Fellowships are usually a stipend provided to a student to assist with living and education- related expenses. Many different fellowships are available at Texas A&M, through departments, colleges, and the Graduate and Professional School.

Texas A&M University Fellowships

Departments and colleges, as well as the Graduate and Professional School, offer several internal fellowships for outstanding graduate and professional students. Many competitive fellowships of $1,000 or greater per academic year also allow students to pay tuition at the in- state rate. Fellowships packages vary from $1,000 to over $30,000, and some include funds for insurance, tuition and fees.

Fellowship Requirements

Ordinarily, graduate students holding fellowships are not required to perform any services. Most graduate students holding fellowships must be registered as full-time students. Different fellowships, however have different criteria. Some fellowships, for example, such as the dissertation fellowship, do not require full-time enrollment.


Texas A&M offers a variety of fellowships for incoming students. Selection criteria, selection committees, review processes and funding amounts are different for each fellowship.

Dr. Dionel Avilés ’53 and Dr. James Johnson ’67 Fellowship Program

Texas A&M University believes that diversity is an indispensable component of academic excellence. The Dr. Dionel Avilés ’53 and Dr. James Johnson ’67  Fellowship Program, named after the first Hispanic and first Black doctoral degree earners in Texas A&M history, seeks to increase diversity in the graduate and professional student population at Texas A&M by supporting the development of high achieving scholars from a variety of backgrounds who show promise of distinguished careers. 

The Avilés-Johnson Fellowships provide four years of funding for domestic doctoral students enrolling for the first time in a doctoral program. 

Students are nominated for Avilés-Johnson Fellowships by their departments.

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Dr. James E. Johnson '67 Barred from matriculating into Texas A&M University due to segregation policy, James E. Johnson earned a bachelor’s in vocational agriculture in 1950 and a master’s in 1962 from Prairie View A&M University. He then taught vocational agriculture for the Bryan ISD. Twenty years after the first of many applications, Johnson was admitted into a Ph.D. program at Texas A&M, where he earned his doctorate in education in 1967. He then embarked on a distinguished college teaching career, first at Prairie View A&M University and then at Texas Southern University.

Pathways to the Doctorate Fellowship

The Pathways to the Doctorate represents a partnership between the Graduate and Professional School and Texas A&M University faculty members. The Pathways to the Doctorate Fellowship program aims to recruit into and graduate from Texas A&M University doctoral programs high quality and diverse students who received their baccalaureate degrees from Texas A&M System institutions and who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


IDP Merit Fellowships

IDP Merit Fellowships seek to encourage high-quality applicants to enroll in Texas A&M’s interdisciplinary graduate programs. Programs will nominate applicants. Contact your IDP for information.


The Texas A&M University Graduate and Professional School offers a Dissertation Fellowship to support doctoral students in the final analysis of the research topic and the final writing of the dissertation. The fellowship is awarded to students in the fall and spring who show exceptional academic performance and whose research promises to have a positive impact on society. Dissertation fellowships are not available to students who already have funding.


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I'm thrilled to receive the dissertation fellowship. I love teaching and serving as a graduate assistant, but it takes up a lot of time and energy. Now I will be able to focus on my own research and writing so I can finish my dissertation and move on to the next stage of my career.
Janelle Goeke
PhD Candidate Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program Texas A&M University at Galveston


Individual colleges and departments at Texas A&M may offer specialized fellowship opportunities for students in their programs. While the Graduate and Professional School does not facilitate these fellowships, we provide complimentary support to help you achieve success in pursuing and funding your doctoral journey.

College Merit Fellowship

Many colleges offer merit-based fellowships on a competitive basis. These fellowship offers will be presented with your offer of admission.

Externally-Funded Fellowships

Texas A&M encourages graduate students to apply external fellowships. Follow the links below for more information about the available opportunities.


Some external fellowships are processed directly by the Graduate and Professional School. You apply. If you are awarded the fellowship, funds are processed by the Graduate and Professional School.

National Science Foundation Fellowships

The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers fellowships covering scientific research in a variety of disciplines. NSF funding constitutes nearly one-fourth of federal financial assistance to academic institutions.


GEM Fellowships

Members of Underrepresented Minority groups in engineering and science programs may be eligible for funding from the National GEM Consortium.


Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity

Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity aims to increase the number and diversity of American citizens with graduate degrees in STEM fields, thereby creating a diverse applicant pool. GFSD encourages applications from all students, regardless of race or gender.



Fulbright U.S. Student Program

This national fellowship provides funding from the U.S. Department of State for graduate students to pursue research, study, and teaching opportunities abroad. The Graduate & Professional School assists in the application process.


NWRI Member Agency Graduate Fellowships

Research must be related to developing and/or enhancing drinking water supplies and water resources in general. Research topics may include new treatment technologies; improvements to existing treatment and management technologies; sustainability issues, including water/energy nexus; water policy and regulation; and natural resource economics. 

NWRI-AMTA Graduate Fellowships for Membrane Technology

Research must be related to the advancement of membrane technology in the water, wastewater, or water reuse industries, and must be consistent with AMTA’s mission to solve water supply and quality issues through the widespread application of membrane technology. Research topics may include membrane bioreactors (MBRs), fouling and scaling control, efficiency (removal, recovery, energy use, pretreatment processes, and membrane materials. 

NWRI-Southern California Salinity Coalition Graduate Fellowships

The student must be enrolled at an accredited college or university in Southern California. Research must address the critical need to remove or reduce salts from water supplies, and to preserve water resources in Southern California. Research topics may include Concentrate management, institutional and regulatory/policy issues, economic analysis, and innovative treatment technologies.


GREAT Program External Fellowship Supplements

GREAT Program

Texas A&M encourages students to seek external sources of funding. In addition to financial support, landing a prestigious external fellowship from sources such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, or other national fellowships can provide students with valuable networking opportunities, opportunities for collaboration, and pipelines to careers. 

Through the GREAT Program, we supplement external fellowships so we can offer highly competitive funding packages to recruit high achieving students into our graduate and professional programs. 

Learn More about the GREAT Program




We have featured only a few of the many fellowship opportunities open to graduate and professional students. Educational organizations have created online guides, like the GoGrad Fellowship Opportunities page, to help you find the program that is best for you and your academic goals. Some organizations, including the National Association of Fellowships Advisors (NAFA), also provide information and support for faculty members to advise students in obtaining fellowships. Ask your faculty advisors for information.

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