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Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships


This page provides an overview of scholarships and fellowships for new* and continuing graduate students at Texas State University. Once you have decided on the scholarships and/or fellowships to which you wish to apply, we encourage you to review our list of tips and suggestions that will help you in your preparations and submission. 

Please note that while it is possible for students to apply for some of these scholarships directly, in some instances students must first be nominated for the scholarship by their home department. 

*If you are seeking admission for the spring 2017 term, you will be able to begin the scholarship application process once you have been admitted. If you are seeking admission after the spring 2017 term, you will be able to begin the scholarship application process once your application has been received by our office.

Scholarships/Fellowships for which students can apply directly

Celebrity Classic Scholarships
The Graduate College provides these scholarships to encourage students with intellectual, creative, and leadership promise to complete a master's or doctoral degree at Texas State University. These scholarships are available for newly admitted and continuing students. Awards of $1,500 per semester are given for up to three academic years, provided that a 3.5 cumulative GPA has been maintained on all graduate coursework leading to their current degree and that enrollment requirements have been satisfied.

Graduate College Scholarships
The Graduate College provides these scholarships to encourage students with intellectual, creative, and leadership promise to complete a master's or doctoral degree at Texas State University.  These scholarships are available for newly admitted and continuing students (but see college restrictions in the detailed description).  The award amount is $1,000 per semester.  The scholarship may be awarded for up to 3 semesters if recommended by the scholarship selection committee and approved by The Graduate College Dean.  Scholarships are awarded for the academic year and disbursed on a per-semester basis. 

Graduate College Doctoral Research Support Fellowship
The Graduate College provides Doctoral Research Support Fellowships to support graduate student research at the doctoral level.  Each award of up to $5,000 is to be used to cover expenses directly related to conducting dissertation research. There are two rounds of funding applications each year.

Graduate College Thesis Research Support Fellowship
The Graduate College provides Thesis Research Support Fellowships to support graduate student research at the master’s level.  Each award of up to $2,000 is to be used to cover expenses directly related to conducting thesis research. There are two rounds of funding applications each year.

College of Applied Arts Research Fellowship
The purpose of the research fellowship program is to allow students the opportunity to learn more about conducting research by assisting faculty with various research projects (i.e., books, research articles, or grant proposals).  The student will work with a professor for a maximum of 20 hours per week for $6,250 per semester.  The positions are awarded for a 9-month duration (September 1 through May 31).

McCoy Fellowship of Distinction
This fellowship offered by the McCoy Foundation aims to encourage students with intellectual/creative promise and leadership to complete a master's degree in the Emmett & Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University. These scholarships are available for newly admitted and continuing students in the McCoy Graduate School of Business. The award amounts to $1,500 per semester.

McCoy Fellowship of Excellence
This fellowship offered by the McCoy Foundation aims to encourage students with intellectual/creative promise and leadership to complete a master's degree in the Emmett & Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University.  These scholarships are available for newly admitted and continuing students in the McCoy Graduate School of Business.   The award amounts to $2,500 per semester.

Retired Faculty & Staff Association
The RFSA is offering two scholarships for the upcoming academic year with preference given to students who have a relative who has retired from Texas State or to students who have a relative who currently works at Texas State.   Apply now by going to www.txstate.edu/rfsa/scholarship. Complete the application and return by August 1, 2016 to be eligible for these scholarships.


Scholarships/Fellowships for which the student needs to be nominated

Texas State Doctoral Merit Fellowships
The Graduate College’s Texas State Doctoral Merit Fellowships are prestigious awards intended for use in recruiting doctoral students of the highest quality to Texas State University.  The Texas State Doctoral Merit Fellowship provides $9,000 to new doctoral students for their first academic year of study (paid in early September, January, and June).   These fellowships can be combined with graduate assistantships or departmental scholarships to create an attractive financial aid package for top-quality applicants. Doctoral/program directors are encouraged to identify and nominate eligible applicants (prospective students cannot apply directly).

Texas State Graduate Merit Fellowships
The Graduate College’s Texas State Graduate Merit Fellowships are prestigious awards intended for use in recruiting master’s students of the highest quality to Texas State University.  The Texas State Graduate Merit Fellowship provides $2,500 to new master’s students for their first academic year of study (paid in early September, January, and June).   These fellowships can be combined with graduate assistantships or departmental scholarships to create an attractive financial aid package for top quality applicants.   Graduate advisors are encouraged to identify and nominate eligible applicants (prospective students cannot apply directly).