Scholarship; available childcare scholarship monies will then be distributed competitively based on financial need, childcare expenses, and graduate student GPA.