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Fellowship Incentive Program

The ability to write a successful grant proposal is an important skill for success in many careers — it demonstrates logical thinking, clear writing, and understanding of a manageable scope of work. Receiving an external fellowship provides external evidence that a student has acquired these skills.

To encourage doctoral students to submit fellowship proposals, the College of Medicine has implemented this Fellowship Incentive Program.

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Fellowship Details

The College of Medicine fellowship incentive consists of two options, a stipend supplement and a travel award.

Stipend Supplement Expand answer

The stipend of any student receiving a qualifying external fellowship will be supplemented with an additional 5 percent of the current standard student stipend:

2018-2019 Stipend: Typical HY graduate assistant for AY 18/19 = $29,565
Incentive: $1,478.25

If the fellowship is greater than 105 percent of the current student stipend, (e.g., an NSF fellowship) the student receives the entire award.

Please note that the supplemental funds will be supplied by the PI/mentor for the student from the cost savings that they have realized from the student receiving the fellowship.

Travel Award Expand answer

Travel to scientific conferences is an important part of the development of the graduate student. Students receiving a fellowship will be given preference for travel funds provided through the Office of Graduate Education.

Eligibility Criteria Expand answer
  1. Graduate students must be enrolled full-time at the College of Medicine and in good academic standing during the preceding two semesters to be eligible for this incentive program.
  2. The award must be in the student’s name from a source outside of Penn State. View a list of currently qualifying fellowships. If a fellowship is not listed, you may petition the Office of Graduate Education to have it added to the list.
  3. In cases where federal financial aid regulations or regulations of the external agency affect this incentive program, those regulations supersede the rules of this program.
Procedure to Receive Incentive Expand answer

As soon as you receive your NIH Notice of Award (or similar document from other agencies or foundations):

  1. Send a single email stating that you will be receiving an external fellowship and would like to initiate the paperwork so that you can receive the CoM Fellowship Incentive, to
    • the Director of Graduate Education (Currently Kathy Simon)
    • The Financial Coordinator who handles your adviser’s budgetary matter
      • Typically this person is in your thesis adviser’s departmental office
      • Ask your adviser if you are not sure
  2. Include the following information in this email:
    • A copy of the Notice of Award
    • A copy of the Fellowship Incentive Program description
    • The start and end dates of your award (if not recorded on the Notice of Award)
    • The name of your Thesis Adviser
    • The name of the department in which your Thesis Adviser has their primary appointment

Failure to provide this information in a timely fashion may delay the start of your incentive.