GRI fellowships are awarded mainly to doctoral candidates who have completed coursework or to faculty members on sabbatical, as the program is designed to meet the needs of those who require a long, self-structured period during which to conduct research. Master’s candidates may apply to the program, but must meet the outlined requirements in order to be eligible. As such, the fellowship will not be a fit for all Master’s candidates or programs. Master’s students may apply only for summer semester fellowships, must be working on an independent project that meets the fellowship criteria, may not delay graduation to participate, and also meet all of the departmental requirements for their degree, and have approval to participate. See details regarding eligibility below:

  • Master’s candidates must be full-time students, and applying for a summer semester, between the first and second year of their degree progress. As students may not postpone graduation in order to participate, those enrolled in 1-year degree programs are not eligible for a fellowship.
  • Students must be working on a thesis or independent study and have discussed how the fellowship will fit into their degree progress with an advisor and/or faculty member prior to applying. Students must have the full support of their advisor and department in order to participate. Advisors/departments will be contacted by our office in order to determine applicant eligibility. Recommendation letters may be requested as a part of this process.
  • Students must have a sense of the timeline for the work they propose to conduct during a GRI fellowship. This includes having identified resources they intend to access in the city to which they applied. 
  • Students may not apply for, or accept, a fellowship that will result in their absence from any classes. 
  • Students may not postpone graduation or take a leave of absence in order to participate in the program. As such, students graduating in May are not eligible for a summer fellowship, and may not delay graduation in order to participate in the program.

If a student is accepted and later found not to meet one of the requirements listed above, their acceptance will be considered invalid and they may not participate in the program. If you are a Master’s candidate and are thinking of applying for a fellowship, consult with an advisor and/or a faculty member or department head prior to applying, as mentioned above. Faculty or advisors with questions about the program may consult the webpage and then follow-up with our department.