Raymund Fellowship


Nomination DeadlineNotification by
TBA - Fall 2019TBA - Fall 2019


Steven A. RaymundThanks to a generous gift from Oregon alumnus Steve Raymund, the Graduate School is proud to support a number of high-achieving PhD students throughout their studies.

All doctoral programs have the opportunity to nominate up to two exceptionally talented prospective students for consideration as recipients for the 2020 Raymund Fellowship.

Fellows will be chosen on the basis of their outstanding academic achievement, while also considering educational, geographic, gender, racial/ethnic, and other forms of diversity.

An interdisciplinary committee of faculty from across the University of Oregon chaired by the Dean of the Graduate School will review departmental nominations and select 10-12 Raymund Fellows from the most talented new students applying to PhD programs at the University of Oregon.

Meet the 2018-2019 Fellows

Previous Fellows

Award Details

The Raymund Fellowships will provide each recipient with a stipend $5,000 above that of a first-year graduate employee (GE) in their academic department and will also cover required student fees and UO student insurance. Raymund Fellows receive a full tuition waiver. Raymund Fellows are not eligible to receive a graduate employee appointment during their first year. 

Raymund Fellows will receive four additional years of support in the form of graduate employee appointments as either teachers or lab researchers. The department (or external grants) will fund these additional years of support.

The benefits of being a Raymund Fellow extend beyond the financial support. Fellows will have opportunities to participate in unique peer-learning opportunities, adding further distinction to the honor of being selected as a Raymund Fellow. The Raymund Fellows will also have an opportunity to meet with the benefactor of this award, Steven Raymund.

Fellows will get opportunities to participate in workshops on communicating their scholarship, networking, leadership skills, transferable skills for non-academic careers, and best practices in teaching, along with other professional development opportunities designed to yield rich and unique learning opportunities with their peers.


Students must have been admitted by a UO doctoral graduate program.

The various factors used in judging the merit of each applicant will focus on the evidence in the application that demonstrates the prospective student’s preparedness to contribute to the scholarly work of their discipline and society, and not solely on grade point average, or reference letters.


Graduate Programs will support the mission of the Raymund Fellows Program where possible and encourage the fellows’ participation in activities such as the interdisciplinary research talks and professional development programs.


Fellows will be expected to develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) with their advisor by the end of their first year of Graduate School.

At the end of each academic year, each Raymund Fellow, his/her advisor (if applicable), and the director of graduate studies from the fellow’s home department will be asked to report on the Fellow's academic performance and progress.

Our expectation is that fellows will achieve at the highest academic level and be among the most successful graduate students within the university.

Nomination Instructions

Access to Awards Portal in GradWeb

In order to submit a nomination in GradWeb, you must have access to the awards module. The awards module can be accessed through two different GradWeb portals: the departmental portal and the faculty portal.

InformationDepartmental PortalFaculty Portal
Who has this type of access?Departmental staff who have submitted a GradWeb Access Form (typically graduate coordinators).All faculty have access to the faculty portal, though only directors of graduate studies, department heads, and two additional faculty can have access to the additional department view that includes the awards module.
Link to loginhttps://gradweb.uoregon.edu/main/main.asphttps://gradweb.uoregon.edu/main/mainFaculty.asp
Location of awards moduleNavigate to “Awards” on the top toolbarNavigate to “Departmental View” on the top toolbar ⇒ “Awards” in the top toolbar
I do not have access to the awards module

Submit a GradWeb access form requesting access to the awards module


Contact your graduate coordinator and ask them to follow the following steps to update department head/directors of graduate studies/additional faculty access

Instructions for coordinators: In GradWeb, navigate to: Admin ⇒ Head/Director Access ⇒ Make Updates ⇒ Submit

Submitting the Nomination in GradWeb

  1. Navigate to: Awards ⇒ Recruitment Awards ⇒ Submit application.
  2. Choose Raymund Fellows. Enter the last name to find the student’s application for admission. Once you have selected an applicant, click “Start Application.”
  3. You will only be able to search for applicants who have been marked as “Admitted” in the Admissions module of GradWeb.
  4. Complete each of the three pages (student information, additional documents, letters of recommendation). Parts of the application including common fields (non-editable) are pulled from the application for admission and linked to the award application.
    • The "Save" button on any page will just save the information without attempting to validate that all the required information has been provided.
    • The "Save and continue" button will validate that all required information has been provided and will take you to a confirmation page.
    • The "Confirm" button on that page will mark that page as complete and take you to the next page in the process.
  5. Once these three pages (student information, additional documents, letters of recommendation) are complete (indicated by green check marks on the page names at the top), navigate to the "Complete App" page and submit the application.

Required and optional fields that are not pulled in from the applicant’s application for admission:

Student Information Page

Required Fields

  • McNair Scholar: yes or no
  • National Name Exchange: yes or no
  • UO ID (95xxxxxxx)
  • Department Rank of Applicant (1-2)
  • Program Name
  • Assigned Advisor
  • Advisor Email
  • Department Director of Graduate Studies
  • Director of Graduate Studies Email
  • Financial Contact
  • Financial Contact Email
  • Graduate Coordinator
  • Graduate Coordinator Email

Optional Fields

  • GRE Scores: Verbal, quantitative reasoning and analytical percentiles
  • Undergraduate Cumulative GPA
  • Master's Cumulative GPA

Additional Documents Page

Required Fields

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Letter from department head in support of the student
    • Explain the fit of your nominee with your program, particularly how their personal history/qualities and/or diverse background will enhance the program’s quality and contribute in a unique way to disciplinary knowledge.
    • Describe how this applicant, more so than other applicants, will raise the profile and prestige of their degree program and the University of Oregon.
    • From a holistic perspective, describe how this nominee’s achievements, their potential to advance knowledge in the discipline, and their potential to contribute to a specific, desired societal outcome makes them uniquely qualified to become a Raymund Fellow.
  • Statement of Purpose – if there is already a statement of purpose attached to this section, it was pulled from the applicant’s application. If it was not pulled from the applicant’s application, upload in the Additional Supporting Documents section.

Optional Fields

  • Additional Supporting Documents:
    • If the applicant's statement of purpose is not uploaded in the Statement of Purpose field at the bottom of the Additional Documents page, upload it here.
    • If your program uses other systems (outside of the GradWeb application) to collect letters of recommendation for incoming students, please upload a PDF of the recommendations here.
  • Departmental Demographic Data: Provide a statement describing departmental demographic data of current graduate students in your program, as it pertains to the nominee’s diverse background and experiences (e.g. race/ethnicity, gender, Pell eligibility).

Letters of Recommendation Page

For programs who use other systems (outside of the GradWeb application) to collect letters of recommendation for incoming students, please upload a PDF of the recommendations in the Additional Supporting Documents section.

For questions about the submission process, contact Hannah Schneider-Lynch.

For questions about the funding components, contact Lisa Howard.