Mary Ann Stephens and John R. Graham Award

The Mary Ann Stephens and John R. Graham Award for Excellence in Graduate Research and Scholarship is presented annually to a doctoral student underrepresented in their discipline. Normally, one award is made each year and is based on the merit of the applicant's contribution to research and scholarship.


  • Must be a currently enrolled full-time doctoral student.
  • U.S. citizen (or national) or a permanent resident of the U.S.
  • From a group that is considered underrepresented (e.g., women in traditionally male-dominated disciplines, individuals with disabilities, and ethnic/racial minorities).
  • Preference given to graduate students pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree from STEM disciplines (as defined by the National Science Foundation).


Recipients receive a $500 monetary award.

Application and Selection Processes:

Submit electronic application by February 15 for consideration for the following year. The completed application should include a scholarship statement, a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, and a letter of recommendation from a dissertation advisor detailing accomplishments in research and scholarship in the discipline. All materials must be received by the deadline.

Applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of faculty representing various ranks and disciplines. The recipient is selected by the Dean of the Graduate College.

Direct questions to Alexxus Sidney at

The application window for the 2024-2025 academic year has closed.

If you are selected to receive a scholarship, fellowship, graduate assistantship, tuition waiver or any other award, your current financial aid offer, including student loans, could be reduced. If you would like to know how your financial aid offer may be affected by another award, please contact One Stop for Student Services for assistance. To learn more about taxes on scholarships and fellowships, visit the Tax and Treasury Services webpage.