The purpose of this fellowship (formally known as the UO Public Impact Fellowship) award is to recognize and support the work of up to two graduate students whose research has the potential to have a significant impact on society.
Examples of relevant research include that which makes a contribution to improving economic opportunity and well-being, social justice, political participation, cultural engagement, and scientific and technical solutions to pressing social issues.
Up to 2 awards of $6,000 each
Funds will be disbursed to student billing account in equal installments each quarter or semester of 2020-2021
Eligibility and Criteria
Master's, Doctoral and Law students who:
Are conducting research that has substantial public value and will benefit local, national and/or global communities
Have a strong academic record
Are willing to participate and/or have their research featured in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation and/or Graduate School public and donor relations efforts
Master's and Law students must:
Be enrolled full-time for the 2020-21 academic year
Plan to graduate in spring or summer term 2021
Doctoral students must:
Be enrolled full-time for the current (2019-20) academic year
Advance to candidacy by the end of Fall term 2020
Applications will be judged using the following criteria:
Student's ability to convey their research to an audience of non-specialists
Clarity of the direct impact of the research on a specific community as well as the potential regional, national, and global impact
Strength of the student's academics
Attention will be paid to discipline to ensure broad representation of UO graduate programs each year
Applicants must apply online. The online application includes:
A current curriculum vita (CV) or résumé
- Up to 500 words
- No more than 2 pages
A statement describing your research project, written for an audience of non-specialists in the field.
- Up to 1,000 words
- Summarize the project's current status and plans for its completion, and should also describe the impact the research will have on local, national, and/or global communities
A brief student profile that includes previous institutions and degrees, research interests, current projects, awards and honors, work experience and career objectives, and any other noteworthy outside interests or activities.
Up to 150 words
1 letter of recommendation from your advisor
- Enter contact information for your advisor on the application; they will receive an email with a link to upload their letter
- The letter should address the public impact of the research and describe the student’s academic progress (with attention to the student’s intent to be advanced to candidacy by fall term in the case of doctoral students and anticipated completion date in the case of master’s and law students).
Applications for 2020-21 scholarships are not currently being accepted. The application will open in Fall term.
For more information, please contact Jered Nagel.
Graduate Students with Financial Aid
Receiving this award may reduce your financial aid award. Please contact the Financial Aid Office prior to applying for this (and any other type of) support.
You may apply for this award regardless of immigration status or work eligibility.