Eastern Michigan University
direct edit

Graduate Scholarships & Awards

The following is a list of scholarships, both for graduate and undergaduate students. This page contains general information about the scholarships listed below. Click on the name of a scholarship to read more about it. For more information on a specific scholarship, follow the site you are directed to in its description.

University Scholarships
Graduate Fellowships

Graduate Fellowships are awarded to selected full- and part-time students on the basis of their academic performance and meritorious/leadership efforts. Fellowships range from $500 to $4,000 for the academic year; half of the total amount is paid in the fall semester and the other half is paid in the winter semester. Graduate students who are appointed as graduate fellows must hold degree admission to an academic program; must maintain a 3.6 GPA during the semesters in which the Fellowship is granted; may re-apply for a second award for one additional academic year if a 3.6 GPA is maintained; must meet the University's definition for full- or part-time status during each semester for which the award is made(students who receive a $500-$1,500 award may be part-time and those who receive a $2,000-$4,000 award must be full-time).

Both new and continuing graduate students are eligible to apply for Fellowships. New graduate students must have a minimum 3.6 cumulative undergraduate GPA, and graduate students must have a minimum 3.6 cumulative GPA in their programs. Preference is given to new students seeking their first graduate degree and who have no other form of institutional support. Students receiving graduate assistantships are also eligible to receive a Fellowship. Applicants must submit a Graduate Student Financial Assistance Application Form and the requested documentation to the Graduate School by February 15 for the fall semester or October 15 for the winter semester. Letters of recommendation and a personal statement regarding academic goals and how a fellowship will help attain those goals should accompany the application form. The scholarship section of the Graduate School website offers more information on and applications for these fellowships.

Barton Scholarship

The Barton Scholarship is awarded competitively to EMU graduates admitted to graduate programs at EMU. They are based on academic achievement and require a minimum GPA of 3.5. The scholarship provides a one-time award for full-time graduate study (up to 18 credit hours for fall and winter semesters). You can receive this scholarship even if your tuition and fees are covered by another source (e.g., a graduate assistantship or fellowship). In this case, the maximum award will be $4,000 for the academic year. Students interested in applying for this scholarship must submit a completed Graduate Student Financial Assistance Application Form and supporting documents to the EMU Graduate School. Deadlines are February 15 for the fall semester and October 15 for the winter semester. The scholarship section of the Graduate School website offers more information on and an application for this award.

Brenner Scholarship

The Brenner Scholarship is also awarded based on academic achievement (minimum 3.5 GPA). This scholarship is a one-time award of $500, which is applied to the recipient's tuition and fees for the following fall semester. Applicants must have completed at least one full academic semester at EMU, earning a minimum of ten graduate credit hours prior to application. Applicants must have demonstrated academic achievement through endeavors such as publications, scholarly research projects, University service, artistic performances, or exhibitions. Applicants must also be enrolled in at least four graduate credit hours during the fall semester for which the scholarship is granted. Applications should be submitted to the Graduate School by February 15th. The scholarship section of the Graduate School website offers more information on and an application for this award.

King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Scholarship

The King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Scholarship is awarded to students from underrepresented populations who are pursuing a masters or doctoral degree in a Michigan post-secondary educational institution. Masters Fellows must pursue and attain a masters degree within four years of initially receiving this fellowship award. Applicants must either pursue a doctoral degree at a Michigan post-secondary educational institution within one year after attaining their Masters degree or begin a teaching or administrative career in a 2 or 4 year post-secondary institution and continue this employment for a minimum of three years.

Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA to maintain the fellowship, which awards up to $20,000.00 over the course of study. The application deadline is February 15th. The scholarship section of the Graduate School website offers more information on and an application for this award.

Graduate Alumni Association Scholarship

The Graduate Alumni Association Scholarship was established to encourage children and grandchildren of alumni to continue the EMU legacy. Students who will be enrolled as first semester graduate students at Eastern Michigan University in the fall semester may apply.

Demonstration of financial need is not required. The award is $1,250 per academic year.

Recipients must be sponsored by a parent or grandparents who is an EMU alum, agree to volunteer once a semester in the Alumni Relations Office, and maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA. For more information, please visit the Alumni Association website.

Research and Writing Awards
Margaret L. Rossiter Award for Outstanding Graduate Paper and Donald Drummond Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Paper

These awards are given for the most outstanding papers on women and/or gender written by EMU students. Papers must be nominated by an EMU faculty member and written in the previous calendar year. Nominees must be enrolled at EMU at the time the paper was written but need not be majors, minors, nor in the Women's Studies graduate program. Visit the Women's & Gender Studies website for more information on these awards.

