Graduate Scholarships, Assistantships and Fellowships


  • ASPB-Pioneer Hi-Bred International Graduate Student Fellowship
    Recognizes and encourages innovative graduate research and innovation in areas of plant biology that relate to important commodity crops.
  • Gerald O. Mott Scholarship for Meritorious Graduate Students in Crop Science
    Provided to a meritorious graduate student in crop science.
  • Lloyd E. Adams Scholarship Fund in Entomology
    For doctoral students majoring in entomology.
  • Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri Scholarship
    For upperclass or graduate students majoring in any aspect of horticulture. Based on scholarship and financial need.
  • Ferguson Graduate Study Award
    For graduate students which continue for two years; award alternates between agronomy and soil science.
  • Leonard and Elosia Haseman Memorial Scholarship in Entomology
    For upperclass and graduate students majoring in entomology.
  • W. R. Hechler Family Agriculture Fellowship Fund
    For graduate students in farm crops, soil science or animal sciences.
  • E. P. Meiners Centennial Scholarship in Entomology
    For graduate or undergraduate students who are majoring in entomology and entomological research.
  • Philip C. and Ruth E. Stone Scholarship in Entomology
    For graduate or undergraduate students who are majoring in entomology.
  • Nelson Yield-Limiting Factors Graduate Student ScholarshipFor graduate students pursuing research and careers in support of the diagnosis yield-limiting factors in agronomy.
  • Frank D. Keim Graduate Fellowship This fellowship is for graduate students focused on agonomy or ra related field of study.


Graduate students in the DPS are eligible for Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) awarded by the division or supported by extramural funds, such as research grants. The GRAs include an annual stipend and eligibility for the University's graduate student accident and sickness insurance plan.

Assistantships of at least one-quarter time carry a waiver of in-state and out-of-state educational fees. The amount of the stipend is competitive with those offered by other outstanding institutions and varies with the specific research program.

Graduate Research Assistantships are available to work with many faculty in the Division. Explore the faculty web pages to learn of the diverse research programs of our faculty.



Each year, the Graduate Education and Research Committee reviews all completed applications received by December 15 for fall term admission. The applicants with outstanding qualifications are nominated to receive doctoral fellowships from the Life Sciences Fellowship program, which provides a competitive stipend to support four years of doctoral study. The Division of Plant Sciences provides a fifth year of fellowship funding. This prestigious fellowship provides students with travel funds to attend a professional meeting in the first year of the program.

Other fellowship programs:

Federally-funded fellowship programs:
  • Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships: The foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
    Application deadline: mid November.
  • Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships: From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
    Application deadline: November.
  • Earth and Space Science Fellowships: From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).   Application deadline: February.
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships: From the Department of Defense (DoD).   Application deadline: January.
  • Computational Science Graduate Fellowships: From the Department of Energy (DOE).
    Application deadline: January.
Association-funded fellowship programs:
  • American Association of University Women American Fellowships: Support for women doctoral candidates completing dissertations or scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave from accredited institutions.
    Application deadline: mid November.
  • American Association of University Women International Fellowship: Awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported. Several of fellowships are available for study outside of the U.S.
    Application deadline: early December.
  • United Soybean Board Fellowships: Promotes graduate education in plant sciences with an emphasis on soybeans. The fellowship provides a $25,000 annual stipend for up to four years of graduate school.
    Applications deadline: March 27; Reference letters deadline: April 3.

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