External Agency Fellowship Supplementation Policy
The Graduate School automatically provides supplements to some external agency fellowships received by graduate students and will consider requests to supplement other external agency fellowships received by graduate students.
External Agency Fellowship Policy
In general, University policy requires external fellowships received by students to cover the cost of tuition and fees. If the external funding agency does not pay for tuition and fees, the student, their department, or their advisor is expected to pay for tuition and fees. UW-Madison allows for remission of out-of-state tuition for students on external fellowships that provide stipends of at least the equivalent to that of a 33.3% RA.
The Graduate School will make the following exceptions to this policy as funds allow:
- The Graduate School can only provide access to health insurance benefits or stipend enhancement if the student is payrolled through the university. If this is not the default procedure, the student must submit this request with the funding agency.
- Graduate School supplementary funds are not provided for fellowships or traineeships supporting students in either professional or non-pooled programs.
- The following fellowships have been determined to be prestigious and are automatically approved for supplementation:
- ACLS Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies Fellowship
- BTAA/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (only those winners affiliated with the Big Ten Academic Alliance competition)
- Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship
- Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs (see a video of a workshop about this fellowship and tips on applying for it)
- Hertz Foundation Fellowship
- Mellon – Council for European Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship
- Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
- National GEM Consortium Fellowship
- National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (see workshop materials about this fellowship)
- NIH Training Grants and NRSA Fellows
- Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholars Program
- Rome Prize (American Academy in Rome)
- Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowships
- Spencer Dissertation Fellowship
Academic programs may request supplementation from the Graduate School for external fellowships its students receive that are not on the approved supplementation list. Note that these requests must come from the academic program in which the student is enrolled, not from individual students or advisors. To requests supplementation for a fellowship not on this list, a representative from the program should complete the External Fellowship Supplementation Request on SurveyMonkey Apply.
Once the Fellowship Officer receives the completed request the academic program, the Associate Dean responsible for graduate student funding will bring the request to a meeting with the Dean and Associate Deans. They will consult with the relevant Divisional Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education as appropriate. Decisions on fellowship supplementation requests will be made within two (2) weeks of submitting the necessary details to the Graduate School.