The Lloyd-Russell Prize for the Best Paper on Gender and Sexuality

This award is distributed annually during the Winter semester. Papers may be in any discipline, but the focus must be on gender or sexuality. The award is named in honor of Anna Lloyd, former President and Executive Director of The Committee of 200, an organization of top U.S. women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders, and Kathleen Russell, former Assistant Dean of Students, Coordinator of EMU's LGBT Resource Center, and lecturer in the School of Social Work. The Women's & Gender Studies website contains further information on this award.

Journal of Narrative Theory Graduate Studies in Literature Scholarship

This scholarship awards up to $500 a year to graduate students in Literature. Beginning in the Fall 2009, one award will be granted with the possibility of renewing. The scholarship is designed to award students who demonstrate potential in literary criticism and theory, and who intend to go on in a Ph.D. program in Literature and ultimately specialize in a field drawing on literary criticism and theory in some way. Applications are due in hard-copy to the English Department in Pray-Harrold and should be directed to the attention of Craig Dionne and Abby Coykendall, Editors JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory. Students who do not receive the award upon first application are encouraged to resubmit. For general information, visit the Journal of Narrative Theory website.

Master's Thesis Award, Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools

The University may nominate one student for this regional award. Nominees must have earned the MA degree within the calendar year from October 1 to September 30. Nomination materials include two copies of the thesis; the written endorsement of the Graduate Dean, Eastern Michigan University; a one-page resume; and two copies of an abstract. The abstract, not to exceed 300 words, describes the student's research and its significance. It must contain the title of the thesis and the name of the author but not the name of the nominating institution. A letter from the faculty thesis director may accompany the nomination. All materials must be received by the Association by November 1. The recipient of the award receives a $500 honorarium, plus $500 toward travel expenses to the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools.

Other University Awards
Adelson-NSDAR Scholarships

This award is up to $4,500, given to female Native-American students. Click here to download an application.

The Evans-Strand Scholarship

This award is modeled after the Nobel Peace Prize, annually recognizes an individual for significant contributions to advancing the understanding and furthering the acceptance of diversity at EMU. Visit the College of Arts and Sciences website for more information and an application to this scholarship.

The Stonewall Scholarship

This scholarship is available to EMU students who have demonstrated leadership or involvement in organizations, activities, or issues that promote a positive gay/lesbian environment. Applications are due in April for the following Fall term. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Graduate students are eligible if they have completed 12 credit hours of graduate courses, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and will be enrolled full-time. Visit the Stonewall website for more information.

The National Scholars Program Scholarship

The National Scholars Program Scholarship is a renewable award available to international students that pays the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition—approximately $6,600 over two years.

Incoming graduate students with a 3.6 GPA or higher from the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree are automatically considered for the award. The scholarship section of the Admissions website offers general information on this award.

The EMU Student Success Scholarship

The EMU Student Success Scohlarship is open to incoming international graduate students with a GPA of 3.2 or higher from the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree.

The award totals $6,200 over two years, and applicants to the graduate school are automatically considered. The scholarship section of the Graduate School website offers more information on and an application for this award.

The Graduate Dean's Award for Research Excellence

This award is intended to reward graduate students for excellence for a particular research project, culminating in the submission of a completed thesis, germane to their program of study.

Two $250 cash awards will be made by the Graduate School. One award will be made at the end of the fall semester, and one at the end of the winter semester. Click here to download an application.

English Department's Award of Academic Excellence

The English Department's Award of Academic Excellence is given each year in each area of concentration within the department. The award includes a letter of recognition and a gift. Students are nominated for this award by the graduate faculty in the department. A committee reviews the nominations each April.

The Graduate Dean's Award for Research Excellence recognizes currently enrolled graduate students for excellence on a particular original research project, whether ongoing or completed. Students must have a minimum of 15 graduate credit hours completed toward the degree and be in good academic standing. The award is $250 in cash, and winners receive a plaque of recognition.

Department of English Distinguished Graduate Research Award

This $200 scholarship will be awarded each semester and is intended to recognize excellent work done in the graduate program. Each semester, an essay or research project in a different program area will be recognized, beginning in Winter 2009 with Children's Literature and Creative Writing. To be considered for the award, a student's work must be nominated in writing by an Eastern professor; students are encouraged to solicit nominations if they wish to be considered.