U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship

Dr. Phil Gramm spent two decades serving in the U.S. Congress and Senate, using his economic and financial expertise to create important laws and policies and to provide advice to legislators and the White House. Currently, Dr. Gramm serves as Senior Partner of Gramm Partners, a public policy firm in Washington, D.C. This fellowship, available only to currently enrolled doctoral students at Texas A&M University, recognizes scholarly excellence. The U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship was established to promote, encourage and reward outstanding teaching and research by doctoral students whose command of their respective disciplines exemplifies the meaning of scholar/mentor in the highest sense.

About the Award

  • The awardee will receive a:
    • personalized award plaque
    • fellowship in the amount of $5,000 (credited to your TAMU student account) in fall 2021

Nomination Guidelines

Please note: Only two (2) nominations will be accepted from each College/IDP. All departmental nominations must be submitted to the college level first. College/IDP Administrators will then select two (2) of the departmental nominations to submit to the Graduate and Professional School for final consideration.

Two Deadlines:

  • Deadline for all Departmental Nominations to be Submitted to the College Graduate Dean: Friday, July 9th, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. CDT
  • Deadline for the College and IDP 2 Nominations to be Submitted to Graduate and Professional School: Friday, July 16th, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. CDT
    • (Limit of two (2) submissions per College/IDP)
    • Application


Requirements considered by review committee:

  1. The nominee must, at the time of nomination and receipt of award, be an enrolled doctoral student in good standing with the University.
  2. The nominee must have at least 1 year remaining in doctoral studies. (i.e. graduating in or after Spring 2022).
  3. The nominee must be admitted into candidacy by July 9th, 2021.
  4. The nominee must have taught on at least a half time basis for two semesters or summer sessions (10 weeks) during his or her doctoral enrollment at Texas A&M University, or must be completing the second semester of teaching at the time of nomination for the award.
  5. The nominee must have had independent authority to assign grades for course work or laboratory sections taught.
  6. The student’s approved dissertation research proposal should be on file in the Graduate and Professional School.
  7. The student should have completed a substantial portion of his/her research at the time of nomination, and the research should be considered of highest quality in the nominee’s field of study and have an outstanding command of the discipline.
  8. The nominee should represent excellence in college-level teaching and research; have outstanding mentoring and pedagogical skills; and have a reputation for ethical behavior and methodologies in all aspects of scholarly life.
  9. The nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  10. Previous nominees may be nominated again, but prior awardees may not be re-nominated.
  11. The nominee must not be a full-time member of the Texas A&M University faculty or staff at the time of nomination.

To check out the winners of previous years, please click on respective links at the bottom on this page.

Required Information to be Submitted to the College Level by the Nominating Department

Departments are invited to submit nominations to their college graduate (GOC) dean by July 9th, 2021. (Please submit departmental nominations to your college graduate (GOC) dean). Each nomination packet should include the following information (in the following order):

  1. A cover sheet (first page of the nomination packet) that includes:
    • Title stating: Nomination for Gramm Doctoral Fellowship
    • Full name of student, student’s email, UIN and student’s current address
    • Name of nominator, department, college and nominator’s email
  2. A letter of nomination, summarizing the student’s qualifications and why this student should be selected for the award (2 pages maximum).
  3. Personal, academic and career information about the nominee, such as a curriculum vitae or resume.
  4. Letters of support regarding the nominee’s teaching and research abilities by the faculty members of the nominating department, peers of the nominee, and students previously taught by the nominee at Texas A&M University. Submit no more than two letters of support in each of the preceding categories.
  5. The student’s specific research, teaching and scholastic achievements should include some or all the following:
    • Information in support of the nominee’s teaching abilities, including, but not limited to, courses taught, number of students enrolled, type of preparation required for teaching courses, course evaluations, and grade distributions.
    • Academic awards, scholarships, fellowships or other scholarly recognition since becoming a graduate student.
    • Presentations at local, state, national or international meetings of professional societies or topical conferences. Please do not include manuscripts (identify meeting or conference, title of presentation, place, date and role played by student).
    • Printed or submitted publications. Please do not include manuscripts (document those accepted but not yet published). List a complete bibliographic citation with authors in the published order.
    • Other research-related, scholarly, creative or innovative activities (techniques, devices or concepts developed; grant proposals written; etc.).

Nomination Submission Process for the College/IDP

Each college/IDP will review submitted departmental nominations, select the top two students, and submit these two (2) nominations to the Graduate and Professional School by Friday July 16th, 2021 for the final selection of Gramm Fellows.

A selection committee will evaluate and choose recipients of the Gramm Fellowship. Announcements of the 2021 Gramm Fellows will occur in September 2021. Fellowship recipients will be recognized and receive their awards at a ceremony in Fall 2021.

2020 Award winners
2019 Award winners
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