Graduate Fellowship

Friday, Mar 13, 2020
Award Amount: 
$35,000(x2); $20,000(6); $8,500(x50)


Established in 1932, the National Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program currently awards annually fifty Fellowships of $8,500 each, six at $20,000 each, and two at $35,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study at accredited institutions of higher learning. The fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis for first-year graduate or professional study. Every year OSU chapter nominates one student for the national competition. All national nominees receive a one-year active membership in Phi Kappa Phi.

More information regarding the Graduate Fellowship can be found on the national page here.

The application materials are reviewed by local chapter award committee and a top applicant is selected, followed by forwarding his/her application for consideration in the National Fellowship competition.

Our local chapter also contributes a $1,000 award and the initiation fee. The multidisciplinary nature of Phi Kappa Phi is reflected in its Fellowship and Award of Excellence recipients. Awardees represent a variety of fields including biology, chemistry, engineering, political science, mathematics, and psychology. Likewise, the professions they select are equally diverse: law, medicine, business, education, science, or the arts.

OSU Chapter Instructions for Submitting the Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Application (2020)

CHAPTER DEADLINE: Completed applications, including documents listed as follows must be received at the local OSU chapter no later than 5pm on March 13, 2020.

After we select our choice we will nominate the candidate for the National Selection. The nominee also receives a OSU Chapter-level award to be presented at the Annual initiation banquet on April 7, 2020, 6-8pm, Alumni Center..

  1. Step-1:
    1. The official required application must be completed online. 
    2. Instructions, letter of recommendation request form, and other information are available from the national PKP website.
    3. Your Phi Kappa Phi Membership: Phi Kappa Phi membership is a strict criterion for Fellowship eligibility. For returning members, your dues must be paid through April 15, 2020.  Invitees must have accepted the invitation to join and been initiated no later than June 30, 2020.
    4. Along with the Application Form and Instructions, you will also find:
      1. Eligibility and Selection Criteria
      2. Information about Deadlines and Notification
      3. FAQ, Fact Sheet, Sample Statement, and Advice for Applicants.
  2. Step-2
    1. Get a copy/download the application filled in step-1
    2. Get PDFs of the following
      1. Letters of Reference: You will need three.  Be sure to provide each of your referees with a completed copy of the Letter of Recommendation Request Form that is included in the application. Signed and typed letters should be submitted directly to the above email or postal address and be sure they know to include the completed Request Form. If letters are sent to you they must be enclosed in a sealed envelope that is signed by the referee.
      2. Transcripts: You will need to submit (clear copies or scans of) official transcripts from each post-secondary institution that you have attended to the email or postal address listed above. Unfortunately, we cannot return transcripts or other application materials.
      3. Test Scores: Send a copy of the official score report from the testing agency of all tests that you took for graduate program admission. These should include percentile ranks.
      4. Graduate Study Plans: To be eligible for the Fellowship, you must apply for admission to a full-time graduate program for 2019-2020. Admission to such a program is a selection consideration.
      5. Work Sample: Your application should include a sample of your “best academic writing” possibly an excerpt of a thesis or some other capstone project, roughly 2500 words (but NOT substantially longer and not from a multiple author project). See the application for further instructions and guidelines.
  3. Step-3
    1. Combine all documents from the Step-1 and 2 into a single PDF file.
    2. Submit your application to us via the Google form for our review starting on March 13, 2020.
      1. Use your Oregon State University Google account to login and access the form.

For questions reach out to Prof. Emily Ho at

We look forward to receiving you applications.