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Competitive Fellowships

The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies has a deep commitment to recruiting the best and brightest students from around the world. UH fellowships provide students support beyond normal graduate assistantships. These fellowships may be combined with other fellowships offered by departments and colleges to provide students with a financial package that eases the burden of graduate education for students. More than 1,400 graduate fellowships are offered each year to qualified students in all fields of study. Students are encouraged to contact individual college department/programs to find out more about the various fellowships offered by the University of Houston.

  • Presidential Graduate Fellowship
  • Cullen Endowed Fellowship
  • Stella L. Ehrhardt Fellowship
  • Paul & Daisy Soros Foundation Fellowship

The Presidential, Cullen Endowed, and Stella L. Ehrhardt Memorial Fellowships are intended to assist college departments/programs by providing funds to recruit outstanding students. The fellowship program provides funds to match or exceed financial assistance packages offered by other institutions. Students of exceptional caliber who represent extraordinary academic credentials receive these fellowships.

These two-year fellowships are available to students who enter graduate or professional programs at the University of Houston. Preference is given to students whose academic objective is a doctoral degree. The potential for academic excellence is the main criteria for selection. University departments are encouraged to nominate students during the spring admissions process. Once selected, students receive a fellowship that matches the department/program's supplemental award at a rate that can be as much as two-to-one up to a designated amount based on comparable awards nationally in the discipline.

Paul & Daisy Soros Foundation Fellowship provides awards to eligible prospective graduate students who meet one of the following “New Americans” criteria and plans to remain in the United States:
  • A resident alien (holds a green card)
  • A naturalized citizen of the US.
  • Is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens.
To receive a fellowship, applicants must be younger than 30 years of age, and show evidence of at least two of the following three attributes (as quoted in the Soros application materials):
  • Creativity, originality, and initiative demonstrated in any area of her/his
  • A capacity for accomplishment, demonstrated through activity that has required drive and sustained effort; and
  • A commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights (involvement supporting human rights and the rule of law, in opposition to unwarranted encroachment on personal liberty, and in advancing the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society.
The fellowship includes a grant of $20,000 per year for two years and a tuition grant of one-half the tuition cost of the US graduate program attended by the Fellow (up to a maximum of $16,000 per academic year).

For additional information (and copies of the appropriate forms) visit the Foundation web site at