WMU-GEP Fellowships

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Western Michigan University Graduate College Graduate Education and the Professoriate Fellowship


The 2019 Western Michigan University Graduate Education and the Professoriate (WMU-GEP) Fellowship 

Western Michigan University Graduate Education and the Professoriate Fellowship. WMU-GEP Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens who derive from African-American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or Native American (with tribal affiliation) heritage and who have secured regular admission to a doctoral degree program in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) or SBE (sociology, political science, psychology, or economics) area. The GEP Fellowship is competitive and awarded to exceptional students. 

Application/Eligibility Requirements


  1. To be eligible for a WMU-GEP Fellowship, applicants must a) possess United States citizenship; b) derive from African-American, Hispanic, or Native American (with tribal affiliation) heritage (proof of ethnicity may be requested); c) secure admission to a doctoral degree program (see #2 below) in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) or SBE (social sciences, behavioral sciences, or economics) area. In addition, the student should reflect a high level of commitment to the program and a deep interest in pursuing a teaching or corporate/research career in his or her respective discipline.
  2. To apply for the WMU-GEP Fellowship, an application for admission to a doctoral level program must be submitted to the University along with all required transcripts. Admission to a graduate program is not required for students to apply for the Fellowship; however, admission is required for students to actually be awarded the Fellowship.
  3. The applicant must include, with the application, two letters of recommendation, preferably from two former instructors or professors acquainted with their academic abilities, who can comment on the applicant’s potential for graduate study in a doctoral program.
  4. The applicant must compose a personal statement to attach and submit with the application.
  5. A completed application, containing all requested information and including any required supplemental materials, must be submitted to the Graduate College. Deadline for submission for 2019-20 is March 8, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed (including those submitted without reference letters or with no transcripts on file at the University).


Award Details

A WMU-GEP Fellow will receive one academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II) of funding through a stipend equal to a full graduate assistantship at levels commensurate with a standard Graduate assistantship (2018-19 rate $19,124 for stipend to be paid every other week through the 2019-20 academic year). Rates may increase for 2019-20. Your letter of award will constitute a contract for the stipend amount. WMU-GEP fellows will receive tuition for program-approved courses up to nine credits each in Fall and Spring sessions and three credits in Summer I and in Summer II sessions for a total of 24 credits per academic year. Tuition rates for 2019-20 have been set for Fall, Spring, Summer I and Summer II at $15,637.68 (resident) and $29,569.20 (non-resident). Please see Important Note RE Residency Status below.

Residency Status

(Important note RE residency vs. non-residency status)

This fellowship will cover the cost of non-resident tuition for one year only. If a fellowship is renewed, the recipient will be expected to either obtain residency status for the second year or pay the difference between resident and non-resident tuition. The complete policy and application for residency are available online at http://www.wmich.edu/accounts-receivable/students/residency. Service The Fellowship includes a service requirement of ten hours per week while on appointment. Your service assignment will be provided by the Graduate College.


Based on certain conditions, the Fellowship could be renewed up to four additional years. To maintain the fellowship, the student must a) be in good academic standing (3.00 GPA or above); b) register for at least six credit hours each fall and spring semester and three credit hours each summer I and summer II session; c) receive a positive Annual Review; d) have no incomplete lasting longer than one semester/session; and e) submit an outline for completion of the program, and f) complete an updated course outline and request for renewal each year.
Students must apply with the online 2019 WMU-GEP Fellowship application by March 8, 2019
Professors and others may submit Letters of Recommendation online at: http://www.wmich.edu/grad/2019-gep-lor
For further information, please contact Mr. Tony Dennis


Page updated: Jan. 25, 2019