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. The incentive consists of two parts:

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

2017-2018 Stipend: typical HY student for AY 17/18 = $27,802
Incentive: $1,390.10

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

Travel to scientific conferences is an important part of the development of the graduate student. Travel funds provide by the fellowship will be supplemented up to $1,000 for each year of the fellowship.

Eligibility Criteria

  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 Pennsylvania State University. 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

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 Student Affairs (Currently Kathy Simon)
    • The Financial Coordinator who handles your advisor’s budgetary matter
      • Typically this person is in your thesis advisor’s departmental office
      • Ask your advisor 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 Advisor
    • The name of the department in which your Thesis Advisor has his/her primary appointment

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