Awards and Funding Opportunities

Baylor offers a number of funding opportunities aimed at supporting the research and professional development of graduate students.


Modified Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in Response to the COVID-19

To help our graduate students completing their degrees at this unprecedented time, The Graduate School has worked with the College of Arts & Sciences to launch a modified Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship to maximize job opportunities for our current students facing an uncertain job market. This will benefit the university in several ways:

  • Applications will open through this online application form on April 15. 
  • Doctoral students completing their degree between December 2019 and May 2021 are eligible to apply.
  • Competitive Postdoctoral fellowships will be offered on an as-needed basis by departments within the College of Arts & Sciences, on either a per semester or full academic year basis.
  • The Graduate School will continue to provide travel funding for postdoctoral teaching fellows, including both semester and full-year awardees. 

*Some additional adjunct teaching opportunities may also be available, and students who apply for the postdoctoral fellowship will also be considered for adjunct opportunities. 

Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship

Launching in 2023-2024, Baylor doctoral students who complete their degree within five active years of enrollment will be eligible to compete for postdoctoral teaching fellowships within the College of Arts & Sciences, the Honors College, the School of Education, and the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences. The 10-month fellowships will include a salary of at least $40,000, continued access to graduate school travel funds, and the same health benefits as Baylor faculty. The postdoctoral fellowships will be guaranteed for one year, but may be renewable for up to two years in some departments. Successful fellows will benefit from a year of postdoctoral job security as well as a year of considerable teaching experience—both which will strengthen their competitiveness on the job market.

Pilot Residential Graduate Academic Mentor Program

The Residential Graduate Academic Mentor (GAM) program at Baylor University exists to foster and shape the social, cultural, educational, and spiritual life within Baylor’s residential communities.  As such, Graduate Academic Mentors are graduate students who live in designated on-campus residential communities to enhance the academic experience for undergraduate students.  Graduate Academic Mentors work collaboratively with CL&L leadership, residence hall staff, and the Graduate School, as well as with the Center for Academic Success and Engagement for training. GAMs are provided with a private room in a residential community and a partial meal plan while fall and spring semester classes are in session. In return, the GAM fulfills formal responsibilities for support of undergraduate academic pursuits and is informally available for interaction with undergraduates for residence hall functions. 

Applications are open until May 4, 2020 for Fall 2020 positions. Apply here.

Summer Dissertation Fellowship

Doctoral students who will be actively writing during summer months should apply for this competitive fellowship. Fellows receive funding support for summer months with no work requirement other than writing progress. 

Mc Nair Doctoral Fellowship Program

The McNair Doctoral Fellowship is a 5 year non-work related fellowship available to PhD students. Current McNair Scholars and Alumni who enroll in one of Baylor's traditional PhD programs are eligible to apply.

Doctoral Administrative Fellows

Doctoral Administrative Fellows are a select group of doctoral students who play an integral role in the Graduate School. The fellowships allow students to gain administrative experience and a distinct perspective on the university’s operations while serving the Graduate School and their peers.

Baptist College and University Scholars

This program seeks to strengthen ties among IABCU member schools by identifying Baptist College and University Scholars from Ph.D. or MFA programs. To be eligible for the BCU Scholars Program, students must have graduated from a school that is a member of the IABCU. Upon invitation and acceptance to the BCU Scholars program, graduate students have the opportunity to participate in symposiums, retreats, the IABCU annual meeting, events conducted each semester, and the Schmeltekopf Fellowship for Educational Leadership.

Baptist Scholars International Roundtable (BSIR)

BSIR promotes scholarship from Baptist perspectives across the ages and around the globe by facilitating a scholarly forum for exchange of ideas. This community is international, intergenerational, interdisciplinary, and invites a diversity of Baptist affiliations. At the heart of the Roundtable is formation for academic stewardship in which a newer generation is welcomed into an international Baptist Academy and formed to preserve and sustain both academic and faith communities.


Outstanding Dissertation Award

The highest research award available among the Baylor graduate community. Graduate Program Directors both nominate dissertations and score the nominations. Three are awarded each year.

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award

Competitive graduate student award that recognizes excellence in teaching for our TORs (teachers-of-record). Six are awarded each year.

Outstanding Graduate Research Award

The Outstanding Research award is awarded six times annually with the goal of promoting the research productivity of graduate students within STEM, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

Travel Awards

The Graduate School is eager to support students and their original research through two kinds of travel support: Travel to Professional Meetings and Travel to Support Doctoral Research.

For information on tuition, stipends, and essential benefits, please visit our Benefits and Financial Support page

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