L&S AOF Resources

This document links to AOF/CGRS resource documents for the L&S Community of Graduate Research Scholars (AOF/CGRS)

Welcome to the CGRS Resources Page

Check here for our current Calendar of Events. 

2024-25 CGRS AOF Stipend Information

2024-25 AOF Stipend Information
2024-25 AOF Stipend Information A-Basis / 12 Month
Total Incoming and Continuing Stipend Amount $32,396
Appointment start date 8/19/2024
Appointment end date 8/17/2025
First stipend available
9/5/2024 (partial paycheck)

2023-24 CGRS AOF Stipend Information

2023-24 AOF Stipend Information
2023-24 AOF Stipend Information A-Basis / 12 Month
Total Incoming and Continuing Stipend Amount $30,000
Appointment start date 8/21/2023
Appointment end date 8/18/2024
First stipend available 9/7/2023 (partial paycheck)

AOF stipends are paid biweekly; pay schedules are available on the campus Human Resources website: https://hr.wisc.edu/pay/

Setting up appointments

  • Early May: CGRS (AOF) Appointment/Award Letters for incoming and continuing students will be created by L&S CGRS and sent to Departments/Programs to distribute to students.
  • Early August: Departments will receive funding string and are responsible for entering fellowship appointments.
  • Mid-August: Tuition Remission and Third-Party Deferral:  Departments are responsible for processing tuition remission and third-party deferral for AOF recipients.
  • Welcome Payments for incoming Fellows only are administered by the Graduate School and disbursed in late summer. 

Note: Departments must terminate the Fellowship upon graduation if the Fellow graduates before their fellowship appointment ends and notify us. Fellowship appointments are not to be continued past graduation or graduates will be responsible for repayment.

Starting August 2024, all CGRS fellowships were extended to 12-month appointments. Here are some specific instructions for departments to set up appointments for their fellows:

  • Each AOF Fellowship will need two funding entries in HRS.
  • The effective date and associated funding strings are below.
  • If your unit is contacted directly to use a 131-funding string for a particular student, use the 131-funding string for that specific student only.

 Payroll Funding for 2023-24 (to be updated for 2024-25)

HRS Funding Effective Date















Overview of New and Recent CGRS Program Changes for 2024-25 Cohort (to be revised for 2025-26 cohort)

  • New: Nomination deadline for incoming Fellows: February 26th, 2024 at 5 pm. Applications must be submitted by the nominating department only.

  • Departments will be limited to 4 nominations for incoming new Fellows. 
  • Submission deadline for continuing PhD fellows to request 2nd year of fellowship starting Fall 2024: February 1st, 2024

  • New: Earlier deadlines for PhD students for achieving dissertator status (*) in order to be guaranteed 2nd year the following fall semester: April 30th, 2024 for Fall 2024 and March 1st, 2025 for Fall 2025.  

  • New: Mentor training expectation for faculty advisors starting in 2024.  

  • New: CGRS programming will be expanded to welcome all L&S AOF-eligible incoming students in Fall 2024.  

(*) Note: For our purposes, this refers to the date when the student completes all of their program's requirements for advancing to candidacy or becoming a dissertator, not when the Graduate School formally confers dissertator status.


CGRS Orientation Handbook for Incoming Fellows (2023-24) (revisions for 2024-25 coming soon)

CGRS Handbook for Departments (2023-24) (revisions for 2024-25 coming soon)

Other pages of interest

L&S CGRS Events: https://kb.wisc.edu/ls/page.php?id=45754

L&S Handbook on AOF's: https://kb.wisc.edu/ls/page.php?id=108211


Questions about the CGRS Fellowship program should be directed to Erika Marin-Spiotta, Faculty Director at cgrsadmin@ls.wisc.edu

Questions related to HR issues should be directed to Student Assistant HR Business Partner: https://kb.wisc.edu/ls/60443).

KeywordsHandbook, AOF, Advanced Opportunity Fellowship, nomination forms, eligibility criteria, graduate student, stipend amounts, Community of Graduate Research Scholars, Resource Book, C-GRS, CGRS ls offer letter template department administrators   Doc ID26477
OwnerLaura D.GroupL&S KB
Created2012-09-17 15:35:42Updated2024-06-05 13:35:10
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