Sandra Morgen Public Impact Graduate Fellowship

Deadline: February 15, 2019
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.
Award Details
  • Up to 2 awards of $6,000 each
  • Funds will be disbursed to student billing account in equal installments each quarter or semester of 2019-20
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 2019-20 academic year
  • Plan to graduate in spring or summer term 2020
Doctoral students must:
  • Be enrolled full-time for the current (2018-19) academic year
  • Advance to candidacy by the end of Fall term 2019
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 using the link below. The online application includes:
  • A current curriculum vita (CV) or résumé.
  • A statement (not to exceed 1,000 words) describing your research project, written for an audience of non-specialists in the field. The statement should 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 (not to exceed 150 words) 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.
  • 1 letter of recommendation from your advisor.
    • Enter contact information for your advisor on the application; they will receive an email from GradWeb 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).
For more information, please contact: Jered Nagel at
Note for 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.
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